For the first year of being a trustee, she saw about 10 different people come through the library, which was only opened for two hours a week. She believed that many in town didn't even know it existed. So she started making the presence known.
The executive director of the Massachusetts Library System, which annually delivers 6.4 million items in the commonwealth's interlibrary loan system, said his non-profit has been hit hard by declining revenue and rising costs, chiefly in the form of an increased minimum wage.
In 2002, the commonwealth funded MLS to the tune of $17.6 million; in FY17, that number was $9.9 million, a drop of 44 percent.
The library may tap the Massachusetts Historical Commission for funds to mend structural issues in the older part of the building. However, it would need to raise funds to match the grant.
Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees last week that architect Thomas Bartels, who was involved in the renovation and addition in 2003, surveyed the building and was concerned with the condition of the building's structure.
Readers in the Children's Library will now be able to sit in a sunny window, curl up in a comfy chair or study with friends around a table.
Spending time in the library was important to longtime teacher Joan Rivers. And now future generations of North Adams Public Library patrons will be able to enjoy their stay a little bit better because of the furniture purchased in her memory.