January 12, 2018
Thankfully, based on our preliminary information, we believe that the damage done will be a lot less severe than we initially feared. We were able to reopen to the public yesterday, Thursday, January 11, although it will take some time before we can reopen the Children’s Department. In the interim our Children’s Department will be operating from the Large Print room although collection availability and services may be limited for awhile. Some collections have been shifted around as well, if you need any help finding any books though, please speak to a member of our staff and we’ll direct you where to go. We would like to express sincere thanks to Chevalley Enterprises Plumbing & Heating, Advanced Restoration Corporation, and Marylou & Peter from Bellport Village for working closely and diligently with us all day on Wednesday to get clearance to reopen. We are also truly blessed to have such a wonderful staff here at the library who have exhibited tremendous teamwork in dealing with the myriad issues associated with such a major incident. We are determined that the Children’s Department will be back and better than ever, it’s just a matter of time, so please bear with us while we made any necessary repairs to the building.
January 8th, 2018
During the day a pipe burst flooding our Children’s Department including the Children’s Program Room as well as several offices. We are sick over the damage that our beloved Children’s Room has sustained and we are determined to come back better than ever as quickly as possible! It will take time and we hope you’ll bear with us as there may be limitations in services or collections for a period of time. The library will remain closed until it is deemed safe for the public to come back but rest assured we are working hard behind the scenes to reopen and to fix the damage. We appreciate the outpouring of support we’ve received regarding this incident and will keep you informed here and on Facebook of our progress and any changes. Thank you all again for your patience and understanding as we begin this painstaking task!