New Roofing In Store For Old Libraries

Wednesday - September 24, 2008
By Kerry Miller
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Roof repairs are on the way for two aging Windward Oahu libraries - Kahuku and Waimanalo - thanks to the recent release of $310,000 in design and construction funds.

That’s what the two branches will share of $910,000 in state funds to re-roof and improve air conditioning at libraries on Oahu, Maui and Lanai.

Aging and weathering have created leaks at both libraries, and both roofs were last repaired 20 years ago, said Gov. Linda Lingle when she announced the funds’ release Sept. 2. Construction should be completed by October 2009. Later this year, both libraries also will be retrofitted with energy-efficient lighting.

Kahuku library manager Fran Corcoran is especially excited about the re-roofing because it coincides with the library’s 40th anniversary celebration in November.

“I think the whole roof was probably done 40 years ago in patches,” she recalled.“They are giving us a lot of updates in spite of our very tight budget.”

The library will mark its 40th year from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 18 with Benny Kai of the Polynesian Cultural Center as guest emcee. Kai is the father of U.S.Women’s Soccer Team Olympian Natasha Kai. Local signing groups, storytellers and food also are planned for the free event.

“We hope to have our book-mobile in process ready to go on the road by then,” Corcoran added.

Cora Eggerman, head librarian at Waimanalo, also is looking forward to a new roof. “We’re thrilled. We have been waiting for a very long time for a new roof,” she said.“We have lived with plastic lining our shelves, had garbage cans catch the leaks, had to relocate a computer ... “

Waimanalo Library will get energy-efficient lighting this November, and its installation will not interfere with library access or hours of operation, she added.

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