Sherburne Memorial Library
Director Gail Weymouth was just on her way to work Dec. 16 when she got a call
she was never expecting from an employee.
"There's water coming
out of the ceiling in the Vermont room and she said that you know, this pipe
had burst and that water was pouring out," Weymouth said.
"When we came in we
saw water on the carpet and heard water gushing in the Vermont room," said
Sharon Van Niel, a library clerk.
Van Niel was there and
said their major concern was historical memorabilia that was displayed in that
room. The water came down from the ceiling, getting into a glass case where
many of the special historical items were displayed on the shelves.
Weymouth says it was the
solder joint in a pipe that had failed due to bitter subzero temperatures that
day, allowing some very special items to get drenched.
"Some first edition
books and then there were some journals and there was a baptismal gown,"
significant mementos of Killington's past, including a 150-year-old quilt.
"As soon as we were
able, as we could get to the case, we started removing the items and laying
them out to dry," Van Niel said.
Weymouth says the value of
the items is about $20,000, but some testaments to Killington's past cannot be
given a dollar amount.
"Some things, you
know, are priceless," she said. "And there's no way to get the value
of them, you know,
that's the hardest thing."
The library has now
started repairs and awaits word from a paper conservator to give them an
estimate and see what can be restored.
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