May 10, 2018: Final Update!
The children’s department is now open for business! After January’s flood, we have given the children’s room a “face-lift” via a combination of insurance coverage and capital improvement funds that were thriftily set aside in years past. The new-look room includes: new technology, computer countertops, toys, furniture including a long, multi-use family table, OPACs, LED lighting, artwork, snazzy new carpet and a fresh, sunshine-tinted coat of paint. We are also now “fine free” for children’s and young adult materials. Please come visit us and be sure to check out the attached pictures and read a couple of nice news articles about the room from the L.I. Advance & Greater Patchogue. We hope to see you soon!
May 3, 2018
We are extremely happy to share with you that the children’s room will re-open to the community next Thursday, May 10th. We have appreciated your patience and support as we recovered from the flood in January and hope that you will be pleased with the updates to the room. On the day of re-opening, the children’s department will have a wide variety of activities happening all day and evening as we welcome back our kids. Stay tuned for more details.
We are also pleased to announce that beginning on the day we re-open, we will no longer collect overdue fines for children’s and young adult materials. This change in policy will be detailed in a coming post.
We look forward to seeing you on the 10th!
April 17, 2018
Our books are back! Now that the new carpet has been installed, today we received all of our children’s books, DVDs & CDs back from storage. Staff will be very busy over the next few days getting everything organized and back where it belongs. Furniture and toys will be arriving over the next couple of weeks. As soon as we have an official re-opening date we will share it with you right here. We’re getting closer … thank you for your patience!
April 6, 2018
The carpet squares have arrived and will be installed soon. All the light fixtures have been converted to LED compatible. The books will be back by the end of the month and new toys will be arriving soon. Thank you for your patience as we work hard to reopen the Children’s Room!
February 22, 2018
Progress has been made on the Children’s room; the ceiling has been fixed and a fresh coat of paint (a new sunny yellow) is on the walls. Unfortunately we are now in a holding pattern as we wait for our commercial carpet to be manufactured so it can replace the flood damaged carpet currently in the room. Certain aspects of this work, such as manufacturing times, are out of our control and we hope you’ll continue to bear with us and know that we are working as quickly as is within our control to get the room up and running again. Our Children’s librarians have done a fantastic job of transforming the large print area into a serviceable and welcoming temporary Children’s department. They are still here offering programs and willing to help with whatever you need so please don’t hesitate to come see them! While we have no estimate yet as to when the room will be open again to the public, we are excited for that time to come so you can see the improvements we’ve made to the space. We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the room as we have news to share!
January 25, 2018
It has been just over 2 weeks now since the incident and we are making the best of a difficult situation! As previously mentioned we have temporarily set up the Children’s Department in the Large Print room. Our librarians are stationed there and ready to answer any questions you may have or to interloan any materials you may need. There are a couple of gaming computers in the area as well as a select number of books and play materials. Children are also able to sign on to the Internet computers in our YA area if they have Internet permission on their library cards. In the meantime, the process of repairs have begun in the Children’s Department as well as the review of materials to assess what can be kept/stored and what is no longer usable. Besides the necessary repairs, we are taking this opportunity to give the department an overdue face-lift which we think will improve the look and function of the space. Fortunately, between insurance coverage and years of careful budgeting we are able to manage this within our current operating budget. However, if you wish to donate money to assist with the repair and improvements, please click here (be sure to select South Country Library from the drop down menu). We are very grateful for the outpouring of support and offers of help we’ve received; a donation is certainly not necessary but is greatly appreciated. As the repairs progress and we get a better idea of when we may be able to reopen the Children’s wing, we will relay that information here and on our Facebook page.
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 faulty sprinkler head flooded 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!