Wawona Library Storage Shed Installation
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The Bassett Memorial Library, a branch of the Mariposa County Library system, is a rural library facility within Yosemite National Park in Wawona. It is open year round and serves over three thousand park residents, employees and visitors a year with circulation items that include books, DVDs, videos, audiotapes, CDs and periodicals. The library provides space for visitor uses such as studying or reading, selecting and checking out library materials, photocopying, accessing computers and the internet, posting and referring to community bulletin board information, viewing the work of local artists, and using the restrooms. However, there is no storage area at all in the library. The lack of storage presents a problem because the Friends of the Library group conducts a book sale each Labor Day to offset the costs of operating the library. Thousands of books and other materials are donated throughout the year for the sale, but there is no room in the library to put them. Temporary storage space has to be solicited every year from various homeowners or from the National Park Service, and the items have to be hauled to and from far-flung locations. These temporary storage areas have proved inconvenient at best and moldy and/or animal infested at worst, rendering some of the items unsalable. An on-site shed dedicated to the storage of book sale items would provide convenient and reliable protection of materials that generate funding for continued use and enjoyment of Wawona's library.