Delmont Public Library officials were hoping members of the public would buy 250 pavers to help pay for a trail connecting elements of their outdoor learning center.
Instead, the public bought nearly 400 of them, and as of Monday morning, the work was already underway.
“We’ll have around 4,000 finishers,” Grassel said. “We have received a very nice set of grants – $ 14,700 from the PNC Charitable Trust and a donation of $ 5,000 from the Michael J. and Aimee Rusinko Kakos Fund of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.
In the past, the fund has provided Delmont library officials with a grant of $ 2,500 to build their outdoor butterfly garden, which will be re-established as part of the Outdoor Learning Center.
“I’m especially excited about the opportunities the kids will have to go out and learn outdoors,” Grassel said. “To me that’s really great – you come in and you can read a book, but you can also come out and use your hands to learn.”
Grassel said the work should be completed by next week. The library will host an open house on June 7 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. that will include a children’s story hour and treats from the Kona Ice truck, as well as a chance to contribute to the library’s butterfly garden.
“Families can bring garden trowels and we will have plants available for them to plant,” she said.
The Learning Center will include the Butterfly Garden, a community herb garden open to the public for cutting herbs for use with home cooking, solar birdbaths, benches and more.
“There will be many, many different ways for children to learn,” Grassel said.
The library is located at 75, rue School. For more information, see DelmontLibrary.org.