Library first-floor expected to reopen

WOODBRIDGE >> The town library, closed since flooding and damage were discovered July 5 after the long holiday weekend, was expected to reopen on a limited basis this week, First Selectwoman Ellen Scalettar said.On Monday, Scalettar’s office said plans called for the first-floor, adult section, to reopen Wednesday. The upper level, children’s department, will take another two-three weeks.

“The damage, though contained, has been extensive in certain areas,” Scalettar has said.

Scalettar has said the “good news” is that it appears insurance will cover the costs of repairs and book replacement.

She said the Farmers’ Market will continue 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Significant damage was done when a broken toilet shut-off valve was discovered July 5, meaning water was likely flowing “for several days over the long holiday weekend, as a large amount of it made its way to the first floor near the Circulation Desk,” according to the library website.

The valve was in the restroom of the children’s department on the second floor of the library.

A considerable amount of damage was done to carpeting and drywall on both floors and about $1,800 worth of books were destroyed and various pieces of furniture, including library shelving and the children’s department service desk, were damaged beyond repair, Library Director Eric Werthmann said on the library website.

“We also want to do everything we can to make sure the library is completely safe for patrons and staff members alike before we reopen,” Werthmann wrote recently.

“This will involve cleaning all of the carpets and all of the library’s ductwork,” he has said.

Digital resources on the library website have been continuously available, including e-books from Overdrive and downloadable magazines from Zinio, the site says.

The library meeting room, unaffected by the flood, continues to be open limited hours.

Patrons may use their Woodbridge Library card at any public library in Connecticut.

For information, contact Werthmann at