BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - This year, the Blue Ridge Summit Free Library has to raise $8,500 as its share to keep the library operating and a good chunk of that money comes from its annual Ice Cream Social and Book Sale, said Nancy Bert, the library's branch manager.
The 30th edition of the social will take place Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library.
The library, a branch of the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library in Waynesboro, Pa., has been in continual operation in the mountaintop community since 1922, Bert said. It started out in a room at the Church of the Transfiguration and moved to its current building at 13676 Monterey Lane in 1958 in what was the Blue Ridge Summit train station.
The library operates with an annual budget of $42,800, most of which comes through the state of Pennsylvania. It also gets money from Washington Township.