The library roof was damaged in an April hailstorm, with over 1,000 holes! Since April, insurance has covered some very extensive repairs and complete replacement of the roof: the entire roof has been replaced by Division 7, some HVAC units have been replaced, while others were repaired, interior HVAC ventilation insulation has been repaired, the doorway in the teen room had been ruined and was repaired, the carpets were cleaned, interior ceiling tiles have been inspected and replaced.
In the end, 21 water damaged books were requested to be reimbursed for replacement. (It was very fortunate that the library’s interior contents were quickly wrapped in plastic following the damage to prevent any further damage to the library collection.) Between the library director and library’s maintenance man, over 80 staff hours have gone into facilitating and implementing repairs, which also were billed to insurance.
The work that remains is still daunting: the skylights are all damaged and need to be replaced. These skylights are structural and the quotes came in high. . All the skylights need to be custom cut and the work on these will cause a library service interruption. Other work to be done is replacement of the carpeting that did not come clean – in the back work space and Early Literacy Center, where water heavily came into the building, and cleaning of the leak from the skylight onto the roof of the Early Literacy Center.
We have been fortunate to work with a great roofing company (Division 7) and insurance company (Burnham and Flower) through this process and are thankful that the library roof is now solid and will protect our facility and collection for years to come.
Updates will be posted below and on our Facebook page as they become available. Different sections of the library will be closed off as to accommodate repair access and safety. If materials wished to be checkout are not accessible we will reserve these items to be made available as soon as access returns.
December 3, 2020
The skylight repairs are beginning Monday, December 7! With the replacement of all of the skylight sections, they will have sections of our building closed and remove just one panel at a time. It is yet to be determined how much this will impact the temperature of our building on the days they are working, but it will definitely bring in lots of healthy fresh air during the install! Please dress accordingly and be aware of the not so silent library next week.
December 7, 2020
Today marks the beginning of our skylight install! Just a reminder that although the library will be open, some sections may be closed throughout the week and please dress warmly! We also ask that you do not walk into roped off areas. We will try to post daily what areas of the library are closed. Today they begin with the small skylight in the kid’s area.
• TV shows T-Z
• Teen Fiction S-Z
• Junior Graphic Novels S-Z
• Please enter the Juvenile and Teen sections from the back of the stacks.
December 8, 2020
Skylights on the install list are the two large southern panels. These are large and it will be chilly.Please enter these stacks from the back by walking around by the fireplace.
• Some of the Audiobooks
• History Room
• Adult Non-Fiction, Large Prints and Inspirational
December 9, 2020
Today’s skylight install are the two main center ones. Dress warmly and please do not enter roped-off areas. Please enter the Juvenile section from the back.
• A few TV shows
• Teen Fiction R-S
• Junior Graphic Novels R – Z
December 10, 2020
The history room is closed today for replacement of the side wall skylights.