Mayville villagers, town of Chautauqua residents and all supporters are cordially invited to attend a dinner at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, to kick off a special fundraiser for a planned Mayville Library expansion.
According to Melissa Bartok, library director, the 800-square-foot expansion will be on the front of the library toward the highway. "Many people tell us they have a hard time finding our library because it is set back so far on the corner of S. Erie and Evans streets," she said.
The additional space will serve as a meeting room, give more space for book storage and include an additional handicap rest room. The project also will replace the library roof and expand the parking lot. The estimated cost for all is $300,000.
Melissa Bartok, Mayville Library director, left, and Elizabeth Schmitz, librarian, urge everyone to make a monetary contribution to the library expansion fundraiser and enjoy dinner at Webb’s Captain’s Table at the same time.
The dinner will be held at Webb's Captain's Table with a menu from which to choose chicken, salmon, prime rib or vegetarian lasagna. The $50 per person cost includes dinner and a partial contribution.
Also planned is an auction during the evening. Bartok, who will present building details, listed a few of the items that will be offered: an over-night stay at the Maple Inn in Chautauqua Institution and also at My Blue Heaven Bed & Breakfast in Mayville, golf passes to Chautauqua Point Golf Course, art pieces by local artisans and much more.
Bartok explained the need for library expansion. "The current meeting space is 'bursting at the seams' when we have special events. The expansion will provide more room, especially for the handicapped. And, we'll be able to hold multiple book sales during the year."
The library was started by the 1895 Tuesday Club, a group of Mayville women who met weekly to discuss books. Chartered in 1906, it was located in the Chautauqua County clerk's office, across the street from the courthouse. The current location was constructed in 1960 and in 1975 had its first addition.
It should be noted, too, that business has picked up through the years. For example, Bartok said, "We served 17,663 people in 2012; 10 years ago, we served 14,146 patrons." She explained that besides circulation of books and materials, people also use the library for its computers, programs for children, such as story time; today's Tuesday Club and other library-related events.
Although the library has capital funds, grants will be pursued for the expansion and more contributions will be welcomed. "We're excited about the prospective space increase because we know the community supports us," Bartok said. "We also have had many donations, but we need more."
To hurry and purchase your ticket, stop at the library and reserve your dinner. Hours are Monday, noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m..; Friday, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed on Sunday. For more information, call 753-7362.