Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Township to Manage Bridgeville Library under One-Year Contract

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Township to Manage Bridgeville Library under One-Year Contract

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South Fayette and Bridgeville libraries are forming a partnership to save money and boost services.

South Fayette Township Library is set to take over management of the borough library under a one-year contract reached by library leadership last week.

Starting Jan. 1, South Fayette will oversee the Bridgeville library staff and handle about $100,000 in state and county funds for Bridgeville's payroll, programming and materials.

Staff at the Bridgeville library will focus on working directly with patrons, while South Fayette will handle behind-the-scenes operations, said Marilyn Jenkins, executive director of the Allegheny County Library Association, or ACLA, the umbrella organization of 44 local libraries.

The Bridgeville library board voted 4-1 on Nov. 19 to approve the partnership, following the South Fayette board's unanimous approval in October.

South Fayette library director Rebecca Long will head both libraries, and the Bridgeville staff will become South Fayette employees, South Fayette library board president Robert Milacci said.

The Bridgeville library has struggled with funding and reduced hours since replacing its tiny library on Station Street nearly three years ago with a $4 million, 7,800-square-foot building on McMillan Street.

South Fayette has been considering possibilities for expanding its library, which occupies 1,900 square feet in the township building, 515 Millers Run Road, about two miles from the Bridgeville library.

Although the option has been discussed, there is no confirmed plan to relocate the South Fayette library to a proposed civic center in the former Star City Cinemas on Route 50.

The main source of each library's operating income is a combination of state money, casino table gaming revenues and funds from the Allegheny Regional Asset District, or RAD - all transferred via the county library association.

In 2014, the South Fayette library will get about $94,981, plus manage an estimated $101,133 on behalf of the Bridgeville library, she said. …

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