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Upper St. Clair Library Earns Gold Star from Pa. Library Association

USC Library - Friday, October 05, 2018
Upper St. Clair Township Library earned a gold star status from the Pennsylvania Library Association. It is one of eight libraries in Allegheny County and one of 40 across the state to earn PA Forward Star Library status. 

"Libraries throughout Pennsylvania continue highlighting that they are more than book repositories, earning stars along the way and underscoring their continued connection in their local communities," said Christi Buker, Pennsylvania Library Association Executive Director.

"Our libraries provide safe spaces, shelter and community connections to programs ranging from financial education to how to care for others dealing with unexpected life changes," said Buker. "Using the PA Forward framework, libraries help patrons meet their own needs and those of their loved ones in an ever-evolving society. We are honored to be able to showcase their efforts and help all residents connect more with these community pillars."

PA Forward works through five key literacies -- Basic, Information, Civic & Social, Health and Financial -- to assist individuals in enhancing their overall quality of life. To continue helping libraries use PA Forward to demonstrate all their libraries offer, in January 2017, the Association launched the Star Library Program statewide. The Star Library recognition offers support to libraries who participate and integrate the literacies in their programming activities. Those libraries are recognized for meeting benchmarks within the bronze, silver and gold star levels of the program. While one star is awarded for both the bronze and gold levels, a total of five stars are awarded in the silver category. Libraries must demonstrate proficiency with each of the five literacies when working toward the silver level of the program.

Stars are awarded on a quarterly basis. The Allegheny County libraries honored are:
-Bridgeville Public Library - Gold
-Community Library of Castle Shannon - Silver 4
-Monroeville Public Library - Gold
-Plum Community Library - Silver 1
-Sewickley Public Library - Bronze
-South Fayette Township Library - Silver 5
-South Park Township Library - Silver 2
-Upper St. Clair Township Library - Gold

Commissioners Declare April 8-14 Library Week in Upper St. Clair

USC Administration - Monday, April 02, 2018





















Pictured above (L-R): Walker Evans, Beck Reitmeyer, Lisa DeLucia, Robert Ontolchik, Barbara Zimmt, Commissioner Elise Logan


The Township of Upper St. Clair Board of Commissioners declares April 8-14, 2018 Library Week in Upper St. Clair.

Commissioner Elise Logan presented an official proclamation to Library Board Member Robert Ontolchik at the Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday night. Logan and Ontolchik encourage residents to visit the library during National Library Week and see what's new at the Upper St. Clair Library.

"What a great operation we have here at the library," said Ontolchik.

According to Ontolchik, 325,000 items were checked out from the library in 2017. In addition, Ontolchik said the library ran 700 programs last year that 14,000 people attended.

Libraries have long served as trusted and treasured institutions, and library workers and librarians fuel efforts to better their communities. The Upper St. Clair Library provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programming, Makerspaces (spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn), and access and training for new technologies.

Librarians look beyond their traditional roles and provide transformative opportunities for education, employment, entrepreneurship, empowerment and engagement, as well as new services that connect closely with patrons' needs. Upper St. Clair librarians are committed to serving and providing educational resources and equitable access to information to all library users regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, ability, or socio-economic status.

Upper St. Clair Library Needs Your Vote to Advance In Best Library Contest

USC Library - Monday, February 05, 2018

Upper St. Clair Township Public Library has reached the sweet 16 in the ELGL’s competition to find the nation’s best public library. Now we need your vote to help get us to the next round. We are paired up against Pueblo, CO this week. Click here to vote.

Upper St. Clair Library is the only library in Allegheny County up for the award, because only libraries run by local government are eligible. The award is called the Leslie B. Knope Award, named after Amy Poehler’s character on the sitcom “Parks & Recreation.”

Round of 16 voting will end on Friday, Feb. 9. 

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