After 100 years in the same building, the Downington Library is relocating to a new facility on Saturday. But organizers aren’t renting a moving van to make the trip.
Instead locals are being asked to bring “little red wagons” to the old building, load them with boxes of books, and walk them in a long line to the new library.
“If you were coming through Downingtown [on Saturday] you would see a row of wagons pulled by families, individuals, whomever wants to come out,” said Jack Hines, a member of the Rotary Club of Thorndale, who is organizing the event.
“A gentleman is going to fire off a cannon at eight o’clock to get us started. We have the Coatesville Rotary coming in to serve food and drinks and so forth. And I just got an email the other day that the Chick-fil-A cow wants to join us in the procession.”
Hines is aiming to get one hundred wagons to take part in the pull cart caravan, which will take participants on a short route through the Chester County borough.
According to Hines, the community has responded positively to the unconventional idea. “For a family to remember as they go into the future and say ‘we were part of this, we were part of a community event that moved a library’ — it’s just not something you get a chance to do very often,” he said.
The old building is going to be turned into a home. Officials say the new library will open to the public in early January.