By Herb Ryan
October 28, 2016
Custer, SD – The Custer County Library will be closed for bookshelf installation on the repaired back wall and ceiling repair starting Tuesday November 1, 2016 and if progress allows, the library will reopen Wednesday November 2, 2106 at 3:00 pm.
” Star Academy donated oak shelving which we greatly appreciate because we did have damaged bookshelf units when the exterior wall was hit by a vehicle on Monday, August 30″, said Custer County Library Director Doris Mertz.
The roof repair contracted to Black Hills Roofing still needs flashing applied before it is completed. There will also be cement work done on the entrance sidewalk, including a reconfiguring of the rail fence near the entrance to allow a connector sidewalk to the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service Office and the Pine Room.
The word book comes from Old English “bōc”, which in turn comes from the Germanic root “*bōk-“, cognate to “beech”.Similarly, in Slavic languages (for example, Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian) “буква” (bukva—”letter”) is cognate with “beech”. In Russian and in Serbian and Macedonian, the word “букварь” (bukvar’) or “буквар” (bukvar) refers specifically to a primary school textbook that helps young children master the techniques of reading and writing. It is thus conjectured that the earliest Indo-European writings may have been carved on beech wood. Similarly, the Latin word codex, meaning a book in the modern sense (bound and with separate leaves), originally meant “block of wood”. (WiKi)
While Amy Kirk is not suggesting you bring a “block of wood” to the Book Chat, she did say, “this book chat is for readers who are interested in future book ideas or would like to share what they are currently reading”. There will be coffee and “goodies” available. Mary Richards assistant librarian said ” you can enter the library by using the regular entrance where the book drop is, even though the construction barricades are still up in the parking lot there is ample parking for all”.
Custer County Library
447 Crook Street
Custer, SD 57730
By Herb Ryan
Custer, SD – Early Monday afternoon August 30, 2016 a 83 year old woman rammed the west end of the Custer County Library after mistaking the gas pedal for the brake pedal while attempting to park at the library. The driver, a Custer resident was reported to be shaken but unharmed while her vehicle sustained front end damage.
Because of significant damage to the library wall and possible damage to some roof joist, the library will remain closed until further notice.
Assistant Librarian Mary Richards said ” I was working at the front checkout desk when I heard this loud explosion, time seemed to go into slow motion as I watched dust pour down from the ceiling. The back wall exploded in a cascade with bricks, cinder blocks more dust and wallboard bulging out into a reading area” I asked assistant librarian Janice Stadler to call 911 while I ran out to see what happened. A still visibly shaken Mary Richards Tuesday afternoon said ” living in Lead 34 years ago, an earthquake struck town with a terrible thundering boom, the effect of the wall being hit by a car yesterday was much louder ”
Custer County Librarian Doris Ann Mertz said ” As long as the library is closed, late fees will not be applied to videos, books or music.
Options are being considered for a temporary drop off station, but until the building damage assessment is complete, we have no idea when the library will re-open.”