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Sharpsburg library makes funding goal

| Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Volunteer Christine Beard shows Jamie Macklin the model of the new proposed construction coming at Sharpsburg Community Library.

A last call for donations has closed the fundraising gap for the Sharpsburg Community Library.

Borough officials announced earlier this month that $9,000 was needed to fund the expansion project for the facility, a branch of Cooper-Siegel Library in Fox Chapel.

Sharpsburg agreed to match donations up to $4,500, with its half being reimbursed by the library as more money came in.

Less than a month later, the library reached its goal.

Borough secretary Jan Barbus said 10 donors stepped forward to donate bringing the total contribution, including the match, to $11,560.

“We needed $9,000 but we got a little bit more so thank you all,” Barbus said.

Jill McConnell, interim director of the Cooper-Siegel Library, said she was thrilled with how residents and groups stepped up.

“The response from the public was just really, really phenomenal,” McConnell said.

The library has raised more than $835,000 for the project, she said.

Franjo Construction will complete the expansion, and McConnell said a contract could be finalized by the end of the week.

“Once that's signed, we will start to build,” McConnell said.

Work should begin by the end of this month or early August, McConnell said.

The project will include meeting rooms and increased space for the library's materials. The library will remain in its current location on Main Street. Plans for the expansion were unveiled in 2012.

Barbus said thank you letters will be sent to the donors.

Tom McGee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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