The Fairfield Woods Branch Library is back off the shelf and open for business.

The library, one of the busiest branch libraries in the state, reopened Saturday after being closed five days to allow for cleanup of mold discovered in the aftermath of a recent roof replacement project.

The reopening of the library at 1147 Fairfield Woods Road was welcomed by staff and patrons Saturday morning.

Mold remediation work was successfully performed in the basement area of the building, according to an announcement by First Selectman Michael Tetreau on Friday.

Access to the basement area is still limited until work to replace the materials removed during the cleanup is completed.

Air sample results, collected in the first floor after the mold remediation work was finished, find air quality is at acceptable levels and indicate it is in the "Clean Building" category, Tetreau said.

"No one was alarmed or overly concerned," Beverly D'Aprile, a circulation coordinator at the library, said Saturday, "but we appreciated that all concerned were being very cautious. The remediation work went well and quickly as expected. My staff and I were able to come in Friday for a couple of hours to get organized for our reopening this morning."

D'Aprile said some programs that had been scheduled during the cleanup week had to be cancelled outright, while others were moved to other locations or rescheduled.

"Everyone who's come in this morning has said `We're glad you're back, we missed you,' " D'Aprile said.

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