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PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. (KWWL) -

"Low levels" of carbon monoxide closed the Prairie du Chien Memorial Library November 24th. 

Now, 12 days later, they've reopened their doors.

Nancy Ashmore, the library director, said a nest found in the furnace may have been the cause of the carbon monoxide.  She said her staff smelled gas the morning of the 24th, called the gas company and left immediately. 

It's uncommon to hear about carbon monoxide in public buildings, and Ashmore said because of that, they had never really thought about putting in carbon monoxide monitors before.  They have them now, she said.  But she did add that most home monitors only go off when they reach 30, and the levels in the library were somewhere in the 20's, she said.

In the meantime, library patrons have been returning books and movies, leaving Ashmore and her staff to work their way through a mountain of books.  They were cleared to enter the library again Friday and got to work that morning scanning, sorting and putting away books.

"It's been very frustrating for both the patrons and the staff.  Obviously we have many materials for people to come pick up," Ashmore said.

The closure has also forced them to worry about things they haven't had to worry about before, Ashmore said.  In particular, because they haven't been able to check books out, they are worried they won't have the shelf space to accommodate all the books coming in.

But now that they're open, Ashmore said they'll keep extended hours this and next Saturday, and she expects to catch up by mid-week.

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