May 21, 2018
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Brewer Public Library closes for renovation

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — The city’s public library will be closed July 6-9 while a new heat pump heating and cooling system is installed, library director Donna Rasche said Friday.

“We have an old building” with an inefficient heating system from the 1950s, she said. “Some places have central air and heating, and some places have small heating units.”

Rasche wrote a successful grant and the city was awarded federal stimulus funds to pay for the project, which is expected to save approximately $4,000 a year by eliminating the 1,200 gallons of oil used annually.

Three new heat pumps already are sitting on the roof and will be installed and connected to new ductwork during the week the library is closed. Old fiberboard ductwork will be removed as part of the project.

“That has to come out and the new ductwork put in,” Rasche said. “New ductwork also will be put into rooms where we don’t have any.”

The new heating system has a Bangor Gas Co. backup, she said.

The new heating and cooling system “will maintain a perfect temperature,” Rasche said. “[And] it will give lots of fresh air.”

Borrowed books or materials that are due during the period the library is closed for renovations will be renewed automatically.

The library, which is located at 100 South Main St., will reopen on July 12.

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