Knapp of the Warren Library Association updates Woman’s Club on 1st year as Executive Director

On Monday, March 5, the members of Woman’s Club of Warren welcomed Warren-native Kelli Knapp, Executive Director of the Warren Library Association (WLA).

She is a graduate of Clarion University with a Master of Science degree in Library Science. Previous to her appointment, she was the district consultant for the Seneca district for five years and also held positions at the Warren Library circulation desk, children’s room and was cataloging manager.

Kelli started with an historic rundown of the local library founded by Thomas Struthers at the Struthers Library Theater in 1873. The current building is 102 years old with 28 employees. State and county funding are provided to the library which is a 501c3.

With one year in her position, Ms. Knapp has overseen reorganization of reference material by a new reference director, new adult services manager, new reading area with new carpeting and laptops, new tables and chairs in all the rooms, beautification of outdoor landscaping, new emergency plan and 3D printer available to patrons.

The successful Midwinter Library fundraiser helps with many projects. Professional Collection for parents and teachers has been assembled and the following activities and resources are available: Youth Art Month, Wacky Wednesday, Trivia Nights every other month, Genealogy Department, Federal Depository, Scan PA grant activated to digitize documents and convert videos and diskettes. WLA in partnership with CareerLink will be offered to the public.

Next will come an updated Teen Room with an Eagle Scout surveying peers’ wishes for the improvement of the room in 2019. Also through a Turning Outward grant, Kelli Knapp is conducting a survey of what the people of the community want for their community. Contact her at the library to give input from your group.

Mrs. Carolyn Worley, Woman?s Club president, thanked Kelli for her program and to the hostesses for the day, Wendy McCain and Karen Davis. Tealights amid various books and knick knacks symbolizing the wide array of offerings by the library were on the table. Abed Haswah from Tabouli in the Liberty Street Marketplace provided the Middle Eastern luncheon fare.

The next gathering will be a luncheon on Monday March 19th hostessed by Virginia Letko, Rebecca Ryan and Roberta Ward. The program will be given by new member Ruth Barnes Shaw. RSVPs due by noon Friday, March 16.

Connie Michel will offer a refresher course on Bridge starting April 9th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; $40 for members and $50 for non-members. Call Anne at the club for information 723-5910. The next Needle Arts get together is March 12th at 1 p.m.

The Usable Discards sale will be Saturday, April 7, and Spring Fling Fashion Show Monday, May 7th in the club ballroom. March 15th is the deadline for the ESHPG merit based scholarship applications for high school boys and girls and non-traditional students. Guidance counselors have the applications and it is also on the Woman’s Club website.

The Woman’s Club website provides more information on the Club and how to become a member. Membership for the new year starts April 1 and a special Team Up promotion is again being offered with discounted dues.