Fundraisers Exceed Expectations

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Mountville mayor Philip Kresge (right) presented a proclamation to Delphine Heimer, president of the Friends of the Mountville Branch Library, in honor of the library’s 50th year serving the community.

The Mountville branch of the Lancaster Public Library marked its 50th year of serving the community last year. The Mountville VFW Women’s Auxiliary founded the library using donated books and 450 square feet of the VFW’s basement. During the first year, a little over 1,000 items were borrowed from the library.

Since then, the library has moved several times and is now located in the Mountville Area Community Center at 120 College Ave. In contrast to its inaugural year, over 140,000 items were borrowed from the library in 2013.

"Many changes have taken place in our community,” remarked Delphine Heimer, president of the Friends of the Mountville Branch Library. “However, one thing that has not changed is the support that our community and our library volunteers give to the library. It gives me great hope that this library will prevail in the community for another 50 years."

Thanks to the efforts of the Friends group and the support of the community, the total amount of money raised for the library in 2013 exceeded expectations. The total was $14,151, more than four times the 2012 total of $3,399.

The Friends attribute the success to several factors, including an expanded membership drive and the use of the Mountville Church of the Brethren for the fall book sale. The church offers more space, and, therefore, more books were able to be offered for sale. The spring book sale raised $2,440, and the fall sale raised $4,221. The jewelry sale in November was held at the church for the first time as well; it brought in $4,893, a significant increase from the 2012 sale. The membership drive raised $2,400 and recruited much-needed volunteers. Additionally, a community night fundraiser at the Centerville Isaac's Restaurant and Deli brought in around $200.

At one point during its half-century history, the Mountville Library became part of the Lancaster Public Library. Formally called Lancaster Public Library West - Mountville Branch, the branch is associated with the main branch at 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, and the eastern branch at 46 Hillcrest Ave., Leola.

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Hempfield-Mountville Merchandiser - 01/15/2014

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