Li­brary launches pro­gram­ming in Lower Gwynedd

The Ambler Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin

While the Wis­sahickon Val­ley Pub­lic Li­brary looks to serve all mem­bers in the community, the res­i­dents liv­ing in Lower Gwynedd Town­ship KDvH KDG D PRUH GLI­fiFuOW WLPH UHDSLng WKH bHnHfiWV WKDW WKH OLbUDUy VRwV. Given the dis­tance be­tween Lower Gwynedd and the two near­est li­brary bUDnFKHV Ln BOuH BHOO DnG APbOHU, it’s not ex­actly around the cor­ner, mak­ing the travel for some more dif­fiFuOW.

That all will be­gin to change as the li­brary has launched a pro­gram that will prac­ti­cally bring the li­brary to the doorsteps of Lower Gwynedd re­siGHnWV.

Sue Bur­dick, outreach li­brar­ian for the WVPL, has launched a pro­gram that of­fers free pre­sen­ta­tions by the li­brary at the Lower Gwynedd Town­ship build­ing on the sec­ond Thurs­day RI HvHUy PRnWK DW 2 S.P.

TKH fiUVW SUHVHnWDWLRn, wKLFK WRRk SODFH 2FW. 11, wDV D OHFWuUH by 0DUgDret Mc­Greal, a do­cent for the PhiladelSKLD 0uVHuP RI AUW. TKH SUHVHnWDWLRn fo­cused on the artist Winslow Homer

and many other fa­mous painters who have cre­ated fa­mous works of ship­wrecksK Mc­Greal said this pre­sen­ta­tion is in con­junc­tion with the open­ing of a new ex­hibit at the mu­seum inside the Pearl­man An­nexK The ex­hibit runs un­til DecK 1SK

The pre­sen­ta­tion lasted just more than an hour and the few who at­tended seemed im­pressed with the in­for­ma­tion and level of de­tail Mc­Greal was able to of­ferK

Bur­dick said the rea­son for the nHw VHrLHV wDV Wo finG D wDy Wo reach out to Lower Gwynedd and bet­ter serve the com­mu­ni­tyK She said the town­ship build­ing is gor­geous and of­fers res­i­dents a chance to visit the fa­cil­i­tyK

Bur­dick, who has worked at the li­brary for eight years as the outreach and mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor, said the new pro­gram will of­fer dif­fer­ent top­ics each month so as to at­tract dif­fer­ent groups of peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­tyK

kext month’s pre­sen­ta­tion will fo­cus on gar­den­ing, while the De­cem­ber pre­sen­ta­tion will be a lec­ture by DrK Shel­don Wein­traub, a do­cent with the Barnes Foun­da­tion, who will be show­ing a col­lec­tion from the mu­seum and will ex­plain how Barnes got the con­ceptK Bur­dick said Wein­traub draws a crowd, is a good con­ver­sa­tion­al­ist and is a pop­u­lar guest at the li­braryK

Bur­dick said she is also open to sug­ges­tions from res­i­dents as to the top­ics they’d like to see cov­ered at the pre­sen­ta­tionsK

“We’re look­ing to reach new peo­ple who might not be aware of the depth of xour] ser­vices,” Bur­dick saidK She said she’s hop­ing to tar­get se­niors, re­tirees and homemak­ers but is open and will­ing to reach out to re­cent col­lege grad­u­ates and adults in their 30s and 40sK

To at­tract the younger crowd, Bur­dick said she’d like to do some­thing in­volv­ing the process of mak­ing beer and would be open to work­ing with a lo­cal brew­ery in the area, but added the lo­gis­tics and po­ten­tial mess in­volved would still need to be ad­dressedK

Bur­dick thanked Sandi Feight, Lower Gwynedd Town­ship parks and re­cre­ation di­rec­tor, for her help in get­ting the pro­gram off the groundK In ad­di­tion to the town­ship build­ing, Bur­dick said she hopes to fea­ture some pre­sen­ta­tions at Pen­l­lyn Woods ParkK

Among the other top­ics that Bur­dick said she was con­sid­erLnJ wHrH JoOI, fiVhLnJ DnG WhH Lower Gwynedd walk­ing trailsK

“We’re com­ing right to your door now,” she saidK

For more in­for­ma­tion about up­com­ing events pre­sented by the Wis­sahickon Val­ley Pub­lic Li­brary, visit wwwKwv­plKorgK

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