About the Greenville Resource Center:
Since many people in the Minsink Valley School District don’t have access to a library, the Greenville Resource Center, Inc. (GRC) was established in 2004, to provide library resources. We rely on financial donations, fundraisers, and grants, to keep us going. The Town of Greenville built a beautiful new building in 2010, to house our expanding collection of books and media.
You can borrow from a huge selection of fiction and non-fiction books for all ages, books on tape, videos and dvds. We have a collection of music CDs. Children can come to our story/craft hour, and have the experience of taking home an armload of new books to enjoy. We have a public computer with internet access available for people who don’t have one at home. Anyone in the Minisink Valley School System can use the GRC. There are no charges for anyone.
On April 20th, 2004, a meeting was held in the Greenville Town Hall. In attendance were members of the community, frustrated by the lack of library services in the Minisink School District. Those present came with their sleeves rolled up, pencils in hand and a determination to come up with an alternative plan for the present. The idea of a volunteer library was born.
Mary Hossann, wife of Greenville Supervisor, Red Hossann, suggested using the vacant “old” town hall on Mountain Road. The building, Greenville’s original two-room schoolhouse, had undergone renovations under the previous supervisor, but became vacant after the new town hall was built. It was an historical building, in a state of deterioration. Supervisor Red Hossann approved the idea, as did the Greenville Town Board.
The Greenville Resource Center was born!
Our original committee remains the driving force behind the life of the center. Mary Hossann, her son Curtis Hossann, Susan Shapiro, Judy Cramer, Marie Ewanciw, Deb Lain, Jo Aiello, Peg Costic, and Ruth Frank, ran with the idea and got to work.
On May 15th, 2004, clean up and restoration began. The appointed committee, and other members of the community started scrubbing and repairing.
A year later, the Resource Center was incorporated. We’ve also been approved as a 501c3 non-profit organization, so all contributions to the Resource Center are tax deductible. We’ve held several successful fundraisers. Senator Bonacic helped us get a grant from the state, so that we’ve been able to add new books, DVDs, and audio books to our collection. We also held a benefit to raise money for Katrina victims, organized by Curtis Hossann, which was both successful and fun for everyone who came.
In the year 2010, The Town of Greenville built us a brand new building, as our need for space quickly expanded. The response to GRC was tremendous. We found a need in our community that was very real.
Currently, we continue to grow. We provide space for community activities, are open for people to hold workshops, and welcome all ideas and suggestions. Our wonderful group of volunteers keep everything flowing, and allow us to be open everyday except Sunday.