Pember eyes next door building

O pportunities to purchase property adjacent to the Pember Library come few and far between — that’s the thinking behind one board member’s suggestion to look into the building next door.

Advisory Board Member Paul Elsholz brought up the idea at a meeting Wednesday night of the board buying 25-27 West Main Street, a three-story brick building on sale for $59,000. He asked board members when they would again have the opportunity to buy land adjoining the library.

Board member Bo Young said the spot could even serve as a parking lot if the building were to be torn down. He also wondered if current owners might gift the property to the Pember.

“Would they consider donating? It could be part of the cultural campus,” he said.

On Thursday, Pember Director Pat Wesner said no decisions about the matter have been made, but officials are going to speak with a lawyer to see if they can legally pursue such an idea. She said just because Elsholz made a suggestion does not mean the board is going to follow it.

“He was just bringing it up. What we try to do is look at everyone’s suggestions and at least talk about it and look into it,” she said. Currently, she said the library has little funding available so a large expansion would not be feasible. But board members hope to grow the Pember in the future.

“We will at some point, but we have to stabilize funding before we go forward,” she said.

Also discussed at the meeting was the Pember’s annual dinner on June 28 at the Lake St. Catherine Country Club in Wells, Vt. The event benefits the Pember, which is celebrating 103 years of service.

Board members are looking for donations of products or service for their silent auction at the event. For questions or to donate call 642-1515 or email Pember@roadrunner.com.

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