Strasburg library seeks help with repairs

By Henry Culvyhouse

The Strasburg Community Library is turning to locals for help with repairs in a $25,000 fund drive titled “Love Your Library.”

The library, which was originally a log cabin built in 1833, suffers from peeling paint, wood rot near its foundation, rotting hand rails, air conditioning issues and ceiling leaks in its circulation area. During the last three years, the library, which has a $36,000 annual budget, has spent $17,000 on repairs.

Ray Willis, the chair of the campaign, said building is overdue for renovations.

“There is no single overriding problem with the library, it’s just little problems that keep adding up,” Willis said. “The building is old and it’s just time for some repairs.”

The library held its last fundraiser 15 years ago for a new addition completed in 2003. Willis said that addition is also in need of some sprucing up.

“The sealant they put on the wood of that addition does not hold paint on very well,” Willis said. “We’ve spent $15,000 on paint just for that.”

While the library operates under the Shenandoah County Library System, it only receives books and computers from the county. Most of its funding is derived from an annual donation of $15,000 from the town of Strasburg, private donations, late fines and printing and copier fees.

Willis said the town library is also looking into grants for repairs as well.

The library receives about 38,000 visitors a year, according to a news release. Willis said he hopes community members who use the library so frequently will lend their support.

“We intend to make a very broad appeal to the Strasburg community in our time of need,” Willis said. “So far, we have been informally pledged $3,500 and we hope this level of support continues.”

Willis said while the fundraiser does not have a cut-off date, he hopes it can be completed by late spring in order to begin painting.

Donations for the Strasburg Community Library can be mailed to 195 W. King St., Strasburg, VA, or can be brought into the library during normal operating hours.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com