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Pottstown Library's $755K Renovation Includes GoFundMe Campaign



    Pottstown Library's $755K Renovation Includes GoFundMe Campaign
    A mosaic tile floor, left, uncovered during the early stages of a $755,000 renovation at the Pottstown Regional Public Library, right.

    When you’re in the midst of a $755,000 renovation like Pottstown Regional Public Library is, every little bit counts.

    That’s why the library’s executive director, Susan Davis, decided to try out a $5,000 campaign on the popular crowdfunding website GoFundMe.

    “Someone we hired as a marketing consultant recommended it,” Davis said. “This seems to be taking off.”

    So far, 10 donors have pledged $1,130. The money will go to some new features, including movable shelving that can be arranged to accommodate events the library will host, Davis said.

    The library, which is organized as a non-profit, is getting its first major renovation since it was converted from a post office in the 1960s. The demolition phase is underway, and the entire project is expected to be complete by September or October.

    A $300,000 state grant is helping to pay for the project, Davis said.

    Her assistant, Tracey Iezzi, said people are already marveling at what’s been uncovered during this first phase -- mosaic tile floor, marble trim, a glass ceiling pane.

    “In the 60s, they painted over it,” Iezzi said of the marble trim. “There’s a purple color and a yellow color and we’re like, ‘Why would you paint over marble?’”

    For more information about the library renovation and specifics of what the GoFundMe campaign will pay for, go here.