News & Activities

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!

Pictured above, left to right, Lori Hinderliter, Al Kamper, Sue Solarczyk, and Amy Geisinger.   


12 June 2015 regarding the Governor's Advisory Council ("GAC") on Library Development, Priorities and Recommendations for Pennsylvania Libraries. To see the full text of the report, please visit this link.  On 5 June 2015, the PCBL Board of Directors adopted a resolution in support of this GAC platform, specifically highlighting the five areas that must be addressed to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access - through libraries - to the resources they need to be successful.  For the full text of the PCBL resolution, please visit this link.   HCS posted 6/12/2015


11 June 2015 regarding recent changes to child abuse clearances and criminal background checks 

Good afternoon, library advocates statewide.

I wanted to pass along this important message that was emailed this morning to PaLA members and also posted on the PA Libraries Legislative Updates blog on our website.

On June 10, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf announced that state-level fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children, and reduced for employees needing clearances.  These changes take effect on July 25, 2015, and are a bit of welcome relief for libraries which rely heavily on volunteers.

Here’s what the Governor’s new policy means, first for volunteers:
* The Pennsylvania State Police will no longer charge $10 for a volunteer seeking a Criminal Record Check; and 
* The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services will no longer charge $10 for a volunteer seeking a Child Abuse History

For employees, the Governor’s new policy means that: 
* The Pennsylvania State police charge for Criminal Record Check will be reduced from $10 to $8; and, 
* The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services charge for a Child Abuse History Clearance will be reduced from $10 to $8.

This new policy does not alter any federal procedures or fees.  Library employees continue to need federal criminal history clearances from the FBI costing $27.50.  Likewise, any volunteer who has not lived in Pennsylvania continuously for the previous 10 years also needs the federal criminal clearance.

Finally, on a related note, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives will consider a bill (H.B. 1276) —perhaps as early as the week of June 15—that would amend the Child Protective Services Law to clarify some terminology that has been problematic from the 
very beginning.  Among other topics, the bill will more clearly define “direct contact”, “routine interaction,” and “Program, Activity, or Service,” and also narrows background check requirements and makes background checks more portable.

PaLA’s Legislative Committee meets on Friday, June 12, and H.B. 1276 will be one of the items on the agenda.  PaLA will keep you apprised of action on this or similar bills related to the Child Protective Services Law.


Glenn R. Miller
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association
HCS posted 6/11/2015

Fundraising Ideas

Fundraising suggestions offered by our Friends' groups include:

Fundraising Ideas for Friends Groups
Online auctions Chinese Auction Quilt Raffle / Quiltathon
Fashion Show Estate Sale Collectible Pottery
Merchandise Sales Basket Raffles Used Jewelry Sale
Dineouts Vending Machines Bingo
House tours Selling books on Amazon Tree Fest of Children's Books
Cookies with Mrs. Claus Downton Abbey Tea Fun Runs
Golf / Bridge tournaments Shredding Events  
Monte Carlo night "Bucks for Books" Dinner and Auction  

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