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Canjo library to be closed Mondays

December 16, 2012
The Leader Herald


The Leader-Herald

CANAJOHARIE - The Canajoharie Library and the Arkell Museum will not be open on Mondays next year, according to a notice on the library's website.

Library Director Leah LaFera said because of recent budget cuts, the library can't continue to be open seven days a week.

Grant money from the state has dried up, according to LaFera.

"The library and museum over the last five or six years or so has seen our revenue stream decrease," LaFera said. "Our endowment has taken a hit with the economy."

The grant money, from which the library draws interest, is running low, and New York state is not renewing the funding, LaFera said.

"The Canajoharie Library relies each year on grants, sponsorships, gifts and our endowment to survive," according to the notice on the library's website. "We receive the smallest amount of tax payer funding in the entire Mohawk Valley library system. We are also one of the least publicly funded libraries in the entire state."

The website says while the Canajoharie Library receives only about $700 a year from its local municipal governments, Fonda's Frothingham Free Library gets $26,000 a year, while Fort Plain's library gets $56,850 per year.

Until recently, the Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum had a single director. When Eric Trahan left to take over as head of the Mohawk Valley Library System, LaFera was named library director and Diane Forsberg was promoted from deputy director and chief curator of the Arkell Museum to the position of museum director.

"2012 was sort of a crazy year," LaFera said.

After the New Year, the library will be open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

The library website invites patrons and others in the community to make tax-deductible donations to support the facility. Donations may be made either in person or online at

Arthur Cleveland can be reached by email at



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