In a tale much like that of "The Little Engine that Could," the Fendrick Library will turn the page on the next chapter in its long history by unveiling a new community-funded wing.
It took six years, but with the attitude of "I think I can," the Mercersburg Library Association spearheaded a fundraising effort to rally community support for the almost 50-year-old Fendrick Library at 20 N. Main St.
The roots of the community library go back to 1913, when the Mercersburg Women's Club established a free library in town — at a different location.
Despite tough economic times, library association treasurer Ron Snyder said the community opened its wallet to help the library with the addition.
In 2002, the library received $120,000 from the Mercersburg Area Development Corporation to be used as seed money and matching funds.
The initial goal was to raise $500,000 for the new addition and another $250,000 for the library endowment.
As building costs increased, Snyder said the cost rose to $650,000 for the wing.
"We raised $760,000, so we have an excess of $110,000. So we're not going to incur any debt," Snyder said.
The $110,000 will be placed in the library's endowment fund and used to furnish the new wing.
Snyder said the library needed an addition because it was running out of room.
"Our children's program has been growing and growing, and our book collection got to a point where to add any new books, we had to get rid of old books. It was just full," Snyder said.
He said they also wanted to add a computer facility.
The library currently has one computer with Internet access, but the addition will house four computers.
The new wing will nearly double the size of the current two-story Revolutionary-era building.
"Since the beginning, the library has been growing and expanding and this addition is just one more step in that process to provide better facilities, reading rooms and space for the children and their activities as well as teenagers and adults," said Jean Woods, a library association member.
The new wing, slated for completion in August, will add 3,643 square feet to the Fendrick Library.
Leslie Geiger, a library association member, said plans include: