Sullivan Free Library's Blog

April 24, 2010

Volunteers Appreciated!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sullivan Free Library @ 3:21 pm

Libraries seem to bring out the best in people.  As I write this, a group of volunteers from the Chittenango Lions Club are outside pruning bushes and doing a spring clean-up as part of the village-wide Community Betterment Day.

The front of the library is a delightful panorama of daffodils, tulips and grape hyacinths, thanks to the members of the Chittenango Garden Club who planted and maintain the bed of flowers.  The planters of pansies that flank the parking lot entrance are also a project of the Garden Club.

The windows of the library are sparkling clean, inside and out, thanks to the efforts of the Leos Club, the Youth division of Chittenango Lions Club.  A group comes twice a year to tackle this thankless project.

Soon the Genesee St entrance will be graced with the addition of four beautiful flower pots, donated by a local Girl Scout Troop last year.

At the back of the library is our brand new Gazebo/Outside Reading Area, built by Jason Cocca as his Eagle Scout project last fall.   We are ordering permanent tables for the Gazebo and will have a grand opening in late June.

Some of the flashing around the top of the library came loose over the window.  No problem–long-time library supporter Don Runkowski brought his ladder and put it back up for us.

At Bridgport, a patron noticed that the trim around the front of the building needed washing and painting and has offered to do volunteer his services for that task.

We have a variety of volunteers of all ages who come in every week and help with putting books away and straightening the shelves.  They volunteer in the library store, sorting the thousands of books that are donated to us every year.  They help us organize, set up and take down our Annual Book Sale.   Our Friends of the Library group runs the Annual Silent Auction in Bridgeport every year, in addition to other fundraisers and activities.

Volunteers, many of them students, helped put together our mailing last fall asking for financial support for the library.  That mailing brought in over $3,500 in donations.

The library is fortunate to have so many people who realize that the library is a community asset and are willing to give support in such tangible ways.  Every volunteer effort helps us save money on operating costs that can then be used to buy more books and materials and support programs.

To all who are generous in donating your time to help us in so many ways, we thank you!


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