Books again flowing out of Wahoo library, with water damage repairs all but finished

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WAHOO, Nebraska — The Wahoo library has reopened, now that water damage has been all but repaired.

This week the library resumed operating inside its own building after working since January from a temporary location in the Veterans Memorial Building, according to Lincoln television station KOLN (http://bit.ly/YCXgwz ). The damage was caused by water from a line break in the library ceiling.

Everyone has been excited to get back in their library, library director Denis Lawver said. "And, we say, 'We're back home. This is where we belong.' And, it is. We're so much more than books."

Officials had hoped to reopen within two or three months, but Lawver said repair crews noticed problems with the piping system. Fixing those problems delayed the reopening.

Firefighters were called to the library on Jan. 7 when workers noticed water dripping from the ceiling. The firefighters and other city workers quickly deployed plastic tarps over the bookshelves, but between 400 and 500 books were lost when the ceiling gave way, releasing a torrent of water, wet insulation and ceiling panels.

Community donations have helped replace the library's losses. One Omaha woman donated 52 boxes of nearly new books, Lawver said.

The $1.3 million library opened in June 2006.


Information from: KOLN-TV, http://www.kolnkgin.com

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