The Huntley Area Public Library (H.A.P.L.) will remain closed Thursday while water pipes that burst during the polar vortex undergo repairs. This will be the fourth day in a row the HAPL is closed directly or indirectly due to the storm.
Huntley is an exurb that is mostly contained by McHenry County (which Chicagoans might consider west of Lake County or northwest of Cook County), but due to its position at the southern end of McHenry, it has expanded into Kane County.
The population has more than tripled from 5,730 residents in 2000 to 24,291. The Huntley Area Public Library District serves all of Huntley, parts of Lake in the Hills and Algonquin, and portions of Grafton, Rutland and Coral Townships, is closed.
The Youth Services Staff posted this message at 1:09 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2014:
The Huntley Area Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 8. Pipes had burst from the extreme weather conditions and building repairs are now underway.
Programs scheduled for Wednesday, January 8 have been canceled. Book drops are available. Fines will be adjusted accordingly.
Information regarding hours and programs scheduled for Thursday January 9 will be posted as soon as it becomes available.
Please check the library’s website at www.huntleylibrary.org, OR the library’s automated phone system at 847.669.5386 OR the Emergency Closing Center website at www.emergencyclosingcenter.com for updates on closing and/or opening times and dates.
We hope to see you back at the Library very soon!
An update on the Web site reads:
The Huntley Area Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9. Building repairs are underway.
The Huntley Area Public Library remains closed for building repairs due to water damage. We will open as soon as possible. Unfortunately, services, computer access, and seating will be limited.
Programs scheduled for Wednesday, January 8 and Thursday, January 9 have been canceled. Book drops will be available.
Bob Roberts reported on CBS-2, “The library… will be closed Thursday and its programs cancelled for a fourth consecutive day, as workers try to repair the damage caused when two frozen water pipes burst.”
Books, video and electronics don’t fare well when splattered by water. But library spokesman Doug Cataldo said he believes this could be the last day the library is closed and its programming cancelled.