Warming Centers for Cold Weather

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Record-breaking low wind chills mean there will be some residents in need of a place to stay warm.

DuPage County has named dozens of public spaces as warming centers this winter, with six located in Naperville.

“Short of putting staff lives at risk, which we don’t think we will be doing, we’re happy to be open and be available for the public to come and use the library. Stay warm, read a book, entertain yourself, ask a reference question, we’ll be here,” said Naperville Public Library Executive Director Julie Rothenfluh.

Along with the Naperville Township and Lisle Township buildings, all three Naperville Public Libraries are acting as warming centers during their regular hours of operation. For the libraries that means 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

“Of course there are homeless people, people don’t often think of that. We do have homeless people [come in]. Being a warming center doesn’t get them through the night but it gets them through the day. We also have a lot of people who spend the day here. We almost serve almost as an adult day center sometimes,” she added.

If you or someone you know is looking for a warming center, a full list of locations in DuPage County can be viewed at dupagecris.org.

Naperville News 17’s Christine Lena reports.