Arthur J. Lendo Donates $1,000 to Yardley Historical Association

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Arthur J. Lendo Donates $1,000 to Yardley Historical Association

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Yardley, Pennsylvania, October 17, 2008 - Dr. Arthur J. Lendo has donated $1,000 to the Yardley Historical Association, a non-profit that operates the Old Library by Lake Afton. The gift will help preserve the distinctive, 1878-era building and its collections, which include books, newspapers, photographs and other historical items.

"Dr. Lendo's generous contribution will help us to maintain the Old Library as a unique resource for the entire community, said Susan H. Taylor, president of the Yardley Historical Association. "He continues to be one of our most committed supporters."

Dr. Lendo, who is president of Peirce College in Philadelphia, grew up in Yardley and still lives in Bucks County. The library always had special meaning for him because of his Mother, Florence McEvoy Lendo, who worked there as an assistant librarian during the 1960s and 70's. Dr. Lendo's gift is made in her honor.

Until 1977, the Old Library was the town public library for Yardley and a branch of the Bucks County system. It was filled floor-to-ceiling with books, often shelved three deep. According to Taylor, it was a place where the community came to learn, congregate and feel that they were a part of the town.

The Yardley Historical Association acquired the building in 1977 when the public library was moved to a new facility in Lower Makefield Township. They restored the exterior and converted the interior into a small historical library and public gathering space. Today, the building is host to many educational programs and community activities throughout the year.

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