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Trafford Community Public Library adds some new friends

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

A new Friends of the Library group is planning a series of fundraisers this year to support the Trafford Community Public Library.

The group is trying to maintain residents' interest in the facility after library board members last fall said dwindling funds could have forced its closure. A grant for an undisclosed amount of money from the Pittsburgh-based Eden Hall Foundation in November helped to boost the library's budget while board members work on a long-term plan for sustainability.

“It's back up and running, and this is just to supplement it,” said Matthew Bauman, a library board member who is involved with the Friends group.

The new group, which had its first formal meeting last month, already has scheduled an April 6 fundraiser through Papa Rocks Pizza Pub at the Haymaker Village plaza in Monroeville.

Later this month, volunteers will circulate fliers promoting the fundraiser at the library and Trafford businesses. If a customer shows the flier when ordering at the pizza shop on April 6, Papa Rocks will donate 20 percent of the customer's bill to the library.

Papa Rocks also has run similar promotions for the Penn-Trafford hockey team, the Gateway High School German Club and other groups in the region.

The hockey team raised $280 last year from the $1,400 in sales for its promotion, Papa Rocks owner Bob Guiliani said.

“It's a nice fundraiser for the organization, and it brings some business in for us, so it's a win-win for everyone,” he said. “It's not a huge, huge fundraiser, but every little bit helps.”

Bauman said the Friends group wants to grow from the eight people who attended the February meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 19 at the library.

The group already has booked the River City Brass Band for a Nov. 16 concert at Trafford Middle School and is considering a summer picnic at B-Y Park.

“We're just trying to let the public know that we're trying to give back,” Bauman said. “The library is a really important pillar of the community.”

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or

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