Dear WVPL Partner:
I am delighted to share a momentous occasion – our library's 100th Anniversary! Since our founding, the Wissahickon Valley Public Library has been a beacon of knowledge, creativity, and community spirit. Now, as we prepare to celebrate this remarkable milestone, we invite you to join us in commemorating a century of literary enrichment and cultural growth.
For a century, our library has been more than just a building filled with books. It has been a haven of learning, imagination, and connection. Through the years, we have proudly served generations of families, nurtured young minds, fostered curiosity, and provided a space where people from all walks of life can come together. To mark this occasion, the library will be celebrating at both the main library in Blue Bell and the Ambler branch on October 21. We are planning a full day of fun for the whole community at both libraries.
As much as this anniversary is about celebrating the past, it is also about looking toward the future. We aim to continue our mission of promoting literacy, supporting education, and building a stronger, more connected community and we need your help. In order to do that, we need to renovate the main library in Blue Bell.
The roof on the main library is 40+ years old, and it needs to be replaced. Next, we need to fix plumbing issues and renovate the bathrooms, which haven’t been touched since 1994. After that, the parking lot needs to be resurfaced, something that I think we have all seen needs to be done. Only after these major tasks are completed, will we start working on interior changes such as improved study rooms, new carpet, furniture and paint.
We would love to have the outside of the library reflect all the wonderful activities going on inside.
How can you help? While we are working hard at getting grants, like the Keystone Grant, to replace the roof, we still need between $200,000 and $400,000 to complete the project. Won’t you help us create a safe and attractive environment for children to play and learn, a place where students and adults feel comfortable reading and studying, a modern building where families can enjoy spending time together with their kids and a welcoming space where adults and seniors can socialize and learn new things together that help keep them young?
Please help support our efforts to make a better library for the community. Click the DONATE button to donate online, or bring or mail your donation to either branch.
We are immensely grateful for your loyalty and donations throughout the years, and it is with great joy that we extend this heartfelt invitation to celebrate our 100th Anniversary together. This milestone belongs to you as much as it does to us, and we cannot wait to create lasting memories with all of you.
Thank you for being an essential part of our library's history, and we eagerly look forward to celebrating with you soon!
With sincere gratitude,
How you can help
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Donate to the Albright Fund
The Albright Fund is a board designated unrestricted fund intended to provide a supplementary stream of income for the library. It was started by a devoted library supporter and large benefactor, Philip Albright. Please contact Anne M. Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-643-1320 if you would like to donate. Or simply mail in your donation marked for the Albright Fund to WVPL, 650 Skippack PIke, Blue Bell, PA 19422.
Donate Funds to the Friends of the Library The friends raise money for the library through book sales and other fundraisers.