The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) has named the Chester County Library the 2019 Library of the Year.
Each year, PaLA recognizes members that have contributed significantly to the library profession and the betterment of libraries in Pennsylvania. Its newest award – the Library of the Year – honors a library that exhibits excellence in serving its community, advancing staff development, and leadership.
“This award is our way of shining a light on what all librarians, library staff, and our volunteers do to continue promoting the value libraries bring to communities they serve,” said Christi Buker, PaLA Executive Director.
Every staff member at the Chester County Library participates in community outreach events. Among the library’s many accomplishments is its evolving and diverse partnerships with community agencies, including the Financial Stability Center and the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center.
The Chester County Library is committed to maintaining a professional, knowledgeable, and well-trained staff. Each year, a Staff Development Day is held for staff, working closely with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries to ensure they meet continuing education standards. Various in-house training programs are held to enhance skill levels and to keep staff abreast of human resource topics.
“On behalf of the staff of the Chester County Library, I wish to thank the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Awards Committee members for this great honor,” said Chester County Library Director Marguerite Dube. “I would also like to thank our Board of Trustees, our Friends groups, and the County Commissioners, who encourage participation in state and local association activities, community engagement, and professional development, helping to make this award possible.”