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Longview's library in the cold

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A burglary at the Longview library has sent temperatures to the lower side of the Dewey decimal system.

Police say sometime between December 30th and January 5th someone broke into the library's high volume air-conditioning and heating units and stole thousands of dollars in copper.

Workers and patrons didn't notice at first. But, when the cold blast came, they did.

"It was unusually cold in here," said Kora Spitz, Library Director. "We thought something was wrong with the heating system."

Despite the cold, the library has not shut down and people continue to come in, reading popular books like, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Some Like it Hot.

Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call Longview police. The library estimates around $17,000 in damage from the burglary.

Library officials say it could be a week before parts are available to repair the damaged unit. They will keep the library open regardless, just be sure to dress warmly.

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