HANNIBAL, NY – The Hannibal Country Cruizers presented a $2,000 check to the Hannibal Free Library to help cover the costs of the chair lift recently installed in the Community Center by the library.
The lift will allow children and adults who cannot climb stairs to participate in the programs held on the second level of the building.
The library operates the story hour for preschool children, an after-school program and the summer reading program upstairs at the Community Center.
In addition to the library programs, the nursery school and Hannibal Historical Society archives are also located on the second floor, so their patrons will also benefit from this addition.
The donation will also provide a “reading corner” where patrons can find a comfortable spot to enjoy the library’s books and magazines.
The Library now has 2,186 active patrons, which has increased dramatically since 2006 when it was 522.
As part of the North Country Library System, library patrons have access to the collections of all the libraries in Oswego, Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Lewis counties, which can also be reserved on-line from home through the website.
Best sellers, audio books large print books and even E-books are available to borrow.
Free wireless internet access for your laptop or iPod and seven public use computers are also available, as well as faxing, copies and tax forms.
The Country Cruizers Car Club is a social group whose members own and love classic cars.
The club members also enjoy supporting the community.
They work many hours parking cars at the Hannibal Field Days each summer and use their share of the dollars raised to sponsor scholarships through Hannibal Dollars for Scholars and donate to local food pantries.
This year an anonymous individual who was familiar with and impressed by the Cruizers history of donations gave the club a check and asked that the club distribute the funds to charities, at the club’s discretion.
The members felt this library project was very important, since many members have experience with disabilities and understand the importance of accessibility.