from an article by Mark Hand, Patch Staff
Two members of the Friends of Kings Park Library — Judy Nitsche and MSDC's Treasurer, John Weidner — were named Braddock District Citizens of the Month after another successful fall book sale.
After more than 10 years of serving as Chair (Judy) and Co-chair (John) of the Friends of Kings Park Library’s book sale, both are stepping down. Under their leadership, gross sales from each of the twice-a year book sales consistently exceeded $10,000. The funds help pay for the Kings Park Library’s summer reading program, preschool/youth/teen and adult programs, furniture and computers, 3D printer, magazine subscriptions, book collection, and other important services provided by the library.
The Kings Park Library book sale is held in both the spring and fall. "Thanks to Judy, John, and the many volunteers, the Kings Park Library is widely recognized as having one of the best — and best organized — book sales in the area," the Braddock Beacon, Supervisor James Walkinshaw’s monthly newsletter, reported in its December issue. “We thank Judy and John for their dedication to the community and hard work to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Kings Park Library,” Walkinshaw’s office said.
The Kings Park Library Friends group, an independent organization, has supported the library since 1976. It works in partnership with library staff to improve resources and services at the library. As treasurer of the Friends of Kings Park Library, Nitsche focused on the administrative and financial functions of the book sale, while Weidner was in charge of the operational side.
The two volunteers will continue to serve as members of the Friends of Kings Park Library as they step away from the hard work of running the book sales.