Phoenix’s Burton Barr Central Library To Reopen June 16 After Flooding Closure

Burton Barr Central Library is celebrating its reopening with free events for visitors of all ages after being closed for almost a year due to flooding.

The Phoenix library will reopen Saturday, June 16 at 9 a.m., library officials announced Wednesday. Free activities for the day include children’s story time, a magician, STE/AM programs and adults-only craft time.

Burton Barr has been closed since last July, when the roof sprung a leak during a storm, causing water to pour into the building. Three Phoenix city employees – the library’s security systems supervisor, the electronic systems specialist in the Public Works Department and the library project manager – were fired after a report alleged that six employees may have known there was a problem with corrosion.

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