SCHROON LAKE The Friends of the Schroon Lake Library is a vibrant, successful organization thanks in large part to founders Kay and Art Belles.
Kay and Art have done everything in making this organization what it is today, said Dave Pachla, Friends president. Theyve handled the administration, finances...the list of things theyve done goes on and on. Theres not a facet of the organization their hands havent touched. Anything you can think of, Kay and Art have done it.
Kay and Art Belles, who founded the group in 2002 and have served as officers and directors, are now limiting their activities because of health concerns.
We could never just walk away, Kay Belles said. I have to take a lesser role, but thats OK. Its time for others to take ownership; to bring new ideas and fresh faces to the library.
Weve had a wonderful time watching the organization grow, she added. Weve met so many people who care about Schroon Lake and the library, people who recognize what an asset a library is to the community.
Kay and Art Belles were recognized for their contributions at the Friends of the Schroon Lake Librarys annual meeting recently.
Through their tireless efforts over the years, the Friends have been able to contribute thousands of dollars to the Schroon Lake library to support the librarys book and media purchases, computers, furniture and equally important the librarys programs offered to the community, Pachla said. At our meeting, we allocated $8,000 to the library, bringing the total to over $40,000 over the past several years. This has been done by numerous used book sales, raffles and other fund raising efforts...all of which Art and Kay have been intimately involved with. The Belles truly have been Angels of the Library.
Kay Belles specialized in assisting start-up businesses during her career with IBM, so building the Friends from scratch was natural. At the groups first meeting Kay and Art were elected officers.