California Area Public Library

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The California Area Public Library provides service to borrowers of books, periodicals, etc. and computer access to the public.

Programs and Services

  • When the COVID-19 pandemic caused the CPL to close its doors between March 14 and May 20, 2020, our patrons were frustrated that we couldn't provide access to the Internet via public computer or printing, photocopying, and faxing. Our digital and audio book collections could be used from home, and virtual programming could be posted to Facebook or the website, but we could not help with computing and printing. We could not think of an alternate source for "home office" services.
  • The CPL purchases many newly published books which interest our patrons, and it encourages them to read beyond their favorite authors by providing variety. Some of our patrons share generously after they have read their own bestsellers; these gifts are crucial to extending our offerings. When we weed older titles from our shelves, we do so with an awareness of retaining books which reflect popular or classic titles that are no longer "hot" but that reflect cultural interests that capture an era's essence.
  • In the fall of 2019, our director attended classes for Play and Grow, a Commonwealth Libraries grant project. She refreshed her knowledge about working to grow strong families and provide activities to encourage brain growth in young children. She carefully shopped to outfit the library with fun, STEM-based toys. COVID-19 has presented challenges. It affected her efforts to hire a Children's Program Specialist who presents planned programs. COVID-19 also means that we can't play with the toys right now.

Primary Revenue Sources

Commonwealth funds, county funds, private donations

Primary Fundraising Event

WCCF Gives, private solicitation, book sale

2018 Financials

Federal Tax ID25-1408644
Net Assets$80,734


Name:Claudia Bennett
Address:100 Wood St.
California, PA 15419

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