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Baldwin Borough Public Library is looking for more friends

| Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Randy Jarosz | For the South Hills Record
Cindy Hayhurst, 12, (front), Susan Hayhurst and Baldwin Public Library President Paul Hayhurst enjoy a meal at Chik-fil-A Wednesday, June 18 in Pleasant Hills, to raise money for the new Baldwin Public Library.
Randy Jarosz | For the South Hills Record
Maryann Kestner of Baldwin Borough (left) and Marian Fedak of Mt. Lebanon, both friends of Baldwin Public Library, take part in spirit day at Chik-fil-A, Wednesday, June 18 in Pleasant Hills, to raise money for the new Baldwin Public Library.

The Baldwin Borough Public Library has Friends — more than a dozen of them. And it's seeking more.

The Friends of Baldwin Borough Public Library formed during the second half of 2013 with a goal of providing added support to the library.

Now 15 strong, the independent group that meets monthly at the library is looking for more members and new ways to bring in patrons and funds to the community hub.

“We'll take any and all bodies,” said Nancy Musser, of Bethel Park, an adult services librarian at Baldwin library, who volunteers as a member of the Friends group.

The idea for a Friends group started under former library director Joyce Chiappetta, who retired in September.

A group of former library board members, patrons and retired community members began meeting in October to discuss bringing new people and money to the library.

The money raised now goes to general operating costs for the library, but someday could be used for a new building, library director Jenny Worley said.

“We want people to come in and see what we're about,” Musser said.

The Friends group has organized a flower sale and fundraisers at area restaurants, and is planning to participate in Baldwin Borough's Community Day on Aug. 2.

The group meets in the library program room at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.

Each member joined for a different reason. Joe Kestner saw the sign in front of St. Albert the Great parish on Churchview Avenue that referred to a “future home” of the Baldwin library.

The 1965 Baldwin High School graduate, who attended ninth grade in the Wallace School building, where the Baldwin library now rents space, said he wanted to be part of plans for a new building for the library.

“I'd like to see a separate building,” he said.

Others wanted to help give back to the place they spend their days.

“I read every day,” said member Darlene Beward Perrotta, of Whitehall, who visits the Baldwin library daily for Internet access. “I just love libraries... They have a plethora of things.”

Fundraisers in the past mainly were organized by the library board of directors, Worley said.

“Now we have two sources of fundraising,” she said, noting that library leaders must fight every year to ensure the library maintains funding from the state, Regional Asset District and local leaders.

Members of the Friends will only be asked to do as much as they can. “Make phone calls, maybe cook spaghetti,” said member Rosemary Willis, of Baldwin Borough.

Attending every meeting is not a requirement.

“If you can bake, that's good. If you can buy baked goods, that's fine,” Musser added. No matter what people can do, the Friends, nearly in unison did agree that: “We need support.”

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or shacke@tribweb.com.

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