Trustee Harris Elder announces he will be stepping down after 15 years on the board.
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A thermal windowpane that protects the library's stained-glass window at the new entrance may not be repairable.
Library Director Mindy Hackner told the trustees Wednesday that she cannot find anyone willing to make the repair.
"So we are kind of stuck with that right now," she said. "We can still call a few more glass people but I kind of just put it on the back burner right now."
The one-of-a-kind stained-glass work was created by Deborah Coombs and features the original front entrance and a listing of all the donors who contributed $1,000 or more to the 19th-century library's renovation and addition more than a decade ago.
Hackner said she does not know how or who cracked it but does know the window is not supposed to come out.
"It was put in with the old European method that they used on churches which means it isn't supposed to come out for 500 or 600 years," Hackner said. "I told the artist and when she heard that we might have to take it out she freaked out and came right up here. She said if it gets damaged it is almost irreplaceable."
Hackner said everyone she has contacted is afraid to take on the project and the person who installed the window is now retired and living in Texas.
"Everyone I have talked to said 'no way,' they don't want to touch it," she said.
Hackner said it was suggested to her to take the pane out from the outside but she also was advised against this because it would mean taking a saw to the window and the stained-glass pane would not be held in place.
She said the city is aware of the issue and for the time being there is not much the library can do until it find someone willing to take on the project.
"I did tape up the outside so it wouldn't crack anymore," she said. "There is no harm to the public and there is some really heavy book tape on it."
In other business, Hackner said the library will apply for another waiver from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners as the city does not plan to fund the library to the level the state requires.
Hackner said there are 10 libraries in the state that apply for waivers and if not granted the library will lose a variety of resources such as interlibrary loan.
"It would reduce us so much," she said. "It would be a big loss for North Adams."
The city has been successful in the past when applying for a waiver -- both Adams and North Adams received them last fiscal year -- and Hackner said City Hall does seem to be sensitive to the issue.
"I think they know it is not a good idea, but I think this is just how they want to handle it," she said. "I think there are a lot of people in City Hall who really resent the Library Board of Commissioners for putting an arbitrary line in the sand."
She said the library not only serves residents but people throughout the county and even state and sends and receives 30,000 books annually to and from other libraries. She added that without the waiver, the North Adams library card carriers could not access these resources from other libraries.
Hackner added that she plans to update the library's disaster plan that already is pretty thorough.
"This is a really definitive plan of who does what if something were to happen ... and a lot of this just needs updating," she said. "It has everything from how to treat books if they get wet from what to do if you find bugs in the books."
Also in regard to emergencies, Hackner added that it may be beneficial to purchase a generator for the library.
"It has been tossed around before just in case there was a flood or ice storm," she said. "I will look into it ... there is something that happens in a power outage if it goes on for too long it could trigger our sprinkler system."
Hackner also went over some annual numbers and said this year there have been 112 adult programs attended by 2,275 people and 183 children programs attended by 3,563.
"People say people don't use the library but that is just not the case," trustee Don Pecor said. "People don't realize how much is going on."
Before closing, chairman Harris Elder announced that he would be stepping down from the trustees after 15 years of service.
"You will be so missed," Hackner said. "You have given a lot to the library."
The trustees will recommend a new member to the mayor who will make the appointment.
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North Adams Rallies For Win in Rain-Shortened La Festa Baseball Exchange
By Rick DuteauiBerkshires.com Sports
NORTH ADAMS, Mass - North Adams struck just before Mother Nature did on Saturday night, as the local team rallied to a 9-5 victory over the Boston North End Dodgers, just before weather shortened the first game of the annual La Festa Baseball Exchange at Joe Wolfe Field.
The two sides met for the 29th straight season in the yearly event in which each club travels for a two-game series. Although Saturday’s action was halted in the top of the sixth inning due to a lightning storm that swept quickly through the area, the teams meet again on Sunday morning for the second game. North Adams will also travel east in August for a pair of games hosted by the Dodgers in Boston.
Things may have ended in a draw had North Adams not struck for its final scoring burst in the bottom of the fifth inning, as it scored four runs to break open a 5-5 score with the deciding margin of victory. Landon Champney got it going after he led off by slicing the ball past third base for a double, and he then scored the winning run on a throwing error after Tristan Garner walked and attempted to steal second to draw a throw.
The home team kept piling on in the fifth to increase its lead. Garner came in on a passed ball, Chase Vanderwoude walked and later stole home and Owen Gagne smacked a single past third, advanced on a balk and then crossed the plate following a wild pitch.
Romano, coordinator of the North End Athletic Association, noted this might be the 29th year of the exchange but it was really the 30th trip west. Lipa, Abuisi and others had asked about doing a Feast of St. Anthony, what has been a North End tradition for century now.
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Heat index values are expected to reach 95 to 100 degrees this afternoon. Heat index values could reach 107 to 112 degrees on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon for most of Massachusetts, with values between 96 and 102 locally in the Berkshires. click for more
The city native was memorialized on Thursday with the unveiling of a bronze statue of two children reading a book set by the East Main Street entrance of the North Adams Public Library where she began her long career as a librarian.
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