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Fired library employee gets her job back

ROUND LAKE -- A veteran library worker who had been on the job in Round Lake for twenty-four years before her firing in early June was reinstated by a unanimous vote taken by the newly-elected library board of trustees Wednesday night. The prior board of trustees resigned after its meeting Tuesday after it declined to give Theresa Marchione her job back. The day after the old board resigned, library Director Carol Sheffer resigned, expressing in her resignation letter her hope that her departure would "eliminate the focal point of the discontent and the library can return to some semblance of normalcy."

Sheffer fired Marchione after Marchione closed the library forty minutes early on the night in May tornados touched down in the capital region. The reason given for the firing was Marchione had not first notified Sheffer. Trustee Bill Ryan, a former mayor and a Round lake resident of sixty-seven years says that is the only reason Marchione was fired.

"She did exactly the right thing," says Ryan of Marchione's decision to close the library early, "but technically she didn't follow the procedure."

Marchione's children issued a statement for her, saying their mother is grateful for the support and looking forward to "seeing all of her loyal patrons again at the library."

The interim board of trustees will seek a new director. Just before its meeting, the interim board was elected during a special meeting of the Women's Round Lake Improvement Society, a non-profit group.