Library annex dedicated: Annex named in honor of Liz Stella

Written by David Green.

Morenci has a new community space adjacent to Stair Public Library, and the building even has a new name: the Liz Stella Annex.library_p

Library board members unveiled plaques that will be hung on the front and back of the building to honor the library director for her efforts in working toward construction of the new library and again for renovation of the old library.

Stella was honored Saturday morning at a dedication ceremony that filled the new annex with patrons, guests and well-wishers from the area.

Board president Sally Kruger expressed her thanks to the Fay Foundation for its continued support of the library. A gift of $60,000 from the foundation paid the majority of the renovation costs.

She also thanks the Friends of Stair Public Library for taking care of the cost of floor covering for the annex.

Finally, she recognized the work of city employees who prepared the old library for renovation by removing the mezzanine.

“The library board believes our biggest thanks goes to Liz Stella for her tireless efforts,” Kruger said.liz_stella

Grant writing, fund-raising, pinching pennies—Stella has worked in so many ways toward the realization of both a new library and the renovation of the old, Kruger said.

The director works far beyond her scheduled hours, Kruger pointed out, evidenced by the lights on after closing and the frequent sight of Stella’s van in the parking lot when the library is closed.

Those who remember what the old library used to look like will surely appreciate the new facility dedicated today, Kruger said.

The Liz Stella Annex includes a social area that will also be used for the book sale; a kitchen area; a craft room that will double as an area for library staff to process books; and a public meeting room with seating. New cabinets line one wall of the facility for storage needs.

The renovation project was contracted to the Goodrich Company, with Morenci residents Jeff Ort and Russ Swett completing most of the work.

      – Nov. 27, 2002
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