Meyersdale Public Library Board of Trustees

The information place

aka Meyersdale Public Library   |   Meyersdale, PA   |  https://meyersdalelibrary.org

Mission

The Meyersdale Public Library provides materials and services to help community residents obtain information meeting their personal, educational and professional needs. Special emphasis is placed on early childhood literacy, supplying adults with current reading materials, providing reference services to students (at all academic levels) and other information seekers, and making facilities available for local individuals, organizations and agencies to do community work. The library serves as a learning and activities center for all residents of southern Somerset County.

Ruling year info

1980

Library Director

Mrs. Terri Y. M. Foster

Main address

PO Box 98

Meyersdale, PA 15552 USA

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EIN

25-1120679

NTEE code info

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a definite need for reliable information services in our service area. Our service area consists of nineteen municipalities in southern Somerset County, which is a rural mountain area with many needs. There are many families living below the poverty level. School districts of small enrollment spread over many square miles face limitations in resources. Our service area falls below average in most health statistics. Area employers report a lack of qualified candidates for today's job market needs, while job seekers struggle to find employment for which they are qualified which pays a living wage. Many people are not computer literate. Aggravating these factors is a lack internet access for local residents, due to a combination of rural terrain and the limited financial means of many families. There is also virtually no public transportation in our area. People have difficulty accessing services that tend to be centered in the county seat of Somerset,

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Standard Library Services

The library has a collection of approximately 30,000 cataloged items, for circulation and reference. Items include books, large print books, audio CD books, periodicals, and DVDs. The library also loans Play-K kits (educational toy kits on specific themes) to parents and home school groups. The library offers Inter-library Loan (ILL) services, as well e-book and audio downloads through our District Library’s collection.
The library has internet-connected public computers. Public Wi-Fi is also available. Staff members are called upon to help members of the public who need to complete online tasks but have little or no computer knowledge. As much help as possible is offered, within the limits of staffing. Beginner computer learning sessions are also offered occasionally.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Pennsylvania Room of the Meyersdale Public Library contains a wide range of local history and family history records. It has one full-time archivist and one half-time archives assistant who tend the collection and assist with reference/research queries.
The work has included digitization projects. The Pennsylvania Room's latest project has just been added to PA Photos and Documents in the PA POWER Library -- 485 images from past PA Maple Festivals.
The library is a member of the Heinz History Center's HCAP (Heinz Center Affiliates Program) and currently involved as one of 15 sites in their Civic Empathy Through History project.
The library is a member of the American Association for State and Local History
The Library is a Family Search Affiliate

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Barbara Lint Walukas Memorial Learning Center is a room available for use by community agencies and non-profits for meetings with clients, and by tutors and other providers of helpful services to members of our community. Students may arrange to take proctored online exams in the Learning Center, supervised by the Library Director.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Preschool Story Hour is a weekly fun and educational hour of stories, learning games, crafts, and songs for young children,meeting October through May.
We also participate in the One Book Every Young Child program, initiated by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries. The Library Director normally visits area Pre-K classrooms once each school year to read to and interact with the children, inviting them to come to the library with their families. Each child receives a copy of the designated book, as well as a take-home pack with information about the library and early literacy development for the parents. During the pandemic, we have used our website and social media (including a new You Tube channel) to deliver as many services as possible, including virtual story hours and links to a variety of online resources.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Parents

This is a large, five-week summer program normally featuring stories, crafts, games, and guest presentations, based on a theme determined by the Collaborative Summer Library Program. Children 5 and under must attend with an adult; older children may come with a parent or attend independently. The program typically closes with a picnic. In 2020, the in-person program had to be replaced with remote options. In 2021, the program was held outdoors at a nearby park, which is also our plan for 2022.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Tween Club is a normally a summer program which features movies and discussion of the books upon which they were based. Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Meyersdale Public Library group, members receive their own copies of the books to keep. Teen Read is an independent reading/logging program that allows teenage readers to win prizes based on their amount of reading. Teen Read was able to continue in 2020 with a combination of the Beanstack online platform and paper logs. The Tween club did not meet in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we plan to revive it for the summer of 2022.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Throughout a typical year, the library hosts a variety of special programs, often about area history, but also about health topics and the arts. 2021 featured community discussions of civil discourse. 2022 is featuring community discussions related to Mental Health Awareness.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents

The library entryway contains bulletin boards for job postings and for community events. The library also has a kiosk and other displays, with brochures on a variety of subjects that library visitors may take home and keep. Materials available include those related to financial literacy, health education, substance abuse/addiction, employment, and college financial aid. We are grateful to the FPL Energy Meyersdale Wind Power Fund of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for helping to fund this project.

Population(s) Served
Adults

This is our newest programming area, and has been one of the hardest-hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be hosting Robotics and Electronics Camp this summer in conjunction with County Library personnel and resources. We also have take-home kits which can be borrowed for home STEM learning.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide the opportunity for lifelong learning. We seek to meet the information needs of our service area, and enhance the literacy level of the general population. We aim to have a diverse and lively collection of books to stimulate the love of reading. We strive to provide programming which educates, enlightens, and fosters a lifelong love of learning. We aim to bring county service providers to our part of the county, to make it easier for people to access them. We endeavor to provide internet technology access to those who lack it at home. We try to improve information literacy. Too many people do not critically assess information they read and the sources from which it comes. We aim to help people make better judgments in this area.

We are a PA Forward Gold-Star library. PA Forward's tagline is "Literacy is POWER. Libraries provide the FUEL. For you, for your community, for Pennsylvania.

Pa Forward stresses Five Literacies: Basic Literacy, Information Literacy, Health Literacy, Civic and Social Literacy, and Financial Literacy. We use this framework to evaluate and implement programming to improve the literacy level of our communities.

We are small but mighty! Our staff is extremely dedicated. While our facility is undersized, we make the most of the space we have. Staff engages in continuing education to keep up with library best practices. Our director near completion of the ALA-approved MSLS (Master of Science in Library Science) degree at Clarion University.

Our cataloged collection contains approximately 30,000 items, with many more accessioned and archived items which are not in the general catalog. We've increased our online outreach due to COVID-19 restrictions, and adapted to pandemic protocols. We've networked with other organizations, such as the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, to enhance our history resources. We are currently in the process of increasing our outreach with area schools.

Financials

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Meyersdale Public Library Board of Trustees

Board of directors
as of 4/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Michael Paulman

1st Summit Bank

Term: 2020 - 2022

Kim Clapper

Systems Engineer

Raymond Helinski

Riggs Enterprises

Sharon Ackerman

Somerset County Register of Wills & Clerk of Orphans’ Court

Melanie Reckner

Educator (retired)

Tiffany Stanley

Attorniey-at-Law

Joseph Renzi

Superintendent, Salisbury-Elk Lick School District

L. Fred DiPasquale

Self-employed

Catherine Quinn

ASPIRE Grant Development

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/21/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.