Library expansion celebrated

HARMAN – Five years ago, those gathered at a community strategic planning meeting in Harman shared a desire to add much-needed space to the Pioneer Memorial Public Library in Harman. On Thursday, many community members gathered to help celebrate the dedication of the library’s new expansion of nearly 1,000 square feet.

Mary Rayme, librarian, and Judy Bucher, president of the library board of directors, welcomed attendees.

“Sometimes you have to wait a long time for good things to happen,” Bucher said. “This was worth the wait.”

The addition includes a multipurpose room with a kitchen area, referred to as Margaret’s Meeting Room, a bathroom and a comfortable reading and exhibit area.

“Margaret Mae Mininger Bucher loved books,” said Bucher. “She often referred to her favorite books as friends. She dreamed of a library for her community. Her dream became a reality with the Pioneer Memorial Public Library.

“She loved people and was always finding ways to bring people together. Therefore, as her four children, Sarah Ellen, Jonathan, Mary Beth and Dan, we are grateful to donate funds to name this community meeting room in honor of our mother.”

Additional funds for the reading and exhibit area were donated by Grant County Bank.

Funding for the addition at the library came from the West Virginia Library Commission, the Randolph County Commission, Legislative Community Partnership grants, Run For It donations and the hard work and donations of many dedicated community members.

Rayme said the library not only serves the public, but also acts as the Harman School library.

“Five classes come for story time and to check out books,” Rayme said. “Some of the students have even started coming over during their lunch.”

Renovations to the children’s area of the library were dedicated in memory of Barb Huffman.

The new meeting space is available to groups during the day, on weekends and in the evenings. Groups wishing to use the space can fill out an application and donate $25 to offset costs.

Rayme said, “We also received three new computers from WorkForce West Virginia. People can come in and use these computers to create resumes and find jobs.”

She said the library also upgraded the memories on the other computers and purchased new flat-screen LCD monitors.

The library has six computers with high-speed Internet access, and officials are developing a tourist information center in the facility.

“We receive so many people stopping by to ask directions, so we hope to have additional information for those visitors,” Rayme said.

The Pioneer Memorial Public Library was established in 1985.

Additional information is available by calling 304-227-4788 during normal library hours.