Wayne County Public Library Honesdale


1406 North Main Street

Tracy displaying the library's recycled "book art".

Honesdale PA, 18431


Contact: Tracy Schwarz

Member Level: 32 Actions: 2 Required Action Needed for Bronze

Participant Since: 2012

No. of Employees: 8

Built in 1869, this building, formerly the William Howell Foster house, is in some ways an “architectural marvel” with a basement of arched stone pillars constructed by some of the most skilled craftmen in the area. It is a goal for those at the Library to make it energy efficient while also keeping much of the historic character intact. They have definitely risen up to the challenge. They are in the process of looking into retrofitting their lighting, windows, and HVAC system.  They have installed paper towel dispcnsers in restrooms to cut down on waste.

What they don’t have the capacity to do in terms of the building, they make up for in behavior and staff awareness. All electronics are turned off each night. They are always there to lend a helping hand with double sided printing if a patron does not know how to use the copy machine.

Paper is their largest waste being a library, but they manage that by recycling paper and books that cannot be put to use anymore. They also have a “borrowing closet” in which patrons can borrow paperback books for a period of time or drop off ones they do not need. Another great service they have is the “Magazine Drop-Off” in which you can drop off outdated magazines for others to read.

This is what Tracy Schwartz, Assistant Director of the Library, had to say:

Motivation for participating in the program: “It is something that is always in the back of our minds, and as a center of education, shouldn’t we lead the way with this?”

Largest challenge of being sustainable in the workplace: “It’s always a matter of time, money, and getting everything you need in order.”