Madeline And Curious George Safe After Children’s Library Flood

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — There was once a sewage problem at the New Rochelle Public Library that temporarily closed the nursery to the public, but the beloved books, safe on their shelves, lived happily ever after.

Due to a malfunction in the plumbing, a large part of the floor in the nursery of the library was soaked on Thursday evening. The minor flood caused by a faulty toilet was quickly addressed, but a soggy carpet left library staff with no choice but to close the section of the library.

Library director Tom Geoffino said that while the carpet appears to be the only part of the library to have suffered water damage, some of the shelves had to be removed to assess the condition of the floor.

“Fortunately, our books/non-print collections, furniture and technology were not affected by this incident,” Geoffino told Patch in a statement. “We expect to fully reopen the room once we put the shelves back in place with the collections in place. In the meantime, children’s staff will continue to provide service to the public regarding access to collections currently accessible. And our wonderful Huguenot Children’s Library is completely open to our community.”

The unexpected closure came at an unfortunate time for families who relied on the kid-friendly space as a place to beat the heat during this week’s dangerously high temperatures and humidity. The New Rochelle Public Library was one of the locations city officials recommended as a shelter from the recent extreme weather.

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