No one ever said a small town's library had to be small. But that's the reality for one town here in the metro, more elbow room is needed. A Bennington librarian is hoping for a storybook ending.
Every two weeks Shelia McGavock and her three younger sons come to the Bennington Library.
“The library isn't just a house for books. There's a lot of learning going on,” said library director, Lisa Flaxbeard.
But if more than one family visits the library, it fills up quickly.
"It's really nice if you're the only one in the library, it's a nice intimate area,” said Lisa Flaxbeard
The intimate space isn't always enough for the growing needs of the community. They are currently using 2,300 square feet of space.
“Small in space but not in potential. So it would mean a lot for us to be able to fulfill our potential,” Therese Wiggs said
Wiggs is a volunteer at the library. She is coordinating the Festival of Trees event in November to help raise money for an expansion.
“If the funding is there it's possible that the decision would be made to expand right here at this location,” said Wiggs.
Ideally, they'd use the space from the neighboring fire department, which is expected to expand at a new location.
McGavock's admits, an expansion could mean more trips to the library.
“It's always nice to have more space at the library for activities for the kids,” said McGavock’s.
The Festival of Trees event is November 16th and 17th at St. John's Lutheran Church at 322 North Molley.
Visitors can see more than 30 decorated trees, have a soup meal, purchase Grandma's Attic items, participate in a raffle and auction, a bake sale and even visit Santa.