Lancaster County library gets ready to write its own story

NEW HOLLAND, Pa. (WHTM) – In a library, the tales are usually on the shelves.

For the Eastern Lancaster County Library in New Holland, the newest nonfiction story starts on Wednesday.

It was two months ago when a pipe burst on the library’s third floor. Thousands of gallons of water spilled onto the library’s main floor.

“It was heartbreaking to see such a mess,” library director Heather Smith told ABC 27 News. “At first, we were in denial.”

On Tuesday, Smith showed ABC 27 News where the damage was the worst.

“All of these walls had to be completely stripped down to the studs,” she recalled.

Eighteen-thousand books all had to be moved outside to a trailer while the staff rebuilt their main floor. It took about two months, but the library is ready for a new page.

“We are so excited to be reopening,” Smith said. “In fact, we are going to be better than it was before.”

Volunteers on Tuesday were checking in books and putting them back on the shelves, getting ready for Wednesday’s reopening.

Lias Garrett of East Earl Township was one of those volunteers organizing books. She told ABC 27 News the library is home, so volunteering was a way to help author its new chapter.

“There are times you can find things in a book that aren’t necessarily available online,” Garrett said. “It’s been kind of fun.”

“I’m excited to have our patrons back,” Smith said. “So many people have been popping in, curious about the progress. I’m excited they are going to be here again.”

The library’s main floor opens Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.

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