With , the Town of Orange has designated two places in town as cooling centers for residents to beat the heat: and the .
Both facilities will remain open to the public during normal hours. High Plains, located at 525 Orange Center Road, is open from 8:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. The library, located at 176 Tyler City Road, has the following hours:
- Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
- Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
While no special programs are planned for Wednesday and Thursday, there is always something going on and undoubtedly something for everyone at Case Memorial, director Meryl Farber says.
"We always have programs in place, and we have computers and great wireless," she says. "It’s cool in here. People can read a book. We have lots of things they can check out. We always have ongoing services."
For instance, registration for summer reading programs started just this week. The groups are broken down as follows:
- Preschool through sixth
- Seventh through 12
- And one for adults, too
Adults who register can fill out a slip with their name, number, title of the book they read and whether they would recommend it, and they are then entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble. The program runs through Aug. 11, and drawings will be held on four dates:
- July 2
- July 16
- July 30
- Aug 13
Library patrons can also take in the paintings and photography that are on display by area artists Frank Ninivaggi and Susan Grella. Their works will remain up until July 1, when the Art in the Library Committee's show starts.
Farber's favorite thing about the library: “All the choices.”
"I wouldn’t mind being locked in the library,” the Orange resident jokes.
Rebecca Harlow, Head of Reference and Adult Services, adds, “There’s something here for everyone ... It’s just a nice comfortable place to come and relax.”
Oh, and Farber and Harlow almost forgot one important fact – it’s free!
There is also open swim at the Town Pool.
What are you doing to beat the heat?
Editor's note: This article has been updated to add information from the Case Memorial Library.