Educational Institutions

Ligonier Valley Library Association

  • Ligonier, PA
  • www.ligonierlibrary.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ligonier Valley Library is to provide free, open and equal access to ideas and information to everyone.

Main Programs

  1. Children's Department
  2. General Services
  3. Pennsylvania Room
Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

ruling year

1966

Principal Officer since 1976

Self-reported

Ms. M. Janet Hudson

Keywords

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Ligonier Library, Ligonier Valley Library, Library, Public library

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EIN

25-1125581

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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The Ligonier Valley Library functions as a center of information, education, and entertainment. It is a reference center, a reliable record of the past, and a source of recreation. The library facilitates self-education and study and encourages recreational reading for all ages by offering a cataloged collection of print and non-print media. Although books remain the foundation of the collection, the increasing diversity of resources has led the library to explore new ways to provide for patrons' needs. Computers, on-line databases and electronic media enrich the collection and provide enhanced access. The library supports educational, civic, and cultural activities in the community by offering a variety of programs, lectures and exhibits. The Pennsylvania Room contains one of the finest local history collections in Westmoreland County. Ligonier Valley Library is a member of The Westmoreland County Federated Library System, Westmoreland Information Network (WIN) and Access Pennsylvania.

Programs

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

Program 1

Children's Department

The Children's Department is where youngsters are first introduced to the many possibilities that books and libraries have to offer and where life-long reading and library habits are shaped and nurtured. A comprehensive program has been developed for children ranging from toddler to the older elementary student. Pre-school story hours promote reading readiness and group socialization; toddler story hours encourage interaction between parent, child, and librarian through the use of books, finger plays, and nursery rhymes. The popular summer reading club encourages children to read books during summer vacation. Special events are presented throughout the year. The Children's Department currently has a collection of 18,000 items including books, audio-visual materials, and software programs. There are 3 computer workstations with word processing software and the Internet and 2 on-line catalogs for searching the juvenile collection.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

60,000

Program 2

General Services

The library provides a local collection of more than 70,000 titles including books, DVDs, compact discs, and audio-books. Our patrons also have access to a regional collection of more than 500,000 titles including downloadable e-books and audio-books. We also provide: Inter-library loan and delivery service, WiFi, Internet and word processing computer workstations, a community room, a conference room, a quiet study area, an online catalog of library holdings, online databases, a copier and microfilm reader, a used bookstore in the building, a Facebook page and a website. Ligonier Valley Library is a member of the Westmoreland Federated Library System, the Westmoreland Information Network, Share Westmoreland Consortium and Access Pennsylvania.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$516,124.00

Program 3

Pennsylvania Room

The purpose of the Pennsylvania Room of the Ligonier Valley Library is to collect, preserve and present books, photographs, documents and memorabilia relating to the history of Pennsylvania in general and Ligonier Valley in particular. We also collect genealogical records on western Pennsylvania families. Programs and exhibits are sponsored by the Pennsylvania Room. These include genealogical seminars, classes or speakers on historical topics, programs in conjunction with the Children's department, historical field trips, and the annual historic photography exhibit. Archival material is collected, preserved and made available for study. This includes original documents as well as photocopies of primary source matter such as wills, deeds, letters, diaries, photographs, and business and organization archives.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Budget

43,000

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

Ours is a free public library without charge for its regular services. Accordingly, we must look for voluntary contributions for a substantial portion of the resources needed to provide high quality library services to the community. Public library service is evolving at a rapid pace. Our mission of encouraging life long learning remains constant; however the nature of how we get information and materials into the hands of our customers is changing at an accelerated rate. Technology is creating exciting new opportunities for libraries but it is also creating new challenges, many of them financial. Declining revenue, due primarily from state budget cuts and loss of investment income has slowed growth and curtailed services. The board of trustees and library staff continuously develop and evaluate new strategies for strengthening library service while ensuring fiscal soundness for current and future operations. The library seeks support on many levels: Ligonier Valley Library Association: The backbone of our financial support is our annual giving campaign. Those who contribute to this campaign become part of the Ligonier Valley Library Association. Planned Giving: Long-term support to the library can be made through planned giving. The Vine Society-Legacy Giving was created to recognize and honor all who provide planned gifts to support library operations. Endowment Fund: Gifts, bequests and memorials may be made to the library's endowment fund. Investment income from this fund provides revenue for annual operations and special projects. Re-Readables Bookstore: Offers donated books for sale. Operated by volunteers. Volunteers and donations of gently used books are always welcome. All proceeds benefit library operations. Grant Support: Many library programs and services are supported by grants from businesses, foundations and individuals. .

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LIGONIER VALLEY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Ligonier Valley Library Association

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. M. Janet Hudson

BIO

More than 38 years of experience providing library services. She is the administrative officer of the library having the duel responsibility of maintaining staff efficiency and working in cooperation with the Board of Trustees in carrying out the policies of the library. Responsibilities include collection development, developing and administering the library's annual budget, program planning and implementation, public relations and community outreach, and supervision of professional and paraprofessional staff.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Our vision is to create a place in the community where people actually want to be. The library will offer something of value for all residents, from the smallest child to the oldest senior citizen. Whether they choose to read eBooks or print books, use the Internet, attend lectures and classes, participate in activities for children or just need social interaction in a non-threatening environment, our library is willing to adapt to their needs and expectations. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Peggy McDonald

Artist

Term: Jan 2012 - Dec 2012

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