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The Dansville Online
  • Cohocton library to celebrate 35th anniversary

  • This Saturday, Cohocton Public Library will celebrate its past, present and future; and the community at large.

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  • This Saturday, Cohocton Public Library will celebrate its past, present and future; and the community at large.
    It began in 1977 when the former Larrowe House garage became a  reading center, then was chartered as a library in 1999.
    From 3 to 6 p.m. April 21 the library will mark its 35th anniversary with an open house.
    “I’m very excited about showcasing what Cohocton has to offer,” library director Hope Decker said.
    The anniversary open house will be highlighted with speeches at 3:30 p.m. by Dave Seeley from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office and Alison Hunt from Congressman Tom Reed's office.
    For the kids, there will be crafts, a story time, a community art show, refreshments and a live horse demonstration on Maple Avenue.
    Don Eck will be available to explain his computer tutoring, plus there will be displays of past programs and upcoming events.
    There will also be a drawing for an eReader and Barnes and Noble gift certificate.
    The relatively new library location on Maple Avenue opened full bore soon after Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival last year, after having to first face unexpected structural damage the night before it was to open last June.
    The library delayed its opening for a few weeks, then opened part time throughout the summer and early fall.
    With the exception of that time period, the library has seen remarkable growth in its circulation.
    Even with being open part-time, the library’s circulation hit about 500 last July. But the previous two Julys spiked with a circulation of more than 1,000 each year.
    After the library began to run full steam, December 2011 had double the circulation than in the previous two Decembers.
    “This is the kind of growth that we’re projecting,” Decker said.
    She attributes its success to an array of community programs such as Crafty Kids Thursdays, a story time, monthly youth activities such as its recent cupcake challenge, plus its book club; and its computer-related, natural health and other classes for adults, as well as its spacious community room used by Girl Scouts.
    “I’m very, very happy that the library is being used...that everybody in the community knows that there’s something here in the community for them.”
    Decker hopes to see the library become a regular quiet, casual social environment for senior citizens during weekday mornings; and hopes to eventually see the library expand its services to let people be able to conduct geneological research.
    The library is run by a seven-member board of directors, has three paid part-time staff members, plus has several volunteers.
    Page 2 of 2 - The library has also been a drop-off location for Cohocton Community Food Pantry donations since November.
     

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