Trafford rejoins library network
After a seven-month absence, Trafford's library is back in the computer system for the Westmoreland Library Network.
The reconnection of the Trafford Community Public Library to the county's Polaris system on Monday afternoon means the library's 850 members may resume reserving books, magazines and electronic materials from 18 other libraries for checkout in the borough.
The seven members of the Westmoreland County Federated Library System board voted unanimously in March to return the Trafford library to its system after determining it is viable again, said Nancy Gresko, executive director of the library system.
The same board voted in late September to cut the local library off from the system because of the money problems at the time.
Since November, the Pittsburgh-based Eden Hall Foundation has given the library an undisclosed grant and Trafford Council approved a $2,500 grant for the library's summer reading program. In the past, the borough's annual contribution to the library was $1,000.
Library officials also have stepped up their fundraising plans in recent months.
“We couldn't be happier,” Gresko said. “The board was very excited that they recovered so quickly.”
Trafford library director Sharon Peacock said she hopes the library's link to the county network will draw patrons back.
On a daily basis, library members asked staffed about being able to order items from other libraries, she said.
“(Having) the whole county catalog is invaluable,” Peacock said.
Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or email@example.com.
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