Many trying to keep cool in the Capital Region

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Cooling stations are open across the Capital Region due to the hot and humid weather.

While kids splash around outside, people are finding refuge from the heat inside the Albany Public Library.

“Oh my god is brutal out there, I think it’s probably 100 degrees,” Owusu Ananie said.

Ananie is among those spending the sweltering day in the cool air conditioning of the library.

“The library is definitely a cool place to be and a place you really want to be.”

As a designated cooling station, staff has made special modifications.

“Our head of facilities kind of ramps up the air condition,” Executive Director Scott Jarzombek said.

Jarzombek says the library acting as a cooling station does more than get people out of the elements.

“The hope is to get people to come in in their public.”

In Colonie, the town library is also staying cool and comfy.

“So we changed the unoccupied setting so that the building would remain cool all night just with the heat index the way it’s going to be,” Director Evelyn Neale said.

Plans for the library’s 40th-anniversary celebration Friday night has been altered. Eating and activities, including the bounce house, will be brought indoors.

Neale says, no  matter the weather, the fun goes on.

“The library is the coolest place in the summer.”

Whether it’s getting comfortable with a good book or surfing the web, Ananie and many others will be spending a little extra time at their local library to escape the sun.

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