Old Fashioned Barn Raisin’ For New Durbin Library And Community Center Coming Up On May 21st

Durbin, WV – “We have been working many years to try to build a new Library in Durbin and we have decided to incorporate a community room with that Library” says community organizer Judy Fuller.

Fuller is one of the driving forces for the new Durbin Library and Community Center. With their partners from Habitat for Humanity and a volunteer crew, Fuller says that the construction of the prefabricated panels will take place on Saturday the 21st of May beginning at 8 am. And they have to have that volunteer crew lined up before that date. Construction skills would be nice but are not necessary for this part of the job.

“We can use non skilled labor, but we need 40 people” says Fuller. “And we’re hoping to have 40 people just from the Bartow, Frank, Durbin and Thornwood area who will come and help us to raise those walls.”

Fuller says lunch will be provided for the work crew. And she says they can use some help with the meal.

“We welcome the community to come at that point to eat with us, but we’d like them to bring a covered dish though because we will just plan for about 75 people” she says, “our 40 workers plus our support staff. If anybody extra comes they’ll need to help us out with the food a little bit there. Also, we will be feeding the crew so if anyone wants to donate a pan of macaroni salad or desert or drink, we’d welcome that.”

On Monday or Tuesday of the following week, the roof trusses and sheeting arrive and will be installed. For this part some construction ability will be very useful, but again, basic skills are all that is required.

“We will have a Supervisor there” she says. “So if we get some people who are not real versed in construction skills but could still wield a hammer, they’ll be welcome as well. But we will be putting up the roof trusses and the sheeting for the roof, so it’ll be a little bit higher work up in the air like that and those are 40 foot wide trusses, so we’ll want some more skilled labor.”

The remainder of the work, such as finishing the interior, will be accomplished as time, finances and volunteer worker availability permit.

If you’d like to be a part of this historic event, call Nancy Egan at the Durbin Library at 304-456-3142 between the hours of 3 and 7 pm Monday through Thursday to sign up as a volunteer.

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Heather Niday

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