Sewickley Public Library http://sewickleylibrary.org of the Quaker Valley School District Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:52:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 I volunteer at Sewickley Public Library. How I got involved. http://sewickleylibrary.org/i-volunteer-at-sewickley-public-library-how-i-got-involved/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/i-volunteer-at-sewickley-public-library-how-i-got-involved/#comments 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/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/spls-president-named-sewickley-herald-2014-man-of-the-year/#comments 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/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/the-future-of-the-sewickley-public-library/#comments 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/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/state-of-the-nation-2015/#comments 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/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/my-spl-its-a-family-thing/#comments 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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FIFTH ANNUAL PI DAY PIE BAKING CONTEST http://sewickleylibrary.org/fifth-annual-pi-day-pie-baking-contest/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/fifth-annual-pi-day-pie-baking-contest/#comments Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:44:23 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3309 Saturday, March 14 @ 6:30PM March 14th is Pi Day (3.14) and in celebration of this mathematical day, we will be holding a Pie Baking Contest as an AFTER HOURS EVENT. Bring in a pie that you’ve made and we’ll

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Saturday, March 14 @ 6:30PM

March 14th is Pi Day (3.14) and in celebration of this mathematical day, we will be holding a Pie Baking Contest as an AFTER HOURS EVENT. 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!

Don’t want to bake a pie? We will be selling slices of the baked pies to the general public during the program. All money will be donated to library. Stop in and grab a slice, $2.00 each.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER TO BAKE A PIE

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New Photography Class Starting this March http://sewickleylibrary.org/new-photography-class-starting-this-march/ http://sewickleylibrary.org/new-photography-class-starting-this-march/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:33:54 +0000 http://sewickleylibrary.org/?p=3286 Life Through My Eyes: Visual Storytelling through Photography Tuesdays, March 17th – May 12th | 10 AM-12 PM Join Local Teaching Artist Alisha B. Wormsley for a 9 week class on Visual Storytelling. In this course we will go beyond

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Life Through My Eyes: Visual Storytelling through Photographycamera
Tuesdays, March 17th – May 12th | 10 AM-12 PM

Join Local Teaching Artist Alisha B. Wormsley for a 9 week class on Visual Storytelling. In this course we will go beyond merely taking a pretty picture. By learning simple camera techniques, investigating well known photographers and looking at the photos we have and how they tell our story; we will create portfolios depicting each participants vision.  We will explore the key elements one must know to tell realistic and compelling visual stories. We will discover how to work with clients, friends and our family members without manipulating or posing. The end result will be stepping away with a holistic depiction of our lives in photographs. Lastly, we will learn how to photograph and display our images to best showcase them as they are: stories.

Registration is Limited and Required. Participants are expected to attend all 9 sessions and a final gallery show in May. Please Register in person or by calling the Reference Desk at 412-741-6920 x3.

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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

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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

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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

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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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