Mayville Public Library raises $21,000 for repairs to historic building – Grand Forks Herald


MAYVILLE, ND — A fundraising effort for building repairs at the Mayville Public Library has raised $21,000 and more. Library director Margaret Rice gives full credit to the community.

“It’s a small town with a big heart,” Rice said.

The library is raising money for the filling to replace the mortar between the bricks on the outside of the building. The project is estimated at $57,240 and fundraising began in September.

The library was built in 1900 and funded by bonanza farmers and brothers EB and JL Grandin. “A Saga of Two Cities,” a 1981 book about the history of Mayville-Portland, says the library cost $7,000 to build and another $3,300 to fill with books. For nearly 122 years of the library’s existence, the building has been a community gathering place.

“The library has been important to many people,” Rice said. “A lot of people came here for story time and book signings. Over the years, many photos have been posted.

And the library is still active. This spring, a book signing with several local authors is planned, and this summer will be the 17th year of an annual exhibition of amateur photography. The library also holds book sales twice a year, both to make room for new books and to raise funds for the library. The next book sale will take place from February 15 to 25.

“It’s all you can put in a bag for $5. It’s called “Love Your Library Book Sale,” Rice said.

Terry Bachmeier of Mesa, Arizona, is a regular donor to the library and, according to Rice, was a driving force in the most recent round of fundraising. Although he no longer lives in the community, he has fond memories of the library.

“That’s where I started, and I did well, so I’m very happy to give back,” Bachmeier said.

Students from the May-Port CG chapter of Future Business Leaders of America also joined the fundraising efforts. FBLA advisers David Torgeson and Cindy Strand were approached by an anonymous donor who said they would match up to $5,000 raised by the organization’s students. Torgeson said the leaders of the organization took the idea and followed it. Like the rest of the community, students appreciate what the library adds to the city.

“Maybe they went to story time there, and if you met Margaret, you remember her,” Torgeson said. “The children know her well and I think there were a lot of positive events that they experienced there and memories of their youth.”

Two leaders and a member of the FBLA lead the project. They set up a page on the Go Fund Me website, which raised $1,500 in the first 24 hours after it went live on Friday afternoon. The students also held a potato feed in conjunction with a double-header basketball game against Hatton-Northwood on Saturday, January 22.

“Hatton is also in Traill County, so it’s a great way to get the county involved as well,” Strand said.

All proceeds from baked potatoes sold and any other voluntary donations raised during the games will be donated to the library.

“Cindy and I have both discussed with the kids that in the grand scheme of things, the whole project is $60,000, and we’re only doing a fraction of that, but if we were to raise $5,000 and getting a $5,000 match is one-sixth of the funding,” Torgeson said.

But student effort has the potential to have even greater impact. Torgeson said with the success the FBLA fundraiser has had so far, the anonymous donor has offered to donate up to $10,000 if the original $5,000 is matched.

Anyone interested in donating to the Mayville Public Library can donate online at the FBLA’s Go Fund Me page “Help Preserve the Mayville Public Library” or in person at Potato Streams at games. basketball at noon on January 22. The Mayville Public Library can be mailed directly to the library at 52 Center Ave. N., Mayville, ND, 58257.


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