The ten-year process for creation of a new Spring City Library at 245 Broad Street continues to go forward and is on target to reach completion in the summer of 2014.
According to Spring City Library Board of Trustees President Terry McCarthy, the expectation is that the physical steps of construction of the new library building should start within a month, beginning with demolition of the old library. McCarthy said that the parties involved are simply waiting for the funding paperwork to be finalized before moving ahead. The total grant funding amount for construction is approximately $500,000.
An additional portion of the funding for the new library came from the estate of the late Bertha Brower, a long-time Spring City resident and a former librarian and director of the library, who bequeathed a sum of $500,000 to the library upon her death in 2000 so that the library would be fit for serving the needs of the modern community.
Although the building itself will be paid for, the library is still seeking funding for furnishings and operating costs. For this reason the library is conducting an ongoing $100,000 fundraising campaign. The library is accepting donations of any amount, and those interested in chipping in are welcome to contact the library at any time for more information. In the meantime, the library’s temporary relocation at 2 Riverside Drive in Spring City has been going well.
“We are new to the area and use the library a lot,” said Spring City resident Dawn Haley, who came to the library so that her seven-year old daughter, Joy Rhodes, could pick out a book on horses. “I love that the library is here. I live in the complex near here and they have done an excellent job (relocating).”
Hailey said that she and Joy are at the library at least once a week since the relocation, and added that she will be signing her daughter up for the upcoming children’s story time sessions.
“Since they have moved here and extended their hours it has been even better,” she said.
While the temporary location has seen a drop in visitors due to not having computers or internet access for the public, the staff of the Spring City library said that the programs and wealth of other resources of the entire 18-member Chester County Library System are still accessible at the temporary location. Apart from the many materials on site, library members can access other books, audio books, DVDs and even video games through the inter-library loan system. If the Spring City library does not have an item a member is looking for on its shelves, they simply have it brought in from a neighboring library. There is also a great selection of ebooks available online through the library system’s website at www.CCLS.org. The website is also home to the library’s calendar of events and programs (or you can just stop in or call the library about these programs). There are popular programs for members of all ages – story time for the kids, book clubs for adults and teens and even a Yarn Café for knitters.
To contact the Spring City Library about fundraising donations or other information call 610-948-4130 or send an email to SpringCity@CCLS.org, you can also find the library on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SpringCityPublicLibrary