State Senator John T Yudichak and his District Director, Mark S Grochocki, visited the Penn-Kidder Library Center in Albrightsville to see this new modular library.
Library President Barbara Franzosa gave Senator Yudichak a tour of the facility, including the adult fiction and reading area, the reference and non-fiction area, the public access computers, current magazines and newspapers, young adult fiction area, dvd movie and audio book section, ending with a brief meeting in the children's room.
The group meeting with Senator Yudichak included Library Board member Claire Farnschlader, and Library volunteers Greta Martoccio and Henry Westendarp.
Senator Yudichak mentioned that libraries are steeped in his background as one of his first jobs after college was fundraising for a renovation to the Ousterhout Library in Wilkes-Barre.
"Libraries are as important as ever before, as not everyone has a kindle, or smart phone, or a computer," he noted.
He and his family worked to provide the money and materials for a summer reading program that served over 6,000 youngsters this year.
Franzosa explained the remarkable journey of the Penn-Kidder Library Center, which was formed in July of 2012, and reached its start-up goal of $40,000, by March of 2013. The doors opened in May 2013, less than a year after organizing, thanks to the strong local support of the Penn Forest and Kidder Township communities.
The library provides over 5,000 books, movies, newspapers, audio books, and other materials for all ages. The four public computers are in constant use, as is the wi-fi hot spot.
The library hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4-6 p.m.
The all volunteer independent public library appreciates donations which can be sent to: Penn-Kidder Library Center, PO Box 783, Albrightsville, PA 18210.
Claire Farnschlader also pointed out the new visitor message board outside with informational maps and pamphlets to assist tourists.
Farnschlader, who is the reading specialist running the "read to me" programs, is hoping for more space, as her programs usually have 12 or more children attending.
The Penn-Kidder Library is researching building a permanent home big enough to support the needs of the community. A strategic plan is being created, and Senator Yudichak mentioned that there are grants the library can apply for when their plans are ready.