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Anne Allen has spent most of her life in a library, so when the opportunity arose for her to volunteer at the Penn Area Library, she jumped at the chance.
The 66-year-old man from Penn Township has served on the board of directors of the Friends of Penn’s Area Library for at least eight years and has spent the last two as president of the association. Prior to that, Allen spent more than 20 years as a member of the library board, where she served as the liaison between the board and The Friends organization.
“My mom was a librarian and I moved here from Iowa and at the time there were two libraries,” Allen said, referring to one at Level Green and the other at the municipal building. of Harrison City. “I just got involved because it seemed like this was a fairly small organization that needed help. I like the library.
The goal for members of the Penn’s Friends area library is to raise money for the town yard facility by hosting three book sales per year, as well as stocking a sales display at the interior of the library. In addition to selling books, the organization sells puzzles and audiobooks and has a display rack with free items such as VHS tapes and magazines.
Since its inception in 2000, the organization has raised at least $ 54,000 for the library, Allen said.
“We all appreciate it,” Allen said of the organization’s seven members. “We just think it’s a lot of fun.”
The group, which holds a book sale on August 6 and 7, said the events generally got a good turnout, with around 50 people lining up before the library doors open.
So far, funds raised by the Penn’s Friends Area Library have been used to put on a puppet show for the kids, buy shelves to hold DVDs and more. Throughout the covid-19 pandemic, funds have been used to provide take-out activities for adults and children. Allen noted that people have continued to donate money throughout the pandemic.
Funds raised by the organization are also used to sponsor Ancestry.com, a genealogical database available free of charge on the library’s public computers.
As president of the organization, Allen is responsible for organizing monthly meetings. She noted that due to the small size of the group, members are usually involved in whatever needs to be done.
Volunteers are always welcome. Those interested can contact the library at 724-744-4414.
“We are really happy to help the library and its mission,” Allen said. “We see a lot of people we know and meet other people at book sales. We have regulars that we each have. … It brings the community together, it supports the library and we all think it’s a lot of fun.