The Baldwin Borough Public Library is inviting people to leave their mark outside the community hub.
Through a partnership with The Mission Continues, roughly 100 volunteers will gather on Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to transform the library’s outdoor space into a gathering place for the community.
Community members can volunteer all day or stop by for a minute to draw or write a lasting message on the library’s fence beginning at 10 a.m.
The fence is a way for the community to put their design into the new library that opened on April 1, said Jenny Worley, library director.
“I have 10 colors picked out. You want to come paint your name? You want to come paint a butterfly? You can,” she said.
When the Baldwin Borough Public Library opened its doors to a home of its own with large windows, bright lights and a space for everyone just a few months ago, the outside had only the bare minimum: parking, a bike rack and a trash can.
Over the last few months, the community has stepped up to beautify the area.
The Alden South Hills, an apartment complex located adjacent to the library, donated and seeded grass in May for the new library.
Boy Scout Scott Wilson built two picnic tables, fixed a railing and painted the tips of the stairs coming from the parking lot with yellow paint so people can see where they’re walking.
Baldwin-business Unique Services and Application donated new larger American and POW flags.
Even before the library opened its doors to a new building, leaders had met members of The Mission Continues South Hills 3rd Platoon, which focuses on mobilizing veterans to support the immigrant and refugee community in the South Hills.
Each year, the organization does a service project around Sept. 11, in remembrance of the lives lost in terrorist attacks on that day in 2001.
This year, they’re partnering with the Baldwin Borough Public Library for that project.
“It became clear what we needed help with was the outdoor space,” Worley said.
Nearly anything Worley brought up as a suggestion, organization leaders responded: “Yep, we can do it!”
On Sept. 7, volunteers, including veterans and their families, will build handicap accessible picnic tables, large benches with planters on the side and raised beds that will be used next spring with a partnership with the Bhutenese Community Association of Pittsburgh, where they will teach gardening for all ages.
Volunteers on Sept. 7 also will take down old light posts that no longer work and possibly plant trees.
Atria South Hills, a senior living facility in Baldwin Borough, is donating lunch for the volunteers.
The Baldwin Borough Public Library is located at 5230 Wolfe Drive. Registration is encouraged through The Mission Continues’ website: www.missioncontinues.org/service-platoon/Pittsburgh-3rd-platoon.