LEWIS — A new library opens today in the Lewis Town Hall.
“We started thinking about having a community library when the bookmobile was taken off the road,” Lewis Library Board member Kathy Linker said, “and last year we got permission from the Town Council to use this space.”
Monthly bookmobile services were discontinued to the area at the end of 2011.
But the new lending library has more than 900 books, DVDs and videos, as well as magazines available for checkout.
“We have a list of Lewis residents who have offered books, and as soon as we get the time, we will be adding more to the collection, Linker said.
“There is also a selection of board games, and we may have a gaming area if there is enough interest.”
Books have come from the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, the Wadhams Library and from members of the community.
Though the Lewis Town Council has allocated $300 to the library, the board has been resourceful in supplementing that funding.
One of the rolling shelves came from a taxidermy shop that went out of business.
“When you need things, you have to be creative,” Linker said.
Much of money from the town has gone for labels for the books and tapes.
Library cards are free.
There is a children’s area with a rug, stuffed animals and craft table. During the Saturday hours, someone will be available to read to the youngsters.
“Our real goal is to eventually have a combination library and community center,” DuBay said. “We are most thankful to the town board for allowing us to use this space.”
Also serving on the Library Board are Suzie DuBay, Sharon Martin and Frank Rock.
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Located at the Lewis Town Hall, the Lewis Library is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Hours may be extended depending on interest, as well as volunteers to staff the facility.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Kathy Linker at 873-6493.