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A surprise $25,000 state gift to Holland Central School by January will give the public access to the expanded school library.

State Sen. Dale M. Volker, R-Lancaster, presented the gift check to board President Robert Peters and Superintendent Peter G. Roswell over the weekend during ceremonies to dedicate the school district's new facilities funded through a $13 million bond issue passed in 1994.

"Much of the state gift will be spent hiring a librarian who will be on hand during the day and evening hours that will be scheduled," Roswell said. "The library now has 10,000 volumes, mostly non-fiction and reference books. We will be conducting a book drive to build up our fiction collection, especially best sellers. We will also be building the library's newspaper and magazine collection."

The library will be the first for the Holland area, and Roswell said he is working through County Legislator Dale Larson, R-Lancaster, to include it in the inter-loan system operated by the Buffalo & Erie County Library. Roswell said the public also will have access to the district's first swimming pool at the middle school, when arrangements are completed.

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