Roxbury Free Library

From the book "Where The Books Are"
Written by Patricia W. Belding, Potash Book Publishing

The Roxbury Free library is a small white-clapboard building with a door and one window facing East Hill Road (VT Route 12A).

Located near Teelawooket, a summer camp for young people, it was built in 1923 in plain Vernacular style. The one-room building, formerly a tea room, was converted and opened as a library on March 17, 1934. It was heated by a woodstove at a time when a third of a cord of wood cost $2.

In the 1930s, the library was used for Red Cross first aid training. A ladies' group, the King's Daughters, helped mend 40 books in 1941, the same year they netted $3.28 by showing movies at the town hall. This amount was the start of a fund to build a library walkway.

In 1976, a gas heater replaced the woodstove, paving the way for the 1980s, a decade that enjoyed strong support from trustees and town. Programs and special events such as story hours and outreach services made for a busy library.

About 1990, as in many small towns, an addition was being considered for the Roxbury Village School. A library was included in the plans, but after meetings were held to discuss a community facility, the idea was rejected. Although its use has declined, the town library is a resource for the school and focuses on programing for all ages.

In 1993, librarian Sally Kirn wrote, "Perhaps this is a temporary down swing in the life of our wonderful little library, perhaps it is part of a natural cycle of things as they change and evolve. I love this library and all libraries. To me they bring hope, adventure, meaning, and purpose to our lives. This we cannot do without."


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