Kennett Library officials discuss plans for new library at chamber meeting

Chris Manna, Executive Director, Kennett Library; Cheryl Kuhn, President & CEO, Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce.

Southern Chester County’s favorite mid-day networking event gathered at Hartefeld National Golf Club More than 35 members and guests from various industries across the region enjoyed lunch while connecting and expanding their contacts.  Event Sponsor, Kennett Library captivated the room with their presentation “We the People,” as the group envisioned a vibrant space where community gathers, culture is celebrated, organizations and businesses thrive & enjoyment abounds.

Executive Director, Chris Manna spoke on behalf of the Kennett Library, highlighting their innovative plans for the new building.  Slated for opening in 2023, the building is designed to be a place of discovery and connection and will serve the community’s growing needs.  It will include a 110-seat auditorium with stage, adult and children maker spaces,15 flexible public meeting rooms, two floors encompassing 33,425 square feet, surface parking for 25, an outdoor terrace, and space to grow the variety of free programs appreciated by so many.

One of the programs that is unique to the library, and highlighted by Manna, is the Adult Literacy Program.  The ALP program assists native-born and newly arriving immigrant families in improving their literacy, language, and educational skills while facilitating their integration into the community.  Manna also noted the partnership with Penn Medicine to offer Wellness Programs as part of their Health Literacy a few times monthly.

To date, $15,513,239.00 has been raised to benefit the new Kennett Library & Resource Center.  Mayor Matt Fetick enthusiastically shared their upcoming fundraiser performance to further their efforts.  This performance features “An Evening with Patti LaBelle”, held in Longwood Gardens Open Air Theatre on Tuesday, September 13, 2022.  It will be a beautiful evening filled with this soulful songbird’s grace and style.  Tickets and corporate sponsorships are available at a variety of levels through Longwood Gardens Ticketing.

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