Locals flock to Wilsonville Library amid heatwave
Amid record-shattering temperatures that reached 113 in Wilsonville Monday afternoon, June 28, dozens of locals are taking refuge at the air-conditioned Wilsonville Public Library.
Steven Engelfriend, the library services manager, said between 30 and 35 people occupied the library throughout the day and that a steady flow of people have congregated there the last couple of days. In total, 164 people visited the library Sunday and 177 had visited by 5 p.m. Monday.
Engelfried said library-goers vary from families who stay for just an hour or two to visitors who spend their whole day there. Some were on their laptops or the library computers, while others were reading to their kids in the children's room. The library didn't have furniture out the last few months in an effort to limit capacity, but put out tables and chairs for people this weekend. The building typically is not open Sundays or Mondays but was open to serve as a cooling center. Water was available to those who needed it.
"People have been glad to come in," Engelfried said.
Library Director Pat Duke said that while he did not see many people there over the weekend, those who did show up seemed like they definitely needed an escape from the heat.
"There was a daughter with an older mother. They clearly didn't have anywhere else to be. I'm gonna guess they're there right now," said Duke, who was on vacation Monday.
On the police front, Wilsonville Police Chief Rob Wurpes said nothing out of the ordinary had happened and that the agency hadn't received as many medical calls as he expected prior to the heat wave.
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