Donora Public Library basement project adds valuable space to site
When the Donora Public Library recently honored donors, it celebrated the first major project at the facility since it opened nearly 20 years ago.
The improvements will aid in the library's mission of serving the community, as it has for 83 years.
The project converted the library basement into usable space, library board President Camilla Ferrara said.
“We had been using the basement for story time, but just had carpeting on the floor,” Ferrara said of the Meldon Avenue facility. “We realized the heating and lighting had to be improved.”
The library raised roughly $25,000 through a variety of private donations.
The library added rest rooms, a kitchen, office space and a multi-purpose area. The space is now air conditioned and has a separate entrance in the back of the building.
The project was completed earlier this year, Ferrara said.
“We wanted to make that basement more versatile,” Ferrara said.
The multi-purpose room is equipped with tables and chairs for meetings, dinners and such special events as Rotary and church business meetings and receptions.
“We sent out notices to companies in industrial park that the space is available if they want to hold seminars there,” library board Vice President Art Fronzaglio said.
Recently, retired educator Dr. David Lonich conducted a book-signing event there.
“It just looks real inviting,” Ferrara said of the space.
Donations were made in memory of Abe Nasim, Anthony D'Emidio, Kelly Ghinassi, Manuel “Pete” Lorenzo and Beth Vaccaro.
Other donations were made by Fronzaglio, Nadine Bognar and the Donora High School Fabulous '50s group.
During the dedication ceremony, the Ringgold High Harpist Ensemble, led by teacher Melanie Sandrock, performed.
Donora Councilman Jason Menendez unveiled plaques and recognized family members of the donors honored on the plaques.
Improvements to the library building will continue.
The library board is applying for Local Share Account dollars – money generated through gaming at the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in North Strabane Township.
That money would go toward replacement of both the library roof and heating, ventilation and air conditioning units.
The library was founded Jan. 30, 1930, during a Donora Women's Club meeting at the Tri-Plant Club.
The Donora Library Association was formed, and book donations were solicited from the community. April 22, 1930, was set aside as Library Day and hundreds of books were donated.
The library was housed at the Tri-Plant Club until 1946, when the collection was moved to the Community Center Building – the former Donora Hotel.
“It was a hotel and (the library) was in the back of first floor,” Fronzaglio said. “We were in three rooms.”
In 1995, ground was broken for a new library at 510 Meldon Ave.
The project was supported by a state grant and the Donora Public Library Board of Directors, the Borough of Donora, the Redevelopment Authority of Washington County, Polycom-Huntsman Corp., Friends of the Donora Community and the local Donora Book published in 2008. The facility was dedicated Oct. 26, 1996.
Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Monessen native receives Purple Heart, recalls Fort Hood shootings
- Mon Valley readers request familiar journey to Memory Lane
- 3 to stand trial in Mon City drug sweep cases
- Washington native McCune honored as World Class CEO
- Perryopolis woman nabbed in Monongahela on drug warrant
- Monessen man struck by train while chasing his dog
- Greater Monessen Historical Society stirs melting pot with exhibit on Finns
- Cal U professor’s ‘last lecture’ draws standing ovation
- Ringgold art students collaborate on portrait of inspiration for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
- Police mum on Rostraver house probe
- Belle Vernon doctor early booster of Salk vaccine inoculations