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Wilson Library Closed Due To Concerns Over Air Quality

Posted September 21, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT

— The Wilson County main library has been sealed off. The air in the library could be contaminated with mold and asbestos.

No one has been sick from the air, but there is enough of a scare to keep the library closed.

"I rather they close it down and make sure that everything is safe instead of having to bring or expose the children to something," says library visitor Debra Barfield.

Workers discovered mold on the books and the ceiling. They also found mold on the insulation which contains asbestos. An air-quality team will inspect the library.

"With mold, you can have upper respiratory problems. People can also have congestion problems," says library director Patrick Valentine.

The library director thinks the library will be closed at least a month. Air-quality experts have taken air samples and should get the results back on Monday.