Community comes out for library after fire

Less than a month ago, the Pleasant Valley Library was ravaged by an early morning fire. The fire, which started in the basement and was extinguished within two hours, is still being investigated, but in the meantime, the community across the county is coming together to support the library’s quest to rebuild.

A temporary library location will open after the New Year at the former Pleasant Valley Market, 3 Maggiacomo Lane. Donated rent-free for two years by the Redl family.  

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On Wednesday, December 5 at 6 p.m. author Susan Orlean will discuss her new book, “The Library Book” at Murray’s Cafe in Tivoli. Orlean’s book reopens the unsolved mystery of the 1986 fire in the Los Angeles Public Library which burned for more than seven hours and destroyed over 400,000 books. 

The Tivoli Free Library, organizers of the event, has generously offered to send donations from the evening to support the rebuilding efforts of the Pleasant Valley Library. Event tickets are $10 (can be applied to cost of the book; Limit one ticket per book purchased) and are available via Oblong Books, oblongbooks.com. 

Monetary donations are appreciated by check Pleasant Valley Library, PO Box 633, Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 or via the library’s website: pleasantvalleylibrary.org. 

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