Painted Kindness Stones for Morgantown Village Library Stone Garden


Morgantown Village Library hosted Rock the Library, during which patrons painted rocks of kindness for the library’s new rock garden.

“Everyone thinks the library deserves good care! Our community loves our library and all the new improvements that have taken place over the past two years,” said village library manager Maria Gerasklis-Long. “The rocks portray the warm welcome of the library. Who doesn’t want to be greeted with colorful greetings and vibrant colors from the community? »

Gerasklis-Long said the event was strongly supported by the Township and the Twin Valley Fire Department, as well as families. She appreciated the excitement of the families to finally see the library get some TLC with their help.

Customers painted kindness stones for the village library’s stone garden. (photo sent)

Over 100 people came to the July 30 fundraising event which included a story hour, face painting, bake sale, touch truck and games.

Gerasklis-Long said the event also raised awareness for the library.

“There are a lot of local community members who don’t know of our existence or our location,” she said. “We certainly saw many new community members and we are happy to see our social media presence grow even more after the event.”

  • Anna Carter, left, of Iron Mountains, volunteered at...

    Anna Carter, left, of Iron Mountains, volunteered her time at the face and arm painting station. (photo sent)

  • Brady Tygh enjoys Lawn Jenga at the outdoor play station...

    Brady Tygh enjoys Lawn Jenga at the outdoor playground. (photo sent)

  • Volunteer Parker Schvom, front, with library administrator Sheri Kaufman and...

    Volunteer Parker Schvom, front, with library administrator Sheri Kaufman and Friends of the Village Library member Sandy Deemer at the Rock the Library event on July 30. (Photo submitted)

  • Terry Elliott, right, volunteered to paint the arms and face...

    Terry Elliott, right, volunteered at the arm and face painting station. (photo sent)

  • Twin Valley fire trucks were on display at the village library...

    Twin Valley fire engines were displayed at the village library during Rock the Library on July 30. (Photo submitted)

The idea for the Rock the Library benefit event came from sponsor Iron Mountains LLC, a Morgantown company that helped renovate the library with indoor and now outdoor projects. The company donated time to develop the front gardens, starting renovation of the garden on 22 July.

The Friends of the Village Library then invited families to donate $5 per stone to add messages or images of positivity to the garden during the Rock the Library event on July 30.

“The Friends of the Village Library thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to create an event to help give our outdoor garden a personal touch,” said Gerasklis-Long. “Imagine seeing beautiful rock creations and positive messages from our community, as you walk into the library. It will definitely invoke the spirit of our library.

This is the first phase of what the library hopes will be an eventual outdoor story zone. The library has already received new wooden seating for the outdoor story area which was donated by Wolf Creek Live Edge.

“We are delighted that the library has resurrected Friends of the Library who have made all of this possible with their time and talents. We are extremely grateful to Wilbur Wolf of Wolf Creek Live Edge for donating to our outdoor seating area and Olde House Bakery for their soft pretzels,” she said.

For those who missed the event, stones can still be purchased to add to the garden.

“As we locked up after the event, we had people come in specifically to look at the rocks. The comments were that it was so nice to see when stopping in the library parking lot,” Gerasklis- shared Long.

The library raised over $650 during the Rock the Library event, exceeding the expected amount, and more funds are expected to arrive.

For more sponsorship information or questions about the event, email [email protected] or call the library at 610-286-1022. The library is located at 207 North Walnut St., Morgantown.


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