Library recognized for longevity, growth by Chamber

A county organization that is both 150 years old and expanding was highlighted during the WCCBI’s Celebration of Excellence event Thursday night.

The Warren Public Library has both hit the sesquicentennial mark but was also recognized with a “Growth & Expansion” award.

“I think the reason libraries still exist in this world and here in Warren County is because we serve absolutely everyone,” Director Kelli Knapp said in accepting the award.

She also thanked the community for the funding needed to cover the cost of the most recent renovation.

“We had to raise well over $1 million,” Knapp said. “This community did it.”

Looking at “Milestones,” the Struthers Library Theatre followed with 140 years and the Allegheny National Forest’s 100 years was also recognized.

Other “Milestones” include the Zonta Club (95 years), Fourth of July Committee (75 years), Warren County Visitors Bureau (55 years), EmergyCare (40 years), Ellwood and J. Lauren Designs (20 years) and the Allegheny River Clean-Up (15 years.”

The other entity recognized for “Growth & Expansion is the Northern Pennsylvania Regional College.

Three entities will be recognized for “Investment in Community” — Cable Hollow, Community Foundation of Warren County (Warren Gives) and the Snell Foundation.

A total of six businesses were recognized in the “Excellence in Business” category.


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