continued “Lots of people who never heard of the library are stopping in and finding out about us,” said Pritchard. She added that ebooks will be available from the library by the end of the month.
The village just signed a lease that will bring the State Police into the building, said Bennett. They’ll rent, but their lease will be covered by a nominal fee, $1.
“But if it saves us from vandalism it’s well worth it,” said Bennett.
After the police move in, there will be only one spare room left. Some guys with a model airplane club looked at it, said Bennett, but they didn’t bite.
In addition to making the classrooms available as office space, the gym’s open to the public, and has had basketball games played by local adults. Just call the clerk to make sure the room’s open.
The cafeteria and kitchen are also ready for public use. Bennett’s heard some interest from the fire department in using it for their pancake fund-raiser. He hopes others will come along and hold baby showers or birthday parties there. If there’s an emergency and the village offices are used for a shelter, the kitchen could prepare meals for those seeking solace there.
The kitchen was redone somewhat by the village, with “monster” commercial cooking equipment sold off at auction and replaced with a more manageable set of standard kitchen ranges and a refrigerator. It’s already been reviewed and OK’d by the health department.
“The main message I want to get out is that it’s the village residents’ building,” said Bennett. “Come use it.”