A library outranks any one thing a community can do to benefit its people.
~ Andrew Carnegie
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
PCBL is an organization of advocates that speak for libraries throughout Pennsylvania. Membership is open to anyone who wants to see strong, well funded libraries with the best possible library service for all of Pennsylvania's citizens. This roster 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.
The 2018 Friends Institute will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Marriot North in Cranberry, PA, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Your membership renewal packets have been mailed. The return date is March 30. Please be aware that our mailing address has changed to: PCBL, P.O. Box 551 Mountain Top, PA 18707. For questions regarding renewals and 990 documentation, email Allison Latagliata at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Friend of the Year: Gary Klobchar of Milestone Financial Group
Friends Group of the Year: The Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library
Friends Public Relations Award: Amy Walsh, Community Relations Specialist for Wellspan Health
Lifetime Achievement Award: Barbara Baughman