CHAZY - In November 2009, trustees of the Chazy Public Library signed a resolution to accept the office space willed to them by Dr. George Clark. Now, they are looking to the community to help them make the transition.
The trustees have began a fundraising campaign with the goal of raising at least $125,000 toward a $250,000 matching grant.
"If we don't have the money, we can't apply for the matching grant," explained board secretary Tina Trombly.
The first fundraising effort by the trustees included writing letters to businesses and individuals in the town.
"The community has been very generous," Trombly said. "Basically, it was an appeal through this letter-writing campaign to let them know that one, Dr. Clark had willed us his office building and that we had accepted it as a gift and that we needed to raise money."
Through the letter-writing, the library has already received $14,000 in donations, just since March.
However, Trombly figures with the donations promised by some donors, the amount of money towards the grant is actually much higher.
"We have one lady who is donating $20,000 for a room in the library," explained Trombly. "I think we're somewhere in the ballpark of $90,000."
The next plan the trustees have come up with for the campaign is "Book 'Em for the Library."
Ten community members will aim to raise $500 each, culminating at Old Home Days later this month.
"They have to try to raise bail money because they have overdue books," laughed Trombly. "If they haven't made all of their bail ... at Old Home Days we're going to try to finish off and try to finish getting their bail money."
The idea for this campaign came because the trustees felt the need to "branch out."
"Chazy's such a small community," Trombly said. "We can't tap them dry. So, we thought we can always branch out a bit. These people may have friends in other areas."
"So, I think it's going to be fun," she added.
Other ideas include "Dinner with Friends," where a member of the Friends of the Library could have a picnic or dinner with friends and family, but actually charge them to come.
Trombly said the trustees have also contacted the family of Julius Caesar Hubbell, of whom the current library is a memorial.
"They're having a big 100th family reunion thing going on this summer," said Trombly. "We thought, 'Maybe they don't all know that we're doing this.'"
Trombly hopes by having them contacted, they may want to help.
"If we get anything, great. If we don't, oh well. At least it's another effort," she said.
One of the main reasons Trombly hopes people will give money towards the library is because with the current economy, the bigger library space is needed.
"People who have lost their jobs have had to cut back," she said. "So, now they can't buy books, they can't buy videos for their kids. They maybe had to get rid of their cable or Internet, so they don't have computers."
"The hope is by expanding this space ... that we'll be able to expand those services," added Trombly. Another reason the money is needed is because the new library will allow for handicapped accessibility.
"Our library is not," she said. "We have a lot of seniors, they just can't get in [the current library] because they can't climb the stairs."
For more information on donating to the library, call 846-7676. All donations are tax-deductible. People may also send donations to P.O. Box 88, Chazy N.Y. 12921.
"We're just trying to make it a community event," said Trombly. "We want everybody to be involved and everybody to want to take ownership of this."