PCBL Advocates for Libraries Throughout Pennsylvania

PCBL Seeks New Executive Secretary

PCBL is seeking an Executive Secretary to assist the volunteer executive board. PCBL serves as the parent organization of approximately 120 “Friends of the Library Groups” across Pennsylvania who locally support their home public libraries with much needed fundraising and public relations support. The Executive Secretary will be a contractual position signed between the Board of PCBL and the Executive Secretary. For more information, please view our full Job Description and Job Expectations documents.

Encouraging News for Libraries

The 2015-2016 budget passed did contain a 1 million dollar increase in basic aid to public libraries. Although that may not seem like much, it is an advance over the previous year’s amount. The figures in the budget proposed by Governor Wolfe for 2016-2017 contain a rise of 1.5 million that includes modest increased for the Free Library for the Blind and for Commonwealth Libraries. Soon the PA Legislature, often both House and Senate Republicans , will offer their own versions. It is to be hoped that these figures will prove to be the minimums for going forward.  The Legislature is asked to match the  Governor’s budget or more.
Historically, it has been the legislature that has added more funding for libraries. Greenlee and Associates have been the lobbyists for PaLA now for 13 years. During that time, over $500,000,000 was added to state funding and, of course, there were also set backs. Greenlee predicts that the Republicans will want to pass their budget version in May this year, but will not want to raise taxes or revenues in an election year. So there will likely be a 1 to 2 billion dollar hole in the budget.
Our continuing message: Libraries remain an important part of education,
especially in pre-Kindergarten.

PCBL is an organization of advocates that speaks for libraries throughout Pennsylvania. Membership is open to anyone who wants to see strong and well-funded libraries, and the best possible library service for all of Pennsylvania's citizens. That includes librarians, trustees of libraries, government officials and friends of libraries, as well as the lay citizen-user of libraries.

Members are kept up to date on legislative information and actions as they pertain to Pennsylvania libraries; have opportunities to attend library advocacy and library fundraising workshops; and receive information about events, programs, and issues of interest to library advocates.

For the latest news about the recently passed Library Code legislation, SB1225, click here(10/24/2012)


Did You Know...?

We can make it easy to achieve 501 (c)(3) nonprofit status.  If you've been through it before, you know completing a 990 Form is NOT a simple task.  It's hard.  It's time consuming. And it's a real struggle for small organizations.

But you don't need to bear that burden.  One of the greatest benefits offered by PCBL is an Affiliate Membership.  Your group can become a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit without the workload by joining under our umbrella.

PCBL Means...

Persuade public officials that libraries are essential community services
Collaborate with other library associations, agencies and community groups
Be a voice for improved library funding and appropriate legislation
Lead efforts to encourage, train and support library Friends