Monday, September 18, 2017

Pottstown Library Needs Region's Support

The Pottstown Regional Public Library has begun its end of year appeal for funds.

You can donate online by clicking right here.

The library gets public funding, at varying levels, from the borough and the three surrounding townships of Lower Pottsgrove, Upper Pottsgrove and West Pottsgrove.

Cutting the ribbon on the interior renovations.
(It also gets many users from North Coventry, who make no tax contribution but find it more convenient than the library in Ludwig's Corner of Phoenixville, the nearest Chester County libraries).

It also gets funding from the state, funding that has not been increased in years, but is under constant threat of being decreased.

Nevertheless, through grants, fundraising events and donations, the library just last December completed a $755,000 renovation to the interior of the historic building that was once Pottstown's Post Office.

As board member Arthur Green recently reported to borough council, the library is now making use of a Schuylkill Highlands mini-grant to design improvements to the exterior, with an eye toward stormwater control and keeping it out of the building's basement.

The full "wish list" would cost about $235,000, Green said, adding that the landscape advisers broke the project up into smaller segments that could be completed sequentially as money became available.

More than 1,200 people attended the library's 

solar eclipse program last month.
"So obviously, the library and the community are going to have to raise some money," said Green.

If you, by chance, think libraries are obsolete in the age of Internet wisdom, consider that the solar eclipse program last month at the library was its largest event ever, with more than 1,200 people, who made eclipse T-shirts and received 450 free eclipse glasses.

You might say it "eclipsed" all previous events .... sorry, couldn't resist.

If that's not enough evidence for you that more people than you think use the library, consider this information contained in the latest appeal letter:
Who are the people coming to the Pottstown Regional Public Library?A preschooler attending story time
Pottstown Schools students use the library regularly.
  • A preschooler attending story time.
  • A family checking out a museum pass for an educational and fun day
  • An adult using a quiet area to prepare for a professional examination
  • Two sisters researching their family in the newspaper archives
  • A legally blind patron browsing audiobooks with the assistance of a staff member
  • A student checking out a WiFi HotSpot for school projects
These people, and many more like them, are using the Pottstown Regional Public Library for educational, recreational, social, financial, and professional reasons. 
With your library card you have access to a wealth of materials and resources, both in the Library and through the Library website. Since 1921, the Pottstown Regional Public Library has existed to meet the needs of our community. This goal is not possible without your support.
Ryan Costello
Pottstown Regional Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Financial support from patrons, businesses, and foundations is essential. The library would welcome a donation to the 2017 year-end campaign, which will provide much-needed support for services and programs.
The Pottstown Regional Public Library is even a place where you can make contact with your Congressman. On the first and third Thursday of every month, either U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-6th Dist., or someone from his office holds office hours at the library from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

If you need more information about what the library offers, check this out:

Available at Pottstown Regional Public Library:
  • A collection of 70,000 books, magazines, audiobooks, music, movies and kits
  • Plus access to library collections in Montgomery County and across PA
    The entire basement of the library is devoted to children.
  • Classes and workshops for children, teens and adults
  • Public computers, WiFi, fax, copy and print services
  • Passes for Elmwood Zoo, Morris Arboretum, Reading Public Museum, and Boyertown Museum of
  • Historic Vehicles
  • - genealogical research
  • Foundation Directory - research grant opportunities for non-profits
  • T-Mobile Hotspots and ROKUs to loan
  • Passport services
Your Virtual Library 24/7:
The library often hosts Science in the Summer.
  • Online library catalog for searching, reserving, and renewing library materials
  • Overdrive - e-books
  • Zinio - digital magazines
  • Mango - language learning
  • Brainfuse - homework help and test preparation
  • JobNow - resume and job search services
  • Freegal - downloadable and streaming music and streaming video
  • Reference USA - address and phone number directory
  • Tumblebooks - animated read-along children’s books
  • Universal Class - instructor led online classes with course completion certificates

Hours of Operation:
  • Monday through Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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