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To donate to the library by mail or in person, please make out your personal check to Rachel Kohl Community Library. Then drop it off at the Circulation Desk, attention: Library Director, or send it to:
Rachel Kohl Community Library
687 Smithbridge Road
Glen Mills, PA 19342
From the Director’s Desk
It has been such a pleasure getting to know our patrons and to see how much the library means to everyone. The deep sense of community truly makes this a special place to live and work . I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve as director of this wonderful community treasure. Bu as you know, the library can't exist on love alone.
The population has continued to grow in our service area. It became clear several years ago that it was necessary to upgrade the facility to keep pace with increased public need and demand. The Library applied for and was awarded a Keystone Grant for Public Libraries in the 2014 grant cycle. The grant requires partnering with a municipality, which in our case was Concord Township. The grant is a 50-50 matching grant. Our application specified $136,684 in total project costs; half ($68,342) of the project costs coming from the grant and the other half coming from the Library’s capital funds. The Grant request covered six renovation projects for areas original to the 1989 construction:
New programmable thermostats
New electronic door locks
Seal coating of the parking lot.
The Grant was formally awarded on January 12, 2015. Windows, thermostats and seal coating were completed in the summer of 2016. The carpeting project in particular was a significant disruption, so the Library closed for the month of February 2017. We took advantage of the closure to paint the entire interior, and refresh the lighting. One very pleasant surprise has been to see a reduction on our utility bill of 26% in 2016.
We still need to upgrade and replace our HVAC system and are actively researching grants and donations. That being said, with our new director and two new librarians, we are poised for our next great leap forward. We are aiming to increase both our children’s and adult’s programming, both inside and out of the library building, as well as expand and update parts of our collection. We will be looking to forge partnerships with other community organizations who share our vision and ideals and whose objectives complement our own. Stay tuned for more greatness from the Rachel Kohl Community Library.
We could use your help, both monetarily or with gifts in kind.
With your donation, we can continue to bring the very best to Rachel Kohl Library. Come on in and check us out!
LIBRARY WISH LIST
MONETARY OR IN-KIND DONATIOINS – May 2017
WEED THE GARDEN
PLANT BULBS, FLOWERS, BUSHES
CREATE CHILDREN’S GARDEN (VEGETABLE, FLOWER)
POWER WASH FRONT SIDEWALK
REPLACE WOOD INSERTS IN FRONT AND SIDE ENTRANCE W/WOOD OR BRICK
E-READERS: THESE COULD BE DONATIONS OF USED DEVICES (COLLECT OLD ONES AT A WORK PLACE)
PLAN AND EXECUTE A CHILDREN’S OR ADULT PROGRAM
INSTALL STORY WALK
REFINISH AND STAIN 2 OAK TABLES
HVAC UNIT – COOLING TOWER/FURNACE
POP UP CANOPY
PURCHASE STORY WALK DISPLAY BOXES AND POSTS
OUTDOOR TABLES AND CHAIRS
INDOOR SEATING, DESKS, CARRELS
PROGRAMMING (E.G. PURCHASE 10 TEEN YOGA CLASSES TO BE HELD AT THE LIBRARY)
SUMMER READING PRIZES: GIFT CERTIFICATES, BOOKS, TICKETS, ETC.
REPLACE LIGHTING ON FLAG POLE
MAKER SPACE UPGRADE
We Need Your Help!
Rachel Kohl Library is a nonprofit, community library. We serve over 40,000 people in Western Delaware County.
Although we receive some funding through our municipalities, county and state aid; we depend on the generosity of our loyal patrons to help us continue to provide new and exciting programs and services.
Donations will go directly to the community through the development of our collection, programs for adults and children, technology services, and the improvement of our library.
Please consider making a gift of $100, $50, or whatever you can afford!
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