Hellertown Area Library Needs New Roof, Friends Raising Money

The Hellertown Area Library’s roof is 25 years old and has seen better days.

A library isn’t much good without a leak-proof roof to protect its books and patrons, which is why Friends of the Hellertown Area Library are currently fundraising for a new one.

The current library roof is original to the building and–at 25 years old–is at the end of its lifespan.

The Friends recently launched a GoFundMe campaign to help raise some of the $10,000 that is needed to match grant funding recently obtained for the project.

“We partnered with the Borough of Hellertown and were awarded a Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund grant for $12,300,” the page states. “This is half of the projected cost for the project, which includes a new roof, stucco and gutters. Help us ‘Raise the Roof’ for the Hellertown Area Library!”

So far approximately $3,500 has been raised, which includes $1,310 raised by the Friends of the Hellertown Area Library at their 2nd Annual Books, Brews & BBQ event at Lost Tavern Brewing earlier this summer.

“We are hoping the community will see the importance of maintaining the inside beauty of the renovated library by making sure the exterior is as updated and safe,” library director Robin Rotherham said. “The Friends of the Hellertown Area Library did a great job at Lost Tavern to give us a start for the funds, and the GoFundMe page as well has seen some action.”

The library, which opened in 1993, is located at 409 Constitution Ave., Hellertown.

For more information visit their website and Facebook page, as well as the Friends of the Hellertown Area Library’s Facebook page.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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