Deer Isle library awarded $50,000 from King Foundation

DEER ISLE — The Chase Emerson Memorial Library has received a $50,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation to renovate the children’s library.

“We are just head over heels,” said Board President Susan Lees.

The renovation means a larger space, new furniture and more room for children to spread out.

The library will hire a contractor to update the building so that a more spacious children’s area can be created.

“Some parts of that building are more than 100 years old,” Lees said.

The library is not sure when the work would be done but it would occur during fall.

“In summer we have such heavy usage, it would really disrupt things,” Lees said.

Meanwhile, the library has relocated the children’s area to a newer portion of the building, which has the most windows and faces the sea.

A priority for the library, even before the construction is done, is obtaining child-appropriate furniture.

The library has been looking for foam cube, cloth-covered seats for the children.

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