Some like it hot, but not books

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By Katy Korkos

It was 77 degrees when the Library Board met in Library Manager Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan’s office at 5:30 p.m. Monday, and that’s not because she likes a warm room. Problems with the heating and cooling system at the library have been the main cause of patron complaints at the main branch, with as many as 177 complaints filed this summer. “This month (October) it’s down to 45 complaints about excessive heat,” Kalogeros-Chattan said.“It’s not the heat – it’s the humidity,” is the truism that is especially on the mark for books. Wayne Kohlrust is the Internal Services Manager in the county, responsible for fleet, facilities and custodial services, and he has heard complaints from the library staff and patrons for many years. “We have a system that pumps humidity into the building,” Kohlrust said, adding that the county has an RFP ready to go out to a company called Total Building Commissioning.The company will evaluate the entire heating and cooling system in the 43,000-square-foot building.

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