BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Crews have been working for months to get a new copper roof on top of the Bangor Public Library. Now members of the public have the chance to own parts of the original roof.
The copper ceiling, which was put on top of the library in 1912, had some serious leaking problems. That's why Bangor residents backed a $3 million bond to replace the roof last June.
Library staff is planning on auctioning off pieces of the old century copper at a special event on January 21, 2014 beginning at 5 p.m.
"The public can expect to see smaller pieces of copper," said Lisa Frazell, who is the library's director of marketing, "We also have some of the original glass floor tiles that are going to be up for auction as well as some of the smaller jewelry pieces that were produced by Maine Jewelry and Art right across the street from us. So some of the smaller pieces made from the original copper are going to be up for auction during that time."
The library also has some interior renovating planned for the spring. Stephen and Tabitha King pledged $3 million in support of those projects last year if the public could match it. So far library staff say they've taken $2.7 million in donations and are still working at raising the rest.
The library is aiming to have the roof project completed by the end of the month.