Waynesboro Library Welcomes New Chapter


WAYNESBORO, Pa.The Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library in downtown Waynesboro is about to start a new chapter. After receiving a $1 million gift, the library has taken on a major expansion project.

The library was built in 1829 and has not been updated since 1987.

To this day, the library still shows traces of what it used to be: a home. A prominent member of the Waynesboro community in the mid to late 1800s used to live there.

"A man named Alexander Hamilton, not the [former] Secretary of Treasury, he lived in it with his family. He had 12 children,” said Lori Milach, Youth Services Coordinator at the Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library. “He owned a large portion of the land around here."

Hamilton's granddaughter later donated the house to be converted into a library, and it opened to the public in 1955.

Now, after receiving a $1 million dollar gift from Donald Nary, a late Waynesboro resident, the library's board of trustees has taken on a comprehensive project to build an extension, upgrade their technology and collect more donations. The board surveyed their patrons to decide where to put the money.

"We decided to come up with the Bricks, Books, Bytes Campaign,” said Andrea Bowersox, a member of the board. “So bricks is more space, books is more books…and computers is bytes."

Library employees are hoping this former home will become a little homier after renovations are complete.

"We’re doubling the children’s room, we're opening up a reading room for the adults to be able to enjoy and read a book by the fire. We're also opening a community space,” said Milach.

Some residents say they’re disappointed the new extension will get rid of the courtyard, but others say they are excited about having more space.

"I come here every day,” said Waynesboro resident David Calimer. “It's a good idea. The community needs a bigger library."

"I think that's great. I think the more space the better,” said Waynesboro resident Israel Rigueroa.

The construction began six months ago, and should be completed by this fall. The new building will be completely handicap accessible after the renovation.

The library's hours have been altered due to construction. For more information, click here. 

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