SINCLAIRVILLE - Sinclairville Free Library is again selling calendars for 2013. It is filled with photos from the Sinclairville and Gerry areas Then and Now. Historic photos have been used, paired with photos of the same area as it appears now. One page showcases the Gerry Town Picnic, others the Methodist and Baptist churches in Sinclairville, and scenes from the rodeo in Gerry and other Gerry areas. On the cover are the various places the Sinclairville Library was housed before it had its own building. Many more scenes of the area are included.
Last year, the calendars sold out before Christmas, so if interested contact a board member, buy one at the Sinclairville Superette, Gay-Mark Tire & Wheel, Julie's Style Station in Gerry and the Gerry Town Hall, and of course the Sinclairville Free Library itself. Each calendar is $10 and is perfect for those who love history, or ones that have moved away from the area. Historic photos were located in the library archives, from Peggy Heath, Town of Gerry Historian, and from Larry Barmore of the Valley Historical Society. Calendars may be reserved by calling the library at 962-5885.
The towns of Charlotte and Gerry and the village of Sinclairville support the library by contributing to its operating funds, consequently the calendar's photos are from the Gerry and Sinclairville area.
The profit from the sale of the calendars goes directly to support the operating costs of the library. Over the past year, the library has been a busy place updating the building by putting on a new roof to better control the temperature and moisture level in the building, replacing the siding, expanding parking spaces and repaving the parking lots, and finishing the setting up of the video conferencing unit. All of these updates have been made possible by grants from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the Lenna Foundation, the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and the New York State Department of Education Public Library Construction Grant Program.