The Village Library of Wrightstown
The Village Library of Wrightstown began in the early 1960s as a library fully staffed by volunteers in an former one-room school house. The community’s strong interest in education and neighborhood bonding allowed the library to continue as the community meeting place based exclusively on volunteer support for over twenty years. As the demands on time and the size of the community grew, the library received a grant from the Grundy Foundation to build a small addition to the one-room schoolhouse so that it could better serve the increasing community needs.
In the late 1990s, the library recognized the challenges facing the community and the need to maintain the pastoral-ness of the Village Library of Wrightstown as a community meeting place. The Library Board took the ambitious step of increasing its offerings to the community in the hope that its efforts would be appreciated, acknowledged and supported. The small library, located in historic Penns Park, began to offer extensive free adult, children’s, and community programming, and it has been a success ever since.
The Village Library now hosts children’s after school programs, preschool story and craft programs, author lectures, book discussion groups, and state sponsored programs. The new community programming includes the Village Renaissance Faire which has grown from 500 to over 8000 attendees in just five years. The faire now boats over 6,000 attendees for 10 consecutive years. The Faire has gained not only regional, but in 2013, national attention with the visit of Renaissance magazine at the 14th Annual Village Renaissance Faire. This recognition is well earned through its fabric of talent from jousters, aerialists, and fire breathers to dancers, mimes, and jugglers to its actors, dancers, and demonstrators. Surely something for everyone.
The community has also flocked to the free outdoor “Movies by Moonlight” series which offers family friendly movies during the summer with the atmosphere of the drive-ins of yesteryear. On a typical movie night, the scent of fresh machine popped popcorn and cotton candy fill the air, as families in chairs, blankets, and yes, even pajamas fill the library courtyard to enjoy movies the library has paid to have shown publicly. The Library also boast teens nights, garden tours, and programming from birth through retirement.
The library has grown so much that it now boasts a full-time professional librarian and two part-time staff assistants. However, the endless needs and services our patrons and community deserve continue to necessitate the library’s reliance on businesses and volunteer support. The library has over one hundred volunteers in different capacities; so, if you, your business, or your organization would like to be part of our special family and mission, please let us know. All are welcome.
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This project was made possible through the 5-County Arts Fund, a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts program of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. It is funded by the citizens of Pennsylvania through an annual legislative appropriation, and is administered locally by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The 5-County Arts Fund is also supported by PECO-an Excelon Company. Some Montgomery projects are also funded in part by an appropriation from Montgomery County. For additional information about these grants, visit the Cultural Alliance online.