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Bridgeville Library Facing Major Cutbacks

A lack of volunteers and donations is forcing the Bridgeville Public Library to drastically cut back its hours beginning May 1.

A lack of volunteers and donations is forcing the to drastically cut back its hours beginning May 1.

The library is cutting its hours by nearly half and now will be open only 35 hours a week, which is the minimum to still be able to accept state funding.

The decision to reduce the hours is especially disappointing because and a new entrance to the McMillen Street building was paved recently.

Nino Petrocelli Sr., who is the borough council’s president and member of the library board, said volunteers and donations are the lifeblood for any library. But Bridgeville Public Library is having trouble getting interest from the community to offer help or money.

“I’m disappointed, but maybe that’s what Bridgeville wants,” Petrocelli said. “We haven’t got one person from Bridgeville to volunteer for anything. Not one person. It would be nice for someone to come by and say, ‘You need your grass cut? I’ll cut it this week.’”

He pointed to grass cutting, landscaping, snow plowing and window washing that are very costly and could be done by community members who want to help. He said the response to annual fundraising letters to Bridgeville residents has been anemic.

“People have to contribute a little more than they do,” Petrocelli said. “Nobody wants to volunteer to do anything. Everything we have to do we have to pay for.”

The library currently is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

That changes May 1, when the hours will shrink heavily and the library will be open 1 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The library will be closed every Sunday and Monday.

Donna Taylor, who is the library’s director, could not be reached for comment.

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Nino Petrocelli, Sr. April 27, 2012 at 02:18 PM
We also would like to clarify the remarks about our volunteers, without which the library could not function. The current volunteers, who help with the library operations, do an outstanding job and our library could not operate efficiently and successfully if not for those people that volunteer their time. We wish to express to them our most sincere gratitude. However, with the library budget reduced by half, the board began looking for areas that could be cut without affecting the quality of services the library provides to the community. A number of the budget cuts were made in maintenance areas, such as snow removal, landscaping including grass cutting, and cleaning services, which totaled about $8,000 in savings for the library. The volunteers we are seeking to reach out to and motivate through the articles in the Post-Gazette and the Chartiers Valley Patch are residents that would be interested in assisting the library with these kinds of tasks. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. It was not out intention to place blame on any residents, but to make people aware of the financial struggles the library is facing and to solicit additional support or assistance from anyone in the community who may be willing to donate his or her time or resources to the Bridgeville Library.
FunnyMoney April 30, 2012 at 10:49 PM
To the person that said a 1 Square Mile Community has no need for a 4 million dollar library I say BINGO.... They will tell you this was done without using the taxpayers money and they would be correct. But you wont hear about the 80+ thousand dollars the taxpayers did spend to build the "roadway" to the Library.Basically it is a driveway to the public library and was taxpayer funded. The road wasn't in the condition it was until they built the library ( it was torn apart by construction vehicles) and guess who was leading the charge to spend those taxpayer dollars???? Hmmmmmm To hear the backpeddalling from the original comments "not one person has volunteered for anything" is pure comedy. And in the apology to say it was "not our intention...." HA!!!! You said it, you were not misquoted. I'm wondering where the Plural comes in?? Only one person was quoted in this article. The facts may be the community was in need of more space for it's library but to the tune of 4 million dollars??? I dont think so....
Terry Jones May 01, 2012 at 05:52 PM
@funnymoney Why didn't we know this 'roadway' was being paid by the tax payers??? Lets open up the flood gates shall we Library Board..... What else are you not telling us? How many roads in this Borough need attention but NOOOOOO lets be shelfish and make sure the Library (that you can't afford) looks pretty! How irresponsible!
Mike Jones May 01, 2012 at 06:41 PM
@Terry... The council voted on paving the roadway last year. Here are the stories that I wrote in the meeting round-up portion about the authorization to solicit bids and the cost... http://chartiersvalley.patch.com/articles/bridgeville-streetscape-project-approved (and) http://chartiersvalley.patch.com/articles/bedner-s-neighborhood-entrance-still-up-in-the-air
Terry Jones May 08, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Councilman Colussy will get my vote. Its a shame he was the only one that wanted to protect the tax payors money. sad

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