Costly New Building is the Reason for Bridgeville Library's Problems
Michael Aquilina III, who grew up in Bridgeville, wrote a letter to the editor responding to claims that the library is struggling because of a lack of volunteers.
To the editor:
I'm writing in regard to Bridgeville Public Library board member Nino Petrocelli's comment in Tuesday’s story on Chartiers Valley Patch (Bridgeville Library Facing Big Cutbacks) regarding the library's need to cut hours and layoff staff.
While I greatly respect Mr. Petrocelli's contributions to the Bridgeville area over the years, his comment that "not one person" in Bridgeville has stepped up to help the library is false.
The library does, in fact, have a dedicated group of volunteers who regularly donate time, effort and money to help the library with their operations and programming. These volunteers include several of my friends and family, and I'm shocked that Mr. Petrocelli would gloss over the existence of this generous group of area residents.
I find it interesting that Mr. Petrocelli chooses to place the blame for the library's deficit on the residents of Bridgeville, while not addressing the library board's fiscally irresponsible decision to build a new $4 million facility, apparently with no pledges of any significant ongoing support from the community.
If the library board is going to try to pin the blame for budgetary issues on area residents, they should first defend their decision to construct the new facility.
Michael Aquilina III
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