Libraries in the News

Check out what some of the Allegheny County libraries have been up – it might surprise you.

National Library Week 2019, Libraries = Strong Communities

The Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) joined libraries throughout Pennsylvania and the country in celebrating National Library Week – April 7 – 13, 2019. The week allowed residents to discover the changing role of libraries within our communities and to dispel the notion that libraries are simply book repositories, or places of quiet study.

Allegheny County Children Choose Their Favorites

Libraries in Allegheny County introduce thousands of children to new and quality literature each year through the Picture Book Children’s Choice Awards and the Children’s Choice Awards provided by the Allegheny County Library Association. Both programs also help libraries build and sustain partnerships with their local school districts.

Paula Kelly wins the I Love My Librarian Award

“America needs more Paulas,” according to Khara Timsina, a community leader and Bhutanese immigrant to the United States. At a time when American society has become rife with divisiveness, Paula Kelly uses her remarkable knowledge, ability and integrity as the Whitehall Public Library director to build community connections and educate residents that there should be […]

Youth Services Clerk – Cranberry Public Library

OBJECTIVE: The objectives of the Cranberry Public Library are to: serve the community as a general center of reliable information; provide the opportunity and the encouragement for children, young people, and adults to educate themselves continuously; and to serve as a repository for items of local historical interest. (CPL Bylaws) OVERALL PURPOSE OF JOB: This […]

Library Director – Brownsville Free Public Library

Small, rural,   501c3 nonprofit library in Fayette County with a service area of 15,055 residents across seven municipalities.  Member of the WAGGIN One Card ILS Network (Washington, Greene & Fayette Counties).  Director reports to the Library Board of Trustees. Qualifications: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution OR a Bachelor’s Degree with […]

Families Learn While They Do Laundry

This past summer, the Allegheny County Library Association (ACLA) launched Pennsylvania’s first “Wash & Learn” site.  This program establishes a learning library in a neighborhood laundromat. Allegheny County’s first site launched through a collaboration with Libraries Without Borders, South Park Township Library, Sudsy’s Laundromat and WQED Multimedia (WQED). The program presents new opportunities for literacy […]

Love Your Library 2018 Sets New Record for Donations

Yes – you DO love your libraries!  With the generous support of the Jack Buncher Foundation, the 46 libraries in Allegheny County raised $660,615 of qualifying funds during September 2018’s Love Your Library campaign – an increase of more than $30,000 over last year. With the Foundation’s match of $150,000 – .23 per dollar raised […]

Butterflies Flock to Libraries

The Allegheny County Library Association collaborated with the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh this past summer to offer painting sessions for the Butterfly Project. The Butterfly Project is a San Diego-based initiative with the goal of having one ceramic butterfly painted for each of the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust.