Who breaks into a FREE library?

I’m at a loss for words to comment on the recent break in at Chester’s only public library. Please consider making a donation to help them pick up the pieces.

Below is a letter from the new head of the library.

The Crozer Library

The public library’s missions is to provide access to information and services for the empowerment of individuals and to add to quality of life.

The J. Lewis Crozer Library serves the residents of Chester, ensuring internet access, access to books and information in many other forms, and providing a range of services.

Chester residents value the library and supported the approval of a mil tax to support the library collections that make a library great. At the end of 2016, we were successful in raising money to provide the small amount of matching funds required for a potential grant to replace the roof that is original to the building.

Libraries exist to provide access. 

Particularly, as we prepare for a month of activities for Black History Month in February and the free tax preparation services offered by Pathways for the next few months, we want to continue to do all that we can to make the library a welcoming, safe, and pleasant space for those using computers or selecting books, reading today’s newspaper, attending our latest adult program or children’s storytime event, receiving homework help for students, or making use of scanning, faxing, or photocopying services.

However, with a recent break-in, unfortunately, the library must absorb the costs associated with repairing damage done to the building and equipment and upgrading the security system, with an already limited budget.

As individuals consider how they can support Chester’s public library in meeting the needs of city residents, please know that a financial gift to the J. Lewis Crozer Library (620 Engle Street, 19013) benefits Chester residents of all ages and is tax deductible.  

Mark Winston, Ph.D. 

Development Officer

  and Adult Services Librarian

Lewis Crozer Library

620 Engle Street

Chester, PA 19013