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Long Lake library closed for repairs

Long Lake library

Long Lake library Photo by John Grybos.

— As building repairs continue, the Long Lake library has no scheduled reopening date, and all late fees will be waived for now.

The Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Long Lake Public Library, located at 1195 Main St., has been closed since Oct. 2 for roof and electrical repair.

The library board president, Steve Signell, said the roof has been deteriorating for many years and a new roof was badly needed before another winter could cause further damage.

“The repairs were scheduled, but we thought the library could remain open,” Signell said. “We realized that just wasn’t going to work after the work started.”

The building is owned by the town of Long Lake. The town is paying for repairs.

Once the new roof in completed, another contractor will insulate the attic to reduce heating costs, and electrical work is being done on lower level fixtures and wiring for safety reasons, Signell said.

Library board members hope to reopen the library by the end of October.

“We hope to have it open by the end of October but it’s taking a little longer than expected,” Signell said. “At this point we can only say the library is closed until further notice.”

All library programs except the Ghost Stories with Jamie Sutliff event scheduled for noon at the Nutrition Site on Oct. 31, have been cancelled for this month.

The “Logging the Sewards”program scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 24 has been cancelled, and the library board hopes to reschedule this event for March or April.

“Babies Belong in Libraries” meetings have been cancelled for October, and will resume on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10:30 a.m.

The “Knitting & Crochet Circle” has also been cancelled for the rest of October, and will resume Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.

For more information about events at the library, visit their website at longlake.sals.edu.

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