Sewickley Public Library http://sewickleylibrary.org of the Quaker Valley School District Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:16:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mrs. Crawford Announces Her Retirement! http://sewickleylibrary.org/mrs-crawford-announces-her-retirement/ Fri, 26 Aug 2016 19:16:25 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=4271 Rita Crawford, Sewickley Public Library’s Head of Children’s Services, announced her retirement early this summer to be effective this fall.  She has been on staff since April 1, 1985. It’s hard to imagine what the library, especially the Children’s Department,

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Rita Crawford, Sewickley Public Library’s Head of Children’s Services, announced her retirement early this summer to be effective this fall.  She has been on staff since April 1, 1985. It’s hard to imagine what the library, especially the Children’s Department, will be like without Rita.  She has been at the helm of the department touching the lives of children for many of those years.

Rita’s Empire, as the Children’s Department was affectionately called during the 1998-1999 major construction and renovation project, was skillfully planned, designed and utilized by Rita and her

staff for the sole purpose of creating memorable library experiences for children.  And what memories they have … from a one-of-a-kind Story Time Room to fun programs to a comprehensive collection of books and materials in a variety of formats – all due to Rita’s vision and leadership.  But most important to Rita are the children and her influence on them regarding the importance of reading and the appreciation of the library.

Rita is particularly proud of hosting 22 years of Battle of the Books.  The Battle started with four 4th grade teams (about 20 children) and has grown to an average of 50 teams, which now also includes 5th graders.   Recently she has found working with challenged children from many organizations including the Watson Institute and Quaker Valley very fulfilling.

Memories for a job well-done include the little surprises of gifts of gratitude from the children and their caregivers.  Most recently the children from a YMCA camp gave her homemade cookies and dubbed her a Community Hero.  Other gifts of gratitude include a slate owl made from children’s thumbprints, plate with drawings of book characters and many hand designed cards and coloring pages.

The magazine, Sewickley Living, has also published an excellent article about Rita.  If you do not receive the magazine at your home, please stop by the library to peruse the magazine and learn more about the intrepid head of our Children’s Department, Rita Crawford.

The Library Board has declared September to be Rita Crawford month at the Library in order to give everyone an opportunity to thank our long time Children’s Librarian on the occasion of her retirement after 31 years.  We invite you to submit stories about Rita and her impact on the community.  Please join us for a reception honoring Rita in the Children’s Department on Tuesday, September 20 from 4:00 to 8PM. Everyone is welcome and your presence will make Rita’s day even more special.  I hope you will also take this opportunity to help us recognize how special Rita has been through a donation to the Library in September.  We cannot think of a better

Public Reception in the Children’s Department for Mrs. Crawford is Tuesday, September 20 from 4PM to 8PM. We hope to see you there!

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FIFTEEN DAYS OF PIE and the Pi Day Pie Baking Contest! http://sewickleylibrary.org/pi-day-pie-baking-contest/ Mon, 29 Feb 2016 19:33:32 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=4080 Come to the library bearing gifts of PIE! March 14th is Pi Day (3.14) and in celebration of this mathematical day, we will be holding a Pie Baking Contest. This is our 6th Annual contest! Bring in a pie that

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pidayatsplCome to the library bearing gifts of PIE! March 14th is Pi Day (3.14) and in celebration of this mathematical day, we will be holding a Pie Baking Contest. This is our 6th Annual contest! Bring in a pie that you’ve made and we’ll have an “expert” panel of guest judges pick the best one. Apple, blueberry, or bacon; all pie varieties are welcome! The winner will get bragging rights and a special pi(e) prize. This contest is open to All Ages. Please Register if you want to bake a pie as there are a limited number of spots available! Audience members can purchase slices of pie for $2 each. Prizes sponsored by 3RPrep, the local experts on Pi and all test preparation matters.

Click Here to Register.

Having some culinary adventures while making your pie?? Share them with #pidayatspl

3/13/16: Day #14: Cherry Pie

3/12/16: Day #13: Pineapple Pie

3/11/16: Day #12: Fresh Key Lime Pie…YUM!

3/10/16: Day #11: Minecraft Pumpkin Pie!

3/9/16: Day #10 : Math Bites, All about Pie

3/8/16: Day #9: Minny’s Chocolate Pie from the Help (Minus the secret ingredient, thankfully)

3/7/16: Day #8: Make an Old Fashioned Buttermilk Chess Pie

3/6/16: Day #7: Cake vs. Pie, which is better?

3/5/16: Day #6: PIE FIGHT!

3/4/16: Day #5: Pie Charts about Pie, Using Pie

3/3/16: Day #4: Learn how to make a Classic Peach Pie!

3/2/16: Day #3: Make a Cherpumple! Monster cake with pies as a filling.

3/1/16: Day #2: Learn how to Blind Bake a Pie Crust. Great for no-bake pies!

2/29/16: Day #1: Learn how to make a tender and flaky crust using vodka!

Stop back tomorrow to see the next day in the Fifteen Days of Pie for #pidayatspl

 

 

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New Kid at the Library with the Same Old Story http://sewickleylibrary.org/new-kid-at-the-library-with-the-same-old-story/ Wed, 14 Oct 2015 19:54:32 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3877 By Board Member Patty Jones I am the middle child of five kids born into a family with 80 first cousins. To put that into a visual perspective, we always had nametags and color coordinated shirts at the family reunion.

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pattyjonesBy Board Member Patty Jones
I am the middle child of five kids born into a family with 80 first cousins. To put that into a visual perspective, we always had nametags and color coordinated shirts at the family reunion. For an introvert, like myself, these familial gatherings presented a challenge. That is when the local library came to play a leading role in my childhood. My grandparents lived across the street from the Cresson Library, and I was free to visit the yellow-bricked building with its entrance ramp several times a day. Here I found a refuge from blue shirts and crooked nametags. And it was at the library that I found my conversation starters and storytelling notes for the family dinners.
To me, Libraries have always been public spaces filled with private places. I have sought them out in each of the places that I have lived. My husband and I have moved multiple times with our four children and a majority of the time we were within walking distance to the local library. What a treat it is to discover a gem like the Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District right in the heart of the shops and schools. It is a distinctive and well-appointed public building with the doors open-wide to receive all manner of folks. A gracious lobby and the circulation desk at the front greet you with signs of what is hidden inside. Once you pass through the doors, you are free to find your own private place between the book stacks, at a table, among the magazines, or down a side aisle. Conversation salons and story telling are encouraged within the building or within the confines of your own home.
At the family reunion, I was at once connected to everyone and yet on my own voyage of discovery. Just as today, all are welcome to the Sewickley Public Library, yet each take their own journey through a computer link or an open book.
Enjoy and support it, Patty Jones

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Proposed Changes to the Facility http://sewickleylibrary.org/proposed-changes-to-the-facility/ Wed, 12 Aug 2015 19:37:28 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3772 By Board Member Gianni Floro “The long and historic relationship between the Sewickley Public Library and the Quaker Valley School District and its predecessors is a unique and important partnership in an emerging information-based society, the concept of a seamless

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By Board Member Gianni FloroGianni Floro, Board Member

“The long and historic relationship between the Sewickley Public Library and the Quaker Valley School District and its predecessors is a unique and important partnership in an emerging information-based society, the concept of a seamless learning community will grow ever more important. Life-long learning is a critical factor in community growth and development. It is a way to affect the quality of life for the young, the elderly and those in mid-life. By collaboratively using the resources of the Quaker Valley School District and the Sewickley Public Library, those resources will grow in a dynamic way and will have a significant and positive impact on the quality of life of all Quaker Valley residents.”

Preamble Support and Cooperation Agreement Sewickley Public Library – Quaker Valley School District May 11, 1998

In an effort to continue to develop and expand our community’s unique resource, the library received an addition and interior renovations, greatly expanding the core building constructed in 1923. Since then, the use of the library has grown and changed in ways that could not have been foreseen. Major growth has been seen in the use of the teen room, tutoring areas, and small meeting rooms, i.e., collaborative space. Core operations, such as cataloging and routing have been slowly spread throughout the building due to changes in technology and practices. Storage and filing needs have also become apparent, as staff struggles to deal with space constraints. The Friends of the Sewickley Public Library, whose volunteerism is critical to the continued success of the library’s mission, has also become an integral part of library operations.

teen area at sewickley public libraryIn order to address today’s needs and future considerations, the Board of Trustees has developed a Master Plan in association with Landau Construction and Pfaffman Architects. The plan was developed based the recommendations of the facilities committee, which included input from the public, workshop sessions with local architects and consultants who donated their time and insight to identify trends and developments in learning and education. Those stakeholders ultimately recommended reconfiguring the existing spaces within the existing walls to gain better space utilization, concluding it is the most cost effective way to address the immediate and future needs of the library.

In drafting this article, I reached out to my classmates, and one in particular said it best: “The library was a safe place for me to go after school, it was a place to focus on my studies and explore the world through books and magazines.”

Things have not changed so drastically since 1990 when we graduated from High School. I recall as a teen, meeting at the library, focusing on my studies and exploring the world through the library’s robust collection. Today we are blessed with teens increasing their utilization of the library. Through changes in their program of studies at our local schools, and with the move toward increasing collaborative studies, our aim to address these needs by relocating and expanding the teen area was paramount to our considerations. By reconfiguring and enhancing present spaces the plan calls for a significant increase in meeting space.

This reconfiguration also accounts for centralizing core operations. By centralizing those operations, and streamlining processes, we will be able to achieve greater gains in space for the Community Room and Friends of the Sewickley Public Library. The Children’s department is also planned to receive a new Craft Area and Story Room. These planned changes, within the existing building footprint, will bring the library in line with present trends in learning and education.

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We’ve All Heard it Before… http://sewickleylibrary.org/weve-all-heard-it-before/ Mon, 01 Jun 2015 13:25:40 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3594 “Sewickley, huh? Must be RICH.” Yes, the Sewickley Valley IS rich. Rich in community spirit, engagement, and enthusiasm. As Treasurer of the Sewickley Public Library Board of Directors, I can assure you that every donation of money and time is

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Yes, the Sewickley Valley IS rich. Rich in community spirit, engagement, and enthusiasm. As Treasurer of the Sewickley Public Library Board of Directors, I can assure you that every donation of money and time is much needed and appreciated. It is our strong community support that allows us to earn the designation as one of the top performing libraries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Have you ever wondered how we merited our full name, the Sewickley Public Library of the Quaker Valley School District? Under the aegis of the School District for the past half century, the Library receives approximately half of our annual budget from our 11 municipalities through school tax collection.

We are also fortunate to have a highly supportive Friends of the Sewickley Public Library that raises funds for our collections, Battle of the Books, Summer Reading Clubs, and special projects. In addition to their annual appeal letter, you have likely noticed the daily small scale and periodic “mega” book sale fundraisers. They have also held fifteen Savoring Sewickley events and the first ever “Spring Bound” art gala at the Art Space 616 Gallery earlier this year. Thank you Friends for all that you do for the Library.

Volunteer support makes your Library a special place. Whether it is assisting with circulation duties, shelving DVDs, cheerfully greeting patrons, or helping out with programs, they enrich the Library with their time. Wow, do we appreciate it!

Your Library is further enhanced by the devoted staff that delivers an outstanding array of programs targeted to children, young adult, and adult audiences. They go the extra distance to make certain that the community receives quality programming and services.

Most importantly, we thank YOU, our community. We’re grateful for the many ways you support our Library by:

  • Making a special gift to the library to honor a milestone event or memorialize a loved one or dear friend.
  • Supporting our annual appeal
  • Remembering to include the library in your estate planning.

We are thankful to receive all of the support that we do from you.

Yes, the Sewickley Valley is very blessed.

E. William Kleeman, Treasurer of the Sewickley Public Library Board of Directors.

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I volunteer at Sewickley Public Library. How I got involved. http://sewickleylibrary.org/i-volunteer-at-sewickley-public-library-how-i-got-involved/ Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:27:44 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3457 By Joyce D. Cortese, Secretary to the SPL Board of Trustees My husband and I moved our family to Sewickley in 1974 because of the quality school system at QVSD. With five children, ranging from two to eight, a good

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Picture1By Joyce D. Cortese, Secretary to the SPL Board of Trustees
My husband and I moved our family to Sewickley in 1974 because of the quality school system at QVSD. With five children, ranging from two to eight, a good education for them was foremost. The close proximity to the airport where my husband worked had a lot to do with it, also. Little did I know at the time that the Sewickley Public Library was going to be such a wonderful addition to their educational experiences here.

A few years after we arrived, I had the pleasure of learning about the library in this lovely small town through my involvement with the school district. I was appointed to the SPL Board of Trustees as a Director by the QV School District Board and thus began my sincere love for SPL. Since my first introduction to SPL, I have enjoyed every minute of time spent working for it. I love the library and am proud of all the wonderful programs and learning experiences that have been available there these many years. Immediately, I became aware of the library staff and how caring they are about their jobs. They work very hard to provide the best possible experiences for everyone.

I joined the Friends of SPL early on and was able to offer my services as much or as little as I had time for. Many skills are needed by the Friends group. For me, being on the Friends of the Library Board meant being able to help with many projects, including much needed fund raising, which is vital to SPL. Our library could not exist as it does without the Friends of SPL. I have been able to use my secretarial/office skills from doing annual mailings to being an officer and serving as its secretary and president. I am foremost a “behind-the-scenes type”, but appreciate being able to do many jobs to support the library in any way I can. For some years I was able to take care of updating the mailing list of Friends’ supporters, and because I love to bake, helping often meant baking cookies to serve at their events. I still do that upon request.

What continues to keep me working for SPL is:  the pride I feel for how our library has progressed into the 21st century; the hard-working staff who give all they can each day for patrons’ positive experiences; the expertise they share with everyone; working together to help each other when needed; sharing and seeing to fruition new ideas/suggestions for improvements; treating everyone with respect; and being as helpful as possible to make the most of their work environment. These are all the reasons I want to continue to volunteer, for as long as they’ll have me.

 

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SPL’s President named Sewickley Herald 2014 Man of the Year! http://sewickleylibrary.org/spls-president-named-sewickley-herald-2014-man-of-the-year/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:59:45 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3406 For his dedication and support of the Sewickley Valley and its long-standing organizations, Wayne T. Murphy has been named the Sewickley Herald 2014 Man of the Year. Among his contributions are serving as board president of the Sewickley Public Library

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waynetmurphyFor his dedication and support of the Sewickley Valley and its long-standing organizations, Wayne T. Murphy has been named the Sewickley Herald 2014 Man of the Year.

Among his contributions are serving as board president of the Sewickley Public Library for nine years; being involved in Friends of the Sewickley Public Library; serving on the advisory board of Sweetwater Center for the Arts and serving as mayor of Edgeworth Borough.

Read more on Triblive.com 

Congratulations Wayne!

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The Future of the Sewickley Public Library http://sewickleylibrary.org/the-future-of-the-sewickley-public-library/ Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:56:27 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3404 As trustees of the Library, we are entrusted with one of the best libraries in the Commonwealth.  We have great staff and a charming, historic facility that was extensively renovated in 1999. But that does not mean that we as

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As trustees of the Library, we are entrusted with one of the best libraries in the Commonwealth.  We have great staff and a charming, historic facility that was extensively renovated in 1999. But that does not mean that we as trustees don’t have to work to ensure the future of the Library is secure. We are always looking at ways to improve the Library and to make it sustainable. One key tool in planning for the future is the strategic plan that we prepared in 2013. Our strategic plan focuses on several objectives for the Library.

First, we wanted to improve the communications about the Library. For example, this is why you are reading this article right now. It is part of our overall effort to improve our communications to you about Library. But the best communication is two ways. For that reason, we are also seeking your stories about the Library. We know that there are lots of great stories about the Library. By recording these stories, we hope to create an even stronger connection between the Library and our patrons. It also helps us understand what you value about the Library.

Second, we believe it is timely to evaluate how we use the space within the Library. When the Library renovation was completed in 1999, the world was a much different place.  We are working with architects to come up with ideas on how the Library space can evolve to meet the 2015 and beyond demands of our patrons. At the same time, it is important that we maintain those aspects of the Library that our patrons value. Those surveys and community meetings in which you participated in 2013 helped us to understand what you value and what you need. Your stories are an on-going source of feedback. Soon, you will get a further chance to provide reaction on some ideas to the change the way we use the Library’s space. I think you will be excited about how we could refigure our space to provide many new opportunities at the Library.

Finally, we have been working hard to keep the Library fiscally sound. Asking for money is not my idea of a good time. But it is much easier to ask on behalf of an institution that I believe in so strongly and that is recognized by you as an essential community service.

In 2018, it will be time to create a new strategic plan for the Library.  But I am confident that the next strategic plan for the Library will be built upon a foundation that is even stronger because of the actions we have taken under our current strategic plan.

Larry Castner, Board Member

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State of the Nation – 2015 http://sewickleylibrary.org/state-of-the-nation-2015/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:32:20 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3369 As President of the Library Board, it would be easy for me to reel off an impressive list of statistics, numbers of programs, attendees, books checked out, computer usage, etc. Instead, I decided to use comments left by some of

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As President of the Library Board, it would be easy for me to reel off an impressive list of statistics, numbers of programs, attendees, books checked out, computer usage, etc. Instead, I decided to use comments left by some of our patrons on our message board in the past month to show how our Library is faring.

  • “Sewickley Public Library changed and blessed my life. The staff and patrons are a joy and really make this place the heart of the community.”
  • “We are blessed to have such a great Library in Sewickley. It offers so much more than just reading. Special thanks to the Children’s and Teen’s Departments. WE LOVE THE LIBRARY!!!!”
  • “Ever since I moved to Sewickley 5 years ago, the Library has been a home away from home-to learn, read, and relax.”
  • “I visit the Library at least once a week. The facilities are both pleasant and convenient. The Library’s best resources, however, are the employees who are professional and generous.”
  • “The Library is the best place EVER!!!”

We all need to thank the Community and Library leaders of the past generations who contributed to this wonderful resource that we have today.

It is our responsibility to ensure that we leave this Library a better place for future generations. As a non-profit, we will always need a little more support, another donation or extra volunteer hours. I hope you are as proud of our Sewickley Public Library as I am and that you will be dedicated to helping it to be a better Library tomorrow.

Thank You

Wayne Murphy

President, Sewickley Public Library Board of Directors

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My SPL: It’s a family thing http://sewickleylibrary.org/my-spl-its-a-family-thing/ Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:31:00 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3366 As the old adage goes, “Home is Where the Heart is.” For sure, the Sewickley Public Library has more than a small part of our heart for my family. The SPL is like our home in the heart of Sewickley.

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As the old adage goes, “Home is Where the Heart is.” For sure, the Sewickley Public Library has more than a small part of our heart for my family. The SPL is like our home in the heart of Sewickley. It’s a safe meeting place where we always feel welcome.

When we were looking to move to the outskirts of Aleppo from Mt. Lebanon, PA with 3 pre-school and grade school aged children, our first visits in Sewickley were to Osborne Elementary School and the Sewickley Public Library. Neither visit was a disappointment.

Our children were invited to spend a school day among the students and teachers and our mid-day tour of SPL was equally fulfilling. We appreciated the computer access, the airiness of the children’s library and the rolling stacks of books, movies and music.

We met Beverlee Blair at the front desk who greeted us with friendliness and enthusiasm and were soon introduced to Children’s Librarian, Ingrid Kalchthaler. The library staff quickly became our family friends. Even still Ing sometimes reminds us of our beginnings here saying, “I’m so glad that you moved to Sewickley.”  We are too!

From the Children’s Programming, stellar research access (like Ancestry.com), a great lending program throughout the county, the tutoring help with Tutor.com, the Teen Advisory Council, Wi-Fi access, college planning, and meetings and forums of all sorts, our library has been a place of productivity and growth. In many ways we’ve grown-up here. And we’re still growing!

Most days of the week you can find at least one Redcross here, somewhere within the walls of our library. What, with Levi working here, and me on the library board, it’s hard to stay away. And we wouldn’t want to. Our family always knows at the end of the day when we’re getting ready to return to our house after work, school and play that we’ll be meeting-up at the SPL. It’s our home away from home. It’s a safe place; it’s our library. True story.

Autumn Redcross, Library Board Member

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