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Flood destroys thousands of books at Santa Fe library

Kathryn Spangle, branch manager at La Farge, and Patricia Hodapp, director of Santa Fe Public Libraries Kathryn Spangle, branch manager at La Farge, and Patricia Hodapp, director of Santa Fe Public Libraries |  Photo: Luis Sanchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Marian Camacho
August 02, 2018 09:06 AM

SANTA FE, N.M. - Workers at the La Farge Branch of the Santa Fe Public Library say thousands of books have been sent to the landfill and they expect many more to follow due to recent rains.

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When the storms hit the capital city on July 23, employees had no idea what they were in for. According to our partners at the Santa Fe New Mexican, employees say the deluge exposed leaks in the library's roof sending water streaming down a bookcase-lined wall in the children's section.

Library staff decided to close the library until all necessary repairs are made and everything is cleaned up.

“We want to make sure for our patrons and our staff that everything is healthy,” said La Farge Branch manager Kathryn Spangle. “That includes getting the air tested.”

Santa Fe Public Library director Patricia Hodapp says the city will pay for the building repairs and the library is working to replace the books. The estimated cost is around $40,000 based on each of the 2,000 books already lost at a cost of $20 each.

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