Library Begins New Chapter After Losing Brains Behind The Books

Library Begins New Chapter After Losing Brains Behind The Books

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When you browse through the Orleans Public Library in LaFargeville, you can thank Kelly Orvis. For 30 years, she was the brains behind the books.

"Mom was a reader. This was her life. She spent a majority of her time here either redecorating or ordering books, purchasing books," said 
Kerry Hill, Kelly's daughter. 

Kelly died suddenly in the beginning of March. The library then closed for two weeks.

Her daughter says Kelly was dedicated to the library and responsible for moving and refurbishing it twice.

"She wanted to make sure the doors were always open. She spent so much time completely rejuvenating it just so it could remain open for people," said Kerry.

Stand Up: While Orvis' legacy will be tough to replace, the library has since reopened. They're also accepting applications to hire a new librarian.

"She wouldn't want someone to try and fill her shoes. She would want them to walk in their own shoes, take what she started and move forward with their own style," said Stacy Snyder-Morse, library board member.

As the library board considers applications, Snyder-Morse is serving as interim director.

Kerry Hill says she'll always have a connection to the library after spending most of her childhood there.

"People had asked if there was anything personal that I wanted from the library and I said, 'No. We're going to leave it just as it was,'" she said.

And when it comes to the library's future - 

"We're going to take Kelly's legacy of 30 years and we're going to do her proud. We're going to go forward with it," said Snyder-Morse. 

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