Little Free Library Opens at Oak Bottom Village

When imagining a library, you typically think of a large, old, looming building. But at Oak Bottom Village in Quarryville, PA, the library is quite the opposite.

The community recently opened a Little Free Library to encourage residents to “take a book and share a book.” The library is a small wooden structure lined with shelves to hold books residents can exchange. Little Free Libraries have been established across the country to provide increasing access to books for people of all ages and backgrounds and millions of books have been exchanged through the program.

Oak Bottom’s Little Free Library is the result of another community initiative, the Fresh Express program through Central PA Food Bank, which provides fresh produce to residents living in designated food deserts.

Sylvia Drennen, director of the Quarryville Library, visited Oak Bottom during a Fresh Express distribution day and noticed the small library (two bookshelves of books) in the corner of Oak Bottom’s community room. She reached out to Resident Services Coordinator Jennifer Santiago, mentioning that Solanco School District had a grant to build Little Free Libraries throughout the district.

Santiago knew this was an opportunity for residents.  She jumped at the chance to increase access to learning and literacy in the community. Drennen connected Santiago with Karen Burkhart, an employee of the school district to begin the process.  Burkhart was already familiar with HDC MidAtlantic having been both a former resident at Oak Bottom and a former employee of the organization. Drennen, Burkhart and Santiago collaborated to install the Little Free Library at Oak Bottom.

HDC MidAtlantic, Solanco School District and Quarryville Library hosted a soft opening for the library this summer to celebrate with Oak Bottom and Quarryville residents. Moving forward, a Quarryville Library volunteer will replenish the books on regularly.

While the library is housed at Oak Bottom, it is accessible to everyone in the community and both Oak Bottom and Quarryville residents are encouraged to “check out” and share books through the library. It’s already served as a useful tool for parents in the community looking to help their children stay on top of their summer reading during the school break. Residents can locate the library using the Little Free Library map available online.

Click here for more information about the Little Free Library or HDC MidAtlantic’s Resident Services.

51 affordable apartments coming to Lebanon County

Beach Run Apartments

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) awarded $1,238,235 in Low Income Housing Tax Credits for Beach Run Apartments in Fredericksburg, Pa. The new 51-apartment affordable community will be developed and managed by HDC MidAtlantic.

“A safe, affordable place to call home is the cornerstone of household stability and growth,” said HDC MidAtlantic President & CEO Dana Hanchin.  “These new homes will add to the much-needed supply of workforce housing for major employers in the area including Bell & Evans, Sherwin-Williams and Ace.”

Beach Run Apartments will be located along North Center Street in Fredericksburg, Lebanon County, and provided high-quality workforce housing for residents in the area. The new community will feature 51 attractive, modern apartments including 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom floorplans. Six of those apartments will comply with Americans with Disabilities Act design standards.

Beach Run Apartments will target households earning between $10,040 and $66,480 annually.  Rents will range from $208 and $1,066 per month based on income.  The community will include professional on-site management, on-call maintenance, resident services, a community room, playground, walking trail and on-site parking for residents.

Local partners include Arthur Funk & Sons, Steckbeck Engineering & Surveying, Inc., and Architectural Concepts. The total cost of development is $14,675,030. Other committed sources of funding include Lebanon County and PENN Homes. Construction is slated to kick off in the summer of 2020.

“Families in need of affordable housing live everywhere. Not only in large cities, but in small towns and in our own communities” said Arthur Funk & Sons, Inc., President Bob Funk.  “We are proud to be a part of the HDC MidAtlantic team providing an affordable place to live that helps families to begin on a path of new opportunity, and increased confidence and self-reliance.  ‘We Build’ means more than just construction. At Arthur Funk & Sons, we build community.”

Individuals interested in renting an apartment at Beach Run Apartments should contact HDC MidAtlantic Leasing Specialist Donna Overly at 717-291-1911 x8054 or to have their names placed on an “interest list” to receive an application.

Barnes & Noble Bookfair to support HDC’s Story Time

In partnership with Mckonly & Asbury, HDC will be hosting a Bookfair with Barnes & Noble to benefit HDC’s Story Time, a reading program developed to help children living at HDC properties to build their reading skills, friendships and confidence. A portion of the proceeds from the Bookfair will be donated to HDC to purchase books and supplies for the program.

There’s two ways you can help!

1. Visit ANY Barnes & Noble on Friday, August 16 and present the Bookfair voucher at checkout or;
2. Shop Barnes & Noble online from 8/16 – 8/21 and use BookfairID 12546883 at checkout

Thank you for your help!