Sewickley Public Library http://sewickleylibrary.org of the Quaker Valley School District Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:30:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Libraries of the 21st Century: Allegheny County Libraries http://sewickleylibrary.org/libraries-21st-century-allegheny-county-libraries/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/libraries-21st-century-allegheny-county-libraries/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:29:52 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3231 By Board Member Tom Szuba In 2014, after many months of studies, the 21st Century County-City Library Service Committee concluded that libraries in Allegheny County are important and highly valued.  The study was initiated by the Allegheny County Library Association (of which Sewickley Public Library is a member) and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to [...]

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By Board Member Tom Szuba
In 2014, after many months of studies, the 21st Century County-City Library Service Committee concluded that libraries in Allegheny County are important and highly valued.  The study was initiated by the Allegheny County Library Association (of which Sewickley Public Library is a member) and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to address important shifts in library services in the face of decreasing funding.

The county report identified these common attributes for the 45 libraries across Allegheny County:

  • Public Libraries are important and highly valued.
  • Shifts in technology, user behavior, and educational priorities are changing the work of libraries.
  • Not all Allegheny County libraries meet state standards for library service.
  • Funding for county-wide services provided centrally, such as shipping and technology, are not keeping up with costs.
  • Increased demands on local government and municipal budgets impact local funding for libraries.
  • Some municipalities provide no direct support for library service.

To address the issue of equitable access to library services for all residents of Allegheny County, the panel made a several recommendations:

  • Establish baseline standards  for library service in Allegheny County.
  • Combine the county-wide services of the Allegheny County Library Association, District Services, and the eiNetwork into one integrated entity.
  • Identify and secure new and equitable funding sources for all library service in Allegheny County.

The Sewickley Public Library Board of Directors is also considering what a library of the 21st Century looks like.  We agree that the Sewickley Public Library is important to, and highly valued by, our community—including patrons from Sewickley, throughout the Quaker Valley School District, and other communities in the vicinity.  We strive to provide state-of-the-art services while working within our existing budget.  As we move into 2015, however, it is our hope to increase fundraising so that we can continue to be a treasure to our community while becoming a shining example of a 21st Century Library.  Please join us in these efforts.

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The Partnership between the Library and the QVSD http://sewickleylibrary.org/partnership-library-qvsd/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/partnership-library-qvsd/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 22:21:56 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3134 By Board Member, Sarah Heres Our community has always enjoyed a unique relationship between the local library and the school district. The Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District evolved forty-three years after our beautiful library building was dedicated. In 1923, Mr. William L. Clause donated, in memory of his wife Elizabeth Ann, [...]

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spl1999By Board Member, Sarah Heres

Our community has always enjoyed a unique relationship between the local library and the school district. The Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District evolved forty-three years after our beautiful library building was dedicated. In 1923, Mr. William L. Clause donated, in memory of his wife Elizabeth Ann, the original library to serve the people of the entire valley. “In presenting this library, it is my desire that it should be the property of the entire valley, yet under the existing conditions, there is no way this can be done, as there is no way the matter can be handled except to deed it to the School District of the borough of Sewickley. Of course if the boroughs ever become consolidated, or it the school districts are ever consolidated, that would solve this problem,” stated Mr. Clause. His generous gift provided the original building at 500 Thorn Street. Prior to Mr. Clause’s gift the library used a variety of rented spaces in the Sewickley
borough.

For many years local financial support for the library came from the Sewickley, Edgeworth and Osborne boroughs. In 1956, a new regional school
district, the Quaker Valley School District, was established to serve the educational needs of students from eleven local boroughs. Ten years later, the new school district became the single taxing body which Mr. Clause had desired to provide local funding to the library. The school district provides close to 50% of the income revenue for SPL and three members from the QVSD school board serve on the library board.

The relationship between the school district and the library goes beyond the financial tax structure as both entities share a mission to support lifelong learners. Numerous library programs provide continuing education opportunities to our adult community. At the student level, collaboration between school librarians and their counterparts at Sewickley Public Library bring many programs to our community such as Battle of the Books, Summer Reading Programs, and hosting guest speakers.

The Sewickley Public Library is one of only two in Pennsylvania that receives its local funding from the school district instead of local municipalities. We are certain that the school district and Sewickley Public Library will continue to work cooperatively on behalf of our lifelong learners throughout the Quaker Valley area.

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Cookie Swap on Monday, December 8 at 6PM http://sewickleylibrary.org/cookie-swap-monday-december-8-6pm/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/cookie-swap-monday-december-8-6pm/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:28:25 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3052 Do you love to bake but hate making a batch for just yourself? Bring two dozen homemade cookies and the recipe and we’ll have a cookie swap!  Christmas Music, holiday punch, and friendly company will be on hand. Please Register and bring a copy of the recipe. Click Here to Register

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Do you love to bake but hate making a batch for just yourself? Bring two dozen homemade cookies and the recipe and we’ll have a cookie swap!  Christmas Music, holiday punch, and friendly company will be on hand.

Please Register and bring a copy of the recipe.

Click Here to Register

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Great Stories Start Here and Our New Logo by Board Member Larry Castner http://sewickleylibrary.org/great-stories-start-new-logo-board-member-larry-castner/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/great-stories-start-new-logo-board-member-larry-castner/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:36:26 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=2964 Great Stories Start Here and Our New Logo by Board Member Larry Castner Making information available and accessible is one of the central roles of a great library.  There is no doubt that Sewickley Public Library is a great library.  Library Journal, the premier library magazine for librarians, rated Sewickley Public Library (SPL) as one [...]

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Great Stories Start Here and Our New Logo
by Board Member Larry Castner

Making information available and accessible is one of the central roles of a great library.  There is no doubt that Sewickley Public Library is a great library.  Library Journal, the premier library magazine for librarians, rated Sewickley Public Library (SPL) as one of the best in the region, in the state and in the country.  Our patrons, both by their support and use of the library, made this recognition possible.

The library Board of Directors, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the Expansion and Renovation Project of 1999, thought it was time to evaluate and remake the library image.  First we redesigned the library logo. It’s an updated and refreshed version of the logo that we began using 15 years ago.  The logo features the beautiful architecture of our building with the doors, open to welcome visitors, represented by a book.

Second, we developed a new tagline that you will see on all of our publications and website:  “Great stories start here”.  To kick-off our library story-telling theme, look for a story about the Library from a member of the Board or staff each month in our newsletter. There are also many great stories about the Library that live with our patrons, so we would love to publish your stories as well.  What great story do you have about the Library?  What great book did you check out from the Library that resonated with you?  What program did you attend here that you enjoyed?  How did a librarian help you? What connection did you make with help from the Library that made a difference? You can share your story on line Here or at the Great Stories Wall in the Library.  Help us tell our story by telling us your favorite library story.

We are still committed to keeping everyone informed about the Library’s new programs, books, media and technology.  Library events and articles will still be available on the website, in our newsletter and more.  We want to continue to build upon our already strong relationships between the Library and its supporters.

 

We’re listening … what’s your story?

 

Tell us, here.

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Sewickley Herald Digitization Debut http://sewickleylibrary.org/sewickley-herald-digitization-debut/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/sewickley-herald-digitization-debut/#comments Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:28:04 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=2950 Sunday, November 23, 2014 @  5:00 PM Join us for a celebration of our newly digitized Sewickley Herald. The Herald has been in publication since 1903 and 111 years later, the Sewickley Public Library is now the proud online host of this community resource. It will be fully searchable and accessible online through our website. [...]

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Sunday, November 23, 2014 @  5:00 PMfirstedition

Join us for a celebration of our newly digitized Sewickley Herald. The Herald has been in publication since 1903 and 111 years later, the Sewickley Public Library is now the proud online host of this community resource. It will be fully searchable and accessible online through our website. Join us for a reception and presentation of this resource and as we celebrate our 15th Year Anniversary in the “new” building.

Please click here to Register.

 

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Pie Pastry 101 with Jeff Lemley http://sewickleylibrary.org/pie-pastry-101-jeff-lemley/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/pie-pastry-101-jeff-lemley/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:04:17 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=2941 Sunday, November 2 @ 1:30PM Are you panicked by pie pastry? We’ve cooked up a class for those of you who have always avoided volunteering to make the pies at Thanksgiving. Jeff Lemley will lead this class that will build your confidence about making your own pie pastry from scratch. Bring a stainless steel bowl [...]

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Are you panicked by pie pastry? We’ve cooked up a class for those of you who have always avoided volunteering to make the pies at Thanksgiving. Jeff Lemley will lead this class that will build your confidence about making your own pie pastry from scratch. Bring a stainless steel bowl to transport home your own tasty dough sample! There is a $20 fee for this class  ($10 for materials, $10 donation to the library.) Ages 7 and up (Ages 7-11, must have Adult present.)

Please Register by clicking here. There are a limited number of spots available.

 

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Ghost Talk & Walk with Pittsburgh Paranormal Research http://sewickleylibrary.org/ghost-talk-walk-pittsburgh-paranormal-research/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/ghost-talk-walk-pittsburgh-paranormal-research/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:33:51 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=2932 Friday, October 24 at 7:00 PM Ghost Talk & Walk with Pittsburgh Paranormal Research Join us for a spooky evening with Scott Delledonne and Jeff Gettman of Pittsburgh Paranormal Research (P.P.R.) Participants will learn about some of the theories behind paranormal activity, learn about the monitoring equipment, and ask questions about their own experiences with [...]

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Friday, October 24 at 7:00 PM
Ghost Talk & Walk with Pittsburgh Paranormal Research

Join us for a spooky evening with Scott Delledonne and Jeff Gettman of Pittsburgh Paranormal Research (P.P.R.) Participants will learn about some of the theories behind paranormal activity, learn about the monitoring equipment, and ask questions about their own experiences with the paranormal. After the presentation, Scott and Jeff will take us on a short ghost walk around the village. This program will take place in the middle of the Reference Area. Light refreshments will be provided. Ages 14 and Up. Library Doors will open at 6:45 and stay open until 7:10PM.

Click here to Register.

 

Visit P.P.R.’s Website at http://pittsburghparanormalresearch.com/

Founded in February 2010 by Scott Delledonne and Jeff Gettman. We are a group of paranormal investigators located in the Pittsburgh area. PPR is a non-profit organization dedicated to the scientific investigation of ghosts, classic hauntings, poltergeists and other paranormal phenomena. We also provide education and assistance to people who have encountered a spirit, ghost or other unexplained phenomenon.siteimage03

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MatchBook – Books that light your fire http://sewickleylibrary.org/matchbook-books-light-fire/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/matchbook-books-light-fire/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:29:12 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=2638 Have you ever needed help finding a good book? MatchBook is here to help with that! The Librarians at Sewickley Public Library have created this easy-to-use online form that you can use to get great reading recommendations. Librarians have been the go-to resource for finding reading material for ages. Now you can get help with [...]

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Have you ever needed help finding a good book? MatchBook is here to help with that! The Librarians at Sewickley Public Library have created this easy-to-use online form that you can use to get great reading recommendations. Librarians have been the go-to resource for finding reading material for ages. Now you can get help with your book list from the comfort of your own home and even on your smartphone.

Teen Librarian, Emily Fear, had this to say about why we need this new service:

“We want to translate traditional readers’ advisory into a service both useful and necessary in the age of social media. Finding a new book to read shouldn’t be hard, but between the constant influx of new titles and the various, abundant review sources, it can be difficult to know where to find a worthy recommendation. A lot of review sources make general or generic reading suggestions, but our librarians are trained to make book recommendations based on each patron’s preferences.”

Every time a form is filled out, one of our thirteen librarians will receive a notification. They will make 3 to 5 advised recommendations based on the information that the patron entered. Users should expect a response within one week and even have the option of having the books ordered and held for them to check out. The service is available for all ages and can be accessed at www.sewickleylibrary.org/matchbook

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New Job and Career Resources at the Sewickley Public Library http://sewickleylibrary.org/new-job-career-resources-sewickley-public-library/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/new-job-career-resources-sewickley-public-library/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:07:22 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=2569 The Sewickley Public Library is excited to announce the launch of a new Job and Career Resources website.  The launch of the new resource page also coincides with the addition of Cypress Resume, an online resume building tool available to Western Pennsylvania jobseekers and Sewickley Library users. The Sewickley Public Library Adult Reference Department, headed [...]

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The Sewickley Public Library is excited to announce the launch of a new Job and Career Resources website.  The launch of the new resource page also coincides with the addition of Cypress Resume, an online resume building tool available to Western Pennsylvania jobseekers and Sewickley Library users.

The Sewickley Public Library Adult Reference Department, headed by Assistant Director Lynne Schneider, has experienced a steady demand for these types of resources by job seekers, those both new to the workforce and recently unemployed.

Sewickley’s new Job and Career page can be found at: http://sewickleylibrary.org/jobs/ . The resource page features information about: Recent Job Postings, Resume and Cover Letter Writing, Career Research, Test Preparation, Education, Interview Skills, and Networking.  Resources include links to print and audio visual materials in the library, vetted free online resources, and library provided resources.  Library provided resources include: Cypress Resume, Testing and Education Reference Center, and Tutor.com.

Cypress Resume is a new online tool that helps patrons effortlessly create a professional resume in just a few minutes.  Its easy-to-use format save time that would be spent formatting a resume. Simply plug in basic information (as little or as much as you’d like), and Cypress Resume creates a perfectly formatted document to help give patrons with few computer skills an advantage.  The resource can be accessed at the Library or at home using a Sewickley Library card.

Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) features a resume builder and Virtual Career Library.  TERC includes test prep resources for high school, college, grad school, and career oriented testing.  Practice tests include: GRE, SAT, ACT, LSAT, MCAT, Nursing, Civil Service, and many more.

Tutor.com still offers 1 on 1 homework help but this resource now offers the Skills Center Resource Library that features: study, test prep, and career resources.  Tutor.com also features a 24 Hour Resume Drop Off, where users can upload a resume and receive detailed feedback from a qualified reviewer within 24 hours.

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Free Electronics Recycling with Commonwealth Computer Recycling http://sewickleylibrary.org/free-electronics-recycling-commonwealth-computer-recycling/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/free-electronics-recycling-commonwealth-computer-recycling/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 18:12:51 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=2447 Securely recycle your old computers next Saturday, July 12th.  Commonwealth Computer Recycling will be providing on-site hard drive destruction and recycling services next Saturday from 10am – 1pm at the Sewickley Public Library. The following computer components will be accepted for FREE at this event: Desktop, laptops, tablets, servers, hard drives (on-site data destruction will be offered for [...]

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ccrrSecurely recycle your old computers next Saturday, July 12th.  Commonwealth Computer Recycling will be providing on-site hard drive destruction and recycling services next Saturday from 10am – 1pm at the Sewickley Public Library.

The following computer components will be accepted for FREE at this event:

  • Desktop, laptops, tablets, servers, hard drives (on-site data destruction will be offered for $10 per hard drive)
  • LCD monitors
  • Cell phones, Ipods, MP3 players, etc
  • Computer Peripherals include keyboards, mice, printers (< 50lbs), power supplies, motherboards / circuit Boards, cables, UPS batteries & backup systems, power supplies, memory, hard drives, computer fans, routers, switches, wireless routers, access points, bridges, firewalls, cabling, modems, KVM switches
  • Phones, phone systems
  • AC Adapter & wiring

The following items will be accepted for a $10 DISPOSAL FEE:

  • CRT monitors
  • Audio/video equipment
    • Radio, receivers, amplifiers, tuners, equalizers, tape decks
    • VCR, DVD & Blue Ray Players
  • Wooden speakers
  • Consumer/household goods
    • Sweepers, hair dryers, toasters, blenders, coffee makers, microwaves and other consumer electronics

The following items will NOT BE ACCEPTED:

  • Televisions
  • Universal Waste
    • Alkaline batteries
    • Light bulbs
  • Freon containing appliances
    • Air conditioners
    • Dehumidifiers
    • Refrigerators

Sewickley Public Library  is located at 500 Thorn St in Sewickley.  CCR is Department of Environmental Protection permitted and an R2 certified Responsible Recycler.

Portion of proceeds benefit The Sewickley Public Library.

Commonwealth Computer Recycling LLC
1628 Roseytown Road Unit 8
Greensburg, PA 15601
http://www.ccrcyber.com 

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