HELP!!!! WE ARE LOSING OUR LIBRARY
We are a small town in a large county but the combined population is only about 2,000 hardy individuals. Our small library serves the entire area and is a deeply appreciated focal point for us all.
It had a humble beginning about seventy years ago with a few shelves of donated books in a room in the rear of the local hotel. It was immediately popular and in demand then and forever since. It made some moves to larger and better locations over the next fifty years until the community supported the purchase of a modern building, approximately twenty years ago.
But our library has had many problems since then. At one point some people began feeling ill after spending some time in the Library and testing discovered mold in the building. In addition, imperceptibly at first, part of the building began to sink. In time it came to the point that it was going to pull the building apart so a contract was issued to have it lifted and stabilized. Both of these incidents took a huge chunk of money from the budget.
Our library was progressive and efficient under the guidance of a very capable librarian. It moved into the computer age without hesitation but a bank of computers with internet connection took up one entire room and we were rapidly running out of space. The need for a new and bigger Library was becoming urgent and serious planning began in the face of the eternal question of where will the money come from? Once again, community support made it possible to buy an ideal piece of land for a building site. But coming up with the money to construct a new building is a much higher hurdle. People have been working on it but progress is not encouraging.
In the meantime, a new problem has raised its ugly head. Something in the building is causing the librarian to have severe headaches if she is there more than a couple of hours. While the effects aren’t as severe for them, others are having milder reactions. Preliminary tests haven’t revealed anything but more expensive testing will be conducted. In the meantime, the Library was closed for a few days and is currently open four hours a day, thanks to a few volunteers.
All of these things are making the situation urgent. We need a new building and we need it soon but funding seems to be a long way off. Does anyone have any suggestions for potentially good sources of grants? If anyone has any suggestions to offer please leave a comment to this post so we can arrange mutually agreeable lines of communication.
Thank you. Jim