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Phoenix Burton Barr Library Fallout: $2.5M Restoration, Extra Sunday Hours At Branches

View of damaged roof at Burton Barr Library in Phoenix.
City of Phoenix and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc.
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View of damaged roof at Burton Barr Library in Phoenix.

Phoenix is adjusting to the year-long closure of its main downtown library by extending hours at nearby branches. 

Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave., suffered extensive water damage this summer when a monsoon storm lifted the roof causing a pipe to break and flood the building.

Phoenix City Council recently approved a $2.5 million contract with a construction company to help restore the library's first four floors. That will include replacing carpet, drywall, doors and interior ceilings. The project is expected to take eight months.

In the meantime, Phoenix Public Library is adding Sunday hours to four locations closest to Burton Barr.

Century, Harmon, Ocotillo and Yucca libraries will be open 1-5 p.m. starting Sunday, Sept. 10.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.