Following the regularly scheduled Commissioners Meeting held Thursday, April 11 at the Bradford County Courthouse, the Library System of Bradford County presented the Commissioners with library cards, giving them access not only to the nine libraries in the County, but also all of the resources of the Commonwealth libraries via the Access PA program.
Library System Trustee and Spalding Memorial Library Board Secretary, Jackie McNamara, quipped, “A library card is a ticket. It can help you understand the past, navigate the present and be prepared for the future! And it is free! Oh, the places you can go!”
Vice President of the System Board and Towanda Public Library Board, Tomoko Henty, echoed her enthusiasm, stating, “I just hope every single Bradford County residence has a library card.”
During the meeting, Commissioner Daryl Miller introduced System Administrator, Lea Chisum-Chaffee, for the reading of the National Library Week proclamation that was then formally approved by the board. A brief overview of plans for the System was given including this year’s Summer Reading Launch Party in partnership with the Bradford County Airport and associated events. All three Commissioners expressed excitement about the direction the libraries are taking and in particular the upcoming ode to Space with Summer Reading 2019: A Universe of Stories.
After the adjournment of the meeting and some lighthearted teasing, Commissioners Daryl Miller, Doug McLinko, and Ed Bustin posed with System Administrator Lea Chisum-Chaffee, Library System Board Vice President and Towanda Public Library Board Vice President Tomoko Henty, and Library System Board Trustee and Spalding Memorial Library Board Secretary Jackie McNamara on the steps. The Commissioners held posters while the System Board members held library cards. Unfortunately the Commissioners will need to actually go to the library to register their cards, but they were allowed to keep their posters, which sources say may be displayed in their offices.
The Library System of Bradford County is comprised of nine independent libraries including Green Free Library in Canton, Allen F. Pierce Library in Troy, Bradford County Library in Burlington, Mather Memorial Library in Ulster, Spalding Memorial Library in Athens, Sayre Public Library in Sayre, Monroeton Public Library in Monroeton, Towanda Public Library in Towanda, and Wyalusing Public Library in Wyalusing. Currently there are over 29,000 active cardholders who benefit from print materials, audio, and visual items, e-resources, databases, and local programming in addition to access to computers and the Internet. The libraries are funded through State Aid, local municipal support and, in large part, by donation or endowment.