Fundraiser will host local authors
For its entire 200-year history, the Topsham Public Library has not had a permanent home. This, however, will change very soon when the library raises the rest of the $1 million needed to move into its new home.
The library has already raised $600,000 through various grants and foundations, including a $50,000 donation from author Stephen King, a Bangor resident.
As part of a campaign to raise the other $400,000, the library has planned a series of events throughout the coming months. On Tuesday, April 8, the library will hold "A Night of Authors," in which four Maine authors, including James Dodson, will speak. Hosted at a local retirement community, the evening will include wine, cheese, coffee, and desert. A limited amount of tickets, at a cost of $25.00, will be available at the door.
Linda Prybylo, director of the library, expressed enthusiasm in these upcoming events as well as a great excitement in the opportunities that will come with the move to a the new, larger library.
The current library occupies an old building of the Maine School Administration District. Prybalo acknowledged that they "literally traded rent for renovation" in order to occupy the building for three years, putting in $50,000 fix to fix it up.
The new library will be located on a 10.5-acre plot right on the Androscoggin River. "It's a really beautiful location, and close to the center of town," Prybalo said. She hopes to use some of the land, which currently is home to a beaver dam, as an "environmental learning laboratory" for the students of Topsham. She also expressed her wish to get Bowdoin students involved in this project.
Future fundraising events for the library will include "A Night with Linda Greenlaw," who will speak at Mt. Ararat Middle School on May 8. Greenlaw, a Mt. Aratat school and Colby College alum, is the author of The Lobster Chronicles. Tickets will be available for $5.00 at the door.
For more information, contact the Topsham library at 729-1883.