In November 1962, Bridgeville Public Library opened its doors on Washington Avenue with the focus of providing reading material to the local community. As the library grew, it moved to the Penn Central Railroad Station and caboose on Station Street, where it would stay for the next forty years. In 2011, the library’s collection had grown to approximately 20,000 items, prompting another move to its current home on McMillen Street.
In the six decades since its founding, the services and variety of materials provided by the library have expanded significantly. Today, one can check out board games, Wi-Fi hotspots, and Storytime Bundles. The library’s role in the community has also grown. Staff perform outreach to local schools and daycares and often partner with local organizations on projects and programs.
This month, Bridgeville Public Library celebrated its rich history and 60th anniversary with a series of events, coinciding with Allegheny County’s Love Your Library campaign. The library hosted a Patio Party and Wine Tasting evening, a Family Game Day with mini-golf, and concluded the festivities with a celebratory Gala.
The Gala, attended by Senator Devlin Robinson, State Representative Anita Kulik, and family members of the original library founders, offered a unique opportunity to reflect on the library’s past and toast to its continued future.