Library trustees Iris Civalier and Peter and Ann Durkee was instrumental in getting the group up and running, Kay Belles said. She also credited Jan Bouchard, library director, and other members of the library board.
Weve worked closely with them and theyve been a tremendous help, she said.
At its first annual meeting in 2002 the Friends group had 94 members and donated $750 to the library. This year it had 421 members and donated $8,000.
The Town of Schroon Library is located in the town hall and receives town support for its staff and utilities. It receives $1,000 a year from the Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System, but all other money for book and equipment purchases as well as programs must be raised.
The Friends group tries to donate about $5,000 for book purchases and $2,000 for equipment needs and programs each year, Kay Belles said.
The Schroon Library is growing and now faces space problems. The Friends group knows there is a problem and has set aside $21,000 for future library expansion.
And the Friends of the Schroon Lake Library do more than raise money. They volunteer at the library, allowing for Saturday hours. They also helped computerize the librarys inventory. Theyre now working on creation of a book store.
Kay and Art Belles are quick to credit the Friends group for helping make the Schroon Lake facility a real library.
It has everything a library should have, Kay Belles said. People come from large cities to visit and are impressed with our library.
Pachla is quick to credit Kay and Art Belles for making the Friends of the Schroon Lake Library viable.
Things get done when Kay and Art and involved, he said. I just cant say enough about them.