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Shorewood library reopens, but could close again

Demolition project rescheduled

SHOREWOOD – The Shorewood-Troy Library reopens Thursday after being closed for three days, but might close again.

The library was closed for a scheduled demolition that has yet to occur.

The demolition is tentatively rescheduled for Friday. But library Director Jennie Mills said that could change as well.

“It’s possible we will close again,” Mills said. “We’ll see how bad the dust in the air is but we’ll try to stay open if we can.”

Library officials were expecting to close the library Monday through Wednesday for the demolition of the two-story windowed wall at the back of the building.

“We closed with the best information we had available at the time,” Mills said, adding that the administration erred on the side of safety. “However, staff were also told that we were going to be closed, and it was not easy to call them back in with such short notice.”

Mills said that although the major part of the demolition has yet to occur, preparation work including construction barriers was completed.

The $80,000 project is expected to reinforce that side of the library, which is vulnerable to fall in extreme weather events, according to engineers.

Mills acknowledged the effect of library closures on patrons and thanked them for their patience.

“We want this project done and over as much as they do,” she said.

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