Library recipient of memorial donation
December 17, 2013 10:45 AM

Kate Abner, director of the Burrell Township Library, in Black Lick, has announced the receipt of the seventh annual holiday donation of books in memory of William N. and Mary Lou (Bernini) Olson.

For the children of the community, this year’s books include the John Deere children’s series on tractors and farms, including “Johnny Tractor Saves the Parade,” “Barney Backhoe’s Big Idea,” and “Danny Dozer’s Perfect Christmas Tree.”

Also included is Susan Jeffer’s “The Nutcracker” and recent releases from the Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney and the Olivia series of books about a precocious piglet, updating these library collections that had previously been donated in the memory of the Olsons.

For adult readers, the donation includes a selection of books in memory of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy: “Profiles in Courage,” written by Kennedy; Life Magazine’s “The Day Kennedy Died,” which features many of the historic photos from this time; and James Johnson’s “End of Days, The Assassination of John F. Kennedy.” Mitch Albom’s latest book, “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” and the New York Times best-seller, “I Am Malala,” by Malala Yousafzai, are also in this year’s donation.

Bill and Vish, as they were known, were lifetime residents of Black Lick. Both were highly involved in the community throughout their lives.

Mr. Olson served as Burrell Township postmaster for 31 years and as regional director and district vice president of the National Association of Postmasters.

He also served as a supervisor for Burrell Township and as president and secretary of the Black Lick Fire Department.

Mrs. Olson served as a postal clerk and acting postmaster for 21 years, was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Black Lick Fire Department and was a member of the Burrell Township Park Board.

With her niece, Betty Lou Bernini Spiardi, she was also the owner of “The Sugar Bowl,” a popular confectionary in the town.

They also hosted the annual and highly popular Black Lick-Josephine reunion for many years, drawing former residents from out of state, together with current residents in a day-long celebration of the history and contributions of these neighboring communities.

The books have been donated by Rod Olson, of New York City, in memory of his parents.

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