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Lakewood Memorial Library remains closed following the discovery of roof leaks earlier this year. Officials hope the library can reopen by August. Photos submitted

LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood Memorial Library remains closed following the discovery of several leaks in February.

Library officials decided to replace the roof and make major repairs inside the building, located at 12 W. Summit St. “Once we are sure the building is safe from future leaks, we can carry out any other major repairs that may be needed, such as replacing the carpet,” the library board said on the library’s website. “The last step in the process will be to bring all of our books back and put them back on the shelves – that’s no small task in itself.”

Library manager Shannon Taylor said while several projects are still underway inside, the roof has been successfully replaced. She said the cause of the leak was roof penetration from the previous installation of an HVAC unit.

“The roof unit was not installed correctly in 2008, so unfortunately it collected water all those years and was eventually discharged indoors”, she says. “We are moving to a ductless separation system so that we no longer have roof penetrations.”

By switching to a ductless split system, Taylor said there would be nothing on the roof except for a few solar panels, which don’t penetrate the roof of the building.

The library does not currently have an official timeline for the completion of repairs.

“There is no official calendar yet” Taylor said.“I was optimistic for the end of this month, but it seems more likely that it will be next month.”

Although the library remains closed, it still offers a variety of programs and opportunities for the community.

“While we are closed, we offer story time at the Good Neighbor Bookstore on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and we have a stand at the Lakewood Farmers and Artisans Market on Thursdays, where we hold a book sale, activities for children and provide the latest library news,” Taylor said.

The library’s summer reading program is also underway. Taylor said this year’s theme is “Oceans of possibilities. Prizes will be awarded to participants who register the most minutes before the August 27 deadline.

Taylor said there are two ways for participants to log summer reading minutes. Participants can either register online at or pick up a reading journal at the Lakewood Farmers’ Market on Thursdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The first prize for each age category for the summer reading program is a Niagara Falls Aquarium membership.

Next month, the library plans to host a cookie decorating event, scavenger hunt, Day with the Audubons, and magic show. Each of these events will take place on Tuesdays at 11 a.m.

Taylor said the library has a substantial impact on the community.

“We provide enrichment programs and educational opportunities. We also have digital literacy with our computer classes. We have artistic enrichment,” she says.

The current cost of building repairs is $361,299. Library insurance covers $133,000. The library has applied for construction assistance through the state and is seeking other grants to help cover the remaining balance.

“The financial impact is quite significant at the moment,” Taylor said.

The library hopes to start serving the community again as soon as the building is nearly complete.

“The most important thing for us is that we just want to be able to be open again and see all our customers again,” Taylor said.

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