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Lackawanna Library - Students Build and Install New Window Boxes

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For Immediate Release:             May 22, 2013

For More Information:               Joy Testa Cinquino, Assistant Deputy Director, Development & Communications,

             testaj@buffalolib.org, 716- 858-7182

             Jennifer Johnston, Director, Lackawanna Public Library, 716-823-0630


Lackawanna Public Library & Global Concepts Charter School Partnership
Students Build and Install New Window Boxes

What:  Global Concepts Charter School Students Install Handmade Window Boxes

Where: Lackawanna Public Library, 560 Ridge Road, Lackawanna

When: Wednesday, June 5 at 5:00 p.m.

Ten students from the Global Concepts Charter School spent many afterschool hours this spring learning how to make four large window box planters which will be hung on the historic Lackawanna Public Library on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 beginning at 5:00 p.m.  Under the direction of Global Concepts Charter School teachers Danielle Huber and David Reimers, students in fifth through eighth grades voluntarily participated in the intramural “Technology and Community Involvement.” The students were taught to cut wood to size, assemble the pieces, and apply finish and will now learn how the window boxes will be hung.  They also learned about planting flowerbeds and the history of the library.

Lackawanna Public Library Director Jennifer Johnston said, “The Library is so pleased to be the benefactor of the students’ hard work.”She added, “When the library was constructed in the 1920’s, flower boxes were in place at the windows, but later taken down. I am excited to see them again. Thank you to Global Concepts Charter School for brightening up our building and restoring a piece of local history.” 

The students will make an afternoon out of the window box hanging with a tour of the library and a pizza snack. The brick colonial style building features magnificent oak woodwork throughout its interior. Located at 560 Ridge Road between Route 5 and South Park Avenue, the Lackawanna Library was built in 1922 with money donated by 19th century steel tycoon and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie - one of the last Carnegie Libraries ever constructed.


Free story times, crafts, book clubs, computer classes, games, bingo, puppet shows, movies, trivia competitions and much more are offered year-round at the Library.  The Lackawanna Public Library also offers free Internet access as well as free Wi-Fi. For more information visit www.BuffaloLib.org.