Library reopens after Hurricane Harvey

Marina Riker By Marina Riker

Sept. 13, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.
Updated Sept. 13, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.

Joe Cordova, 50, reads a newspaper.

Joe Cordova, 50, reads a newspaper.    Ana Ramirez for The Victoria Advocate

Rebecca Richardson, who lives in Mission Valley, said she drove past the Victoria Public Library multiple times in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, checking to see whether the damaged building was open.

"I'm on call for the last season of 'Grimm,'" said Richardson. "I've got to see the ending."

Water seeped through the library's roof during the storm, forcing it to close for more than two weeks. But fortunately for avid librarygoers, such as Richardson, the Victoria Public Library reopened Wednesday. Dozens of Victoria residents flocked to the building to check out movies, books and use the internet.

"The main damage was to structure, not materials," said Library Director Dayna Williams-Capone. "So we're really thankful there because that could've created a whole other level of headaches for us."

Torrential rains from Hurricane Harvey leaked through the roof and through an office on the second floor, said Williams-Capone. That water seeped into the wall near the circulation desk and soaked some of the carpet, she said.

A contracting company spent days drying out the building, she said. She doesn't know when reconstruction of the damaged sections will take place, but the library is seeking state grants to help cover the costs, she said.

Richardson said she was happy that thousands of books, magazines and films in the library were unscathed.

In addition to borrowing DVD sets of her favorite TV shows, she frequently checks out books about quilting and embroidery - one of her favorite hobbies since she retired, she said.

"I check them out all the time," she said.


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