Paoli Hospital Library: Coolest Stop on Go WilMa Tour
The medical library offers an air-conditioned environment for young readers.
The Go WilMa program, a collaboration between Willistown and Malvern, offers young readers a chance to explore local parks as they do their summer reading—but what's to be done about those scorching-hot days when trekking through a park seems unwise?
Those would be the occasions to visit the program's one indoor stop—the Paoli Hospital medical library. Go WilMa organizers gathered there Tuesday morning to showcase the new program and speak of its successes.
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Hospital librarian Ellen Sanford said around 50 children had already visited the library through Go WilMa.
As Sanford spoke, one young reader, Maggie Elder, used a crayon to make a rubbing of a plate in the library. Go WilMa participants make the rubbings in a "captain's log" to show their progress. Maggie and her sister, Tess, both of whom attend Saints Simon and Jude School in Westtown, also checked their heartbeat and enjoyed other health-related activities set up in the library.
Sanford said the program dovetails nicely with the hospital's goal of raising the library's profile. The medical library is open to the public, and offers access to reliable medical information and journals.
Rosalie Dietz, librarian at Malvern Library, and Beverly Michaels, librarian at Paoli Library, both said that the Go WilMa boosted their summer reading program enrollment. Each had given out hundreds of the "captains logs," even signing up young readers from other libraries, like Exton and Tredyffrin, who traveled to participate.
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Lou Elder, Tess and Maggie's mother, related one such story, about encountering a young deer when they visited Sugartown Strawberries. The fawn, caught between she and her girls, another family and a fence, wasn't sure which direction to go.
"It was the cutest thing, because he would be running, then he would turn around. He couldn't have been more than a week old. His mom must have been in the woods," Elder said.
She and her daughters paused bit, and the animal eventually founds its way out into the woods, she said.
The parks involved in the program are open from dawn to dusk, but the Paoli Hospital medical library has shorter hours. It is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.