You know the deluge we were praying for? Hey! We didn’t do this:
Anyway, we checked Level 2 during yesterday’s downpour and all looks ok. The plastic sheets are still covering the book shelves. We are still being very cautious. These are books, after all.
So if you need to retrieve any books from those shelves, please approach our staff.
Well, what a bit of hoo-ha that came with the downpour this morning!
We discovered that there was a very bad leak on Level 2 – and get this – right between 2 shelves of books. Barely missing the books. It was so bad that the ceiling boards were crumbling falling in bits and pieces all over the carpet. But it was the books we were more concerned with. So calls were made to contractors, etc and plastic sheets were quickly used to cover the books. TNL does not have to tell you what happens when you even one book wet. Man… what a nightmare!
We went up to Level 3 to see what was happening. There were pools of water every where since they removed the windows. The question was where was the crack or holes that were allowing all this water to enter Level 2? Marcus (a very young recently graduated engineer from the agency working on the renovation) came by. He got the workers to remove the ceiling boards and moved tables out of the way. The worst case scenario would be to relocate the books from those 2 rows. But move them where? We were noticing spots of water dotting some other parts of Level 2 as well.
Anyhow, Marcus managed to identify the crack on Level 3 and got that cemented by late morning. Andrew came around with more plastic sheets to cover our books. So what now? We are keeping the plastic sheets on and monitoring the leaky area and the whole Level 2 ceiling area.
Then it occurred to us that hey, what happens when Sunday comes around and there’s a downpour? And the library closed with nobody to notice or call for help?
Let’s just hope it pours tomorrow and in the next few days so that we could see if there are any areas that need patching up. We don’t want to get a rude shock when we open the library on Monday.
Anyway, all you people looking forward to lovely, dry days ahead for your golf game or picnic – Ha! Too bad, we are praying for rain – and not your wimpy, listless drizzle but the whole Great Flood, Noah’s Ark kind of deluge.
If you see workers moving around bringing all sort of shelves, furniture and goodness-knows-what-you-can-find-in-an-old-library up to Level 2, it’s because they ARE moving around helping us store away all sorts of goodness-knows-what.
Yup, we are clearing the Basement (you didn’t know we had one? Well, we do) out so that the contractors can start getting the Basement ready for some piling. No, not to worry. Piling only begins when exams end. And our workers do know you need your quiet time to study so they will try their best to keep noise to the minimumest of the minumum.
Moving around starts today (14 Apr) and ends 23 Apr.
Well, our ladies have completed removing the shelves on Level 2.
We are closing the area at the farthest corner facing BIZ2 to prepare for the renovation (see red-highlighted in pic on the left). Fret not. The study cubicles in this area have been moved out the empty areas near the current journals.
You must have heard all the banging from BIZ1? 🙂 We are sorry. We have to get the shelves at the far corner of Level 2 removed soon so that you don’t get the noise as it gets closer to exam period.
As you can see, we have quite a number to remove.
And our ladies are working hard at it. Yes, ladies. Here you see 3 of our very conscientious, strong and uncomplaining colleagues determine to get their work done as efficiently and quietly as possible. This, my friends, is the spirit of our work ethic. Women power in its essence. Rock on, ladies!
After removing the shelves, they have to pack and transport them to be stored away. Man, these shelves are really heavy.
Our ladies tell me they should be completing their task soon. It is hard work but they are trying to speed up the process. Please bear with us.
And three cheers for our women power!