About 200 children's books at the Lawrence Public Library were found damaged this morning by rain that apparently leaked in as a result of reroofing work being done at the building.
"It appears that the drains are clogged up on the roof, and the water is standing in pools right now," said Wayne Mayo, director of the library, 707 Vt.
"The water's coming down pretty steadily" in the children's books department, Mayo said late this morning.
Mayo said the roofing work began about a week and a half ago to repair damage caused by a hailstorm last spring. The city has contracted with Industrial Roofing, a Lee's Summit, Mo., company, to do the work.
Mary Paretsky, head of the children's books department, said this morning that the wet books have been taken to the library's basement to be dried off by several fans. She said about half a dozen staff members arriving to work around 7 a.m. worked to remove books from the wet areas.
Paretsky said she thinks the library will be able to continue using many of the dampened books.
"I think we caught them in time. We won't know until they dry out," she said.
Mayo said he wasn't sure about the extent of insurance coverage that the library has for damaged books. Mayo said late this morning that he still had not had a chance to talk to the roofing company about the leaks.