North Central Library District Newsletter
Going the Extra MileApril 2015
In This Issue
Fundraising 101
The "Whys" and "Hows"

Want to know what it takes to plan and implement a fundraising program? Kate Gallagher, with The Pennsylvania Association of Non Profit Organizations (PANO), will be at James V Brown on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 1PM to 4PM for a district workshop. The workshop will address:

  • Roles of Board and Staff in fundraising
  • Fundraising policies
  • Case for support
  • Annual fundraising plan
  • Grant writing toolkit
Please register by May 6th.

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Greetings NCLD Members!
Wednesday, May 13, 10AM at James V Brown Library  is the first District Advisory Council meeting of the year. In the afternoon, (1PM to 4PM) PANO will be presenting a fundraising workshop that will concentrate on planning. If there's one thing we all have in common, it's the need to fundraise. You won't want to miss it. Registration info is included to the left. 

Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development Outlines Vital Importance of PA's Libraries



The Governor's Advisory Council has completed a document for our new Governor, administration and legislature outlining the vital importance of Pennsylvania's libraries and highlights five areas that must be addressed by the new administration and the legislature to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access--through libraries--to the resources they need to be successful.

As you all know, our libraries serve Pennsylvania residents in many crucial ways and further the educational goals of our Commonwealth. The GAC is sending their recommendations to Governor Tom Wolf, Acting Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera, legislators, partner organizations (PaLA, PSLA, PCBL), and interested others.

Please send it to your own local legislators and any other interested parties. Together we can make a difference!



Governor Wolf Proposes Level Funding

A new Projection of State Aid to Public Libraries for 2015-2016 has been updated on the Office of Commonwealth Libraries web site. This is of course a projection since the new state budget has yet to be passed. The proposed budget includes level funding for the Public Library Subsidy and the Library Service for the Visually Impaired and Disabled, a slight increase for the State Library, and a decrease in Library Access. 
  • $53,507,000  Public Library Subsidy   ( level-funded ) 
  • $  2,821,000  Library Access   ( down $250,000 / - 8.1 % )
  • $  2,567,000  Library Services for the Visually Impaired and Disabled   /  ( level-funded )
  • $  1,965,000  State Library   ( up $8,000 / + 0.4 % )

Summer Reading

As you plan your summer reading programs remember to consult the Summer Reading Program Outcome Evaluation Checklist. Outcomes evaluation is a component of the summer reading evaluation survey to be completed at the end of the program. 
Did You Miss the Mandated Reporter Training Last Year?


If you missed last October's Mandated reporter Training or if you have new staff members that need the training, click  here to find information from the Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance on ways to get the training. 

Clearances: There have been many many questions about which employees and volunteers should have clearances. There are differing opinions about the meaning of "direct contact with children" and "routine interaction". It is advisable to seek legal counsel when crafting a mandated reporter policy. We'll be posting some example policies in the future as they are developed and adopted.
Here are some updates to the Overdrive digital library web site eBranch2Go, scheduled to go live on Wednesday, April 29. And here are library stats for the year to date.