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Norwich Library Closed for Upgrade

Norwich — The Norwich Public Library will be closed from Saturday through Tuesday as part of an energy-efficiency upgrade.

The $80,000 renovation project involves installing new insulation in the 133-year-old building, re-pointing and re-flashing the chimney, and improving the plumbing and heating systems, according to Library Director Lucinda Walker.

An energy audit last year revealed that much of the building’s heat and air conditioning was escaping outside due to poor insulation. In response to these findings, the library decided to “go green” by commencing its first renovation since 1999. Walker said the library staff hopes to redirect the funds saved from heating and cooling the building to the book collection, services, programs, and activities.

The library was closed for a few days earlier this month as part of the renovation, and will also be closed briefly in August. The $80,000 comes from a bequest of Winona Hary.

The renovation work has cut into the space otherwise reserved for book donations for the annual Friends of the Library book sale, so Dan Fraser, of Dan & Whit’s general store, offered space at 338 Main St. for books to be sorted and stored.

Though the library will technically be closed until Wednesday morning, the staff hopes to appease book-lovers on Monday by hosting a dual ice-cream gathering and book read-in at the Norwich Green. Free ice cream bars will be awarded to the first 50 readers.