This September, libraries across Allegheny County are inviting residents to participate in a special fundraising collaboration to show support for their local library. Love Your Library, a county-wide campaign developed by the Allegheny County Library Association and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, encourages residents to show their library love by investing in their libraries. Thanks to the generous support of the Jack Buncher Foundation, donations made to Green Tree Public Library throughout the month of September will be MATCHED! All donations to participating libraries of up to $500 per donor will count toward the match. At the end of the campaign, libraries will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool to support their general operations based on the total funds raised.
We’ve rounded up eight reasons why you should Love Your Library this month:
Our library is a place of CELEBRATION! One day a young mother with her two children came in early in the morning. She announced that for her daughter’s birthday, the first thing that she requested was to visit the library. Staying for nearly an hour, the mother read a number of books with a birthday theme to her children. Later, the father arrived to join his family and continue the birthday celebration.
Our library is a place of CONNECTION! Because we provide free access to Wi-Fi, laptop usage for cardholders and many quiet areas throughout the building, the library has become an ideal spot to video chat with loved ones, friends, potential employers, colleagues and more. Recently, a young man interviewed for his first job via Skype on his laptop computer in the library’s back lobby. As more and more interviews take place remotely, the library is poised to offer the tools needed to support job seekers in their success.
Our library is a place for EVERYONE! Over the years, many of our beloved patrons have struggled with housing insecurity. So that no one, no matter their situation in life, misses the opportunity to use the many public services at the library, we have specially designated library cards that do not require proof of permanent address. Any perceived barrier to services have been removed and patrons can use computers to job search, check email, keep in touch with family and friends and more.
Our library is a place to get CREATIVE! Last year during the holidays, we offered a workshop to make hot cocoa in a jar as a last minute gift. One participant took off the day from work so that she could attend. She also attended another crafting program a couple weeks earlier. She said that she did more crafting during the month of December at the library than in the past 30 years combined and loved tapping into her creativity again. She also revealed that had never used a hot glue gun until she started coming to the library! We love that we can spark creativity in the community and help people find new passions.
Our library is a place to EXPLORE! A mom recently returned Luciana, an astronaut-themed American Girl Doll the library lends. Her daughter had borrowed Luciana, and the clerk who was working at the time showed her Luciana’s flight suit and star chart, as well as found library books about stars and planets. The woman told staff that her daughter was thrilled and loved reading the books. She’s interested in science, especially astronomy, and the experience at the library made her even more interested in the subject.
Our library is a place to BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER! A staff member checked out a young dad’s items and noticed he was borrowing one of our new Launchpad tablets for kids. She asked him if he had borrowed one before and if he knew how they worked. He said that this was his second one and they loved it the last time. Getting dinner on the table was a challenge because mom and dad both work and have opposite schedules and they have a toddler and an infant. The Launchpad was a good tool for getting their active toddler to sit in one place but also learn while dinner is being prepared. He was grateful that he could now check out tablets as well as the books that they already love.
Our library is a place to LEARN! A patron asked a librarian for resources to help him learn Croatian. We were able to find an MP3 Playaway in our Nasri Language Collection called “In-Flight Croatian: Learn the Basics in One Hour.” He was thrilled and told staff that he wants to start learning Croatian because his parents emigrated from there in the 1950’s before he was born and this summer, he’s going to visit Croatia with a relative to see where his parents grew up. We encouraged him to come back for more language resources if he needs them and referred him to Mango Languages on our website, which offers a course in Croatian.
Our library is an INVESTMENT! At the library’s Touch A Truck event in June, a family approached the welcome tent to thank staff for providing entertainment for her family. In talking to them, we learned that they had planned to visit Pittsburgh from a neighboring county to participate in a citywide event. Sadly, tickets to that event sold out after they had booked a hotel room. Not wanting to disappoint their toddler son and having limited funds, they looked around for other community activities they could afford. They were thrilled to discover that the library offered a Touch A Truck event that was free and open to all, allowing the budget-minded family to have a great weekend!