Grants help bookmobile effort

Five recent grants ranging from $200 to $5,000 have helped Dorothy Alling Memorial Library secure $11,200 toward the cost of a new bookmobile. The library has raised $64,303—80 percent of the total amount needed. The remaining $20,000 required is included in the town’s budget proposal, on which residents will vote in March.

The majority of donations have come from 273 Williston residents and businesses donating amounts from $1 to $5,000. The library has been especially grateful to receive modest gifts from children and seniors, said Library Director Marti Fiske.

Local artists Will Workman, Nini Crane and Gil Meyers each donated a painting to benefit the fundraising efforts. All donors giving $50 or more will be entered into a raffle to win one of the paintings. In addition, Workman and Crane have donated notecard sales.

The library is also searching for a vehicle to run temporary bookmobile service to neighborhoods this summer. If a resident or business makes a summer loan or low cost rental of a van or small box truck (10-16 feet), summer service could run from mid-June through August.