Sewickley Library supporters are holding a fundraiser. Library to raise funds for the new building

Sewickley Library supporters are holding a fundraiser.  Library to raise funds for the new building

A Sewickley Township Library Support Group is helping raise money by selling soup and baked goods on Election Day for the small library that had to move into temporary facilities.

There are plans for a new building in Herminie.

“We have volunteers preparing to donate more than 100 liters and 100 liters of homemade soup and lots of sweets,” said Lori Waryanka, a member of the volunteer group made up of young mothers and seniors.

The sale will begin at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Herminie United Methodist Church, 3365 Pike St., while supplies last. Waryanka said the library had about 18 different types of soup donated as of Friday.

“We had a great community turnout” for the fundraiser, said Marcy Sogars, library board president.

Through fundraising initiatives, the Friends group donates $1,500 every quarter to the library for various children’s and adult programs, library supplies and the annual summer reading program, Waryanka said.

The library’s temporary home is located on the first floor of the town’s former municipal authority office along Sewickley Street in Herminie, which the town provides for the library. The library moved there in mid-April after being closed for about two months, because the leisure center housing the library in Herminie closed suddenly in early February when structural problems were discovered in the building.

To ensure a stable future for the library, the Yough School District granted the Library Board a 0.6-acre parcel of land adjacent to H.W. Good Elementary School along Herminie-West Newton Road in Herminie for a new building. The town agreed in September to subdivide the property, and the board expects to file the deed in Westmoreland County District Court on Friday, said Marcy Sogars, president of the library board.

The library envisions a 4,000- to 4,500-square-foot building, Sogars said. The expected cost has not yet been determined, Sugars said.

“We’ll build what we can afford. We don’t want to get in over our heads … to take out a mortgage,” Sugars said.

In order to make the dream a reality, Sogars said, the Library Board plans to conduct a large-scale fundraising campaign, including a capital campaign and seeking grants from private and public foundations, in addition to government support.

The Library Board does not plan to be part of any building that may be constructed on the site of the former building. Westmoreland County will advertise bids this month to demolish the recreation center that was part of the former high school on Highland Avenue, at the request of township supervisors.

Demolition likely won’t happen until early next year, said Haley Chatfield, senior project manager for the Westmoreland County Redevelopment Authority.

Mark Petrus, the town’s chief supervisor, said there are no plans to include a library in a recreation center in the town and no decision has been made on whether the municipality will build a new recreation center.

Joe Napsha is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe via email at or via Twitter .

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