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UPDATE: Morris Public Library closed due to water damage

The Morris Public Library was closed Monday as as result of water damage caused by a leaky roof and weekend storms. 1 / 2
The Morris Public Library was closed Monday as as result of water damage caused by a leaky roof and weekend storms. 2 / 2

MORRIS – The Morris Public Library is closed as a result of water damage following storms over the weekend.  

The kick off to the summer reading program with CLIMB Theater next Tuesday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m. has been moved across the street to First Lutheran Church.

Carpet throughout the library was soggy with water, wood paneling was falling off the wall, and light fixtures in the roof were filled with water. Approximately 200 gallons of water were extracted from the carpeting.

“Thankfully, few books were damaged, except that now the air is so humid, the books are absorbing the moisture,” said Director Melissa Yauk.

Yauk said the library roof was in the process of being replaced but it was not completed before it rained over the weekend. Historically, the library has had problems with the roof leaking because the drain spouts on the roof can get clogged.

On Monday, city staff and cleaning crews were working to vacuum the water out of the carpet, removing approximately 200 gallons. Fans and a dehumidifier have been moved into the building to control moisture.

Yauk said she didn’t know when the library would be able to open again.

Patrons can still return books at the library book drop and renew books online. Patrons can also pick up materials from the staff entrance on the side of the building.

The meeting room is dry and available for use, and delivery pick up will continue as usual.

The pajama storytime and stuffed animal sleepover scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday has been cancelled. Sign ups for the summer reading program are on hold until more is known about the state of the building, Yauk said.

Kim Ukura

Kim Ukura began working at the Farmington/Rosemount Independent Town Pages in August of 2016. Previously, she served as the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune for five years. She graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2008 with degrees in English and journalism. She earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010. Prior to returning to Morris to work at the Sun Tribune, she worked in trade publishing. She has been recognized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association for human interest, multimedia, business and public affairs reporting. 

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