Bondsville Mill Park Nature Library
It was August 2019 when a visitor pointed out an exceptionally large spider to the Bondsville Mill Park’s volunteer garden crew and asked them if they knew what it was. That query planted the seed for the establishment of a Nature Library at the Park!
One goal of the Park is to provide educational opportunities on a variety of issues associated with the Park, including history, horticulture, and nature. In line with that and the enthusiasm for the idea of a Nature Library, a corner of the Spinning Room was offered for the project.
The Nature Library now has over 175 non-fiction titles for lending and over 65 titles for reference. Many of these titles are geared to younger readers. Nature, habitat, gardening, landscaping guides, as well as wildlife encyclopedias, are available for adults as well.
The Nature Library was scheduled to have its Grand Opening on April 10, 2020. Because of COVID and to keep everyone safe, the opening has been postponed. Perhaps the library will be able to open Fall, 2021. Our librarians are abiding by the example set by our partner, the Downingtown Library.
Even though the library is not open, exciting things have been happening! The library now has the use of all the space in the Spinning Room and has expanded to include books and a DVD on how a Mill like Bondsville would have operated. A loom much like those that would have been used at the mill has been donated and we hope to have re-enactors demonstrate how the loom works. We’ll be able to have programs in the building. Lots to look forward to!