Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, July 31, 2014
Stonington library receives weatherization grant
The Stonington Public Library has received notification of a $12,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation. This grant is for comprehensive weatherization of the library, from attic to granite foundation. Although the library board has worked tirelessly over the past 25 years to maintain and improve its 117-year-old building, the library has been plagued with increasing fuel costs as well as an uncomfortably cold building, according to a press release.
In the fall of 2014, a patron offered to pay for an energy audit. The audit identified three areas that would benefit from insulation—the attic, sidewalls, and crawlspace. The report indicated weatherization would result in significant annual savings, as well as much-improved comfort for patrons. “The audit gave us hard data, as well as a plan of attack,” said Vicki Zelnick, library director. “Without this information it would have been difficult to write a grant. We are most appreciative of the Davis Family Foundation.”
The conditions of the grant require that the library raise a portion of the funds. The proceeds from the recent house tour, together with a patron’s donation, leave but $800 to be raised. The library is confident that this is achievable before the first snowfall. “Our goal is to have the building buttoned-up before this heating season begins,” said Zelnick.