Millvale Community Library won't open for book lending for two more months, but several free summer programs for all ages will be offered.
The opening and programs were among topics discussed at the board of trustees' meeting last Thursday at the 213 Grant Ave. building, where stacks of books wait to be shelved.
After a discussion at of what remains to be done, the board decided to aim for an August opening. Installation of the inside sprinkler system is delaying completion, and vice president Lisa Seel said there are 20 boxes of adult books to be sorted.
A grand opening was discussed, including ways it could be publicized. Dominique Benzio, a summer intern at the library, said the Children's Museum is looking for locations to present its Make Shop program, in which participants make different things from wood, fabric or other materials.
Board president Brian Wolovich said maybe a Pop-Up workshop, one of the options, could be planned in conjunction with the grand opening. Ms. Benzio, a senior at the University of Pittsburgh, will apply for the program.
The board will consider a request from the Youth Advocacy League based at Shaler Area School District for the library to take over the role of fiscal sponsor from the district.
"The league would officially become a project of Millvale Community Library, yet continue to operate their programs," Mr. Wolovich said.
The library would serve as a parent organization to oversee league finances and enable it to approach foundations for grants, vice president Lisa Seel said in explanation.
Gregg Dietz, league director and Shaler Area teacher, and several members told the board they would like to separate the league from the schools and also would like to store their equipment in the building at 211 Grant Ave.
It is owned by the library and will be renovated through a revolving loan fund from Millvale for future office rental.
The award-winning youth league could rent two rooms not included in the main space, Mrs. Seel said.
League members described their activities, which are geared toward social justice, and said they want to be part of community growth.
A move to Millvale could attract young people from other schools, and Mr. Dietz, who said he is close to retirement from Shaler Area, said it could "bring kids into the library."
"It's a fantastic organization. The kids are part of important social change," Mrs. Seel said.
Intern Bennett Gould of Indiana Township said the library hosted 136 Shaler Area School District fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade pupils who were million-word readers in the Titan Trail reading program. They had a scavenger hunt, other activities and received prizes at the library. Titan Trail is a reading program whose participants strive to read 25 or more books.
Mr. Wolovich said a $10,000 grant from the PNC Foundation will provide funds to establish an early childhood literacy program.
These summer programs were announced:
• Millvale Junior Gardeners sessions, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, June 18 to Aug. 12. Elementary and middle school children can participate in gardening, learn about good and bad bugs and make garden crafts in the library's garden.
• Summer Storytime and Crafts, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 20 to July 25. Sponsored by Shaler North Hills Library, the program will take place on the back deck and include stories, music and dancing for children in preschool and elementary school.
• Summer Art Camp, sponsored by North Hills Art Center, 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 to 22. Participants design and make mosaic garden stones for the library grounds.
• Teen reading for grades 9-12, 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays. Participants will read "Perks of Being a Wallflower" and "The Great Gatsby," both of which were developed into movies.
To register for programs: 412-822-7081.
Volunteer help continues to be a crucial part of the library's development, and Mr. Wolovich invites volunteers to help any time from 7 a.m. to midnight June 24-31. Call 412- 977-7672.
Virginia Miller, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.