The Stone Ridge Library has come a long way in a short time — thanks to the help we have gotten from residents, individual donors, and foundation and grant funding. We are close to completing the rehabilitation and renewal of our more than two-century-old buildings. And we need your help once more as we look toward future improvements.
As you know from driving or walking past our buildings, we have removed the unsightly wood buttresses that for years prevented our walls from collapsing. We also restored our beautiful windows, frames and stonework, and stabilized our 1798 stone building. We repaired, cleaned and repainted our 1811 building. Now we need your help in completing our current project: expanding and improving the children’s wing and
kitchenette next to the children’s room.
To provide more space for children’s crafts and activities, teen and adult programs and a meeting area for up to 25 people, we are expanding into the adjacent cold porch. We’ll install a new handicapped-accessible rest room and upgrade the kitchenette. And we will refinish the outside porch to allow our children to safely exit to our backyard during our busy summer children’s programs. This project also will provide better traffic
flow, facilitate events, programs, and library use of the new multipurpose room. There also will be more breathing room in the children’s space, so we can maintain and enhance our already-existing programming.
Next up: The Library intends to pursue funding for a matching grant to upgrade the patron services area. As that suggests, we need to begin raising matching funds so we can open up the main entrance area. This will improve traffic flow and provide a more comfortable space for checking books in and out and getting help with research. It also will improve the area where we hold books that patrons have ordered.
Finally, we want to remind you how important the Library is to the community and how we need your continued help. Last year 59,617 people visited us to make use of our 25,332 books and our various audio and dvd holdings. More than 62,000 people visited our website and increasingly used our electronic resources. We want to do more and we need your help, so please give generously to the Stone Ridge Library Foundation. We are the Stone Ridge Library’s fundraising arm, a 501(c)(3) corporation; donations are taxdeductible to the extent allowed by law.
In the meantime, we wish you the best in the Holiday Season ahead.
Varcia Venetzanos & Rebecca Kalin
Stone Ridge Library Foundation
Stone Ridge Library
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November 23, 2016
Dear Friend of the Library,
The Stone Ridge Library Foundation campaign for renovation of the Children’s Library project has gotten off to a solid start. Thanks to a generous $50,000 grant from State Senator George A. Amedore Jr., it is halfway to its goal of $100,000 needed to preserve, repair, and improve the 1811 structure that is home to the children’s collection and programs.
Even greater news is that we have already raised $20,300 toward the remaining $50,000 needed to complete the project. The challenge we are facing now is to match that by the end of the year. more
The Stone Ridge Library is in the midst of the second phase of restoration. To boost these efforts, supporters are encouraged to make an easy, secure, tax-deductible pledge in the form below.
Read more about the restoration.