Custer County Library to Close Two Days for Bookshelf Installation.

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.

Assistant Librarian Mary Richards standing in front of the recently repaired library wall points out ceiling repair issues at the Custer County Library October 27, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


The roofing project contracted to Black Hills Roofing at the Custer County Library awaits installation of flashing to complete the project. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


Sections of cement in the Custer County Library main entrance walkway that are scheduled for repair. Photo:Herb Ryan/ Custer County Library


A proposed new sidewalk will connect the Custer County Library main entrance with the entrance to the SDSU Cooperative Extension Service Office and the Pine Room. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

“Book Chat” Facilitated by Amy Kirk at The Custer County Library Thursday September 22, 2016

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





Custer County Library Wall Rammed By Senior Citizen Monday Afternoon

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.”

Info: Custer County Library Facebook Page


Custer County Library, Tuesday August 31, 2016. A Bobcat is used to support the west wall of the library until repairs are made.Photo/Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press


The vehicle involved in the Custer County Library accident Monday August 30, 2016. (submitted photo)


Interior west wall of the Custer County Library shows impact on bookcases and table after a car struck the wall Monday August 30, 2016. (submitted photo)


Custer County Librarian Doris Ann Mertz moves books in preparation for repairs on the west wall that was damaged by a car crash August 30, 2016. Photo:Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press – Taken August 31, 2016