Thursday, February 07, 2013

P-G: Mt. Lebanon library says partially nude woman in photo exhibit breaks rules

It was labeled "Innocence." But the photo of a woman with an exposed breast -- from a historic painting hanging in the Mercer County Courthouse -- might be construed otherwise, according to Mt. Lebanon Public Library officials, who asked photographer John Flatz to replace it with something else. He refused, and thus began a tug of war that has, for now, ended in a draw. Read the full article:


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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Library to Re-Open Sundays, starting January 9, 2011

The Mt. Lebanon Board of Trustees announced at its December 13 board meeting that the library will reopen on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning January 9, 2011, at which time the library will return to its full 68-hours per week operation.

The restoration of Sunday hours is due to an increase in the library’s appropriation from the Municipality of Mt. Lebanon. The Mt. Lebanon Commission approved an increase of $38,400 specifically for Sunday operation during the school year.

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Thursday, November 04, 2010

The Almanac: Seniors to have space at ML library

Baby boomers and beyond will soon have a dedicated space in the Mt. Lebanon Public Library.

Recently the library was awarded a $4,000 grant, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. After completing a competitive application process, six libraries in Pennsylvania were awarded grants to create "Senior Spaces".

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

RAD Board Rejects Revised Funding Formula For Libraries

The Allegheny Regional Asset District board yesterday rejected a revised fund-sharing formula for the county's 44 community libraries because the new approach fails to encourage financial contributions from their communities.

The board was also concerned that the plan, intended to take effect next year, could result in "swift changes in funding levels," it said in a statement. "Those (libraries) that experience (funding) declines will find them difficult to absorb with short notice."

Yesterday's RAD meeting was attended by Mt. Lebanon Public Library Director Cynthia Richey, who said she was encouraged by the recommendation that ACLA come back with a formula that would not penalize those community libraries receiving support from their local governments. She noted that even with a different formula, Mt. Lebanon stands to lose more funding than any other ACLA-member libraries.


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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

'Dire' Cuts Face Library

A proposed change in the disbursement of Regional Asset District (RAD) money to Allegheny County libraries will drastically cut nearly all South Hills library subsidies and in the case of Mt. Lebanon, lead to crippling employee and program cuts.

Mt. Lebanon Commissioner Dan Miller said if RAD disbursement formula changes are approved in June, Mt. Lebanon Public Library could lose up to $1 million in RAD funding over six years. "We are facing a potential crisis here," Miller said.

"Under this proposed funding formula, performance-based measures are not in the chart because Mt. Lebanon would be at the top. I'm not sure this was arbitrary. There might be someone out there who had an objective they wanted to fulfill," Miller said.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Group Honors BP, ML Libraries

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) has honored Bethel Park and Mt. Lebanon public libraries with Best Practices Awards for programming and services to children under the age of six, their families, and caregivers.

Bethel Park Library received an award for programs for children between four and six Years of Age for its Kinder-Ready Families. This literacy-based "mini-preschool" was designed to help smooth the transition to public schools. Children starting kindergarten the next fall - and their parents - learned a variety of educational and practical topics.

For family programming, Mt. Lebanon Public Library won for Sunday Fun-Days. For six weeks in January and February, the library is the place to be on Sunday afternoons. Storytelling, music, games, and art projects are all designed to beat the winter blahs - and cabin fever.

The awards were presented at the sixth annual Early Learning Forum and Best Practices Luncheon, Pennsylvania Libraries: Learning Starts Here! -- an education session at the Hilton Harrisburg attended by several hundred librarians, advocates, and policymakers.

"Pennsylvania's public libraries provide crucial early learning services to the state's children and families," said Paula Gilbert, PaLA's marketing committee chair, "and we want to celebrate their contribution to the commonwealth."



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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Mt. Lebanon Book Store A Treasure

If you are one of those readers who love books so much that you hate returning them to the library or you just love owning the books you enjoy, you may want to head for The Book Cellar, a new nonprofit used book store in the Mt. Lebanon Public Library that was opened to benefit the library. The Book Cellar just opened in December, but business is brisk.


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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Lebo Library Announces New Homework Help Service

From the Mt. Lebanon Public Library's blog:

Mt. Lebanon Public Library, together with four other local libraries, is pleased to announce that as of December 1, 2008, families with young children, and adults seeking to support their studies or improve their math or grammar skills, will all have experts waiting to help on the Library’s website from Shaler Public Library, Sewickley Public Library and Northern Tier Regional Library in northern Allegheny County and South Park Township Public Library in the south join Mt. Lebanon Public Library in offering this exceptional tutoring opportunity.


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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Mt. Lebanon Library News

From our friends at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library:

A Friends’ Book Shop to Open at the Library in December

Just in time for the holidays and the long winter ahead: The Friends of the Mt. Lebanon Public Library will open the doors of a year-round used book shop on the lower level of the library on Thursday, December 4th from 6 to 8:30 pm. Please drop by! Other December opening hours will be announced at that time.

In addition to selling our wonderful used books and AV materials--in fabulous condition and at unbeatable prices--, we will offer gift certificates and some brand new items. Plan to do some holiday shopping with us! Pick up a gift certificate for the book shop as a stocking stuffer, as well as a good book or movie for someone special on your list.

Think about this… By supporting our library’s book shop, you are “going green.” Shopping locally, supporting your community, buying recycled products, and keeping more “green” in your wallet… What could be better?

If you would like to help us at the book shop, we’d love to hear from you! Simply leave your name at the Circulation Desk or send an email to

In order for the book shop to be open to the public, we need friendly volunteers. You may work as little as one 2-hour shift per month or as often as you like. We’ll train you, too!If you would donate books, we welcome salable, good condition donations throughout the year. Just leave them downstairs and, if you need a tax receipt you can get one at the Circulation Desk.


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Friday, March 14, 2008

The Future of the Mt. Lebanon Library

Here's something to spice up your Mt. Lebanon weekend. I'm reproducing an email that I received this afternoon regarding the Mt. Lebanon library. The email is self-explanatory. I do not know enough about the underlying question to have an opinion on the specific question that it raises, but that is precisely the point: Those who do have more information can debate the point here. The Library is a special resource for Mt. Lebanon residents. Like other key resources, it should be front and center in public conversations about the future of Mt. Lebanon.

As to the value of libraries generally in the 21st century, there should be no doubt: Despite the amazing resources of the Internet, libraries and librarians are more important to communities and culture than they ever have been. Cutting budgets, cutting staff, cutting operations, cutting programs -- all of these are short-sighted responses to the myth that information is already "out there" for anyone to find online, and they dis-serve citizens of every generation. (Read more at this post.)

Below is an email sent by Anne Kemerer. As a former Trustee of the Library I completely agree with Anne's statements and concerns. Mr. Humphreys is not a friend of our public library, and his appointment to the Board of Trustees would be yet another step in the municipality's attempt to control this public treasure. Please call the commissioners who voted in favor of this appointment and tell them that you strongly disagree with this action. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Anne or me. My home # is 412-341-4463 and my office # is 412-922-9090. This is urgent. If you love your library please make the call.

Joe Wertheim
former President
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Board of Trustees

Dear library friends:
I learned this morning that David Humphreys has been appointed to one of the open positions on the Library Board. This is a very, very bad thing for the Mt. Lebanon Public LIbrary, as Mr. Humphreys had indicated time and again that he believe that the library is mismanaged, that money is being spent frivolously, the the library offers too many programs, etc. Mr. Humphreys has consistently treated Cynthia Richey and the Library Board of Trustees with disdain and disrespect during budget meetings, and was the main proponent in appointing Marcia Taylor to the Board two years ago to help "rein in costs".

Some of the facts are:
- Since 2000, circulation has risen by an average of 4.8% per year while our municipal budget allocation has only risen by 2.4% per year.
- The library has not spent more than it was budgeted in at least the last 8 years.

This position was clearly given to Mr. Humphreys as a political favor - the democrats on the commission voted against him and the republicans voted for - since he is hugely inappropriate as a candidate.

HE IS NOT A FRIEND TO OUR LIBRARY!!! He wants to cut costs, cut services, cut staff, and cut "amenities", like computers and programs.


This appointment was made last night, but does not become official until the installation in three weeks. CALL OR EMAIL YOUR COMMISSIONER (or all the commissioners who voted for Mr. Humphreys) NOW with your objection to this appointment!!!

Here are the contacts (from the municipal web site) of the ones who voted for Mr. Humphreys:

Ward 1: Raja: 412-341-7252
Ward 3: Joe DeIuliis: 412-670-2584
Ward 4: Dale Colby: 412-341-9473

This is an important appointment. In combination with Marcia Taylor, who is already sitting on the board as a watchdog, David Humphreys will work to cut, cut, cut, making our library no more than a book distribution center, not the thriving intellectual hub that it is now.

Thank you for any help you can provide!

Anne Kemerer


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