HUBBARDSTON — The Hubbardston Book Nook exists as a labor of love.
The library nestled inside the Hubbardston Community Center is a haven for local readers who have access to about 7,000 books, children looking for a safe and fun activity or anyone needing Internet access.
The Hubbardston Book Nook Board is comprised of President Laura Fahey, Ruth Gee, Catrina Larsen, Genie Moriarty and Cherri Muirhead. They call themselves “the library ladies” and they raise all their own funds for books, bills and activities, as well as $350 in monthly rent to the Hubbardston Community Center.
Other than the occasional private donation, the majority of fundraising has been done via Texas hold ‘em tournaments with assistance from the American Legion and the Masonic Lodge. However, local interest and participation is waning in the tournaments. The state of Michigan also requires a certain amount of “red tape” in order to host a card tournament.
Moriarty is the sole librarian after Deb Bolton passed away last year. Moriarty volunteers her time from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
“It’s just getting to be a big job,” Moriarty said. “We’ve got enough rent for about six months. We gave them (Hubbardston Community Center officials) a heads up that there’s a possibility toward the end of the year that we aren’t going to be able to pay rent. The people who use the library the most and appreciate it the most don’t have extra money.”
“We have a lot of adults who come in and use the Internet because they can’t afford it at home,” Fahey added. “We try to do workshops for children and adults to serve the community.”
The library board met last week and decided to start a “Keep Hubbardston Library Open” account via the GoFundMe.com website. Future information will be available on the library’s Facebook page (facebook.com/Hubbardston.Library). The library board also has a Twitter accont (@HubbLibrary).
The library board plans to publish a list in The Gazette thanking sponsors if their goal of projected one year expenses is reached.
The library is also looking for one or more people to volunteer to host children’s story hour and other activities, as Ann Fahey is retiring from doing story hour on Tuesdays.
“The kids loved her,” Moriarty said. “We hope somebody can find the time to do it.”
For more information, call the library at (989) 981-6106 or write to the Hubbardston Book Nook, 305 S. Russell St., Hubbardston, MI 48845.