Carriage Barn Books celebrates its second anniversary – Eagle News Online
CAZENOVIA – Every weekend, Cazenovia’s second-hand bookstore is a busy place. Parents get young children enthusiastic about choosing picture books; a visitor to the city is delighted to see the vast collection of military history; loyal customers take advantage of monthly sales (suspense / thrillers; readings on the beach; craft books); employee volunteers are happy to help.
Carriage Barn Books is located in the barn behind the Cazenovia Public Library. The Greek Revival Library building was built as a private house in 1830; his transport barn in 1858. For years the Friends of the Library have used the barn to store, sort and sell books at their annual summer book sale. Library director Betsy Kennedy, along with others involved in the library, have fantasized for years about turning the barn into a bookstore – a dream that was made possible from 2017, thanks to the fundraising Friends of the Library (FOL) fund and matching funds from a New York State Department of Education Construction Program grant for public libraries. The interior of the barn was completely dismantled and rebuilt by Mike Walker and Expert Building Services, with reclaimed wood floors, new walls and windows, restored horse stalls, period lighting, new doors from entry that work with historic barn doors, and an HVAC system. The restoration has received awards from the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation and PACNY – the Preservation Association of Central New York.
The 35,000 pounds from the barn were donated. Donations are always welcome and can be dropped off near the back door of the library. All kinds of books are accepted, with the exception of encyclopedias and textbooks. Donations that do not appear in Carriage Barn Books are given to other organizations, including CRIS (Cazenovia Resources for Independent Seniors), Little Free Libraries; and Operation Paperback, where they are shipped to US military bases. Books are also donated to other libraries in Mid-York to enrich their collections; and used by the Cazenovia Public Library to replace worn copies.
Carriage Barn Books has been able to stay open throughout the pandemic, and its more than 30 volunteer staff are happy the hours have now increased: Friday 10-6; Saturday 10-4; and Sunday 12-4. To stay informed of schedules, special sales, and other information and updates on Carriage Barn Books, follow us on Facebook and Instagram. And if you’re interested in volunteering, check out the library’s website to find out how to become a volunteer.
To celebrate our second anniversary, all books will be “Buy One, Get One Free!” Â»The last weekend of October.