Okay, I’ll admit it. I love e-books. The knowledge that I have hundreds (thousands?) of hours of reading material in the little electronic device in my purse comforts me when I think about long car trips, visits to the orthodontist and natural disasters like we saw play out in Atlanta this week. I mean, if I had to spend umpteen hours in the car, at least I would have something to do until my battery went dead.

But my love for paper books is still there and the idea of my (also huge) collection of Science Fiction in the garage being destroyed by mold is not a happy thought.

We read two stories this week of libraries losing part of their collections to mold:

In Newport News, Virginia, a library has had to close temporarily due to mold. “The latest victims are non-fiction and reference collections housed on the second floor of the Main Street Library, where mold was found growing on the books. Volunteers are helping clean the books of mold, and ‘we’re in the process of getting a vendor to come in and clean that collection,’ said Newport News Library Director Izabela Cieszynski.” The Daily Press

And at the University of Missouri, over 600,000 books have been damaged by mold in an off-campus storage facility. “University of Missouri Libraries officials face tough choices as they consider what to do with 600,000 mold-covered books at an off-campus storage facility. The volumes are stored at Subtera, an underground storage facility off Stadium Boulevard in north Columbia. Jim Cogswell, director of MU Libraries, said library staff discovered the mold problem in October.” LibraryStuff.net

Books are important to all of us and any moisture that reaches them will lead to mold growth and damage. Keep your books dry and be sure to check them often for any signs of mold or pest infestation. If you need mold removed from your books or any other belongings, call on Alliance Environmental Group. Our services include proper containment and removal as well as thorough site decontamination. We use heat to remove mold, rather than chemicals, which would further damage your property. The heat process will:

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We hope your books are safe and that you enjoy them for years to come!