Local artisan building endowment bookcase for Auburn library

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AUBURN – An expertly handcrafted wood bookcase will grace the circulation desk of the Auburn Public Library when the library re-opens in late spring. The cherry bookcase, designed and built by local artisan John Stass, will compliment the library’s new color scheme.

The top of the case is trimmed with handcut dentil molding and rests on milled feet that elevate the bookcase slightly from the floor. The adjustable shelving will have room to accommodate up to 225 book forms that will be engraved with names and inscriptions of those who have given a minimum of $5,000 to establish a named endowment fund at the library.

“We wanted a way to express our thanks and honor those who have given so generously to our endowment over the years or will give in the future,” said Barbara Trafton, chairwoman for the library’s building campaign. “We also wanted to work locally as much as possible, and John’s firm, Katahdin Musicworks, is well known and respected.”

Katahdin Musicworks and Studio Furniture is a locally owned company that prides itself on using solid wood construction and handrubbed oil finishes. Each piece is made one at a time in John Stass’ studio in Lewiston.

Trafton invites residents to see the bookcase in late spring when the library re-opens at its 49 Spring St. location. The bookcase will be located adjacent to the new circulation desk against the wall on the library’s first-floor concourse.

Anyone who has questions regarding the bookcase or the library’s endowment should contact Kellie DeMers, development director, at 782-3191, ext. 5.

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