RUMNEY — Saturday of Valentine's weekend the Byron G. Merrill Library in Rumney was packed with enthusiasm. A
full house of smiley pre-school and elementary school boys and girls were checking out their books after listening to stories and filling out "passports". Behind all the action, quietly displayed along the bookshelves were many of the 90+ beautifully engraved bricks purchased so far in support of the "Time for a Lift Project".
The goal is building an accessible, ground-level entrance with a vertical platform lift so that everyone of all ages can check out books or videos to enjoy at home by the fire, use the computers, bring in children or grandchildren and enjoy group programs with neighbors. Fire safety upgrades will also allow reopening of the spacious lower level with original stage. .
The "Time for a Lift" project was launched in August on Old Home Day. Donations and brick orders continue to flow in and are greatly appreciated. Rumney residents, current and past, have come forward to make donations and buy engraved bricks to finance the project and leave the smallest possible amount to be raised with taxes. Between a grant, donations, memorial donations, brick orders, and capital reserve funds, today, $98,500 of the $322,500 needed for the construction has been raised.
Those who would like to make a donation to the library without buying a brick can send a check to the Byron
G. Merrill Library at 10 Buffalo Road.
The range of prices and sizes for bricks is $50 to $1,000 for a choice of 5 sizes – the first four in brick - 4x8 to 16 x 16 and the last being 12x12 in granite. To order bricks pick up a form at the library, leave a message at 786-2617, or go to rumneylibrary.blogspot.com.