This article appeared in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise on January 24, 2015 and is reprinted with permission.
By TOM SALITSKY – Staff Writer (email@example.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise
TUPPER LAKE – The year 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of library services in this community, and the library’s board of trustees needs some help to ensure those services will continue for another 100 years.
The library’s current building, the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library, was dedicated on May 29, 1972. After a 2014 inspection by Tupper Lake Central School District Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Pierre St. Pierre, it was determined the library is in need of significant exterior repairs.
The library must remove and replace deteriorating fascia, a horizontal band that runs under a vertical roof edge which sometimes has a rain gutter attached to it, and install flashing to accept new trim and prevent further deterioration. It must remove its existing non-functional rear deck and replace its trim and siding. It must stain-seal the entire building and replace the exterior rear entrance doors.
The estimated cost of these repairs is $65,000. Library Director Peg Mauer said the library applied for a $10,000 grant through the state Department of Education last fall, but it will not know if it will receive the funds until May.
Library Board of Trustees member Karen Greiner said the grant money will be used to replace the exterior rear entrance doors.
“If we get that grant, we only need to raise $55,000,” Greiner said.
As of press time, the library has received $7,700 toward its goal. Greiner said it plans to break the project up into several stages.
“As soon as we have enough money to do stage one … we’re going to do that,” Greiner said. “Like a homeowner who doesn’t bring in enough money, you have to break it down.
“We were hoping to do the whole thing all at once, and if we had enough money, we would love to do that, but we’re kind of far away.”
Greiner said the library may bring in a contractor to assess which repairs need to be done first, but, as of now, its first priority is removing and replacing deteriorating fascia.
Greiner said the library began its fundraising appeal in December by mailing letters to the community and is considering a crowdfunding campaign through Adirondack Gives.
“We are looking as a board for some other funding places,” Greiner said.
Mauer and Greiner both said the library is an important piece of the community.
“It is the common denominator of the community,” Mauer said. “It’s the focal point. Some people are active in school, some people are active in church, but everybody uses the library.”
“It’s the one place in Tupper Lake where, no matter who you are, the building is yours,” Greiner said. “It’s the place to come to find out information. It’s the place to meet. It’s the place where you can go and cozy up in a chair and read a great book. It’s a place where you can use the computer if you don’t have a computer.”
The library is accepting check donations payable to the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library. They may be given to library staff members or mailed to 41 Lake St., Tupper Lake, NY 12986, Attention: Board of Trustees.
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