[Libs-Or] Cooling shelter?

Leah Griffith leah.griffith at newbergoregon.gov
Tue Apr 28 16:49:02 PDT 2015

Our community offered cooling centers for one summer and really the library was the only one that made sense.  Nobody showed up at the other sites as they were businesses that were available after their work hours (5 pm) and by then it is starting to cool off outside and so unlike a warming shelter where people need to sleep and stay all night, the cooling shelter is more a daytime thing.

We don’t do anything different other than be open as we figure people already are using us for that purpose.

I would consider in a hotter climate partnering with the homeless shelter that kicks people out at 8 am every morning to get the word out and to also work with any apartment complexes for the elderly that don’t have air conditioning to at least get the notice out.

We will lots of times put on our reader board, that it is cool inside.

Leah M. Griffith
Director,   Newberg Public Library     503-537-1256

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Buzzy Nielsen
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:42 PM
To: Libs-or
Subject: [Libs-Or] Cooling shelter?

Have any of you ever acted as an official cooling center in your communities? Hood River has a warming shelter, but it doesn't have a cooling shelter in the summers despite the rather hot days. We're perhaps interested in trying it out. If you've been a cooling shelter, what did it entail and did you partner with any other local organizations? Is there anything you'd suggest?

Thanks for your help!


Library Director
Hood River County Library District
502 State Street
Hood River, Oregon 97031
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