SANDY LAKE – Lakeview Area Public Library staff always have a wish list, and they’ve recently committed to a big ticket item – a new building.
“We’ve gotta get started,” said Wendy Kellogg, library director.
Library volunteers recently held a public meeting and Kellogg said she was happy to learn that area residents are on board with the idea.
“It was encouraging to see the interest,” she said, adding that there is also a focus group advocating for the library’s future.
The library was founded in 1949 and has been operating out of the historic Wright House, 56 E. Lacock St., Sandy Lake, since 2012. It was previously housed in a room at the Sandy Lake borough building.
The two-story Wright House, which was built in the 1870s and donated to the library, is in need of repairs and updates to help modernize the facility.
Some of those upgrades might not work out in the older building, which is sectioned off into numerous rooms, and the volunteers would like to have more space for programs, activities and materials, Kellogg said.
“And everybody is a volunteer,” she said of how there is no paid staff, noting she’s proud of the little library and the volunteers’ dedication.
Paid employees and extended hours might be possible with a new building. Plans are very preliminary, and they’re not sure if they would build on the existing property or look elsewhere.
The volunteers are working on securing local support; the library receives donations from Sandy Lake and Worth and Mill Creek townships, as well as individuals.
The library operates on those donations, fundraisers and membership fees, and volunteers are hoping to add more member municipalities and patrons. Anyone can become a member; families pay $15 a year or $8 per adult.
Kellogg would like the library to be part of Access Pennsylvania, a state library program for resource sharing. That designation could mean free memberships and more grant opportunities.
In the meantime, volunteers have been working on the library’s new online catalog system, which will make it easier to search for more than 8,000 materials the library offers.
Kellogg is excited about the online catalog and expects it to be up and running in December.
The library offers a variety of services: an employment station, meeting space, children’s games and toys, an online e-book lending program, free Wi-Fi, preschool programs, kids’ story time, summer reading programs, and more.
The library hosts a number of fundraisers year-round. They’re selling commemorative Christmas ornaments that feature Stoneboro Lake for $15, and they have planned two Christmas events for Saturday.
Family Fun Fest will be from noon to 3 p.m. at Oakview Elementary School, 1387 School Road, Stoneboro. All families from the Lakeview area are invited; it’s geared for kids ages 3 to 10. Activities include visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Christmas-themed games, prizes, sand art and balloon animals, refreshments for sale and a Chinese auction.
The library is giving new books to each child while supplies last, and they will be selling the limited edition Christmas bulbs. The Fun Fest is part of the Candy Cane Tour.
The library also has organized the Jingle Dash 5K Run/Walk and Half-Mile Kids Fun Run. Registration, which starts at 9 a.m. in the lobby of Oakview Elementary School, is $20 and includes a T-shirt while supplies last. Register online at www.lakeviewarealibrary.org or call 724-376-4217 for more information. The event starts at 10 a.m.
The course goes from the school to Latham Road and around Sandy Lake to the library and back. Refreshments will be served indoors after the race.
Kellogg is very grateful for local support and the library volunteers. She welcomes more folks to join the volunteer group.
“This is a group effort, this whole library,” she said.
LAKEVIEW Area Public Library, 56 E. Lacock St., Sandy Lake, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 724-376-4217, visit www.lakeviewarealibrary.org or check out their Facebook page. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 622, 56 E. Lacock St., Sandy Lake, PA 16145.