Trinidad CA library to tap heat from below

A local businessman has made good on his promise to donate a $60,000 geothermal heating system for the new branch library.

Late last week, Trinidad resident John Hedrick — a plumbing and heating contractor and owner of The Washery — began digging trenches and installing pipes that will heat the yet-to-be built library from the Earth’s natural heat. The donation is in honor of Hedrick’s mother, Evelyn Brown Hedrick, 94, a longtime librarian with Los Angeles City Schools.

In exchange, according to Trinidad Library fundraising committee member Roland Johnson, Hedrick asked that some public recognition be made of his mother in the new 2,100-square-foot building.