MOUNT KISCO — The Mount Kisco Public Library shut down on Wednesday and its children’s and teens’ rooms remain indefinitely closed as village officials try to figure out what caused a pipe to burst at the joint on Tuesday, creating “a tsunami-like flood.”
It was the second bizarre water release in three days at the less-than two-year-old library.
On Sunday, a sprinkler head in the children’s room ceiling opened up, sending water rushing into the children’s craft and story hour atrium, teen room, hallway and the lobby, reaching all the way to the circulation desk, according to a press release put out this afternoon by Co-Communications, public relations consultants for the Westchester Library Sytsem.
The pipe that burst late yesterday afternoon outside of the children’s restroom flooded “the children’s room, very deep into the teen room, as well as the children’s librarians’ office,” according to the release.
Mayor J. Michael Cindrich said this afternoon the village was trying to figure out what caused the two mishaps at the roughly $9 million facility that opened in August 2009.
“It’s very disconcerting,” Cindrich said. “We’ll make sure the public knows what the cause was.”
The mayor said the village was having all the sprinkler heads in the building checked.
The pipe that separated at the joint on Tuesday feeds into a sink in the children’s restroom and broke apart in a mechanical room, the mayor said.
“Library staff are working to assess the damage and more information about how residents can help will be provided early next week,” according to the WLS news release. “Staffers hope that the unaffected portions of the library will be open for business tomorrow, Thursday, January 27….the children’s and teen’s areas will be closed until further notice.”
The 18,000-square-foot library at 100 Main St. was built by Rok-Built Construction in Yorktown and features a geothermal heating and cooling system. The construction was paid for with a bond voters approved in 2005.