Park County, Wyoming: Sprinkler System Floods Branch Library, Destroying 5,887 Books (20% of Collection)
From the Billings Gazette:
A faulty heating system at the Meeteetse branch of the county library set off the building’s sprinkler system on Feb. 24. More than 1,000 gallons of water flooded the building in less than 10 minutes. There was no fire.
Nearly 20 percent of the library’s collection — 5,887 books — was destroyed.
Gone are irreplaceable editions of Zane Gray westerns, a first edition of Ansel Adam’s “Tetons and Yellowstone” and a number of rare and sought-after books of Wyoming, U.S. and world history that have long been out of print.
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