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Summer heat shuts down Forest Park library temporarily

From Staff Reports

No air conditioning and intense heat are too much for the Forest Park Branch of the Clayton County Library System.

The branch will be closed for a few weeks while the county's Building and Maintenance Department waits on a replacement air conditioning unit to arrive.

"Closing a library is a step we would avoid in most circumstances, but this time is unavoidable due to the heat," said Carol Stewart, director of Library Services.

The new unit is scheduled to be shipped from the manufacturer on June 10 and is expected to arrive by June 16. As soon as the unit arrives, it will be installed as quickly as possible. Due to the size of the new unit, Building and Maintenance will have to remove much of the library's back wall. Stewart said she expects the library to reopen by June 24.

With outside temperatures in the mid-80s, Stewart said the interior of the library is often over 90 degrees. The Forest Park staff will work at other libraries during this time and are currently working to move their scheduled summer programs to other libraries.

The branch's computer equipment is being moved to Headquarters Library to avoid any damage from the excessive heat.

The Forest Park Branch Library is located at 696 Main Street in Forest Park.