The Friends of Green Tree Public Library is a service organization committed to helping the library. They are a group of dedicated people who love and support the library and who believe that a quality library is an essential part of the community. Friends work actively to make the library a better place in a variety of ways including community advocacy, volunteering, fundraising, and enhancing the library experience for all patrons. Their ongoing yearly support enables the library to continue its wide range of programming and provides financial support to pay for the expense of supplies and equipment beyond funding provided by local, regional and state government agencies.
The Friends are always looking for new members and hope you will consider joining.
- History of the Friends
- Friends Events and Initiatives
- Friends Fundraising
- Ways to Get Involved
- Friends Officers and Committee Chairs
History of the Friends
The Friends Group was officially organized and elected officers on April 26, 1982. Roberta Anton, then President of the Library Board, had approached Phyllis Abinanti, a very active borough resident, about helping to organize a Friends Group for the library. On November 16, 1981, the initial meeting of a group of library enthusiasts came together with the idea of volunteering their efforts toward the creation of a support group to make the Green Tree Public Library a more visible community asset. Along with Phyllis were Effie Dragowski, an active library volunteer, Lori Irwin, Janet Jones, Nancy McMichaels, and Jane Ruoss. When the Friends formed, the Green Tree Public Library was located in the American Legion building next to the former Borough Building on Greentree Road where Boston Market is today.
The Friends’ Book Sales started in June 1982. Book sales were held in the former and current library for years. The library shelving was draped with sheets in order to protect the library collection and book sales items from getting intermingled. The Friends Book Sales have grown to a five-day event and are now held in the Green Tree Borough Council Chambers.
Out of this group an exercise program started in the former American Legion Building/Library/Senior Citizen Building. It is led by one of the first Friends’ members who holds a B.S. in Health and Physical Education. This program continues to bring in funds and keeps residents in great shape, but is now located in the Green Tree Municipal Gym.
In April, 2000 Mary Lou Pacella, then President of the Friends, accepted the Allegheny County Library Association Friends Group of the Year Award. Sue V. Giardina, then Secretary of the Library Board, had nominated the Friends for this award. The Friend’s generous support toward furnishing the new facility, sponsoring creative programming and the unique creation of a Summer Reading Program video helped to show what an outstanding group they had become.
The Friends continue making history and welcome new ideas to further their efforts.
Friends Events and Initiatives
- The Friends work to promote the library and its services.
- The Friends sponsor an Annual Used Book Sale on the first or second weekend of October.
- The Friends primary fundraiser each year is the Annual Friends of Green Tree Library Used Book Sale, which is held the first or second weekend in October. Not only is the book sale a major fundraiser, it’s also a community event that people look forward to each year.
- The Friends rely on individuals who donate materials for the book sale. Collections are held on the first Saturday of most months from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Green Tree Public Library.
- Volunteers are always needed for the book sale. Any and all help is much appreciated.
- Other funds are raised through the exercise classes in the municipal gym and any donations the organization is fortunate enough to receive.
- The Friends generously give funds that they raise to support library programming for children and for adults. These funds are also used to offset costs for supplies and equipment that the library could not otherwise afford to purchase. In past years the Friends have contributed to and/or funded the children’s corner, the circulation desk, the book drop, various furniture purchases, furniture reupholstering, the development of the library website, and a perpetual plaque and a podium banner to honor Green Tree Public Library for its recognition by Library Journal as an American Star Library.
Ways to Get Involved
Any supporter of the Green Tree Public Library can belong to the Friends and participate in different ways. At whatever level Friends choose to be involved, they will feel a sense of pride in enabling, improving and enriching the resources, services and programs of Green Tree Public Library.
- Be an advocate by telling others about the library.
- Attend Friends’ meetings. Friends meetings are held upstairs in the Green Tree Borough Building on the second Wednesday of some months at 10:30 a.m. Meetings for 2017 will be held on January 4, April 12, August 9, September 12, October 11, November 8 and December 13.
- Help to collect, sort and store books on book donation Saturdays.
- Assist with set-up for the Annual Used Book Sale, providing customer service during the sale and/or with packing up afterwards. Shopping at the sale is also a way to help.
- Support library staff and Friends by helping during special events for children and adults.
- Find opportunities to volunteer talents in other ways in support of the library and community.
Friends Officers and Committee Chairs
|Kay Andrews||Vice President|
|Mary Lou Pacella||Secretary|
|Kim Bissert||Book Sale Chair|
|Pat Kaczmarek||Publicity Chair|