PCBL Advocates for Libraries Throughout Pennsylvania

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


President’s Message

March 2015

After a long and cold winter, our libraries and library advocates are busy gearing up for  warmer weather activities. Many friends groups are holding book sales and other fundraisers or have them scheduled and almost all libraries have plans underway for Summer Reading activities.  Friends are strong supporters of helping the school children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation and many communities are now including residents of all ages in the summer reading activities. 

The budget process is the big news in Harrisburg.  Please follow the Education & Advocacy tab on the PCBL website for updates on how you can personally advocate for Pennsylvania’s libraries. The legislative committee will be posting items until the budget is finalized. 

Following the successful 2014 Friends Institute, plans are underway for a Friends Institute to be held October 24, 2015 in Grantville. (See details below.) Input from attendees is a very helpful planning tool.  The PCBL Board studied the evaluation sheets from last year’s Institute and will attempt to incorporate your suggestions for 2015 session topics. The Institute is a unique opportunity to meet with other friends and affiliate members and to participate in workshops that relate to typical issues that your friends group may encounter. 

Please note that Sunday, October 4th is the date for our Annual Meeting, Annual Awards Luncheon and Friends sponsored session at the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference.  This year we return to the Penn Stater Conference Center. 

Thanks for all the continued support our members provide for PCBL and for libraries in our Commonwealth. 

Sue Solarczyk
March 2015 HCS 3/17/2015



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.


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