Pelham Library to Gain a Pergola

May 9, 2014

by Len Lathrop

As part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Mary Hammar hopes to add a pergola to the Pelham Public Library. Mary recently hosted a spaghetti supper Friday, April 25, at the St. Patrick’s Church Parish Center to raise money for her unusual but inviting project.

Hammar plans to construct a pergola, a type of arbor, over the patio at the Pelham Public Library.  It will transform the under-used patio space at the library into a peaceful, welcoming environment that patrons can enjoy.  This addition will turn the space into a great place to relax, read, or study, as well as an ideal venue for library programs.  A pergola is an archway in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with climbing or trailing plants.  It has its origin in the mid-17th century from Italian, from Latin pergula, ‘projecting roof,’ and from pergere, ‘come or go forward.’

By completing this transformation at the library, Mary hopes to encourage the community to spend more time outside enjoying all that nature has to offer.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting.  In order to earn this award, girls must design and implement a project that targets an issue in their community.  The project must take a minimum of 80 hours to complete, be linked to a national or global problem, and be sustainable.

Mary is a member of Troop 10547 where Scouts from both Pelham and Hudson work together.  Hammar, a Pelham High School senior, will attend the University of New Hampshire in the fall to study dietetics.

This pergola will cover a patio that was constructed by Jake Wormald as his Eagle project as a member of Troop 25 and Crew 610 in 2011, but has been somewhat underutilized because of the bright sun.  Helping Hammar with her project is local builder Pete Ripaldi; a prior pergola he built is pictured.  The project has a rough cost for materials of $800.  Mary has been fundraising and wished to thank Hannaford, Sam’s Club and St. Patrick Church for their help with the supper.