ABOVE PHOTO: Congressman Brady with Darby Library Director Susan Borders (center) and library staffer. (Photo Courtesy of Cong. Bob Brady)
The Darby Free Library, the nation’s oldest public library, in continuous service since 1743, unveiled its new facelift last week at a reception to thank Congressman Bob Brady (D., PA) for his involvement. Responding to a call from Darby Mayor Helen Thomas, the congressman reached out to the Henderson Group for help with much needed repairs to the Library.
That help was on display as the library, located in the 1st Congressional District, showed off the result of clean-up, fix-up and paint-up renovation project, donated by the Henderson Group, a full-service commercial real estate development company headquartered in suburban Philadelphia.
Library Director Susan Borders says the repair and renovation project will greatly benefit the Library’s 2018 celebration of providing library services for 275 years.
Brady said he is appreciative of the Henderson Group. “The company is a great community partner that stepped up to aid an important and historic institution. He added, “The history of the Darby Library is incredible, so I was proud to do what I could.” In the 1700’s, in the early days of the Darby Library, books were kept in the homes of the librarians. And, because of the interest of botanist John Bartram, his friend, Peter Collison, a Londoner, shipped the Library its first collection of books containing 43 volumes in total.