Chugiak-Eagle River Library reopens after quake clean-up

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 14:49
  • Workers board up a window outside the Chugiak-Eagle River Library on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, shortly after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the area. The library was closed for three weeks due to repairs and clean-up efforts, but reopened Dec. 21. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The Chugiak-Eagle River Library has reopened three weeks after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake caused damage to the Eagle River Town Center Building.

The library announced the opening Friday on its Facebook page. The library is oepn from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, then closed from Dec. 23-25 for the Christmas holiday. The library will reopen with its normal hours on Wednesday, Dec. 26, though regular programs will not resume until after the New Year.

The library said fines will be waived for items due between Nov. 30 and the end of the year, but that items must be returned before a fine can be waived.

The Nov. 30 earthquake broke windows, sent ceiling tiles crashing to the ground and caused other issues that forced the closure. Once the building was declared safe, volunteers helped clean and restore the library to its former state.

Although the structure itself was damaged in the quake, librarian Nancy Clark said virtually all of the library’s 75,000 books and other items survived the quake undamaged.

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