According to the Emily Post Institute, there are times when we, as a civilized people, should and should not wear hats.

Hats can be left on:

  • Outdoors
  • At athletic events (indoors or out)
  • On public transportation
  • In public buildings such as post offices, airports,  and hotel or office lobbies
  • On elevators

Hats should be removed:

  • In someone’s home
  • At mealtimes, at the table
  • While being introduced, indoors or out (unless it’s frigid!)
  • In a house of worship, unless a hat or head covering is required
  • Indoors at work, especially in an office (unless required for the job)
  • In public buildings such as a school, library, courthouse, or town hall
  • In restaurants and coffee shops
  • At a movie or any indoor performance
  • When the national anthem is played
  • When the flag of the United States passes by, as in a parade

The library staff is very kindly asking you to please remove your hat as soon as you enter the library. If you decide to place your hat back upon your head while in the library, we will be forced to send you to Mr. Cleary’s office. We don’t want to be that guy, so please, just take your hat off and leave it off.


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