Valdese Old Rock School little free library/pantry

The replica of the Old Rock School holds books and non-perishable food items.

The Valdese Main Street Program recently introduced a community resource meant to nurture people’s bodies and minds at the same time.

The program, which began in 2014, develops special projects to invigorate the downtown district for citizens and visitors to enjoy. David Wronko, a design committee member, cabinet designer and builder, debuted his new installation of a combination lending library and food pantry for the Old Rock School front lawn on June 25 for the public to enjoy.

The popular concept of lending libraries and small food pantries located at civic facilities is not a new idea, but a successful one for numerous communities. Morrissa Angi, Valdese Main Street director, approached Wronko and asked to him to use his creativity to design a version specific to the Old Rock School. Wronko took the location as his inspiration and designed what he refers to as “a scrambled Old Rock School.”

“David has been with the program since its inception in 2014,” Angi said. “He is always willing to offer his expertise for any project we are considering. The Old Rock School serves as the hub for community events in Valdese, between public rentals and town - sponsored events, (so) the new lending library and food pantry will see a great deal of traffic.”

The public is invited to stock the little Old Rock School with canned goods and gently-used books as often as they like. For those in need, town officials encourage them to visit and take what will benefit them. The Valdese Main Street Program committee members will keep the installation stocked for the community.

“I am blown away with how special this piece is,” Angi said. “David went above and beyond with the craftsmanship and unique design of this piece. It is truly Valdese, and I cannot thank him enough for all his hard work.”

The Valdese Main Street Program meets the first Thursday of the month at the Old Rock School. Citizens interested in joining the program can contact the director at or 828-879-2129. For more information about special projects and events in Valdese, visit www.

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