HUNTINGDON — A volunteer support group wants to make the Carroll County Library even better. While the taxpayers of Carroll County and other governmental entities, along with other private donors, financially support the library. But more volunteers and money are needed, according to the new Friends of the Carroll County Library.
The Banner sat down with members of the newly formed group, DeeAnn Roome, president, Kim Wester, Patricia Crockett and librarian, Erin Crockett to discuss the group’s goals.
The non-profit organization started April 1 to help the library with the above referenced needs. The local library is underfunded and understaffed, according to members of the group. Their focus is to help fill the gaps.
The library serves its constituents through children’s reading programs, helping adults through being an informational resource to help people of all ages. Many people still do not have internet service at home, especially in rural areas. The library allows people to visit and access their computers. If assistance is needed, the library staff provides personal attention.
The library also has a limited number of internet hotspots that can be carried home.
Friends of the Carroll County Library envision a library that can take library books to nursing home residents and have a bookmobile to serve communities outside of Huntingdon.
The library also needs updated furniture, room for a maker’s space, an expanded young adult section, and some updates to the wallcoverings, such as new paint.
The first fundraising plan is a Bake and Book Sale on September 1-3 at the Carroll County Library. Lots of books, some donated, some retired, some duplicates in the library, are on sale on the front lawn of the library, located at the Carroll County Office Complex, High Street. Books are only $5 per bag. Homemade goodies are available for local bakers.
Hours of the sale 3-5:30 p.m. on September 1, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on September 2, and 9 a.m. to noon on September 3.