There's been lots of activity in the alley behind the Cherokee Public Library this past week including digging, wall repair and removal of greenery. The project has been in the works since last spring but didn't get off the ground until now.
It all started with a few small furry critters who managed to make their way into the building. While trying to figure out how they were coming in, our pest control tech found holes, some rather large, in the foundation of the old section of the building. After 100 plus years, mortar had crumbled. So thanks Shane from Plunkett's for alerting us to the problem.
In order to access the foundation for repair, fill had to be removed from behind a retaining wall and an area dug out so that the masons could get to it. Of course there were old sewer pipes that turned out to be a problem. Nothing's ever easy when you're dealing with a "vintage" building. It was actually kind of interesting to see the old foundation. No cement blocks there, just stones and not quite enough mortar. All is now smoothed over with a new coat that should last another hundred years or at least until after my retirement!
We are glad to have the situation corrected. Even though cute mice in story books are fun to read about, they're not very pleasant to have in cupboards and under sinks.
A happier current topic is the Friends of the Library's book basket fund raiser which is underway. There are about 35 baskets and as usual some really clever ideas. Stop in and take a look. Baskets are on display during open hours with final bids being accepted on Saturday, Dec. 4, at noon.
Also, we encourage you to pick up a bookmark with passwords for our new databases. Anyone who works on cars, trucks, motorcycles, small engines, boats etc. would find these very helpful. They can be accessed online from home once you have the information.
And a final note... the library will be closed today for Veterans' Day. It will close early at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24 and be closed Thursday, Nov. 25 for Thanksgiving.