Library holds sale to ready for renovations

GLOVERSVILLE – The Gloversville Public Library saw success with its garage sale that was held last month.

Library Director Barbara Madonna said the sale brought in $3,500 over its two days.

Madonna said the library has taken several steps to get rid of any leftover items including Craigslist ads, listings on the Fulton County virtual garage sale and contacting people who were interested in larger pieces but didn’t have a way to transport them. Madonna said she has also been in contact with the Union College Graduate School about potentially taking some items for housing for international students.

The garage sale was held to help the library get rid of items it no longer needs before the start of a planned renovation project later this year.

Changes will include turning the basement into a children’s area with a teen room, and installing new heating and cooling systems.

The library would also become fully handicapped-accessible with an elevator and better layout for wheelchairs and strollers.

The library has had an ongoing capital campaign to help pay for the renovation project, which current stands at around $8 million.

At some point, the library will need to move out of the space temporarily. No location has yet been announced and a move date is not yet finalized. Madonna said she is awaiting a lease for the library board to review before the name of the new temporary location is announced.

“We’re still working on it,” Madonna said.

The funds raised from the garage sale will go towards the library’s restoration fund. The fund has done a number of projects in the past including artwork at the library.

The library is also looking for a new trustee to fill an unexpired term.

Interested residents must be 18 years of age or older and be a resident of the Gloversville Enlarged School District.

The term lasts until June 30, 2017 and all letters of interest must be submitted by Oct. 14 to the library.

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