Little library takes shape

First Posted: 3/30/2015

Clarks Summit Borough Mayor Patty Lawler is having a brunch and everyone is invited.

At this very special occasion, the Pocket Library of Clarks Summit, still under construction by the Rotary Club of the Abingtons, will be on display. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 18, the Ramada Inn will open its doors for the Mayor’s Brunch and guests will have a look at the Pocket Library.

The development of our tiny library got a boost from a new source just this week.

Steve Young, owner of Young’s Funeral Home, is known by most people in town as an honorable business man. What is not known or celebrated is that Steve is also an artist, a unique artist. He works with lasers to create images in various media. Although Steve is not currently a Rotarian, he heard about the Pocket Library and offered his artistic talent to the project. He will laser the Rotary logo on the triangular section beneath the roof of the Pocket Library, front and back.

Final construction for the Pocket Library will soon take place on the site where it will rest, in the Pocket Park on Depot Street. Mayor Lawler will inform Rotary when the park construction is complete. Then members of the Rotary Club of the Abingtons will hammer the post into the ground, fasten the cedar box into place and set the triangular peak on top. When all of that happens the No. 17,238 Little Free Library will be open for sharing books.

One of Rotary’s goals is to promote literacy.

In the world, approximately one billion people are not able to read. Safely driving a car, voting in an election, reading a newspaper, applying for a job or even reading a bed time story, are all things impossible to those who cannot read. Rotary is all about sharing, seeing a problem and caring enough to work for a solution. Our hope is that the No. 17,238 tiny library, soon to be settled in the Pocket Park in Clarks Summit, will encourage people to read and foster literacy in those who struggle with reading.

At the Mayor’s Brunch on April 18, two of our Rotarians will be honored for extending service to the community. Ned Connell, architect of the Pocket Park, will be acclaimed and Harry Mumford, the builder of the Pocket Library, will also be honored.

These men show Rotary at its finest.

They worked quietly to solve a problem, contributing their talents for a solution. The most important people in Rotary are not the trustees of our Rotary Foundation nor the directors on our boards, but ordinary Rotarians lighting up the world.

The Mayor’s Brunch is a fundraiser for the Pocket Park and will feature food, entertainment, and a social atmosphere. Tickets are available for $20 at the Borough Office. Do come.

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