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Midland library dealing with flood aftermath

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MIDLAND, MI (WNEM) -

Homeowners aren’t the only ones cleaning up after flood waters ravaged parts of Mid-Michigan.

The Grace A. Dow Memorial Library in Midland is also dealing with the flood aftermath.

Library Director Melissa Barnard said the elevators were filled with more than 6 feet of water until it spilled out onto the bottom floor over the weekend.

Some books were damaged and will have to be thrown away. The carpeting is also being torn up in some locations.

"Books that have gotten wet are a total loss, mostly because they will likely get mold if you hold onto them and the mold can spread to other books. So once a book gets wet it's pretty much finished," Barnard said.

Employees had to box up the rest of the books on the bottom floor to save them.

"It's actually like really important that they are because it helps get the public back to reading books quickly," Barnard said.

While the main level and the Mezzanine are open, the lower level, including Youth Services, MCTV and the Community Room are closed.

While the child and teen summer reading programs will continue as planned, employees are working to figure out a new schedule for Youth Services Summer Reading events.

"We can get through this so we just want [residents] to know that we are still going to serve them. We're still going to work with them and we thank them for all their thoughts and hopes that this library is going to come back strong on the lower level," Barnard said.

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