Johnstown library event raised nearly $8,800

JOHNSTOWN – City officials said the Johnstown Public Library’s annual fundraiser netted $8,797 to benefit library services.

“This money will go directly to the library’s operating budget,” 2nd Ward Councilman Chris Foss told the Common Council on Monday.

The library conducted its 17th annual fundraiser – Johnstown Classic mini golf – on April 20 at the facility. The family event featured mini golf played at the library and the raffle of more than 50 book-themed baskets.

Elsewhere in his library liaison report to the council, Foss noted summer hours are in effect at the South Market Street facility until September. Hours of operation are: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays; noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.

Foss thanked Key Bank volunteers who recently helped at the library.

The councilman also noted the library’s annual Summer Reading Program begins Monday, with registration at 10 a.m. The program runs until Aug. 2.

The Summer Reading Program is open to children of all abilities in preschool through those entering eighth grade. Everyone who reads the minimum number of hours will receive a certificate and free book.

The program offers two levels of participation. Companion readers are non-independent readers who will be read to for a minimum of six hours. Independent readers are asked to read a minimum of 10 hours.

There are two registration methods – at the library or online at

Mayor Sarah Slingerland noted 76 percent of the library’s budget is generated from city taxes.

In other council business, the council reappointed these people to the library Board of Trustees: John S. VanArnam – 113 S. William St.; James Mraz – 10 Falcon Crest Drive; Robin Carville – 113 1/2 S. Market St.; Joseph Polidore – 400 E. Main St.; and Joyce Kirkpatrick – 113 Prindle Ave. Terms expire June 30, 2016.

“I think all of these people have served on this board for many, many years,” Slingerland said.

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