Volunteer at Moon
Volunteers are a big part of what makes Moon Township Public Library wonderful. We have volunteers who clean, make repairs, prepare books for circulation, and even teach classes. If you’re a fan of the library and want to give back, a proud Moon Township resident looking to contribute to your community, or considering joining the library, nonprofit, or education career fields, this is a place to get involved.
Want to volunteer? Great! Apply here.
Work for Us
Open Position: Moon Township Public Library Director
The Board of Trustees of the Moon Township Public Library seek an enthusiastic Director who will set and meet high expectations in leading a talented team as it moves the library forward in a strategic manner. Trust and transparency with staff, Board and community stakeholders must be core values for the new Director. The ideal candidate will possess ingenuity and be proactive in the implementation of an existing strategic plan. This is a full-time position inclusive of daytime, evening and weekend hours.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Plans and coordinates the daily operation and administration of the library.
- Determines staffing needs, recruits and hires library personnel, administers responsibilities, evaluates performance, and promotes development. Ensures continuing education requirements for libraries are met. Ensures quality communication of policies to staff and public.
- Leads staff and volunteers to provide patron assistance, plan programs and activities, oversee the maintenance of collection development, and provide outreach to the community.
- Responsible for planning, organizing, and directing all of the library’s new and ongoing fundraising including, corporation and foundation giving, annual fund, planned giving, special events and capital campaigns. The Director works closely with library staff, volunteers, outside organizations and the Board of Directors in all fundraising endeavors.
- Plans and measures services, programs and staffing to achieve library goals and objectives. Prepares regular reports on current progress and future needs.
- Prepares and adheres to the library’s annual operating budget in consultation with staff and the board. Supplies facts and figures to the board to aid in interpreting the library’s financial status and needs.
- Reviews and records library statistics to meet reporting requirements of the Allegheny County Library Association and Commonwealth Libraries, as well as providing statistical information for grant proposals. Submits reports according to deadlines established, (including but not limited to) grant reporting, monthly board reports, state report, audit, and planned usage of state aid.
- Recommends policies to be adopted by the library. Implements policies and decisions of the board and the Allegheny County Library Association.
- Be actively engaged by attending LAC meetings, regional meetings, and ACLA General Membership meetings. Serve on committees as requested by ACLA.
- Participates in professional library associations, and other professional organizations to remain current on developments and advancements in library science.
- Working knowledge of public library administration, management, current information technologies; library marketing practices; principles of collection development and maintenance; library programming, special events.
- Foster and maintain relationships with community groups, educational institutions, and the overall community at large.
- Act as liaison with the municipal authority, Moon township and Friends of the Library.
- Perform other related duties as necessary to meet the needs of the Moon Township Library.
Education and Experience:
- A master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution preferred.
- Experience in a public library atmosphere with supervisory experience preferred.
- Must have a thorough understanding of public library operations.
Preferred knowledge of public library operations within Allegheny County.
- Preferred experience working with diverse populations.
- Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Communication Skills: Ability to read and interpret professional journals, financial reports, legal documents, business correspondence; communicate effectively in both typewritten and oral form. Able to present in a public setting.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to think analytically and to use data as a guide in the decision making process. Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment. Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, peers, administration, volunteers, other community agencies, and the public at large.
How to Apply:
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter (with salary requirements) and resume to MTPLBoard@gmail.com.
We accept money donations both in person and online. If you want to give us a check, address it to Moon Township Public Library and either mail it to us Attn: Heather Panella or hand it to a staff member in person.
Donate online via Allegheny County Library Association’s Website.
Use Amazon? Go to www.smile.amazon.com and set Moon Township Public Library as your charity recipient. A portion of all of your purchases will be matched by Amazon and given to the library.
Item Donations, Honorariums & Memorials
Do you have extra books hanging around that you want to give to a good cause? Or would you like to make a gift in honor of someone’s birthday, graduation, or passing? We accept donated items or money in our Donations, Honorariums & Memorials programs.
Tax receipts are available.
Item Donation Guidelines
- New or gently used fiction
- New or gently used nonfiction
- New or gently used young adult (teen) books from the last 15 years
- New or gently used picture books or board books
- Vintage books
- Unused workbooks or activity books like arithmetic practice or crossword puzzles
- Books about Moon Township, Pittsburgh, or Pennsylvania history
- Filthy, moldy, or damaged books
- Books containing personal or sensitive content such as diaries or finance records
- Books containing pornographic or highly violent visuals
- Used workbooks or activity books
- Medical, legal, or financial books from 3 years ago or older
- New or gently used DVDs or Blu-Rays
- New or gently used CDs
- New or gently used audiobooks
- New or gently used vinyl records
- Video games for Playstation 3 & 4, Wii & WiiU, XBOX 360 & XBOX One
- Filthy or damaged items
- Cassette or VHS tapes
- Video games for Mac, PC, or handheld devices
- Items containing personal or sensitive content such as diaries or finance records
- Pens, pencils, permanent markers, highlighters and dry erase markers
- Blank notebooks or notepads
- Scotch and packing tape
- Kid-safe and non-toxic art supplies such as crayons, washable markers, or finger paints
- Craft items such as construction paper, glue sticks, stickers, craft foam, felt, ribbons, string, PlayDoh, or glitter
- New tissue boxes, paper towels, and menstrual pads and tampons
- Cell phones and other electronic devices
Blankets for Project Linus
Moon Township Public Library is a drop-off site for Project Linus, a nonprofit which provides blankets for children in need. Recipients include multiple Western Pennsylvania hospitals and care shelters. Blankets and blanket-making supplies must meet certain safety and health requirements and are picked up about once a month.
- Baby: 36 inches X 36 inches
- Child: 40 inches X 60 inches
- Teen: 45 inches X 72 inches
- Most popular: 54 inches X 60 inches
- 100% cotton fabric
- Acrylic yarn
- Fleece (single layer only)
- Recommended: fun colors and creative designs
- Blankets must be washable and stored in smoke and mold-free areas
- No fringe, loose yarn ends, loose fibers, selvage, buttons, or any other choking hazards
- No blankets made from burlap, felt, rags, tapestry, vinyl, wool, or yarn made with wool or metallic threads
- No fabric paint. Only use markers
- Wash & dry blankets in fragrance & dye-free detergents, lint roll off any pet hair, and remove all pins before donating
Project Linus also accepts the following supplies:
- Card stock
- Full or partial yarn skeins
- Joann Fabrics gift cards
- Postage stamps
- Printer paper
- Quilt batting
- Sewing thread
- Washable fabrics made out of cotton, flannel, or fleece for quilting
Learn more about Project Linus by going to the Project Linus PGH website or Facebook page.
Eyeglasses for the Coraopolis-Moon Township Lions Club
Donate your used eyeglasses by dropping them off in the box in our lobby for the Lions Recycle for Sight program. Recycled glasses are distributed to people in need in low and middle income communities where they will have the greatest impact. Find out more about the Lions Club’s eyeglasses recycling program on their website.
American Flags for Boy Scout Troop 198
Boy Scout Troop 198 collects used or damaged American Flags to give them a proper retirement ceremony. Place your flag in the white and starred box in our lobby so it may be retired.
Aluminum Can Tabs for Ronald McDonald House
Pop off your aluminum can tabs and drop them off into the Ronald McDonald House box in our lobby. Tabs are sold to a local recycling company and the proceeds are sent to Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides temporary housing to families in need. A local troop of the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania collect our aluminum tabs every other month.
Honorariums & Memorials
If you have a loved one who passed away or a friend graduating college, we offer a way for you to honor their legacy and achievements. By donating at least $20 in a person’s name, you can add books, movies, or CDs to the library’s collection for other people to enjoy.
When you create an Honorarium or Memorial, you choose the subject matter you’d like to feature and our staff picks items to purchase in your honoree’s name. A donation plaque with the honoree’s and donor’s names is placed inside every purchased item before it is added to our collection.
Start your Honorarium application or your Memorial application now. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive a payment of at least $20 for the item purchase(s).
Buy from Moon
Note: Some purchases are subject to sales tax.
For Sale at the Library
New release books: $2
Hardcover books: $1
Paperback books: $1
Mass-market paperback books: $0.25 to $0.50
Children’s books: $0.50
Oversize/Coffee Table Books: $5
Vintage books and vinyl records: $1 and up (individually priced)
Movies & Audiobooks: $1
Tote bags: $8
Sarris candy bars: $1
Sarris chocolate pretzels: $2
Chips & cookies: $0.75
Book Bundles are tote bags filled with at least 5 books, CDs, games, or movies by a single author or on a particular theme. Past Book Bundles include big authors like James Patterson and Danielle Steele, nonfiction books about STEM or art history, themes like YA Favorites and Historical Romances, and bundles like Disney Princesses and Eric Carle for kids. Occasionally you can Build a Bundle by selecting 5 books on the designated table.
Book Bundles are sold in our library, bag and all, for $10 each.
Spring Book Sale
Every spring, Moon Township Public Library holds a sale in our Sky Room over a three-day weekend. Items for sale include books, movies, music, audiobooks, art and crafts.
Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Library hold a used book sale for one week every September for discounted prices. Find out about the 2017 book sale on our blog.