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Brown Co. Central Library bans drinks to combat against drunks

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Examples of drink containers that are allowed at libraries in Brown County.
Examples of drink containers that are allowed at libraries in Brown County.

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Brown County Central Library in downtown Green Bay is reverting back to its old policy against drinks in the library. 

The library board is taking steps to solve an issue with intoxicated people and people consuming alcoholic beverages in the library.  Some of them are homeless residents who come to the library for the air conditoning during the summer or to get out of the cold during the winter.   

Library Director Lynn Stainbrook says she’ll likely continue to get more complaints about parking than the drink ban.  “I don’t think we will get a lot of negative criticism, people will understand our problem,”  Stainbrook said.

Four years ago, the library system began allowing drinks, but only if they were in sealable containers, or had lids.  The drink ban at the downtown libary will likely occur by the end of the summer.  The county’s legal department is taking a look at the policy and signage has yet to come in. 

The change also won’t affect any of the branch libraries. 

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