Stories from the shadows of the library

by Marcie Schorr Hirsch

Our library building is failing.

One might ask: “But it looks fine. Can’t it just be fixed?”

That’s the right question. Unfortunately, the answer is “no,” but don’t take my word for it. Let’s take a journey to “experience” the building failures for ourselves.


On a freezing Friday night in January, just before going home for the weekend, the Library Director opened a door to find boiling water pouring from the cracked hot water pump. He quickly called the plumber, who saw the 56-year-old pump and told him to call a specialist. After midnight, the specialist arrived and transferred the system to the backup pump. However, on Saturday, the backup pump cracked as well, creating a river of boiling water.