The Badenhausen Branch Library of the Massena Public Library, in the former Boothe Hardware Store in downtown Brasher Falls, opened its doors on December 11th, 2014. The facility is named in honor of Dr. D. Susan Badenhausen, a retired physician, who is donating $56,000 a year for at least 3 years for the library. Dr. Badenhausen, who started work in the Tri-Town area in 1977, is a shareholder in St. Regis Reality Inc., the group working on the revitalization of the downtown corridor.
Dr. Badenhausen’s donation paid for books, DVDs, magazines and newspapers, supplies, furnishings, and staffing. It also covered the cost of the renovation project, in which the contractor donated half his time. The work included refinishing floors and shelves for the library’s collections, creating a computer corner, constructing a dedicated children’s room and creating a reading area with shelving for newspapers and magazines. The North Country Library System provided discounted computers for a dedicated computer center, and Slic Networks Solutions, Nicholville, donated the installation of the network hookup for computers. The Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce agreed to lease a copier/fax/scanner, including toner and maintenance, to the library for free for three years. The library will pay only for the paper it uses. In addition, other small libraries from around the region donated extra paperback carousels, and one library, which recently purchased a new book drop, donated its old one to the Badenhausen Branch. Don Holland from Colton knocked down his price in making the outdoor signs that welcome visitors to the Badenhausen Library, as well as indoor signs that creatively beckon younger patrons with the messages of “Computer Geeks Welcome” and “Book Worms Welcome”.
Thanks to Dr. Badenhausen and those who have been involved with the project, the library now has a Friends of the Library group that consists of about 30 people. Anyone who wants to get involved with the library is welcome to join the Friends of the Badenhausen Branch Library. For more information, contact Massena Public Library Director, Elaine Dunne-Thayer at email@example.com or call (315)769-9914.
Become a Friends Member
Basic membership fee: $5.00 per person or $10.00 per family
The membership year runs October through September. To join, fill out the Membership Form and mail your check payable to Friends of the Badenhausen Branch to 4 Main Street, Brasher Falls, NY 13613
Advocacy: A Friends group serves as an informed citizen’s lobby that supports the library when necessary.
Fund Raising: A Friends group supplements what cannot be provided by the normal library budget. Fundraisers can be held or friends can play a role in encouraging donations.
Volunteer Work: Friends offer their time and energy for special projects and events like working at the annual book sale or improving the appearance of the library. The Library has for some time provided outreach services to the St. Regis Nursing Home abd Laurel Terrace Senior Citizens High Rise. The Friends have extended this program by bringing books to the Highland Nursing Home.
Programming: The Friends group sponsors special programs like hosting a visit by an author or working with the librarian planning a special event.
Public Relations: Friends play a crucial role in promoting the services of the library.
Membership: Members of the Friends group encourage people to become library supporters and eventually members of the Friends organization.
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