WEST CHESTER (April 11) – State Senator Andy Dinniman was joined by local officials, as well as staff and board members of the West Chester Public Library in recently marking the official opening of the library’s new electronic lift for those who use wheelchairs or have physical disabilities.

Staff and members of the West Chester Public Library’s Board of Trustees raised about $16,000 in total to replace the building’s inoperable lift with a new model and complete related work. In addition to a successful capital campaign, key funding was provided by an $8,000 Pennsylvania Keystone Historic Preservation Grant supported by Senator Dinniman, as well as grants from the Scholler Foundation and the Dana and Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Pictured (from right to left): State Senator Andy Dinniman, State Representative Dan Truitt, Mayor Carolyn Comitta, Betsy Beaugard (former trustee), Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce President Mark Yoder, West Chester Public Library Board of Trustee President Matt Holliday, West Chester Public Library Director Victoria Dow, West Chester Library Past President Howard Sundwall, WCPL Trustee Ann Hess, WCPL Vice President Mary Brooks, WCPL Secretary Tina Facciolli, WCPL Development Manger Clare Quinn, Phyllis Dunn (former trustee).

Pictured (from right to left): State Senator Andy Dinniman, State Representative Dan Truitt, Mayor Carolyn Comitta, Betsy Beaugard (former trustee), Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce President Mark Yoder, West Chester Public Library Board of Trustee President Matt Holliday, West Chester Public Library Director Victoria Dow, West Chester Library Past President Howard Sundwall, WCPL Trustee Ann Hess, WCPL Vice President Mary Brooks, WCPL Secretary Tina Facciolli, WCPL Development Manger Clare Quinn, Phyllis Dunn (former trustee).

“The West Chester Public Library plays a vital role in our community by representing one of the purest and most fundamental values of our nation. It’s a place where knowledge is readily available and free to all,” Dinniman, who serves as minority chair of the Senate Education Committee, said. “It is great to see that the building’s accessibility has been improved to make its services available to even more residents and community members.”

Victoria Dow, Director of the West Chester Public Library, said the new lift was put to use by library members within minutes of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The library building, located at 415 North Church Street, dates back to 1888 and underwent an extensive historic renovation and expansion in 2005. Since then, the organization has received accolades for its preservation of the historic structure and the incorporation of historical features and modern use.

Today, the West Chester Public Library receives over 110,000 visits annually and circulates over 150,000 items per year from a collection of 50,000 items. New media, such as internet access and digital and electronic materials have been expanded to meet contemporary needs and presentation events are a regular part of this vibrant library’s programs.

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