Hutchinson Donation Improves Library Fire Suppression System

The Princeton Public Library has again benefitted from overwhelming generosity of its major contributor, Jeanne Hutchinson. Mrs. Hutchinson and her late husband, Dr. Harold Hutchinson have been instrumental in providing the funds for many large projects at the library, including the heating and cooling system. Because of her continued generosity, the library will be able to begin work on two additional facility improvements. 
The Lawton Local History Room at the Princeton Public Library will be outfitted with an extra fire protection feature. The local history room is home to the library’s most valuable items, being referred to by some board members as the “treasure room”. Many items are irreplaceable, and the board of trustees has recognized for years the potential loss to the community if a fire should occur.
After researching and consulting experts and other libraries, the board agreed to install a fire protection system with rare book storage in mind. Vendigard Fire Equipment, Inc. will design the system to suppress fire using a chemical that will not harm the often delicate and fragile material, thus saving a part of Princeton’s legacy. 
The library is also changing the notification part of the fire suppression system. The new notification system will be more reliable and will not initiate a call to the facility contact when the internet connection prevents communication to the firebox. 
An online application and received installation will provide better communication and the ability to filter notifications accordingly. “This will mean fewer calls at all hours of the day and night for me” said a grateful Director Julie Wayland, “as well as providing specific information on the matter rather than the vague ‘Failure to Communicate’ message we frequently receive.”
​The Princeton Public Library, the board of directors, staff, and patrons recognize and appreciate all the Hutchinson family has given in the effort to make the library a comfortable and relevant space for the people of Princeton.
The Princeton Public Library, the board of directors, staff, and patrons recognize and appreciate all the Hutchinson family has given in the effort to make the library a comfortable and relevant space for the people of Princeton.​

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