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Frank Sarris Public Library Celebrates First Birthday

Library officials agreed: The facility thrived in its first year.

When the idea of building a new library in was in its infancy, Manuel Pihakis remembers sitting down in the late Frank Sarris’ office and telling him that in order to get the project done, someone would need to donate money—and a lot of it.

Sarris responded by asking his secretary to get his longtime friend a check.

“I remember telling him, ‘Frank, I’m not joking. This is serious,’” said Pihakis, also a longtime member of the library board that oversaw the multi-million project. “When I left his office I walked out with a $1.5 million check.”

Now, all these years later, Pihakis was on hand Thursday to celebrate the first birthday of the —an event he knows would have made his late friend all smiles.

What does the milestone mean for Pihakis? It’s simple: “It means the world to me,” he said with a smile.

Also attending were Athena, Bill and Jamie Sarris—all of whom lauded the facility, its staff members and programming.

“I’m thrilled it’s here for everyone to enjoy,” Athena Sarris said. “It’s just wonderful.”

For Susan Poore, library board president, the first year of business at the North Jefferson Avenue building has been a satisfying experience—especially when she sees all the children “smiling, happy and excited” to visit the venue.

“It’s overwhelming but it’s been a great success for us,” she said. “And I love every minute of it.”

How successful?

Poore said that in the past year, the Frank Sarris Public Library doubled the number of its card holders—even drawing people from surrounding communities such as Peters Township.

Newly hired Library Director Peggy Tseng was also on hand for the birthday celebration, saying that she was happy to be a part of the library and stressing that everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy its amenities.

Editor’s Note: I forgot to mention that volunteers handed out—what else— chocolate bars and chocolate-covered pretzels to those who came in to share in the celebration. Also: If you attended and have photos of the event, feel free to upload them to the story!

Johnny June 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Thanks Frank for RAISING TAXES!
Amanda Gillooly June 15, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Johhny - Just curious but what's your rationale for that?
Dean Beattie June 16, 2012 at 04:38 AM
I just want to say thank you Sarris for the best chocolate covered pretzels on the planet!
Amanda Gillooly June 17, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Nicely said, Dean :)
Johnny June 18, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Eventually taxes will be raised in order to support the place. It's a dinosaur built in the 21st century. This thing is 100 + years too late. The Library has already blown through $500,000 in grant money & hinted that borough taxes should be increased 2 mils just to support it.

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