Librarian Back on Job After Storm-Forced Firing

ROUND LAKE, N.Y. (AP) -

A librarian in a small upstate New York village is back on the job two weeks after she was fired for closing the library 40 minutes early because of a tornado warning.

A library board furious at Theresa Marchione for shutting down the Round Lake Library on May 29 as nasty weather headed her way fired her two days later. Meteorologists later confirmed a tornado touched down 13 miles away.

Residents protested loudly, and on Wednesday night, seven of the eight library board members quit. A new board quickly reinstated Marchione with back pay. The decision was met with a standing ovation from the crowd gathered at the meeting.

Marchione hasn’t spoken publicly and was not at the meeting.