Library reopening after being closed for months

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Associated Press

Posted on December 3, 2012 at 9:47 AM

LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky library has overcome storm damage and bat infestations that kept it closed for more than four months.

The Advocate-Messenger (http://bit.ly/Vg5AZD ) reports that the cleanup at the Casey County public library will culminate in Monday's grand reopening in Liberty.

The library was damaged by storm water that came gushing through the ceiling on July 19. The cleanup was complicated by the presence of bat droppings that accumulated in the storm water, causing potential contamination.

Professional cleanup crews were brought in as part of the restoration that cost $223,000. Insurance covered about a quarter of the amount.

About 1,000 books could not be salvaged. About 30,000 volumes were individually cleaned and returned to circulation.

New ceiling tiles, paint and energy-efficient lighting were among the improvements.

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