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Delmont library looking for ways to better the community

| Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, 9:02 p.m.

Denni Grassel, director of Delmont Public Library, is soliciting ideas from residents on how the library can help contribute to the community in different ways.

“We realize that libraries aren't just books anymore,” said Grassel, who has been the director since 2009.

Grassel has been the central figure in starting new projects at the library to help keep it vibrant and up-to-date, but she has seen small libraries close and is fighting to keep Delmont's library doors open for a long time.

“We just have to reinvent ourselves every day,” she said, adding that the library is in a great position to bring new things that will benefit the community.

At the Delmont Council meeting last week, Grassel suggested having an open house for local businesses, as well as reinstating Community Days in Delmont.

Borough officials agreed that it would be nice to have the library head a project for the community.

“We sure will think about that,” said council President Jim Bortz. “That's a nice offer.”

Mayor Gill Sanchez suggested making the historic walking tour of Delmont a regular occurrence in the summer as something to showcase the town's interesting past.

“Anything that brings people into the community that they can see the actual community and appreciate the fact that we have a historic town that's kind of a little time capsule would work,” he said.

No final decision was made because council members wanted to make sure that input is heard from the residents.

Matthew DeFusco is a reporter with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400 or mdefusco@tribweb.com.

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