The Ashland community has united to help reopen its library after freezing temperatures caused a pipe to break in the ceiling, caus-ing water damage to the building.
“Anytime you have that kind of situation, the silver lining is the community support,” said Melissa Carr, director of the Daniel Boone Regional Library.
About 350 books were destroyed, in addition to more than 20 children’s activity kits and some furniture.
Although administrators have not fully assessed the extent of the damage, the owner of the building, Bynum Properties, is responsible for all repairs. Destroyed property will be covered by insurance. It is estimated that the repairs would be completed in two weeks. The work includes removing drywall and wet insulation, and making additional repairs to the ceiling.
Currently, the American Legion has donated storage space to the library. Additionally, many Ashland residents have offered to help. One woman even offered an entire week of her vacation to help with the clean up.
The library will remain closed until the repairs are completed, but will continue making book deliveries to the Ashland Senior Center, Southern Boone County retirement homes, housebound patrons and childcare facilities.
The Bookmobile has moved into town and will be at the Ashland Baptist Church located at 203 E. Broadway until the library reopens. Patrons can view the more than 5,000 books, magazines, videos and CDs on the Bookmobile from 9 a.m. to noon Friday mornings and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The Bookmobile will continue its regularly scheduled stops the week.
The Southern Boone County Public Library has more than 41,000 items in circulation. About 40,000 patrons use the library each year and close to 2,500 visited in December alone.