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Schlow Library to Remain Closed Until Next Week

by on February 25, 2015 11:10 AM

The reopening of the Schlow Centre Region Library has been pushed back until next week.

Library communications manager Susanna Paul says staff is still dealing with the aftermath of frozen pipe that burst on Feb. 16, destroying nearly 1,500 books.

"We are truly sorry for the inconvenience to our patrons and will continue to work to get the library ready for public occupancy as quickly as possible," Paul says.

Paul says the new target date to reopen the library is now Monday. The library originally planned to host several children's shows on Saturday as part of the THAW Festival, but the library has been forced to cancel its participation in the festival.

THAW Festival spokesperson Vinh Vuong says the activities that had been planed for the library's Downsborough Room have now been moved to the Westminster Hall of the State College Presbyterian Church at 132 West Beaver Avenue. A warm-up station will still be set up outside the library.

Library staff has been hard at work cleaning out and drying off books, audiobooks, shelves and carpets since the pipe burst. Schlow office manager DJ Lilly has previously told StateCollege.com that professional cleaners have been brought on board to help, and that staffers are being very thorough to ensure there is no risk of mold in the future.

But for all the bad news, Paul says there's good news as well.

A group of teachers from the State College Area School District went canning in front of the library on Saturday to raise money for replacing some of the books that were destroyed. Kate Hoffman, one of the teachers involved, told StateCollege.com before the fundraiser that she'd "be thrilled if we can even raise $500."

Paul says they ended up raising over $2,700.

"I visited them for a while and was truly moved by the generosity on display - and by the fact that the canners braved the cold and snow to raise money for us," Paul says.

The library is insured, but staffers have previously told StateCollege.com the library is still working with the insurance company to determine what damage is covered and how many books insurance will pay to replace.

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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for StateCollege.com who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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