Library OKs Phones, Bans Wooden Shoes

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Library OKs Phones, Bans Wooden Shoes

Postby WVP News » 01 Mar 2004, 13:43

HOLLAND, Mich. - If there was any question about this west Michigan community's Dutch heritage, consider that it's now OK to have a cell phone in the city library — but wooden shoes remain banned.

The Herrick District Library Board voted Thursday to reverse its ban on cell phones, while deciding to keep the traditional Dutch shoes off-limits.

"We do get a lot of traffic (in wooden shoes) coming through here, but it's only during Tulip Time," library spokesman Gary Pullano told The Holland Sentinel. "We're located near an area where there is Dutch dancing going on. People tend to come into the library."

The weeklong Tulip Time festival celebrates the Holland area's Dutch heritage. The 75th annual festival will be held in May.

Library director Tom Genson said that in the past, staff members have had to tell patrons to remove the shoes when they were too noisy. A similar policy has been adopted for cell phones.

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