2 new bookmarks unveiled at Avon Grove Library
WEST GROVE >> In some worlds a bookmark isn’t much. But for the libraries in state Sen. Andy Dinniman’s district and beyond, they are a real attraction to readers young and old.
Dinniman, D-19, of West Whiteland, has made a creative and educational project out of his duty to inform his constituents how to contact him. To date, he has created 38 different bookmarks that have his contact information on one side and a brief biography and picture of a local historical figure on the other. The collections are on display and available for the taking at local libraries throughout the county.
“Each of the senators has as part of their budget (an item) to get out contact information. So I wanted to do something that was educational and historical. This publicizes how to get a hold of us,” said Dinniman, who is running for re-election this year against Avondale Republican Jack London.
On Oct. 4, Dinniman visited the Avon Grove Library and presented copies of his two newest creations: one in honor of Conard-Pyle and company President Dick Hutton, and the other marking the achievements of West Grove community leader and developer Joseph Pyle.
Hutton, who was president of the company in the 1970s and 1980s, selected, named and introduced countless roses for the company including the Peace Rose, which was developed in France. Hutton’s daughter-in-law Ann and grandson Ian were there to accept the first bookmark about their late family member, who passed away in 2003.
Dinniman’s comment to them was, “Much of the history of roses is here.”
From the audience, local resident and former school principal Bill Steltzer added that Dick Hutton also helped found Jenner’s Pond retirement community and his wife, Mrs. Hutton, was active in the library.
The bookmark honoring Joseph Pyle was created, Dinniman said, because he and many other people observed the mural on the wall of the library’s community room that features a picture of Pyle. He said people ask, “Who was that man?”
It turns out Pyle was largely responsible for the development of West Grove in the 1800s. He constructed and operated a general store, built community buildings including a bank on Exchange Place, introduced the manufacturing of brick to the borough, and installed the first water system. He was the postmaster, borough council member and mayor.
One of the interesting aspects of the presentation ceremony was Dinniman’s request that members of the audience speak up, and sure enough they did. Former state trooper Ray Natale talked about his experience and those of his brothers, who all served in World War II.
Others chattered publicly about who knew the Huttons and where people lived.
Dinniman said that in every bookmark presentation the same
thing happens. “There are always discussions about who knows whom and identifying locations by what buildings are there or who lives there.”
Some of the other people of note who have been honored by the bookmarks are Dr. Hazel Brown, Thomas Jefferson “T.J.” and Anita Anderson, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, Ida Ella Ruth Jones, the Rev. Francis Alison, Joseph Trimble Rothrock and Dinniman’s dog, Henry.
Avon Grove Library Director Lori Schwabenbauer said they have been well received. “They are popular. They get taken and we have to get more,” she said.
The Avon Grove Library currently serves more than 30,000 individuals, primarily in the Avon Grove School District. This district includes West Grove, Avondale, Franklin, Penn, New London, London Britain and London Grove.
Some people of note who have been honored are Dr. Hazel Brown, Thomas Jefferson and Anita Anderson, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker and Ida Ella Ruth Jones.
State Sen. Andy Dinniman, D-19, presents the Dick Hutton bookmark to Hutton’s daughterin-law Ann and grandson Ian.
The Dick Hutton bookmark, one of 38 established by state Sen. Andy Dinniman.
The Joseph Pyle bookmark, one of 38 established by state Sen. Andy Dinniman.