HANOVER — Peg Susbury won’t have to wear mittens any more when she reshelves books at the Gardner Roberts Memorial Library.
The library has received a $5,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation and installed a new propane stove.
Although the library has been closed all winter, Hanover residents were still able to borrow books because Susbury, a volunteer librarian, held Wednesday open hours in the adjacent town office. She continued to catalog books, and carry them from the town office to the library via milk crate – after she shoveled a path.
“The temperature was 20 degrees last week, the highest since November,” Susbury said via e-mail.
The Jotul brand stove is in a portion of the former window seat in the entry room of the century-old library. Soon, 12 inches of insulation and a vapor barrier will be installed in the roof and 7½ inches of insulation and a vapor barrier between the floor and crawl space.
The wooden windows won’t be removed, but they will be tightened, she said. A custom-built screen door in the library’s gingerbread style will also be installed later in the spring.
The library will be officially opened in May, with hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, 5 o 8 p.m. Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays. She’ll have quick breads and other sweets for sale on a table on the porch of the library.
She has sold her very popular breads at the town office this winter to raise money for the library and for books.
As a thank you to the town for allowing the library to set up shop in the town office this winter, Susbury said the women of the weekly Library Bee group plan to sew new curtains and paint the main meeting room of the town office.