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With a brand new shed, Camden Public Library ready for upcoming Book Sale

Posted:  Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 8:45am
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Peter Fitzgerald, David Feldman, Jean Freedman-White, Susan Fitzgerald, Bob Olfenbuttel, Peter Gross. Other volunteers included Robert Guenther, Janet Guenther, Jose Ocariz, Dennis McGuirk, and Cheryl Okma.

CAMDEN — Thanks to the combined effort of volunteers, other nonprofit organizations, businesses, and a grant from the Maine Community Foundation, the Camden Public Library now has a book shed that can be used year round, even in the coldest and snowiest months. To show off the new facility, the Library will hold its first-ever book sale in the shed on June 2, 3, and 4.

"This project is a terrific example of what can be accomplished when so many helping hands and organizations chip in," said Jean Freedman-White, chair of the shed project. "With the help of groups like Maine Community Foundation and Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, and individuals like David Feldman, we were able to create a professional-quality renovation, on schedule and on budget."

Other hands-on volunteers included Bob Olfenbuttel, Robert Guenther, Janet Guenther, Peter Gross, Jose Ocariz, Susan Fitzgerald, Pete Fitzgerald, Dennis McGuirk and Cheryl Okma. Freedman-White led the project by coming up with the idea, the plan and the drive to get the project finished. David Feldman acted as project manager.

"He figured out what we needed to do, then taught many of us how to safely get the job done, and then worked with us every day to see it through," said Fitzgerald, current Book Sale Chair.

Thanks go to all the participants, including: carpenter Jeff Bowman, who donated his time and re-framed and raised the shed's door; Peter Fagonade, of Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, who gave technical help with project layout and design; and Tia Anderson, executive director of Midcoast Habitat for Humanity, for the loan of tools and equipment.

Businesses and nonprofits that assisted in the collaboration include Lowe's, especially staff sales person Rachel Wade; PDQ Doors, which donated a new, insulated garage door, took down the old door and installed the new one, at no cost to us; PG Willey, and in particular Howard Holmes; Hedstrom Electric; Swift Storage; Mid-Coast Habitat for Humanity; and P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center, which lent us a pop up tent on the rainy day that we blew in insulation.

"The Library is gratified by the size of the response and the expertise and energy of the participants. We appreciate the support, and the really great collaboration and teamwork that went into this project!" said Nikki Maounis, library director.

The "indoor" book sale on June 2, 3, and 4 will include a great many recent donations to the book sale, especially in the categories of cookbooks and maritime-related books. There are enough "new" books at the sale to refresh and refill the tables daily. The June book sale will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on all three days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Book donations will be gratefully accepted at the book shed on Tuesday mornings.

Event Dates: 
Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sat, 06/03/2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sun, 06/04/2017 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Camden Public Library
Address: 
55 Main Street
Camden  Maine  04843