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Sharpsburg-Aspinwall Rotary supports literacy efforts

Tawnya Panizzi
| Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 1:24 p.m.
Sharpsburg-Aspinwall Rotary donated $10,000 to the Sharpsburg Community Library.
Sharpsburg-Aspinwall Rotary donated $10,000 to the Sharpsburg Community Library.

The Sharpsburg Community Library got a key donation from members of the community who have made a habit of supporting youth literacy.

Sharpsburg-Aspinwall Rotary gave $10,000 for the site’s welcome desk area, member John Arch said.

“The library is a remarkable cooperative effort between many people and organizations, and Rotary wanted to be a big part of that,” Arch said.

The group has been an active part of the community since it was founded in 1927, he added.

Rotary member Don Friedman spearheaded the donation because he said renovating the library branch in Sharpsburg was a wonderful effort to provide books, computers and programs to residents. The $1 million project in 2015 tripled the library’s space to more than 3,000 square feet and created an open-air design with programming rooms and a computer bay.

Jill McConnell, library executive director, said a plaque was made to hang in the reception area of the site along Main Street to recognize the gesture.

Rotary members traditionally support literacy efforts, Friedman said.

The club distributes about 500 dictionaries each year to third-grade students in the Fox Chapel Area School District and Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy in Aspinwall.

That program is in its 11th year, Friedman said.

“Supporting the library was a natural outgrowth of our educational efforts,” he said.

Arch said the library staff offers a variety of programs, from science labs to cooking classes, to engage residents of all ages.

“There is a green-grocer truck and a community garden in the back yard,” he said. “It makes us Rotarians very proud to see young families as well as senior citizens using the library’s facilities.”

For hours and programs, visit sharpsburgcommunitylibrary.com

Tawnya Panizzi is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tawnya at 412-782-2121, ext. 2, tpanizzi@tribweb.com or via Twitter @tawnyatrib.

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