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Top readers help break ground for library expansion in Waynesboro

September 01, 2013
  • Chadwick Hare gets some help from his father, Aaron Hare, and 8-year-old Hannah Hare, all of Chambersburg, Pa., while Shad Naugle, 8, of Waynesboro, Pa., looks on at last weeks groundbreaking for construction of a new addition to the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library. Other top readers included: Zachary Turfle, 4, Zoe Muck, 7, and Jared Bussard, 10, all of Waynesboro.
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The top readers in Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library’s summer reading program grabbed plastic shovels and turned dirt in a recent groundbreaking ceremony for a project that will add 9,200 square feet to the East Main Street library.

The children who read the most books in their age category were accorded the honor. They ranged in age from 1 to 12.

“The children are our future, so it was only appropriate that they be up front and center,” Pat Groff, president of the library’s board of trustees, said in a news release.

The children, Friends of the Library, board members, library staff members, patrons and town dignitaries turned out for the Thursday, Aug. 22, ceremony in the library’s courtyard.

Both Groff and Pat Fleagle, who is honorary chairman of the Bricks.Books.Bytes. campaign, shared details of the expansion, according to the news release.

Fleagle spoke to the emotional attachment that many in the area have for the library and the hours they spent there in their youth. He encouraged the crowd to support the library by donating to the campaign, which has a goal of $1.5 million.

Letters outlining the campaign with accompanying pledge cards arrived at residences with a 17268 ZIP code this week. Fleagle said he is hopeful the community will respond to the appeal.

“The Alexander Hamilton Library has meant a lot to a lot of people in our area. It not only provides books and computers, but access to a wider world,” Fleagle said in the news release.

“It’s more than a library; it’s a center of community activity,” he said.

The Bricks.Books.Bytes. campaign brochure was designed by library board member Andrea Bowersox and emphasizes the three dynamic aspects of the expansion/renovation effort, the news release said.

The first expansion to the library since 1978 will involve doubling the number of computers, expanding the children’s section, renovating the 1814 portion of the building and adding a community room accessed by an elevator on the second floor.

Construction is expected to be complete by September 2014.

The library board received a $1 million bequest from Waynesboro native Donald Nary.

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