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Adams Library Trustees Still Seeking Buyers for Old Periodicals

By Jack GuerinoiBerkshires Staff
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The trustees last week approved the removal of bound volumes of periodicals from the library basement if no buyer can be found.

ADAMS, Mass. — The Library Board of Trustees has received $400 for some of the antique periodicals found in the library basement.

Periodyssey, a company based in Easthampton that buys and sells pre-1950 American periodicals, purchased the 19-volume Craftsman periodical from 1908 but was not interested in any of the other periodicals.

"That was the only thing that anyone seemed interested in," Library Director Deborah Bruneau told the trustees on Thursday.

She said the money will mostly likely pay for a dumpster to aid in the cleaning process.

Periodyssey gave Bruneau another possible buyer who will visit the library next week.

The trustees moved to give Bruneau the right to sell what she can and use her best judgment whether or not to throw the periodicals away. The basement space must be cleaned out before the renovation begins.

"I want to see if I can find some homes for anymore of the periodicals and see if we can make any more money and once that's done, I would just like permission to go ahead and remove them," Bruneau said.

Bruneau said she also found bound newspapers in the basement that may be of some value. Among the volumes of the former North Adams Transcript and former Adams Freeman, she found copies of the New York Daily Tribune from 1855 to 1858.

"There are some very interesting titles down there that I am not completely sure why we have," she said.

She said the buyer may be interested in them.

The trustees also discuss trying to sell the newspapers and periodicals on eBay so they can reach buyers throughout the world.

Bruneau said she would like to keep a current collection of magazines and newspapers and hold onto just the 40 volumes of the Transcript and the 19 volumes of the Freeman. The trustees approved this.

Bruneau also was given permission to remove the 115-year-old cabinets in the basement. She said the cabinets slant to the side.

She is not sure if the library or the town owns the cabinets because they have been there since the library was built. She plans to offer them to other town departments before having them taken apart and removed.

Trustee Eugene Michalenko said people may want to restore the cabinets or use the wainscoting on them.

The trustees also decided to hold a weeklong amnesty food drive where people can bring back overdue books and avoid fines by bringing in canned goods for the food pantry.

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