PCBL Advocates for Libraries Throughout Pennsylvania


Date: August 2015
To: Members and Friends
From: The Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries Board
Subject: 36th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon

We are excited about the 2015 Pennsylvania Library Association Conference and look forward to spending time with you at PCBL events. This year's conference will be held at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College from October 4-7.

Please join us on Sunday, October 4, 2015 for these PCBL events, which are specifically designed to benefit Trustees and Friends:

11-11:45 AM / PCBL Annual Meeting
All members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Noon- 1:45 PM / Trustee Division/ PCBL Awards Luncheon
Network with fellow library supporters and congratulate the outstanding individuals, Friends’ groups and corporations who have earned recognition this year for their tremendous support of libraries across the Commonwealth. This event will also provide an opportunity to hear more about the upcoming Friends Institute to be held on October 24, 2015 in Grantville.    

3 – 4:15 PM / Recruiting and Retaining Friends Members: How to Get’em and Hold’em.
From the Friends of the East Shore Library in Harrisburg:
Mimi Weakland, Membership Chair & Website Coordinator
Nancy Musmanno, Corresponding Secretary
Bonnie Hindman, Vice President, Ways & Means Co-Chair, Book Sale Co-Chair

If you are registering for only the Awards Luncheon, please send a check in the amount of $25 per person along with the names of each individual and their meal choices to PCBL.  The entrée choices are:

  • Grilled pesto marinated breast of chicken with a tomato & roasted pepper coulis
  • Cheese ravioli with tomato ragout & garlic bread

Note: If you wish to attend the Friends session and/or other conference sessions, you will need to register for the conference itself. Lunch is included with the daily registration fee.

Registration details are available at www.palibraries.org

The deadline for receiving your reservation is September 23, so please allow sufficient time for delivery.
HCS posted 20150817

12 June 2015 - please see our News & Activities page for the April 2015 Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development, Priorities and Recommendations for Pennsylvania Libraries, and PCBL's Board of Directors resolution approving same adopted 5 June 2015.    HCS posted 6/12/2015

11 June 2015 - please see our News & Activities page for the most current information regarding changes announced by Governor Tom Wolf in state-level fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks for volunteers and employees, and about pending bill H.B. 1276 regarding the Child Protective Services Law.    HCS posted 6/11/2015

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


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)


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