New sign installed at Roxborough Library on Ridge Ave.

For Bruce Siebers, branch manager of the Roxborough Library, and Jose Casalina, vice president of the Friends of the Roxborough Library, it’s been a long time coming. 

The brand new, $10,346 sign installed on the property late Wednesday afternoon symbolizes two years of determination and hard work. 

“It’s a great addition to the library,” said Siebers outside the library on Wednesday. “It shows that good things come to those who are patient.” 

Efforts to replace the old, deteriorating sign began in March 2011, when Siebers teamed up with the Friends of Roxborough Library to raise money for the beautification project. 

Multiple small-scale fundraising events were held at the library, but the bulk of the money came from two $5,000 Wells Fargo grants. 

The new sign features weather resistant paint, a message board to feature upcoming events and new lighting. 

An additional $30,000 in funding from Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. will likely go towards bike rack installations, patio furniture and a pergola at the site. The money will also cover expenses for power washing the building and landscaping efforts.

Casalina says the next fundraising event will be held on May 23 at The Foodery on Ridge Avenue from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and $10 per family.  

An official ceremony to honor the sign will be held in May.  

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