Womens Right to Vote – Rachel Kohl


Rachel Kohl

Rachel recognized the need for a community library and set out to make that vision a reality.

Born in 1924 in Lewes, Delaware, Rachel graduated from Ocean City High School and Lycoming College where she earned a Library Science degree.

In 1950, Rachel and her family moved to Concord Township with a small eight-room elementary school and no library.  A lover of books and a public school librarian, she wanted to help the children with their work as well as provide the community with access to books.  Over the years she managed to gather enough books, through fundraisers and donations, to fill a small vacant closet at the elementary school.  In 1979, the Community Township Library was open.

In 1985, Rachel applied for and received a grant that enabled the library to move to four heated trailers.  In a few short years, a federal grant, along with private donations, enabled a new building to be erected in 1989.  It was named in her honor as the Rachel Kohl Community Library, serving not only Concord Township, but also the surrounding townships of Bethel, Chadds Ford, Chester Heights, and Thornbury.

Now in its 31st year, Rachel’s library is a testament to her unwavering belief that it is possible to achieve your vision.