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11noticetheresnodistinctionmadeastohowmuchmoneypeoplegave.Ididntwanttodrawattentiontothatbecausemyfeelingisthatsomeonewhogave50orlessmayhavedugjustasdeepassomeonewhogave5000.Everyoneworkedhardonthisprojectanditwasntjustthebiggiverswhobuiltthiswing.Peopledonatedtheirskillsandtheirtimetoo.PeggypointsoutthatDelalsobuiltalltheshelvesforthewing.Theyaresimplesturdyoakshelvesbeautifullynishedandreectiveofthefunctionalitythatcharacterizesthelibrarysnewaddition.DespitehispivotalroleinrealizingthecommunitysvisionofaremodeledlibraryDelishumbleabouthiscontributions.TurningtohiswifeCarolwhohasbeensittingquietlybyhissideduringthestoryofhowMaltasnewlibrarycametobeDelemphasizesthatCarolwastheonewhokepthimontaskandsawtotheorganizationaldetails.ItookcareofsomepaperworkandIwrotesomethankyounotesbutIhadalotofhelpwiththatsaysCarol.Everyaspectofthisprojectwastrulyacommunityeffort.Peggysaystheprogrammingandservicesatthelibraryhavereallyblossomedsincetheadditionofthenewwing.ItsfunnysaysPeggyIcametoworkatthelibraryfromapositionasacollegeEnglishinstructorandIguredIwasgoingfromastressfuljobtoonethatjustrequiredmetocheckbooksinandout.ThenatmyrstboardmeetingDelshowsupwiththedeedtothenewpropertyandtheideaforexpansionandIthoughtwhathaveIgottenmyselfintoStartingworkastheMaltalibrarianin2003thesameyeartheideaforthenewwingtookrootPeggyhadachancetoprovideinputontheconstructionofthebuildingwhereshenowworks.AtrsttheboardthoughttheyonlyneededtodoublethesizeofthelibrarybutItoldthemtheyneededtotripleitwhichtheyultimatelydid.Anditsagoodthing.Thelibrarynowhasabout150childreninitssummerreadingprogramaswellasabout75adults.ThelibraryservesasacentralhubforeventslikeMaltaDaysandtheresevenaprogramthatencouragespeopletoreadbooksthathavebeenbannedintimespastbuthavesincebecomeclassics.UsagesincethecompletionofthenewwinghastripledaccordingtoPeggy.Wegotsobusyonedaywehadpeoplesittingintheaislestocheckout.Thelocaltaxallocationforthelibrarywhichhadnotchangedduringtheprevious80yearswasraisedtohelpPeggyandherstaffmakefulluseofthenewfacilityandPeggynotesthattheincreasewaspassedonthersttry.Thecommunityhasjustbeenincrediblysupportive.Ourboardhasbeenwonderful.Thisistrulyacommunityspacebuiltbythecommunity.WorkoncompletingtherestorationoftheoldwingcontinuesasadditionalcontributionsaremadebutthatworkwillbehastenedbythefactthattheinitialloanforthenewwingwaspaidoffatthebeginningoftheyearatrulyamazingfeatwhenyouconsiderthatMaltaTownshipisacommunityofonlyabout1400peopleandthatnotaxdollarswereusedintheconstructionofthenewwing.TheresamortgageburningplannedduringMaltaDaysthisJunebutitwillbelessaboutshakingofftheburdenofdebtthanaboutcelebratingthespiritofthislittletownthatsawaneedandmetit.YouknowsaysDelwelostourhighschoolafewyearsagowheneverythingwasconsolidatedinDeKalb.Thatwasagoodthingforourstudentsbutitleftalittleholeinthecommunity.Ithinkthenewlibraryhelpsllthathole.ItssomethingthatbelongstoMalta.Itsoursandthatmeanssomething.MembersoftheMaltaTownshipLibraryExpansionCommitteelefttorightJamieColbertKevinMcArtorTerrySandbergJerryMcArtorCarolSandbergandDelSandberg.JamieWillrettnotshown.COMMUNITY11