Discuss a beautiful place to go to on a chilly, grey day. There’s nothing extra welcoming than Dover Public Library’s E-book Cellar. One would by no means guess that strolling down these steps to the library’s basement would result in such a comfortable, charming, welcoming hideaway.
There, you can see a whole lot of books, fantastically organized and alphabetized, that may be bought for a pittance. There are additionally DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks and magazines. Some donations have come from estates, and the general public is beneficiant about donating. Costs vary, for youngsters, from 10 cents to $, and for adults, from 1 / 4 to $3, with a couple of specials being dearer.
Over a interval of 20-some years, the E-book Cellar, which began in an area as massive as a closet, has expanded to take over your entire basement, one bookshelf at a time, and has contributed cash every month to assist with the library’s packages and tools. To call a couple of, they’ve bought a 51-inch TV, headphones, waterproof keyboards, a scanner, printer, historic marker and tables, and paid for such packages as One E-book, One Neighborhood, the Canal City E-book Competition and Civil Struggle Day.
Library Director, Jim Gill, stated “The most effective issues the E-book Cellar donates to is the story e-book stroll round Dover Park. Books in plexiglass are organized in order that as you stroll across the lake, you may learn your entire e-book. The books are modified every month. I imagine the group donated $10,000 by means of their gross sales in 2019 earlier than COVID shut us down. That’s loads when you think about the low value of the books.”
All this has develop into attainable due to three devoted seniors, Virginia Cassady, Joyce Cecil and Vickie Wittkop. They defined how it began. Virginia, an avid genealogist was visiting a library in one other county, the place they’d a small “E-book Cellar” that bought discards and donations. She requested Dover’s Pals of the Library group if that is perhaps executed right here, and so they agreed. Bob Liberatore, a member of that board, spent many hours organising the Cellar. He and Cassady labored collectively to maintain it open for enterprise each different Saturday. Individuals responded nicely, each shopping for and donating books. In time, Esther Clark joined the couple, and finally took over as director.
As native English lecturers like Joyce and Vickie, retired, they started to volunteer their time to the venture. Thus, when Director Gill, started cleansing and purging, an increasing number of area opened up, extra individuals volunteered to work, and the e-book store expanded its hours to being open from 10 a.m. to midday on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Vickie makes use of her artistic abilities to engineer all of the adorning, which is seasonal and plentiful. Volunteers like Bonnie Rowe and Diane BonVechio, spend inordinate quantities of time making the cellar brilliant and welcoming. The donations are monitored in order that nothing smelling of cigarette smoke, mould or mildew, or something excessively pornographic is discovered on the cabinets.
“Every thing is cloroxed and sanitized,” Joyce stated. ”We have been doing that earlier than the pandemic.”
“We’re not again to our normal quantity of enterprise,” Vickie stated, “however we’re slowly getting again on our toes. We’re providing month-to-month and vacation specials, that may be discovered on our Face E-book web page, and we’re right here to assist.”
Volunteers, Virginia, Joyce and Vickie are all nicely into their senior years, nonetheless climbing ladders and steps, cleansing and arranging. They’d welcome anybody interested by volunteering, and at all times welcome donations. Cease in over the vacations. When you can’t do the steps, there may be an elevator. When you resolve it, it’s possible you’ll by no means wish to depart.
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