A clear read: West Cocalico supervisors get Adamstown library update

By on March 9, 2016

 

West Cocalico Township supervisors allocated $27,800 in its 2016 for the Adamstown Area Library and at their March 3 meeting, they got a rundown on the big changes coming to the library this year.

Jane Webber, vice president of the Adamstown Area Library, and Mike Wetherhold, an Adamstown borough councilman, offered a presentation of the library which is expected to move into the old VFW building in Adamstown on Main Street. Major funding is needed to accomplish the project.

The Adamstown Area Library serves the municipalities of West and East Cocalico and Brecknock townships and Denver and Adamstown boroughs.

“In our service area, we have about 30,000 people for the census, the same number that the Ephrata library has, and the Lititz library,” Wetherhold said. “The New Holland Library has about 25,000.”

In 2015, the Adamstown library circulated some 200,000 items.

“When people support their library, you are supporting the whole library system,” Wetherhold said.

He provided an analogy:

“I support the Adamstown Fire Company, but when there’s a fire in Adamstown, they (Lancaster County fire companies) come from all the surrounding communities to help with that fire even though I don’t give money to all these other fire companies.”

About 25 percent of checked-out items at the Adamstown library are not loaned by Adamstown residents. People with a Lancaster County Library card utilize the entire county library system to check out items. .

Bern Township, Berks County-based, architect Lee Olsen, who also worked on the newer Manheim Township Library, is working on the new library. Heck Construction in Denver is starting to get quotes from subcontractors.

The building will be bought for the library purpose, but library officials won’t “move in” until they are sure of their pledge support.

“We’re not going to have all these renovations done, spend a million dollars and find we don’t have enough money,” Wetherhold said.

“The library is a wonderful community resource,” Webber said. “When people look to come into an area, certainly they look at the schools, but they also look at what else the community has to offer. One of the things they look at is the library.”

The library will have 7,500 square feet of space on the first floor. A large community room will be available for rent during off hours for private parties and functions. A new face will adorn the front of the building and will be handicap accessible. It will have 80 parking spaces, a courtyard in the back with seating, and a coffee bar.

A party will follow the April 29 settlement. The public can walk through the building and get a feel for the new space.

In other news:

* Supervisors discussed changing Internet service from Windstream to Blue Ridge Cable.

“I came in several days to work on the computer and ended up giving up and going home which was a lot faster,” Ray Burns said.

“Customer service is not their strong point,” said Carolyn Hildebrand. “We ended up setting up a Gmail account and have everything forwarded because that was easier than to try to get Windstream to do anything to help us out. It was a source of frustration.”

Township officials will be looking in to other options and comparing costs.

* Playground equipment has come in and is ready to be installed at Chapel Gate Park.

Michele Walter Fry welcomes your comments are michelewalterfry@gmail.com.

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