Rep. Skulczyck Celebrates Upgrades to Historical Library

This article was published on: 08/26/17 1:29 AM by Mike Minarsky

HARTFORD – State Representative Kevin Skulczyck (R-45) joined members of the board of trustees, library employees and residents for a ribbon cutting ceremony and citation presentation to celebrate several upgrades made to the historic Slater Library.

As part of the improvements, the library replaced multiple failed air conditioning units, replace seven windows in the basement that had been previously rotted and contained lead paint. In addition,  the original chimney needed to be cleaned and repointed along with adding an insulated stainless liner that will connect directly into the boiler.

“This place is more than just a library, it’s a living museum,” Rep. Skulczyck said.

“Replacing the older air conditioning units will bring people here to not only read and unwind, but allow those who are looking jobs or further employment purposes to do so comfortably,” Skulczyck said.

Upgrades to the front wooden windows were considered, but due to the building’s age and historical landmark requirements, it was determined that the costs would be to extensive to complete under the current grant.

The library has been in operation for over 130 years serving the towns of Griswold and Lisbon and is also home to the Griswold Historical Society Museum.

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