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22ARCHIVE22pouredbasementinalmostperfectcondition.TheglassinsomeofthewindowsisoriginalsaysGary.Wehaveintentionallynotreplacedthosesothatwecouldcombinesomeoftheoldwiththenewandhaveakindoflivinghistory.Buttohavethiswholeplacemovedfromoverthereacrosseldsyouwouldthinkalloftheglasswouldbebroken.Itsincredible.ItwasamiraclethehousemoveandlibraryprojectcametogethersaysSandiFrostpastSocietyboardmember.WehadnomoneyandreliedsolelyonvolunteerlaborandyetthedreamwasrealizedTheSocietysmembersandplentyofcommunityvolunteerspitchedintohelptransformtheoldhouseintoausablelibrary.CharlotteandotherSocietymembersspenthoursstrippingandrenishingallofthehomesbeautifuloriginalwoodwork.ThelocalBoyScoutsandtheirparentsdonatedtreesshrubsandlaborhourstolandscapetheexteriorandtheCubScoutsstillcomeeveryyeartoplantowersandmulchthebeds.ForhisEagleScoutawardGermanArroyoJr.installedallofthelibrarysmetalshelvingandErinHellwigoftheGirlScoutswhowaslessthanimpressedwiththebeigewallsinthebasementchildrensareaofferedtopaintanddecoratetheareaforherGoldAward.Todaythebuildingbreathescharmandcomfortthroughoutfromthereadingnookonthesecondoorcompletewithanoverstuffedcouchandarmchairtothecheerfulcolorfulkidsspaceinthebasement.Thebeautifulwoodworkoriginallightxturesrichhardwoodoorsandhugewindowsallbeckonthecasualbrowsertositdownwithagoodbook.Andwiththelibraryscollectionofmorethan10000volumesincludingctionnonctionreferencechildrensandaudioandvideorecordingsthereaderhasplentyofoptions.MaryHaugethelibrarysvolunteerdirectordonatescountlesshourskeepingthelibraryscollectionfreshandrelevant.JustafewyearsaftertheSocietycompletedthemammothtaskofmovingthehouseandopeningalibrarytheOldBarnMuseuminNewarkIllinoisclosedandneededtosplititsextensivecollectionamonglocalnot-for-protorganizations.TheSocietywelcomedpartofthatcollectionandthesecondoorofthelibrarynowdoublesasmuseumspace.Oneroomhousesarotatingdisplay.CurrentlyTheOregonTrailMaryHaugehascompletelyorganizedthelibraryandwithoutherdedicationitislikelytheBigRockLibrarywouldnotbewhatitistoday.CharlotteMiller