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Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 02/ 2/2011

Mont. Co. libraries ban food, drinks

By Washington Post editors

Some Montgomery County libraries have been infested with ants and cockroaches since the county cut back on cleaning to save money last year. Now, officials say they are hoping to eliminate insect-attracting spills by banning food and drinks from all public libraries, The Gazette reports.

The new policy, which took effect Tuesday, bans all food and all drinks except water, according to Rita Gale, public services administrator for facilities and strategic planning for Montgomery County libraries.

Patrons also will be required to set their cell phones to vibrate or silent mode.

Read more about the new rules in Montgomery County Public Libraries in The Gazette.

By Washington Post editors  | February 2, 2011; 10:25 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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I'm waiting for somebody to make a 'big brother' comment or two. I'm pleased with this because maybe some of the people who use the library to - oh, I don't know, READ?! - won't have to worry about some dweeb having a meal and then dumping their trash wherever they want.

And silencing the phones and pagers just makes sense. Hey, it's a LIBRARY.

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | February 2, 2011 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Who would take food into the library?

Posted by: Guest1234 | February 2, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a good move, especially if people can't eat neatly or clean up their messes.

Posted by: CAmira5 | February 2, 2011 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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