Wednesday, July 12 2017
New Geothermal Heating Systems for the Library and Museum!
Thanks to a significant matching grant provided by the Next Generation Foundation of Maine, and our own fundraising efforts, the library and museum are switching to geothermal heating systems in the near future! The drilling has been completed and the pipes have been installed, we are just waiting to have our old furnaces removed and the new geothermal heat pumps installed. For the museum this new system will include the addition of five separate heating zones, a huge improvement from our current single zone.
But what is geothermal and how does it work? Geothermal heat pumps (sometimes referred to as GeoExchange, earth-coupled, ground-source, or water-source heat pumps) have been in use since the late 1940s. They use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium for heating and cooling a building. While many parts of the country experience seasonal temperature extremes-from scorching heat in the summer to sub-zero cold in the winter-a few feet below the earth's surface the ground remains at a relatively constant temperature, from 45F to 75F. This ground temperature is warmer than the air above it during the winter and cooler than the air in the summer. The geothermal heat pump takes advantage of this by exchanging heat with the earth through a series of closed circuit pipes that, in the library and museum's system, run 100-300 feet deep into the earth.
Once fully installed our new geothermal heating system will be far more efficient at heating and cooling the library and museum. The estimate is that it will pay for itself in 5-10 years of energy cost savings.
Friday, June 16 2017
Anime Afternoons: Fun, Fans, and Food
This year we discovered that many of our teen patrons are anime fans so we decided to make our occasional Anime Afternoons a regular offering. Since January we have been gathering together on the last Friday of each month to enjoy different anime series, simple snacks, and a lot of fan talk. We started out with about six participants but as word has gotten out we have had more and more anime enthusiasts join us.
At our last Anime Afternoon on May 26th we had fourteen fans come together for anime and a special treat brought to us by one of our members. Vinh and his father used a family recipe to prepare Vietnamese lo mein along with the traditional fish sauce, chopped peanuts, cilantro, and green onions to share with the group. It was delicious and we are thrilled that the teens are taking ownership of the club and customizing it to fit their interests.
Our next meeting is Friday, June 30th from 2:30-4:00.
We normally suspend our regular school-year programming for special summer programming but due to several passionate pleas we hope to continue Anime Afternoon. Check our calendar to find out the specific dates and times for July and August. The Anime Afternoons are for kids ages 10 and up.