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Sherman Free Library seeking support

Fund-raising campaign now under way

The Sherman Free Library, located in Port Henry, is in the midst of its annual fund raising campaign. Bill Bryant, library finance committee chairman, and Andrea Anesi, library director, are urging people to support the effort.

The Sherman Free Library, located in Port Henry, is in the midst of its annual fund raising campaign. Bill Bryant, library finance committee chairman, and Andrea Anesi, library director, are urging people to support the effort.

— Moriah residents are being asked to support their local library.

The Sherman Free Library, located at 20 Church St. in Port Henry, is in the midst of its annual fund raising campaign.

“We’re very fortunate,” said Bill Bryant, chairman of the library finance committee. “The people of Moriah and Port Henry have been very supportive of the library. Now, we’re asking for their help once again.”

Library officials hope to raise $5,000 in the capital campaign, which ends Dec. 31. That’s up from the $4,000 raised in 2012.

“We’re like everyone else,” Bryant said. “Our costs keeping going up, but our revenues don’t. To continue to offer the services we now provide we need greater community support.”

The proposed Sherman Free Library budget for 2014 totals $39,000. That includes $15,000 from a trust fund created by the Sherman family when the library was created, $6,000 from the town of Moriah and $3,500 from the village of Port Henry. It also includes about $12,000 from the fund raising campaign, book sales and other fund-raising activities.

As a “free association” library, the Sherman Free Library does not have the ability to tax residents and patrons.

The library board is facing several problems, Bryant explained. The trust is dwindling and will be gone in the next 20 years. Also, facing the state’s 2 percent tax cap, the town and village are unable to increase support of the library.

This year’s fund raising campaign is at $3,100.

“We’d really like to hit the $5,000 mark this year,” Bryant said. “We hope people who haven’t yet contributed, and who can do so, will make a donation.”

Information on the library’s fund raising efforts has been mailed to Moriah and Port Henry residents. Information is also available at the library.

Donations are tax deductible.

“The town of Moriah has a long history of being very generous,” Bryant said. “We hope to continue that tradition.”

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