Earlier this month, the Wernersville Public Library received a sweet surprise from local business owner, Lori Brown, in the form of a $625 check donation. Owner of Lori’s Candy Station in Robesonia, Lori delivered the check to the library after a successful fundraising campaign in July.
“It’s evident by the response that your patrons as well as the entire [Conrad Weiser] community and beyond really LOVE their library,” Lori wrote in a letter to the library. “I had no idea how this idea would inspire so many people to give to their library. It was truly heartwarming to see!”
The fundraiser benefited three local libraries in total, allowing customers to “tip” their library when stopping in for a treat at the Candy Station. In addition, Lori contributed a portion of sales to a separate pot that were evenly distributed to the Wernersville Robesonia, and Womelsdorf libraries.
And the timing couldn’t have been better for the Wernersville Public Library as many of their traditional fundraisers fell victim to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Lori and everyone who came out to support the library,” said Wernersville Library Director Leigh-Anne Yacovelli. “We’re doing our best to navigate this new normal and continue offering the services our patrons love.”
Yacovelli said the donation will go toward the library’s digital streaming service, Hoopla, providing additional downloads for Wernersville patrons borrowing digital materials right from home.
While actively offering curbside pickup service since June 15, the library re-opened for in-person services on July 14. Patrons may visit the library Monday through Saturday during operating hours or online anytime at www.berkslibraries.org/wernersville.