From the SouthOrange.org website:
Following a complaint received from a patron of bug bites, the South Orange Library arranged for a licensed extermination company to inspect the library today, June 28th. The extermination professionals confirmed the presence of Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius) in some of the upholstered furniture at the library. As a precautionary measure, the Library closed early today. Extermination treatment is being arranged, during which the Library must remain closed. At present, the Library will definitely be closed on Wednesday, June 29th for treatment. Please check back for updates and possible additional closure dates.
For additional information on bed bugs, please se the U.S. Government Center for Disease Control Bed Bugs FAQs at the following link:
As stated in the CDC document:
"Do bed bugs spread disease?
Bed bugs should not be considered as a medical or public health hazard. Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Bed bugs can be an annoyance because their presence may cause itching and loss of sleep. Sometimes the itching can lead to excessive scratching that can sometimes increase the chance of a secondary skin infection.
What health risks do bed bugs pose?
A bed bug bite affects each person differently. Bite responses can range from an absence of any physical signs of the bite, to a small bite mark, to a serious allergic reaction. Bed bugs are not considered to be dangerous; however, an allergic reaction to several bites may need medical attention."
The Village apologizes for any inconvenience caused by the Library closure and is diligently working to have the situation remediated by licensed professionals as soon as possible.