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Library to receive much-needed building repairs


By Lindy Sholes

Summer plans are underway for the Long Beach Library, including some much-needed building repairs and an activity schedule for children on their summer break.

Library director Denise Saucier said the Board of Aldermen will accept bids to replace the entire air conditioning unit, just in time for warmer weather.

“[The air conditioner] has been going out for the last few years since I’ve been here,” Saucier said. “It was replaced after Katrina, but you can’t get the parts for it anymore. It’s outdated, and, if it keeps breaking down, we won’t be able to repair it.”

Roof damage from Hurricane Zeta that has caused leaking in the children’s wing will also be fixed. A faulty power connection that has contributed to the HVAC problems will also be replaced.

Saucier said the Board of Trustees will discuss resuming regular programming and hours since going virtual due to COVID-19, but, in the meantime, the proximity to the Town Green will be of benefit.

“We will be having preschool story time through our summer reading program, which starts in June, once a week in the pavilion. So that will be happening, whether or not we get to have it in the building,” Saucier said. It will start in June and will be every Tuesday.

Story time will start in June and will be held every Tuesday. A specific time will be announced once it is decided upon. Programs for older children and families are also in the works for June and July.