Although other neighboring towns have closed their library, the Forest Park Public Library remains open for business.

“Judging from the number of calls received, we should be seeing a number of people coming in,” said Library Director Rodger Brayden around 10 a.m. Patrons were reading and using the computers as usual in the upstairs lobby.

Brayden said he expected an influx of students after school, as usual, although he said with parents keeping some students home in the cold weather, he was not expecting as many.

“We’re glad to be providing the service,” Brayden said. One staff member had car trouble, he said. “We work indoors, so we expect to be at work today,” he said.


Community Center

The Forest Park Community Center was open as a warming center, but as of the morning, no one came by to warm up, according to Director Karen Dylewski. Dylewski said only three children had come to before-school care and that one bus had difficulties starting in the morning, although the center’s PACE bus was functional.


Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...