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About Us

At the Burgettstown Community Library, we believe that knowledge is power and that everyone deserves access to it. That's why we are proud to be a free local library, offering a wide range of programs and resources for all ages. Whether you're a bookworm, a tech enthusiast, or a curious learner, we have something for you.

Step into our library, and you'll find a welcoming atmosphere where you can explore a vast collection of books, magazines, and digital resources. From bestsellers to classics, our shelves are stocked with diverse reading materials that cater to all interests and tastes. Our dedicated librarians are always ready to assist you in finding the perfect book or answer any questions you may have.

But we're more than just a library. We're a hub for community engagement and connection. Our programs and events are designed to bring people together, fostering a sense of belonging and camaraderie. From storytime sessions for children to book clubs for adults, there's always something happening at the Burgettstown Community Library.

 

In addition to our regular programs, we also offer special workshops and classes that cater to different interests and hobbies. Whether you want to learn a new skill, explore your creativity, or enhance your digital literacy, our library has got you covered. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are always eager to share their expertise and help you make the most of your library experience.

At the Burgettstown Community Library, we believe that everyone deserves a safe space to learn, grow, and connect. We are committed to providing a welcoming environment where people of all backgrounds and ages feel valued and respected. Come and visit us today, and let us be your gateway to knowledge, inspiration, and community.

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Meet The Team

Board of Directors

Officers

Elaine Kennedy, President
Emily Shoup, Vice President
Kelly Ward, Secretary
Chelsey Bordo, Treasurer

Members

Ralph Bartoletti

Annette Iannetti

Susan Johnston

Cortney McConnell

Cara Henke

Krissy Taylor

Barbara Orion

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

Albert Einstein

Our Story

The Burgettstown Community Library came into being in the early 1940s, a product of the efforts of the Junior Women’s Club.  Its first location was on Railroad Street, in the Culley Building.  

From there it was moved to the old McMurray building, then to its present location on Kerr Street, when the original building was constructed in 1956.  

In 1975, a significant expansion program was begun, aimed at joining the original Library and the adjacent education building, belonging to the Burgettstown Area School District.  

This move resulted in a quadrupling of space, as well as providing a large, well-equipped meeting room, and a display room for the Fort Vance Historical Society.  

2004 marked yet another expansion.  A generous bequest from the estate of Eugene and Nell Petrucci provided matching funds for a Keystone Grant.  

The grant, written with the guidance of Phil Esno, enabled the library to not only expand and renovate, but to create a new parking facility and improved handicapped accessibility.

In its long history, the Burgettstown Community Library is indebted to several long-serving, gracious and generous people:

    Katherine Pyle, who was with the library since its beginning, served the library until her retirement in 1974.

     Elizabeth Scott, who was called into the institution in its infancy, and who later helped design the original building while serving as Acting Librarian.

     Roberta Lee, a very active member of the Junior Women's Club of Burgettstown was instrumental in the formation of the library.

     Arletta Zelenko, who served the library for over twenty years and helped the library transition during its last period of expansion and renovation.

In addition, there are countless others who, while unnamed, helped create and nourish the library and foster a truly unique legacy.  

It is this legacy that causes each generation to take pride in this community asset.....our library.  And every year we add new materials, new services and new programs to continue that vision and that legacy.

Original library in the Culley Building, on Railroad Street
The McMurray home, later to become the second home of the Burgettstown Community Library
The current Burgettstown Community Library, dedicated November 13, 2004
Early 1950s exterior view of the library
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