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Storage Shed Needed

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If you’ve been in the library anytime during the last few years, you are no doubt aware that we are experiencing a space crunch on many levels: our shelves are full, our staff is in need of workspace, and, most pressing of all, we have no place to store things. When originally built, the library’s basement was used for storage. Now, however, the basement has been repurposed as the library’s main floor, and houses the adult fiction collection, new books, DVDs, CDs, books on tape, the copy machine, employee workspaces and more. Storage? Well, something had to give…

And so, for years, we’ve been storing things under desks, in the stariwell, on top of the book shelves — in short, anywhere the stuff would fit. Unfortunately, we’ve now run out of those types of storage spots too. And, having stored items crammed into every available space is just plain ugly taking away from the charm of the building. If you have any doubts about this, take a look at the “nook” in front of the fireplace on the third floor. One of JJML’s most appealing features, the fireplace, is completely obscured by items that have no other home.

Some day soon this problem may be solved by a new or renovated library building. But “soon” is a relative term…in this case it means at least a couple of years. Unfortunately, the storage problem is pressing and gets worse every day. As a possible solution we came up with the idea of temporarily placing a wooden storage shed — just like those that are seen in many residential backyards — against the brick wall at the back of our property. It would be an ideal solution, as items stored there would be easy to get at when needed, and the shed itself would be mostly hidden by the bushes surrounding it. There is one problem, however, and that is the cost. Pre-built sheds sell for upwards of three thousand dollars, an amount that cannot be squeezed from the library’s budget.

We mention it here in the hope that someone in the community may own a shed that they no longer need, and would consider donating it to the library, or that a local builder might be moved to build one for us using whatever materials he or she may have at hand.

Just thought we’d ask…

BTW, If you have any other ideas as to how we can deal with our storage problems, please leave a comment on the blog, or call us at 725-0049. We’ll be more than happy to listen to any ideas as to how to deal with this growing problem.

Author: jjdirector

B. Allison Gray is the Director of the John Jermaim Memorial Library in Sag Harbor, NY.

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