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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.
A very successful Friends Workshop for the New Castle District was held on
September 17, 2015 at the Butler Area Public Library. Led by Sue Solarczyk, President
of PCBL and PCBL Board member Al Kamper, the group discussed a variety of topics
that Friends of the Library groups deal with on a regular basis.
Thanks go to Amy Geisinger and Lori Hinderliter for making the arrangements
for the workshop and to all the Friends from the Butler County Federated Library
System. The exchange of information between the participants was exceptional!
To see photos from this workshop, click here.
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.
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.
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