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MASSENA — Massena Public Library, 41 Glenn St., is mounting a new campaign that asks patrons to “adopt” a magazine.

Library Director Elaine A. Dunne-Thayer said the move is meant to ease the burden on the library’s budget at a time when it and all other town entities are being asked to scale back.

“The cost is about $3,000 for all of our magazines and newspapers,” she said.

Ms. Dunne-Thayer said retired Director Paul L. Schaffer had worked in the past with area nonprofit organizations such as veterans groups and civic clubs on magazine purchases.

“They’ve all been very supportive. They’ve always supported it in the past,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

Now, she said, the library wants to solicit help from patrons.

“My hope is to expand it and encourage families to find a magazine in the children’s or adults’ reading room and commit to paying for the magazine for a year,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

“They can come in and choose,” she said. “If they don’t see the ones they really want on the shelves, we’ll be happy to order it.”

Businesses or groups could chip in for a subscription, she said.

“We have various groups that hold their meetings in the library and we don’t charge any fees,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said. “We help them out.”

She said a sticker placed on the magazine’s plastic cover will indicate who paid for the adoption.

“The current issues will always have ‘adopted by a family or individual,’ if they like, or an anonymous donor,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said. “We want people to know the community is stepping in and helping us out when we very much need it.”

Patrons also will be able to check out the magazines instead of needing to read them at the library.

“The fact that people are paying, we’d like it to circulate in the community,” she said.

Patrons also may adopt one of several newspapers found at the library, which subscribes to the Daily Courier-Observer, the Watertown Daily Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and other print publications.

“If everyone chipped in, the collection would be covered,” Ms. Dunne-Thayer said.

The magazines and newspapers are important to the library’s patrons, she said.

“It’s a very nice reading room, especially on a day like today, with the fireplace on,” she said. “We have people that come in every day and read the paper. Many of them have no computer, and some of the older patrons wish to read a real newspaper or a real magazine. It’s a real pleasant place to come in and pass the time.”

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