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Dubuque extends public "cooling centers" through Thursday

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The talk of the town in cities across eastern Iowa this week is, of course, the heat.

The city of Dubuque has designated two public "cooling centers" through Thursday for people to bask in the air conditioning and escape the oppressive temperatures and humidity.

The Carnegie-Stout Public Library, at 360 West 11th Street, is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Multicultural Family Center, at 1157 Central Avenue, is open 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Abeni El-Amin is executive director of the Multicultural Family Center and said the city's public health director approached her about operating as a cooling center.

"Obviously, it's no problem. I mean, we'll do anything we possibly can to serve our community," El-Amin said. "We do realize that some people find that this heat is not comfortable, and so, yes, we do have this beautiful AC, this beautiful facility that we want people to enjoy, and it is available to the community as needed."

In addition to air conditioning, Dubuque's Carnegie-Stout Public Library and Multicultural Family Center also have free, educational and fun programming for people of all ages. More information can be found on their respective websites.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library: http://www.dubuque.lib.ia.us/

Multicultural Family Center: http://www.mfcdbq.org/index.cfm

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