Pennsylvania: Schlow Centre Region Library Continues to Feel Effects of Flood While Working to Rebuild Collection
Schlow Centre Region Library employees are still working to recover from the flood that decimated their biography collection and forced the library to close for two weeks.
If you go to Schlow today, it’s almost impossible to tell that a broken pipe caused so much trouble in February. The community room and art galleries – which were hit hard by water damage – are back open, and library patrons swarm the stacks.
Office manager DJ Lilly agrees, saying the flood is still something the staff “talks about all day” – but the library is on much more even footing than in the immediate aftermath of the flood. She was especially curious to know exactly what the library’s insurance would or wouldn’t cover, and if it would be enough to replace the roughly 1,500 books that were lost.
Lilly says the insurance company will pay the depreciated cost of the books that were destroyed, but will also cover the difference for the cost of replacements – meaning the library will be able to completely resurrect its collection.
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