The new library, community center and city office building right along the main street of Stanhope is the perfect example of what a few people with vision and drive can accomplish when they set their minds to it. And what a feather in the cap of this small rural community.
The Stanhope Library, housed for many years atop a set of stairs in the community center, will now have three times the space for patrons to spread, find a comfortable place to sit and read or use the library's computers. Children will have their own space in this new facility and room to enjoy activities.
The building also houses a community room that will seat 200 people, and a kitchen big enough to prepare a banquet. With coffee groups, family reunions, civic groups and other organizations gathering there, building committee members said there would be no shortage of uses for the room.
The one-story floor plan also means that residents visiting the city office in the building won't have to climb the steps to pay their utility bills or to conduct business with the city clerk. The committee's motto, "No steps up and no steps down,"?means the building is truly accessible to all.
The Daily Freeman-Journal salutes the hard work of the library board, the library foundation, the City Council and all of the residents of Stanhope who contributed to making this dream become a reality. Those who have not yet seen the new building will have an opportunity to have a tour Saturday morning, just prior to the Watermelon Day parade and library board and foundation members will be on hand to show visitors the building throughout the day.