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Town Designates Two Places as Cooling Centers [Updated]

If you need a place to beat the heat here is where you can go in Orange.


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.

Vinnie Dee June 20, 2012 at 08:11 PM
HPCC was a godsend during Irene, for those without power or water. the only useless thing around here, is the 'ray of sunshine' that made the above comment. Poor child, it must be tough to be so superior and have to look down on the rest of us. LMAO In case you didn't get that, it's called sarcasim, Miss Sunshine.
Yooper June 20, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Take it easy, Vinnie. Jilly is doing the best she can...that's the pity of it.
Barbara T. June 21, 2012 at 12:21 AM
JILLIAN you sound like the type of person who could care-less if you had elderly parents or knew someone who had poor health problems with the heat and was in need of a place to go to cool off. Hope you are single and will grow up someday. I feel for your parents for your insensitive comment.
Judy Johnson June 21, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Barbara T. You took the words right out of my mouth. Jillian sounds like she would just put her parents in a home and walk away with no heart and sell everything. Jillian it is breaking news for some people who don't have air in the home.
Jake June 21, 2012 at 01:25 AM
Just a suggestion. In this oppressive heat, why can't the community center be open 24 hours?

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