Library to host flea market June 15

BURGETTSTOWN – The Burgettstown Community Library will hold a community flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15, weather permitting, inside and outside the library located at 2 Kerr St.

Tables are available for $10 for a six-foot table outside or $20 for an inside table. Residents are invited to rent tables and sell their wares; call the library for information.

The library’s summer reading program is themed “Dig Into Reading,” and will be held for five weeks, beginning in July and ending with an August picnic. Those participating will learn about root vegetables, tractors, big rigs, quads, yard animals and bugs and worms. It is open to children in pre-school through age 13.

In the fall, the library will join the Burgettstown Area School District in welcoming the Duquesne University Tamburitzans. The dance troupe will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at the high school auditorium. All seats are reserved. Tickets for the Tamburitzans’ performance will go on sale July 1 at the library. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Phone reservations are available by calling (724) 947-5116; leave a call-back number if no one is available.

Adult Tai Chi classes are held at 11 a.m. Thursdays for a $10 donation.

The library hosts the Burgettstown Doll Club from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. the last Wednesday of each month. The club is open to those of all ages interested in collecting 18-inch dolls. Those interested are asked to call the library to pre-register. The next meeting will be May 29.

Board meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is June 4. The public is invited to attend. The Burgettstown Community Library Friends of the Library group assists with fundraising efforts and volunteer work. Those interested in joining can call (724) 947-9780.

The quilting group meets at 6 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. The Quilters and Friends of Quilters groups meet the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be June 13. The group supports both beginning and experienced quilters, sharing ideas and patterns. Newcomers are welcome; call the library to register.

Fort Vance Historical Society research assistants are available to assist with requests for genealogical and historical information. The group also is working to digitalize its collection of records and items so library patrons can access them from the library’s computer network. Those interested in making donations toward that goal can ask at the library.

The library will be closed Monday, Memorial Day; July 4, Independence Day; Sept. 2, Labor Day; Nov. 28-29, Thanksgiving; Dec. 24-25, Christmas; and Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to noon, Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Patrons have the ability to download free eBooks and audio books from the library’s website at

The library is in the midst of a fund drive, seeing cuts to state aid and increasing costs of operation. The library’s annual operating budget is $90,000, and the library receives an allocation of $21,000 each year from the state, leaving a shortfall of $70,000.

The library received a $13,000 Ovington Foundation Grant for upgrading technology for the One-Card Washington-Fayette Counties system in December. Officials also secured a $1,000 Colibri grant toward the purchase of children’s books, and a $800 National Slovak Society grant toward the children’s reading program, courtesy of the Avella Local Assembly 588.

The library is holding a continuous book sale, with mysteries, romances, biographies and children’s books available. Hardback books are $1, and paperback books are 50 centers.

The library is in need of paper towels, toilet paper, hand soap, scotch tape, paper clips, ink pens, Post-It notes, postage stamps, art supplies, children’s snacks, printer paper and cleaning supplies.

The library benefits from deposits at the ABITIBI recycling containers, located at the library and the Barbush Community Center’s baseball field entrance. The library is registered for the Labels for Education program. The eLabels for Education program also is available. Those wanting to participate may visit and register their frequent shopper card from a participating store and select the organization they want to support. To earn double Label points, participants can redeem labels in addition to having them registered through the e-program. The library also benefits from those designating the library of their choice of charity to receive rewards from their Petrucci’s IGA Loyalty Card.

Call (724) 947-9780.