Englert Remembered as Library Champion

The Ford City Library has been celebrating the birthday and life of the late John Englert all this week.

Last Sunday was an important day to Ford City Library supporters.

December 3 was the birthday of John F. Englert, who was instrumental in the library’s development, according to Library Director Anita Bowser.

“I am told that Mr. Englert never served on the library’s board,” Bowser said. “But, he certainly played a critical role in establishing our current
library.”

The library building, erected in the mid-1970s, was funded by a community donor-drive, which raised $185,000. The campaign to build a new library was led by local historian and writer John Englert.

Englert, who died in 2005, was an educator, a Navy veteran and a public servant. He wrote “Ford City Centennial: 1887 to 1987” and other local history books and articles. The library’s digital collection, including several oral histories, is named for him.

“Each year, in early December, we try to honor Mr. Englert for his contributions to our library and our community,” Bowser said. “This year, because we were closed on his birthday, we observed the event all week long.”

The library also forgave fines, excusing overdue fees on all materials returned through December 9. Patrons owing fines on materials returned before Dec. 3 may have fines forgiven upon request.

Englert’s books will be on display in the Local Interest Center and library staff is available to give tours of the facility upon request.

For information on any events at the library, call 724-763-3591. It is located at 1136 Fourth Avenue in Ford City.