PCBL Advocates for Libraries Throughout Pennsylvania


October 24, 2015

The Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries will be presenting a Friends Institute, October 24, 2015, at the Grantville Holiday Inn.

This one-day program is designed especially for Friends of libraries throughout the State and will include presentations on a wide variety of topics useful to all Friends groups, regardless of size.

There will be ample opportunity for meeting, networking, and making new “Friends”.

Mark this date on your calendar and look forward to receiving more information as the workshop is developed.


Photos are now available from the PCBL Friends Institute held on Saturday, October 25 at this link.


President’s Message

December 2014

As 2014 closes and we move into 2015, let us look forward to an eventful new year for PCBL and for Pennsylvania’s library advocates.

We closed out the last quarter of 2014 with several successful events including the annual meeting and awards luncheon during the PaLA Conference in Lancaster.  I hope you have had an opportunity to view the information about the recipients on this PCBL website. The awards committee had a difficult assignment as there were a number of outstanding nominations.  Thanks to all who participated in the nomination and award process and congratulations to the 2014 winners.    

The 2014 Friends Institute held on October 25 at the Grantville Holiday Inn was a success and when the PCBL Board reviewed the evaluation sheets completed by the attendees, we were pleasantly surprised with the responses and the suggestions for future institutes.  The Board has scheduled a 2015 Friends Institute for October 24 at the Grantville Holiday Inn.  Please mark your calendars and save the date.  As you prepare your friends group’s 2014 budget, perhaps your group would like to include funding for several members to attend this next Institute.

Congratulations to David Lentzner who was selected as the 2014 Friend of the Year.  The committee received quite a few nominations and the decision was difficult.  However, we were pleased that a number of friends were nominated for the first of what we hope to see as an annual award.  The dedication of friends across the commonwealth was substantiated by the examples cited in the nominations.

Having the time to talk with friends from other libraries and parts of the state was mentioned as a wonderful opportunity.  Sharing information and ideas, lunching together and getting new ideas to take home to their own friends group were highlights of the day.  We are looking forward to the next Institute – please join us!

Thank you to all PCBL members who have renewed group and individual 2015 memberships and have donated additional funds for educational and legislative efforts.  Your support is so appreciated.  Affiliate memberships continue to increase and are important to our organization.

Sue Solarczyk


October 25, 2014
 was the date for our Friends Institute which was held at the Holiday Inn Grantville.  The Board, with Al Kamper chairing the committee, worked tirelessly to plan a day of information, discussions and interaction for Friends of Libraries from across the state. The opportunity to network with new Friends proved to be useful to you and your local Friends group.  We also presented an award to a Friend of the Year during the opening session and built on the theme “Good Friends Make Better Libraries” throughout the day.

The afternoon session called “A Well-Organized Friends Group; a Great ROI for Your Library” presented by PCBL Board members Marcy Abrams, Nan Cavenaugh and Tricia Richards was well attended and provided lots of useful information to participants.

Networking with Friends

Networking with Friends

Luncheon Networking

Luncheon Networking



Posted 12/20/2014; images added 12/12/2014 HCS


Lois K. Albrecht, Distinguished Librarian and PCBL Board Member Emeritus.  Congratulations Lois!

A biography of Lois Albrecht's dedicated career to Library Development.

Posted HCS 20140127


Board Adopts Changes to Bylaws Regarding Emeritus Status

The PCBL Board has now adopted, among others, a Bylaw change to include Emeritus status as a new category of membership. The proposed Bylaws changes were approved at the June 7, 2013 Board meeting, were posted for review, and adopted at the Annual Meeting on October 20, 2013.

1.       Emeritus status is intended to be honorary with no required responsibilities.
2.       The person may attend Board meetings as a non-voting member.
3.       The status confers life- time membership and freedom from payment of annual dues.
4.       Nomination will be made in writing to the Nominating Committee who makes a recommendation to the Board.
5.       The Board votes to approve and notifies the recipient.
6.       A resolution adopted by the Board on June 7 explains the details of the process.

HCS posted 10/23/2013


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