For those who wondered why I didn't include the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library in my column last week, I didn't forget. I saved them for this week. The library has been a part of my life since coming to Lovell. That is where I made my first friends, like Peg Mason, Irene Zeller, Ginny Snyder and, of course, librarian Sally McAllister.
Since my arrival in 1989, the library has grown into a vital part of the community. It isn't just a library but, in a sense, a community gathering place. Under the direction of Library Director Anna Romer, the library has grown. As it grew it became evident that it needed more space. That and the fact that it needed handicap accessibility. An addition was needed.
I was on the board and we all knew this was a big task for a little town, but as someone said to me, "You're a small town but you all pulled together and raised the money." With the help of a local authors, known to many, and building contractor Gary Crowell, we have the beautiful building that is in constant use.
To keep the library vibrant, the board plans many fundraisers which requires many volunteers. The board members dig in and work hard to keep the library the place to be in Lovell. One of the biggest fundraisers is the August Arts and Artisan Fair. This requires lots of planning, including the jurying, the raffle, the used book sale, the food for the lunch in the cafeteria, parking and general help. This is all done by volunteers who know the importance for supporting the library.
If Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library doesn't have the book you're looking for, the desk attendant can contact Minerva Library Catalog for you. This service is amazing. All the book delivered to our library shows how easy it is to use. Computers are available and are used a lot by summer visitors staying in town.
Throughout the year, the programs continue week after week. It's great fun watching the students from the New Suncook parade from school to the library to learn the mysteries of the library, and visit the special children's area. These same children and visitors from away can take part in the summer reading programs.
The ladies gather for knitting throughout the year; the gardening group meets, plus takes care of the library garden; the writers group meets. In other words, there are constant programs available at the library. You can even keep in shape with the yoga, go to a yard sale waiting for the Old Home Days parade. If the library doesn't have a program fitting your needs talk to Anna.
Oops, almost forgot the most dedicated group: Those steady cribbage players who meet first week after the fair until they decide to quit.
During the summer season, the library is available to the Greater Lovell Land Trust for their popular nature talks. This, along with the library’s own special guest speakers, gives the community plenty to do.
Am I proud of our library? I guess so. We lost one of our longtime workers Ruth, who had to move to be closer to her husband. We still have the best and most helpful people who take care of our library so we all thank you for making our library a true treasure.
For those visiting the Fryeburg Fair, don't forget the Fryeburg/Lovell VFW booth. Stop up for a quick lunch, hot or cold depending on the weather.
For those who play cribbage, start practicing your 15-2, 15-4 and a pair is 6. Cribbage at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will start up the week after the fair on Wednesday, Oct. 12, starting at 9 a.m. Everyone — those who play well or those who would like to learn — are invited to join the group for the fun of it. Hey, Dennis, check in.
The Lovell United Church of Christ is holding a $2 bag sale until Oct. 1. The thrift shop is open on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, located on Route 5 in Center Lovell.
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