Yard sale benefits the library renovation

Yard sale benefits the library renovation
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The library’s yard sale and book sale coincides with the village’s annual community yard sale the first weekend of June.

                        

The Gnadenhutten Public Library is seeking donations for its annual yard sale on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4. The library’s yard sale and book sale coincides with the village’s annual community yard sale the first weekend of June.

The library is accepting donations of furniture, appliances, collectibles, rugs, cookware and other miscellaneous items but no clothing due to limited space. Those who need help transporting items to the sale can call the library at 740-254-9224 to arrange for volunteers to pick up items. Smaller items can be dropped off beginning May 31, and the library asks those with large items to plan to drop off items Thursday, June 2 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Items already donated include lawn furniture, Christmas décor, a Duncan Phyfe dining table and educational toys. The library also is taking open bids for a retired color photocopier. The Savin copier is in excellent working condition, collates documents, and prints double-sided on paper and cardstock up to 11-by-17. The copier is valued at $1,200 and includes two toner cartridges valued at $500. Bidding closes at noon on June 4. The copier can be examined and tested during regular library hours between now and the close of bidding.

Library hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from this year’s yard sale and book sale will benefit the main floor renovation. Hours for the yard sale and book sale are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 3 and 8 a.m. to noon on June 4. The book sale will be held in the basement meeting room and will include some collectible books.

“Renovation of main floor is more than 30 years overdue,” Director Linda Hren said.

The library board tuckpointed the exterior of the oldest section of the library last year, and with the help of a grant from the Reeves Foundation, it also replaced leaking windows in that area with energy-efficient ones.

“Now it’s time to work on the inside,” Hren said. “We have shelving that is falling apart and a circulation desk that wasn’t designed for how we do things now.”

The new circulation desk will be the focal point of the library and is funded by the Debbie Gilmore Memorial Fund. The memorial fund is named for beloved staff member Debbie Gilmore, who passed in February.

“Debbie spent a great deal of time at the circulation desk helping patrons find the perfect book or movie. The new circulation desk will be a fitting memorial to a dear friend to many, gone too soon,” Hren said.

Aside from the circulation desk, the renovation will include new shelving in the nonfiction area, a casual reading area with furniture, new computer desks for the public and cosmetic changes like new carpet and fresh paint.

The library has hired Library Design Associates Inc. of Powell, Ohio to redesign the main floor and coordinate the project, which is expected to cost between $75,000 and $100,000.


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