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Auburn library resuming some services after fire

July 14, 2017 GMT

Blackened windows and a more than 5-foot-tall chain-link fence surrounding the Eckhart Public Library were among the few exterior signs this week that fire recently damaged the main building, forcing the Auburn campus to temporarily close.

Although the Main Library -- which housed the children’s department and adult fiction and nonfiction, among other materials -- remains closed, the campus’ Teen Library and William H. Willennar Genealogy Center reopened Monday with modified services.

Magazines, newspapers and David Baldacci novels now reside near genealogy research materials. Across the street, picture books, board books and a Fisher Price table-and-chair set have turned the teens’ space into an impromptu youth services department.

“We’ve tried not to miss a beat,” Assistant Director Jenny Kobiela-Mondor said.

Since the July 2 fire, which was ruled an intentional act days later, the Eckhart Public Library has embraced the rallying cry “Eckhart strong,” now a common hashtag in its social media posts.

For more on this story, see Saturday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Saturday.