The Cooper-Siegel Community Library opened on April 30, 2011. This Federalist style library boasts the latest technology, a carefully curated collection and large well-lit reading areas. The library serves the Fox Chapel Area School District municipalities of Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, Indiana, O’Hara and Sharpsburg as well as any Allegheny County or City of Pittsburgh resident.
Our Fox Chapel Garden Club was honored to support the funding of this library and to support Earth Day Take Home Kits for children.
This garden at the Cooper-Siegel Community Library was planted in 2011 by Jim Mitnick to honor his wife, Fritz. Fritz is an Active Member in our Club and has served as our president. This garden includes Fritz’s favorite small trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials with an eye towards seasonal interest. We have planted the native plant, Asclepias (Milkweed), to attract the Monarch butterfly. Maps with plant identification are available to library patrons. The garden has seating to provide visitors a place to read, chat or snack and is used for library programs. In 2012, the garden received the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society’s Community Greening Award.
Fox Chapel Garden Club provides funding for plantings and hardscape, and many members help with general maintenance.
Our Club funded an outside art installation by Stephanie Flom at the Sharpsburg branch of Cooper-Siegel Community Library. This installation chronicles the Mayfly’s return to our rivers. We also gifted toward signage and environmental education at the library.