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Library in Kingman reopens Tuesday

New drywall? Check. New ceiling tiles? Check. New carpeting? Check. Mohave County has finished its repair checklist for the Kingman Library and will reopen the building at 3269 North Burbank at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A sprinkler main, which was supposed to be dry, filled with water and broke after a cold snap in January.

The repairs are expected cost more than $94,000 and included removing and replacing all the building's carpeting, repairing the electrical system, replacing damaged drywall, installing new wall insulation, coating new paint throughout the building and replacing ceiling tiles. In addition, the building's cooling towers and sprinkler system were repaired and all of the construction waste was disposed of.

The water ran down one of the back walls of the library, damaging drywall, ceiling tiles and soaking the carpet nearly to the front doors. Library staff minimized the damage by sopping up the mess.

While the damage was being repaired, staff moved most of the library's movies and video games and some of the books to the county's library annex on Gordon Avenue in order to continue to serve the public.

The county closed the annex to the public on Friday.

The library also waived all late fees on materials due by Jan. 28.

The library will resume its regular hours with the reopening: Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.