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Fundraiser benefits Grove Family Library

June 09, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - A weeklong fundraiser sponsored by the Penn National Golf Course community will benefit the Grove Family Library in Chambersburg, Pa.

The library, which was built in February 2006, still is in need of $760,000, said Bernice Crouse, executive director of the Franklin County Library System.

"We're working on a capital campaign to work the rest of that off," she said.

The Penn National Golf Course community offered the fundraiser, and donated all of its proceeds from Saturday to the cause. The golf course also will donate half of the proceeds earned between today and Friday to the library .

The 17,000-square-foot Grove Family Library was built to replace the Ragged Edge Library, which was 3,000 square feet.

"The change in library caused usage to double in a very short time," Crouse said.

The larger library was built due to the needs of the community and "how much the population has exploded in Greene and Guilford townships," Crouse said.

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The fundraiser featured a variety of ways to support the Grove Family Library. All of the golf proceeds raised Saturday, including miniature golf and the driving range, will go entirely to the library. For the little ones, there was face painting, balloons, story time, strolling puppeteers and Captain Coyle. All of the proceeds raised from the drinks and food, including donated baked goods, also will go directly to the library.

"Today is the big event," said Laura Nicklas, director of marketing for the Penn National Golf Course community. "The rest of the week, there is mini-golf, the driving range and the bookmobile."

"We just realized that we wanted to support the local library system," she added.

Derek McKenrick, business manager of the golf center, said there are special deals people can get this week if they play golf at the center. The driving range has a 50-gallon drum on it and whoever hits their golf ball into that drum (out of five chances) will get a free small bucket of golf balls. For those who enjoy miniature golf, two holes in one per 18 holes earns them a free round.

The library is not all that the fundraiser is about.

"The capital campaign will total $1,025,000 and that's because part of the money is going to purchase a preschool book mobile - focusing on serving preschool child-care centers and any center that serves preschoolers," Crouse said.

Crouse said there is a need for another bookmobile in Franklin County because half of the preschoolers in the county are in child-care centers and often the best way to get them resources is to bring books to them.

"We need another vehicle if we want to serve the centers," she said. "The current bookmobile works five days a week for retirement homes, parks and communities, rural areas, little towns and the child-care centers."

Lisa Naugle, bookmobile manager and driver for the Franklin County Library System, said another bookmobile "sounds like a great idea."

"It's really hard sometimes with day cares," said Amanda Flagle, bookmobile and outreach librarian for the Franklin County Library System. "We really do need someone to serve day cares."

The bookmobile will be at the Penn National Golf Center Monday from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday from 12:30 to 7 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 5:15 to 7 p.m.

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