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Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A large, multicolored quilt now hangs above the reference desk in the Whitehall Public Library. The titles of 60 books outlined in the 50th anniversary memorabilia help to share stories that are meaningful in the lives of residents and library supporters.

“It was really a community effort,” Whitehall Public Library director Paula Kelly said.

The Whitehall Public Library 50th anniversary quilt, which was unveiled at the library's anniversary celebration in May, made its debut in the borough library on Oct. 4, hanging from a curtain rod.

The quilt is the brainchild of Alfie Chico, a library volunteer, patron and Friends of the Whitehall Public Library member. It was crafted during the last year and a half to commemorate the library's golden anniversary.

Working alongside quilt designer and Whitehall resident Sue Cook and library board trustee and quilter Deb Recker, the three ladies sought resident donations of $100 for the library in exchange for a book title to be placed on the quilt, which was put together by Whitehall resident Cathy Werner.

Book titles, selected by library supporters, ranged from Stephen King's “The Stand” to “The Holy Bible,” Kelly said.

“And everything in between,” she said.

The most popular title, selected by three groups, was Harper Lee's “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Kelly said.

A book that accompanies the quilt explains why each person or group selected the titles.

“It made it really personal and interesting,” Kelly said. “A lot of parents selected (the titles) because they were books that they read to their children.”

The quilt raised more than $4,000 for the library.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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