Welcome Aboard to Kiner’s Korner!
Kiner’s Korner is a testimony to Bob and Thelma Kiner. As founding members and visionaries of the library, the Kiners strongly believed that a community library was essential; for over 20 years, they volunteered their time on Tuesday evenings, making children feel welcome and valued when visiting the library. Mr. Kiner was also a railroad enthusiast and a retired railroad employee.
After Mr. Kiner’s death in September 2010, the library wanted to utilize monies donated in his memory in a way that would incorporate Enola’s rich heritage while inspiring and entertaining young patrons. The library decided to honor the Kiners by renaming the children’s room and installing an elevated O-gauge train along with other enhancements. To fully realize this project, the library partnered with the township and community supporters, as well as businesses and manufacturers that could assist with obtaining the model railway system and all that it entails. This is truly a partnership.
This project would not have been possible without the support of many. Thank you to the Kiners – who are an inspiration to all; Bachmann Williams for supplying the train (from engine to caboose) and track; Woody of Woody’s Train Shop, who kept the inspiration alive; John Pietropaoli and East Pennsboro Township, especially Ron Scrignoli, Keith Laverty and Mike Myers, who created and installed the custom platform and bridges reflecting the community. Also thanks to Friends of East Pennsboro Library for hosting this event and Fredricksen Library for their support.
As this project continues to evolve, we encourage suggestions, donations and ideas that will help showcase Enola’s rich railroading history, inspire and attract young (and old) patrons, and expand upon the vision that made East Pennsboro Branch Library a community gathering center.
Page Updated March 26, 2013