Rotary donates $1,200 to new Downingtown library

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Francine Dague, a member of the Dowingtown Library’s Board of Directors, accepts a $1,200 check from the Thorndale-Downingtown Rotary, toward the building of the new library.

DOWNINGTOWN — Last week, the Rotary Club of Thorndale-Downingtown made a donation of $1,200 to support the new home of the Downingtown Library. The funds will be used for the purchase and renovation of the Library’s new home at 122 Wallace Avenue in the heart of the borough.

The check was presented to Francine Dague, a member of the Library’s Board of Directors at the Rotary Club meeting last week. She thanked the members for their generous gift and for being the first of hopefully many community organizations to raise funds on behalf of the new Downingtown Library.  The Rotary Club donated proceeds from the Canoe Race at this year’s Good Neighbor Day which they also matched from their own funds.

The Library Board has planned and implemented a successful fundraising campaign which has raised more than 57% of its $2.2 million goal. The campaign is building momentum, and the Board has less than $1 million dollars left to raise. An agreement of sale for the existing library facility has been secured and will be used to help purchase the property.  

The Downingtown Library is a vital resource and community center. Approximately one out of every four area residents does not have a personal computer at home and relies on the Library for access to the Internet. Each year at the library, more than 900 teens and adults participate in Library programs or access vital information on health and human services, and 110,000 individuals borrow books and materials.


For information or to make a gift please contact: Karen Miller at (610) 269-2741 or visit:

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