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My Town Lowell: Library reopens after heater breakdown
My Town Lowell: Library reopens after heater breakdown

LOWELL, Mich.—  Lowell’s library is back open for business, after running into heating problems.

Heidi Nagel, the communications manager for Kent District Library, says a problem with the Englehardt Branch’s heating system arose this weekend, after the library closed for business Saturday.  When staff arrived Monday morning, the heat was off.

Under KDL policy, libraries cannot open of the indoor temperature is below 55 degrees, so the Lowell library was forced to shut down Monday, as repair people searched for a replacement part for the heating system.  Only one business in West Michigan had the part in stock.  Unfortunately, that replacement piece was also defective, so the library had to wait for the part to be shipped in.

The library reopened to patrons Tuesday afternoon, thanks in part to the milder temperatures and sunlight warming the building. Nagel says any patrons who have overdue book fines as a result of  Monday’s closure should speak with somebody at the library’s front desk to work out the issue.

Nagel says the Englehardt Branch’s heating system is as old as its building, which opened in 1997.  She says repairs to the heating system will be covered by the City of Lowell, which operates the library.