GALWAY — The community gets a new information source today, with the launch of the Galway Get Together Community Resource Center.
The center has been designed as a comprehensive directory, website, Facebook page and newsletter that features local products and services.
It is located at galwaygettogether.org.
The project, the work of the Galway Public Library, was funded through a grant from the Southern Adirondack Library Systems.
The center is an expansion of the library's community online and print newsletter, the "Galway Get Together," which has been produced biweekly by library volunteers since 2010.
The website was designed by Sarah Pellerin of Greenfield Center and content was gathered by library outreach coordinator Mary Cuffe Perez. Both positions are temporary, funded through the grant.
"I was amazed at the diversity and depth of resources within the area," Cuffe Perez said in a prepared statement. "I have lived here 17 years and, through my outreach for this project, discovered businesses I didn't know existed -- small operations that cannot afford to advertise on their own and are often too busy to update a website or Facebook page. Now, they will be featured on the Galway Get Together Community Resource Center."
Library officials say the center will help people look for local goods and services -- foods such as honey, maple syrup, eggs and vegetables, services like plumbing, roofing and plowing.
"It's our own chamber of commerce, free of charge," said library Manager Debra Flynn.