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Canandaigua's Wood Library Reopens

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While Wood Library has reopened, parts of it are still closed days after a sprinkler pipe burst on the first floor.

Library Director Jenny Goodemote says it happened right above the adult fiction collection Monday, completely soaking the section.

"Roughly that's about three thousand books that were soaked from the water," said Goodemote. "And that water also seeped into the basement floor where our children's section is."

"It sounded like it was raining and about five seconds after that the fire alarm went off," Circulation clerk Carrie Magnan said, "and we all just jumped into action."

The quick-thinking staff was able to move some books and electronics out of the way, but the damage on the first floor was extensive. The rugs, the baseboards and, of course, the books.

"The three thousand books that I was talking about have been sent to a freeze drying facility in Rushville, so we're waiting on that to see if insurance will cover that," said Goodemote.

While they wait to hear what the next step will be, the library staff is asking the public to be patient with them since they'll have to get some books people want from other libraries in their system. But they say community members have already shown just how important the library is to them.

"A lot of people did good, they pitched in and helped out like anybody else in the community does for each other," said Canandaigua resident Craige Reeves.

"People just love this building," said Goodemote. "They love the library. When this whole thing happened there were so many people who came forward and said 'is there anything I can do?'"

The first floor will remain partially opened until the damage is fixed. The staff is hoping insurance will cover most of the cost.

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