Children's Librarian Pam Jansury leads "Old MacDonald Had A Farm" with instruments and singing during Story Time at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library Wednesday morning. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
GILMANTON — The Year Round Library is very close to raising the $47,500 needed to stay open for all of the next year.
With $41,228 raised so far, board member Jenn MacLeod said that if the library is forced to close, it will likely do so on April 2 and possibly reopen by May 1. She said the GYRL board will be meeting at 7 p.m. Friday to determine if they would close and when.
"We're one month shy of the $47,500. Hopefully, we'll make it," said librarian Tasha LeRoux-Stetson.
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library had petitioned two separate warrant articles on to the ballot portion of the annual Town Meeting earlier this month. The first would have provided the library with two consecutive years of operations money for some long-term planning. The second was to raise and appropriate $47,500 for this year only. Needing a simple majority, the second one failed by less than a handful of votes.
According to the library's website, there will also be a "community conversation" on Thursday, April 7, at 7 p.m., at the library. The goal of the meeting, it says, is "to begin the discussion of how to best fulfill the mission of the GYRLA." Organizers hope to develop a long-term strategy not just for funding but also to involve the community and make the library a valued resource for everyone in Gilmanton.
Those who wish to donate to the cause can do so online at www.gyrla.org.
MacLeod said that all of the library board members are genuinely touched by the generosity of the people who have made donations to them so far.
"We are so grateful," she said.
She said the library was where her two younger children went for story time and met the children who would be their friends in kindergarten and grade school. MacLeod said story time is for play and socializing, but to also learn early literacy skills, coloring and motor skills.
Head Librarian Tasha LeRoux Stetson checks in books while Children's Librarian Pam Jansury holds Story Time upstairs at the Gilmanton Year-Round Library on Wednesday morning. (Karen Bobotas/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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