For a tiny public library, Paoli Library has an exceptionally long history and an exceptionally devoted fan club. Both were on display at the open house on Thursday, July 25 for the unveiling of a plaque to acknowledge contributors to the library’s mini-renovation.
Founded in 1910 as a private library, Paoli became a Tredyffrin Township Library in 1980, and moved into its current space in the Wells Fargo Bank building on Darby Road in 1987. The recent renovation reconfigured that space in response to widespread changes in library usage. Now less space is devoted to the physical collection—books and AV materials—so there is more space for people. Computer carrels offer comfort and privacy for working online, tables provide space for individual or group work, and comfortable seating invites visitors to stay a while. The Paoli Library renovation project was funded by the Friends of Paoli Library, with additional funding from the Thornedge Foundation and the Hardware Center, Inc. Renovation of the circulation desk was made possible by a generous gift from Pat Sobota and Kelly Sobota Wallace in memory of Pat’s late husband, Frank.