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Washington County library to be closed over Easter holiday

March 26, 2003|by MARLO BARNHART

The main branch of the Washington County Free Library will be closed for four days over the Easter holiday so the 30-year-old central electrical panel can be replaced, library Director Mary Baykan said.

The library at 100 S. Potomac St. will be closed and the bookmobiles will not operate from Thursday, April 17, through Sunday, April 20.

All library branches around the county will be closed on Friday, April 18, for Good Friday, and on Sunday, April 20, for Easter. Regular Saturday hours will be observed at all branches on Saturday, April 19, Baykan said.

"We have maxed out capacity at the central branch," Baykan said.

That statement was borne out as the Washington County Commissioners were about to have their annual luncheon at the library.

"Apparently we plugged in one hot plate too many and poof, the main breaker tripped," Baykan said. "We have been holding our breath that we don't go dark lately."

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The aging system must be replaced because there are no replacement parts available and repairs can't be made, she said.

The $30,000 replacement electrical system was budgeted for some time ago when it became apparent that the Internet link between the library, county and city governments and public schools also could be in jeopardy.

"The library provides Internet connectivity to all those agencies and schools now," Baykan said. "And if we go dark, so do they."

The Easter holiday for schools is April 18 to 21.

"We picked a holiday because we felt there would be less impact than if we did it in the fall, for instance," Baykan said.

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