On October 25, Arlington County was presented with a 2017 Achievement award by the VA Association of Counties, for the Energy Lending Library.
The Energy Lending Library is the result of a great partnership between the Library and Arlington’s Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE). The goal is to increase energy awareness and to encourage Arlington residents to make their homes more energy efficient.
The Energy Lending Library has received national, state and regional awards from the Urban Libraries Council, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and the Virginia Association of Counties (VACO).
Library Director Diane Kresh describes the value of the program, saying:
“The Energy Lending Library allows Arlington citizens to interact with their library in a new and unexpected way while learning about energy efficiency opportunities and solutions in their home. The program has brought new users to the library and sparked a dialogue in the community surrounding energy conservation.”
Items in the Energy Lending Library include thermal cameras, electricity usage monitors, LED bulb sampler kits, and of course, curated book lists.
These tools are available for patrons to borrow for free with their Arlington Public Library card.