Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One Down, Three Cooling

The news is not good. One of the HVAC roof top units (RTU's) is no longer functioning. With a price tag of about $5,000 to fix and the HVAC Replacement Project specifications and bid package slated to go before the Board of Trustees tomorrow night, the Library will limp along with three functional units. The age of the RTU that is down is a factor in the cost of the repair, making replacement parts expensive and difficult to find.

Please be aware that this will only exacerbate the problem of hot and cold spots in the Library, as the remaining RTU's struggle to keep the temperatures down in the building. Because our antiquated control system does not allow for granular control of air handling, the options for dealing with this problem are limited.

Wear layers and bear with us as the Library addresses its aging infrastructure issues.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Too Hot or Too Cold, Never Just Right

The Library is again experiencing a problem with the HVAC. One of the roof top units (RTU's), the one that cools the Large Meeting Room, Storytime Room and Outreach Office, is not working. It's pretty warm down there!

Due to the HVAC control issues, since the summer heat wave ended, it has been too cold in the Library more often than too warm. The control system does not allow for finite or area specific adjustments.

Needless to say, it's impossible to keep a comfortable temperature in the Library as the systems are failing. Thankfully, the replacement of the HVAC system is on the Board's agenda for Wednesday, August 29.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries

I just have to share Emmily Bristol's take on today's public libraries and why they matter:
Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries

Here in Plainfield, we wish we had enough space to do #8 effectively, but the others are all applicable to your Library. Over 4,000 participated in Summer Reading this year alone and 1,00 attended the Grand Finale event. Your Library is so much more than books on a shelf.