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A Letter to Our Patrons

Dear Patrons,

Please accept our sincere apologies for the length of time we have been closed. We look forward to welcoming the community back into the library as soon as possible.

We noticed a leak in the adult fiction section on February 3. It spread from there until we had 14 different leaks throughout the main part of the library. Jamestown Roofing Company came and made some repairs to prevent more water coming in, but water remained trapped between the layers. Servpro came in and determined the only way to dry it out due to the complexity of our structure was to use an industrial heater for 10 days. They removed all our library materials to their warehouse. Our materials remain there.

Since the heater was removed, our insurance sent in an independent adjuster, then a structural engineer, and now this week an independent restoration consultant. We expect the final report between April 15th – 20th. At that time we should finally have insurance approval to begin repairs.

Our roof has to be replaced, and the HVAC and its screen (one of the contributing factors to the leaks) will be removed from the roof and switched to a different kind of system. Our entire ceiling has to be sanded and refinished, and the acoustic panels must be replaced. Our carpet also has to be replaced.

As soon as we receive insurance approval, we should finally have an estimated date for reopening to share, but it looks likely that we will be required to be closed for quite some time still. We hope to have some positive news soon.

If you have any questions, please contact me at anytime. My email is director@lakewoodlibrary.org.

Respectfully,
Shannon Taylor, Director
Lakewood Memorial Library

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