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A Brighter Future is Coming to the Decorah Public Library
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A Brighter Future is Coming to the Decorah Public Library

Let there be light! Starting on May 15th, the Decorah Public Library will start converting lights to LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs that use a fraction of the electricity that fluorescent bulbs use. Perry Novak Electric will perform the install.

Why change to LED bulbs? Library administration recognizes that this simple upgrade will offer environmental and financial savings for years to come. Switching to a lighting technology that uses less energy will decrease the building’s electric use by an estimated 27%. That is significant energy savings!

Although visitors to the library don’t usually take much notice to the lighting fixtures, the results of this project may be tangible for the average browser, researcher or reader. Current fluorescent bulbs give off a harsh light and have a number of bulbs that are burnt out. The replaced bulbs will improve lighting quality for readers, researchers, and the variety of library users. Take note of the lighting quality next time you are in the library. Then compare this to the lighting after the mid-May installation.

Two-thirds of the LED project financed by utility rebates, the Decorah Public Library Board of Trustees, and Friends of the Library. The final third of the project, roughly $5,200, will be supported by people like you.  That’s right, you can help support this project by making a tax-deductible donation to the Decorah Public Library. 

If you are a lover of the library, environmentally friendly buildings, responsible stewardship of public spaces, or of high-quality reading light, you can make a difference by financially supporting a project that will benefit the community for years to come.

Anyone can donate any amount in person at the library OR mail a check to the library: 202 Winnebago St, Decorah IA 52101. Every size donation helps. 

Congratulations Decorah Public Library for undergoing this project and being a trailblazer for energy efficiency in our public buildings. 

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