(02/21/14) - Last month, the Genesee District Library inside the Genesee Valley center was forced to close its doors after a water main break.
Workers scrambled to save hundreds of books and other items.
"Luckily we were able to work pretty quickly and we didn't have a lot of materials destroyed," said librarian Sarah Bleuer.
Friday morning, the branch re-opened after weeks of repairs. Library regulars were first through the doors and happy to have those resources available once again.
"This library is extremely convenient for us because my wife and I both walk here in the morning. We're mall walkers and after walking, we have books to check out," said Randy Voto.
"This is a nice feature having this here at the mall. It probably gets a lot of people here, a library that otherwise wouldn't," said Andy Lossing.
Library employees hope this is the last bit of drama in what has been a turbulent year. The branch closed a year ago after similar water damage. Then, in the fall, there was fear funding cuts would close the doors permanently. A last minute plan kept the library open.
()"It was great to see we're appreciated and valued in the community and we really appreciate the support of all our patrons," Bleuer said.
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