UPDATED 11/20: Friends of the Library Christmas Tree Festival 2017

The Friends of the Bridgeville Library will host the annual Christmas Tree Festival at the library this season. Trees will be on display throughout so the public can stop in at any time during library hours – Monday – Thursday from 10 – 8; Friday and Saturday from 10 – 5.

2017 Schedule:

Friday, Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. 
Visit with Santa
Children’s Craft
Chinese Auction
Bake Sale

Saturday, Dec. 9
11-11:30 a.m.: Santa’s Magic Show
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Visit with Santa
1-1:30 p.m.: Santa’s Magic Show
1:30 – 3 p.m.: Visit with Santa
Children’s Craft
Chinese Auction
Bake Sale

Admission: $2. Children under 3 are free.

Additional votes can be purchased at the front desk for $1 throughout the Festival.
Christmas Tree winners and Chinese auction tickets will be drawn Saturday morning, December 16 at 11 a.m. If you have any questions you can call the library at 412.221.3737. 


If you need a Chinese Auction Letter, download a PDF here.

If you need a form to submit a tree, download a PDF here.

If you want a poster to hang up at a community center or your place of business, download a PDF here.


Welcome to the Friends of the Bridgeville Public Library!

If you don’t know who we are, we are an auxiliary group that supports the programming and funding needs of the Bridgeville Public Library. Everything we do is to make the library the best it can be for everyone who utilizes its vital services.

Some of our recent contributions include:

  • Underwriting the cost of the summer science program for kids
  • Purchasing sewing machines for children’s programs
  • Purchasing environmentally friendly window film to prevent glare in the library and help with insulation
  • Purchasing sit mats for the toddler story time program
  • And much, much more!

If you’d like to join us, you’ll find our modest annual dues are less than a large pizza. Unlike a pizza, while great, your contribution will help nourish your library for an entire year, not just for one sitting. You can find our bylaws here.


Book Sale: The Fall Book Sale will be Sept. 29-20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Library.



Friends Sponsor Staff Appreciation Night

The staff of the Bridgeville Public Library were celebrated Friday night with a staff appreciation party at the library sponsored by the Friends. Closed to the public and without the intrusion of board members, the staff let their hair down and enjoyed some quality time with each other that a busy day of helping patrons doesn’t usually afford them. Thanks again to everyone for all you do to make our library a jewel of the community!


If you love libraries, we need your help! 

While we are not a political group in any way shape or form, the current federal budget as proposed eliminates the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which is a huge source of income for our nation’s libraries – $5.4 million in funding for PA libraries alone. Eliminating this funding will cripple not just our library, but libraries everywhere. So, if you have a moment, please read over the following information and call or email your representatives to tell them to oppose this unprecedented budget cut and help save our libraries! Please forward this when you’ve done your part – post it to Facebook, tweet it out and let everyone you know know that our libraries need our help!



The White House released the proposed budget that calls for eliminating the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS), the only federal agency charged with providing support to the nation’s hundreds of thousands of libraries and museums.

Don’t know much about IMLS?  Here’s a quick overview: through IMLS, every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. territories receive funding to support their state’s libraries and museums. In FY14 the total funding IMLS distributed to states and territories was $154,800,000.

In addition, IMLS offers competitive grant opportunities that individual libraries and museums can apply for.  In FY14 they awarded 594 grants (from 1,299 applications) totaling more than $54,700,000.

For Pennsylvania this represents $5.4 million.  Those funds are used for a variety of programs and services including:

  • POWER Library (online resources available to schools and public libraries)
  • Summer Reading
  • One Book Every Young Child
  • SPARK (the Statewide Integrated Library System that serves more than 80 libraries across the Commonwealth)
  • Continuing education programs for library staff and trustees
  • Competitive grants for local projects

Funds also support the State Library and staffing at the Bureau of Library Development.  Elimination of IMLS would severely compromise library service statewide and nationally.

Over the past three years ACLA and its Member Libraries (including Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh) have received funding through IMLS / LSTA for:

  • Using Digital Storytelling to Connect Diverse Communities $21,167
  • Wi-Fi Laptop Lending Pilot for Job Seekers $25,000
  • Training and Tools for Adult Job Seekers $30,000
  • eReaders & Devices $5,000
  • Librarians as STEM Educators Program $73,955

Here’s how you can help right now:

  • Use the sample messages in this form to contact the offices of your members of Congress (find your members in the link at the top of the page).
  • Sign up via this web page to receive updates on the #SaveIMLS effort.
  • Start planning how you and other library advocates will participate in National Library Legislative Day on May 2 in Washington D.C.
  • Can’t make it to D.C.? Register for Virtual Library Legislative Day! You’ll receive talking points, access to email templates, and other resources to help you take action.
  • Join and track the conversations #SaveIMLS, #LibrariesRespond.
  • Encourage your friends, family, and colleagues to do take these actions, too!

     Timing is key, ACT now!

Some additional information:


The Governor has released his preliminary budget.  That budget includes level funding for the public library subsidy (State Aid) program.  The Pennsylvania Library Association is advocating for an increase to restore funding to the 2010 level.

The current $54.47 million public library subsidy is the result of a $21 million (32%) cut in 2006.  Meanwhile, inflation has reached almost 10% since 2010. PaLA position statement.  

Contact your State Legislators (find them by using the link at the top of this page).


Friends to Host Safe Sitter Program on May 20

Safe Sitter Babysitting Training Program – 5/18/17: ONLY SIX SPOTS LEFT!
Cost: $10 non-members, $5 FOBPL Members. Limit 16 students.

Safe Sitter, a nationally-recognized program, teaches 11 to 13 year old boys and girls to provide safe childcare. The program provides child care basics, ways to recognize and respond to emergencies, tips for injury prevention and behavior management. Students learn infant and child CPR and skills to relieve an obstructed airway.  Safety for the sitter and babysitting as a business are discussed. Learning is enhanced through hands-on activities and interactive games. Programs are taught by certified instructors with more than 20 years experience with the Safe Sitter program.  Beverages and snacks are provided during the 8 hour day.  Prizes are offered with the interactive games.  Each participant receives a Safe Sitter Manual, safety aids, and a course completion card.  For additional information, please call 412-942-5877.

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Federal budget discussions have librarians and library supporters concerned, as the budgetary guillotine looms over the Institute of Museum and Library Services, known as IMLS.  IMLS, which is celebrating its 20th year, is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and approximately 35,000 museums.

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