A library will soon be located inside Stokesdale Town Hall.
By Thomas Lester
A new page is about to be turned in Stokesdale's history.
In a little more than a month, the town's library should be open to the public.
That's the message from Library Committee chair Helen Marshall, who spearheaded the drive to bring a public library to Stokesdale.
Marshall says the committee plans to connect the two rooms in the front of Stokesdale Town Hall for the library's location. They're also in the process of collecting books, cataloging and preparing them for shelving.
"We're ready for books; we want books. They can either be paperback or hardback; we also would love to get audiobooks on CD or tape for those people who are unable to read. Books can either be regular print or large print," Marshall said. "We're also accepting magazines, hunting and fishing magazines or Good Housekeeping, along those lines, fitness magazines, sports magazines."
Marshall said most any books are welcome, as she envisions the library serving as many people as possible.
"We're accepting all kinds of books that a library would have. We want it to be a family library," she noted. "We're going to hold children's readings. You want people to come in if they have a book club. If women crochet and they want to crochet, they can come to the library. Teenagers and school kids, if they need to study, they can come in and just study and possibly take a book home to read."
Marshall has many fond memories of her time in libraries during her days in school and in the Navy, and was taken aback when she moved here and discovered there was no library in the northwest area.
"I kind of lived in the library and learned how the library worked. It wasn't by computer. It was with the card catalog and the Dewey Decimal System," she said. "When I came here and found out I had to drive to Greensboro to go to the library, I thought that wasn't right. I wanted a library here."
And once the library is established in the town hall, Marshall also wants to take it out into the community - specifically Countryside Village Retirement Community on U.S. 158, where she plans to load up books in her vehicle and offer reading materials and quality time to residents.
"I want to try to go over once a week or at least twice a month to the retirement home," Marshall said. "You go by each room and talk to them and ask if they would like to check out a book to read. That way, they also get a visitation and they do get to read something."
While books are the most pressing need, there are other items that could also be useful, including shelving and additional manpower.
"We have several people who have called to donate books and also offered to help out when we get open. We are still looking for more book donations and any book shelving," said Councilman Frank Bruno, who also serves on the committee with Marshall and Nancy McCoy. "We are also in the process of taking bids to open up a doorway between the current media room and the next office to give the library more space to operate. Our goal is to get something up and running in November."
WANT TO HELP? A drop-off box for donated books is located at Stokesdale Town Hall, located at 8325 Angel-Pardue Road in Stokesdale, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Additionally, Bi-Rite, located on Main Street in Stokesdale, is on board as the town's second drop-off point. Books can also be dropped off at the Northwest Observer office, located at 1616 N.C. 68 in Oak Ridge, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday. To donate shelving materials or to volunteer, contact Helen Marshall at 643-0043.