JONESVILLE — As a library committee appointed by the Jonesville Town Council works on finding a permanent solution to its housing issue, members of the community are rallying to replace books and raise needed funds for the Jonesville Public Library.
Several projects are in the works by two different organizations, the Friends of the Jonesville Public Library and the Elkin Lions Club.
The most immediate project is one undertaken by the Lions club — a book drive to benefit the Jonesville Library, which recently opened in a temporary location after water and mold damage forced the prior location to be closed due to health concerns. The water and mold damage affected a large number of books, which had to be disposed of to limit the spread of the mold and keep people from getting sick.
Heather Macy, a member and past president of the Elkin Lions Club, pitched the idea of the book drive to the other Lions, and they agreed it was a worthwhile cause.
So far, two Elkin businesses have volunteered to be drop-off sites for the book drive — The Tribune at 214 E. Main St. and Diana’s Bookstore at 127 W. Main St., where those wishing to donate also can purchase used books for 50 cents or $1 or new books for donation, Macy said.
The club is hoping other businesses who wish to be involved will contact them so a box and flyer can be provided to them as a collection site, she said.
The immediate plan is to operate the book drive at least through March, Macy said. “We haven’t really set a deadline, because we don’t know what the future holds for the library. We don’t want to keep bringing them books until they have a more permanent location,” she explained.
Macy said the community service project was perfect for the Lions club since, in addition to assisting the visually impaired, the organization is “getting more actively involved in literacy projects.”
“We found the need and we wanted to help the community in that way,” she said.
To date, the club has collected and donated more than 100 books and about 53 DVDs. In addition to that number, club member Bob Norton was able to secure a donation of 100 children’s books from Hatch, the Winston-Salem-based company where he retired from and of which his daughter serves as president.
Norton explained Hatch’s focus is on developing early childhood education technology geared toward children ages 3 to 6. Hatch has been in Winston-Salem since 1984.
Also, as a result of Hatch’s donation and a discussion between Norton and one of his friends, the Elkin-Jonesville Shrine Club voted this week to donate $100 to the library, he reported.
Businesses wishing to be part of the book drive can volunteer by contacting Deb Seipel, president of the Elkin Lions Club, at 336-835-8419.
Friends of Library plans fundraisers
The Friends of the Jonesville Public Library has two fundraisers scheduled for this winter and spring, explained Barbara Gilpin, branch librarian in Jonesville.
An indoor flea market will be held Feb. 26 and 27 in the warehouse area of the library’s new location, on N.C. 67 beside the Hugh Chatham Urgent Care facility. Those in the community can rent a 10-by-10 space for $10 for the two-day event. Tables will not be provided.
The Friends also are accepting donations which will be sold by the group.
The flea market hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Those wanting to rent a space or needing more information should call 336-835-7604 or email email@example.com.
A snow date has been set for the event on March 11 and 12.
A second event, a silent auction also in the warehouse of the new library location, is being planned for May 7.
According to the Friends’ website, jonesvillefriendsnc.org, the group is seeking donations of items and services which can be auctioned off during the “Beginning of a New Chapter” silent auction and dinner.
More details will be available on the website as donations are made and times are set for the event.
Library status update
Gilpin said all general library services, such as computers, faxes and more, are now up and running at the new location.
May 13 is when the library’s six-month agreement with Hugh Chatham, which owns the temporary facility, ends. “We are seeing if we can get some sort of extension, but there is no definite agreement yet,” said Gilpin.
As far as work to recover from the upheaval of changing locations and being closed for two months, she said, “We are getting lots of book donations, but we still need a changing table for the bathroom, cleaning supplies, paper and craft items for our Makerspace area, which is an area with items like crayons, colored pencils, paints and other things that adults and children can use to make items and take them home.”
Also, the library has not started its special programming, like children’s story time, back yet. “We are trying to get our bearings, and we may try to restart those in February. Right now, we’re just trying to get the books we’ve had donated labeled and cataloged and on the shelf,” said Gilpin.
The Jonesville Public Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.