Pennsylvania Shire Rallies to Support Libraries

A Pennsylvania library, facing state funding shortfalls for the second year, got a boost from SCA members this spring.

When Pennsylvania cut state funding to public libraries by 40% in 2004, SCAdian librarian Jadwiga Zajaczkowa felt the need to do more than just write letters. Her suggestion of a library fundraiser at her shire's spring event was recieved with enthusiasm. Members of the local group, the Shire of Eisental, as well as members of the SCA-Librarians mailing lists and artisans from around the East Kingdom, donated items to be raffled off at the Emmaus Fair event in April. Contributions included books from Nancy Spies, pysanky eggs by Julia Palataty Szent Gyorgyi, an illumination by Sarra the Lymner and period ceramic tiles by Oksana Goncharova.

Between the raffle and sales of red-dyed eggs (krashanki) as tokens, Eisental raised $167.60. The money was given away at the Pennsylvania Library Association, Lehigh Valley Chapter, where the names of all librarians attending from local public libraries were put into a hat. Joan Kniess, of the Allentown Public Library, was the winner, and the funds were transferred to the Director of the Allentown Public library. Local librarians were happy to receive such a show of support.

Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, Knowledge Pika