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Week Two: Walls Come Tumblin’ Down

May 31-June 6

Bit by bit, contractors broke through the wall separating the listening area from the former microform storage area.  With each passing day, more sections of wall disappeared.  Sometimes the work was very noisy, but there was less dust than staff expected (though some of the pictures below show dust lit by the camera flash).   By the time librarians and staff returned from a retreat on Wednesday, only the structural columns remained, striped of their drywall.   Beneath the drywall of one column was discovered a mysterious paper cover.  When was the cover taped to the column, by whom, and why?  The book was published in 1982, and the word “literary” of the subtitle was crossed out and “library” handwritten above it.  Was some earlier Grinnellian trying to tell us something?

Work slowed at the end of the week because of an unexpected asbestos abatement matter.

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