OUR TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
OUR TENTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY IS THIS YEAR
1983 Bridgetown Pike
Feasterville, PA 19053
Sally B. Pollock, Director
Back in the mid-1950s, our library was built with the enthusiastic support of the township’s citizens, a miniscule budget of only $100 and donated books from residents. The original library was housed in the basement of the unused Feasterville School located on Bustleton Ave. The library opened on May 5, 1956 with 2,100 donated books in the collection.
In 1966 the library moved to its second location – The Lower Southampton Township Building. And once again members of the community volunteered and helped with the move. While located in the Township Building many innovations were made at the library including: establishing evening and Saturday hours, expanding Children’s Programming, creating the Friends of the Library, diversifying the collection by purchasing more audio and visual materials, and the acquisition of eleven computers for public use.
Because of the library’s growing book collection as well as housing new audio and visual materials and the computers, it became apparent that the current facility was not suitable to house a 21st century library. The Township recognized this situation and purchased the Town and Country Warehouse located on Bridgetown Pike. After major renovations, the current Township Library opened on April 19, 2004. Many patrons volunteered to assist staff members unpack and shelf thousands of books and other items.
Since we have been in our new location, we have added diverse programming for our adult community and wireless connectivity. We have recently created our own website www.lowersouthamptonlibrary.org.
This site lists our many activities, Friends events and fundraisers. The Bucks County Website is www.buckslib.org. By using either site you can check out the library catalog. From your home you can also reserve books, DVD’s, music, games and other materials from any Bucks County library and have your requested items sent to your local library. Using “My Account” items can be renewed. The sites also provide reference databases and electronic and audio books for download. Sign-ups for programs for adults, teens, and children can be done in person in the library or with a phone call to 215-255-1183.
From a cellar basement of an unused school building to a state-of-the-art facility, the Township Library is a valuable resource in our community. Back in the 1950s the library was only open eight hours a week, serving a population of 11,400 and circulating 5,533 items in the first full year of operation. Today the library is open 52 hours a week, serves over 10,000 users and circulates approximately 180,00 items a year. It has indeed come a long way in the last 55 years!
Board of Directors
Board of Directors 2014
Shelley Rosen - Chairman
Priscilla St. Peter - Vice Chairman
Cara Striluk - Secretary
Linda Kleeman - Treasurer
Bucks County Library System
Click on www.buckslib.org for the countywide library system and to search for and reserve books.
Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday and Thursday, 12 Noon - 9:00 PM
Friday, 12 Noon - 5:00 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Carol A. Saioni, Adult Program Coordinator
Bonnie Reeves, Children's Program Coordinator