After more than three weeks of cleanup and restoration, part of the Woodbridge Town Library was scheduled to be reopened for patrons on Wednesday, July 27. A failing toilet shut-off valve in the children’s bathroom upstairs led to flooding and extensive damage during the long Fourth of July weekend. A custodian found the problem early Tuesday morning upon returning from the long weekend. The library has been closed to the public ever since.
The flooding affected carpeting, drywall, the circulation desk and the books near the main circulation desk, mainly the area where new books are displayed, said Library Director Eric Werthmann. Town crews have worked to clean the downstairs carpeting and get the main circulation desk ready for use.
Even if the first floor will re-open for the public, work continues upstairs in the children’s department. The upstairs circulation desk was custom-made, and will be rebuilt, Werthmann said. The upstairs carpeting will be replaced, which involves moving stacks of books and furniture. “The logistics of it is quite complicated,” he said.
In the meantime, children can order books online, and the orders can be picked up at the main circulation desk.
Farmers Market continues: Irrespective of the library closure, the Woodbridge Farmers Market continues on Wednesday afternoons, Werthmann said, encouraging townspeople to take advantage of this resource. The hours are 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Staff is also planning some limited children’s programming in the Meeting Room, which has not been affected by the flooding. Check the library website for details, http://www.woodbridge.lioninc.org/.
The library staff also arranged for one special opening day July 18 for patrons to pick up books on hold, and the event proved very successful, Werthmann said. Lots of people turned out for it.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent