The Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce is planning a fund-raiser in order to generate money for the Newcomerstown Public Library so that it can maintain services in the community.

The library is trying to raise more than $261,000 in order to pay off the mortgage on the new library but statewide budget cuts have hurt that goal. Instead, the library is in the "red" more than $2,000 each month.

The chamber of commerce, at its June 21 meeting, has decided that they need to help.

Secretary Christy Penland-McMillan discussed having a possible art show in the library's annex in the fall, possibly October. Participants will pay an entry fee and winners will be given a cash prize or one grand prize will be awarded. She said it could potentially raise about $1,000 for the library.

The art show may also include wine tasting from local wineries. More information will be discussed at upcoming meetings.

Meanwhile, President Jim Friel went over the recommendations for the chamber's by-laws. An updated version will be brought back before the entire group for vote.

Members will also review the chamber's application form for membership.

Treasurer Gary Chaney said membership into the chamber has now reached 100 members with the Newcomerstown McDonald's joining.

In other business, members decided to have Chaney look into checking accounts that have free online banking. Chaney is to bring back information to the next meeting, Monday, July 19 at noon at April's Country Kitch'n.

Members also discussed designing and purchasing commemorative plates to celebrate Newcomerstown's 200th birthday in 2014. Member Carl Plants brought examples of commemorative plates that have been part of Newcomerstown's past celebrations.

Also at the next meeting, a representative from the Newcomerstown Schools' Project Hope will be in attendance to give information about the Back to School Fair Aug. 17 at the East School. The organization gives school supplies to children before the new school year.