2011 Annual Report
2011 was a busy year for us at the Roger Clark Memorial Library as we prepared for the expected - the renovation of our building, and reacted to the unexpected - Hurricane Irene.
We found creative money saving solutions to not only store our books, but keep as many as possible in circulation. Step one, we invited patrons to hoard books, and hundreds of books found temporary homes around our community. Step two, volunteers took a hard look at our collection. Books that had not been looked at in years, or were factually out of date, were put aside for our annual book sale. Step three, volunteers put all the remaining books in boxes that went to dry safe storage in our neighbors' homes. Last our volunteers, with a few paid hands, loaded all our shelving, chairs and tables onto a hay wagon so it could be driven over to the barn to wait.
With our books were packed up for renovations, we continue to serve our community. On the day set for our annual fund raiser Irene hit Pittsfield. We were able to converted our “Pig Kissin’ Library Fund Raising” jars to “Irene Assistance” jars. We are spending the money collected to help clean up flood debris by paying for dumpsters. We are also proud that the empty library space was used as a temporary medical clinic.
We can’t wait to reopen so we can continue to offer a cozy gathering spot in the center of town, a good selection of books, internet access, and free programs to our community.
Some of our programs this year:
January- 3 week after school Theater Arts program
April - Cabin Fever Game Night
May- Mighty Tweed Bike Rodeo
June - Concert on the Green with the Pittsfield Historical Society and BBQ by the PFC
September- Annual Book Sale at the Pittsfield Bazaar
October - Halloween Free Book Give Away
December - Ginger Bread Decorating Party
We are a multigeneration community center fostering traditional, cultural and technical literacy.