• 2017 SHARPSBURG COMMUNITY LIBRARY PROJECT STEAM

  • 2016 PROJECT SEED

  • 2015 Beverly's Birthdays

  • 2014 Operation Backpack
  • 2013 Salt works
  • 2012  Angel's Place
  • 2011  Riding for the Handicapped of Western Pennsylvania
  • 2010 The Family Literacy Center
  • 2009  Allegheny Youth Development
  • 2008  Up for Reading
  • 2007  Girls Hope
  • 2006  The Neighborhood Academy
  • 2005  Children's Hospital Palliative Care Unit​
  • 2004  Pittsburgh Action Against Rape
  • 2003  Child Watch
  • 2002  Wings for Children
  • 2001  Child's Way
  • 2000  Woodlands Foundation
  • 1999  Court Appointed Special Advocate Program
  • 1998  Mount Ararat Community Center
  • 1997  The Lighthouse Foundation
  • 1996  Bethesda Center, Inc.
  • 1995  Debra House
  • 1993  Louise Child Care​
  • 1992 Pace School

WE HELP CHILDREN

We Help Children

PAST BENEFICIARIES

Beneficiary

SHARPSBURG COMMUNITY LIBRARY FULL STEAM AHEAD PROGRAM

 
2017 beneficiary


The Sharpsburg Community Library is a branch of the Cooper-Siegel Community Library and has primarily served the Borough of Sharpsburg residents since 1996. A continuous growth in usage at the Branch prompted an expansion and renovation project in 2014-15 that tripled the size of the library allowing for much needed additional materials,  programs and services.  


By the Numbers 

  • Open 30 hours per week 
  • 1,000 cardholders 
  • Nearly 15,000 items in the collection
  • 14 public computers providing free access to the internet and Microsoft Office software 
  • 20 programs per month for all ages
  • Nearly 2,000 visitors per month 
  • Over 2,500 items borrowed per month


Full STEAM Ahead Program Elementary school-aged children in Sharpsburg have limited access to STEAM activities outside of school due to a lack of discretionary income and personal transportation. This situation puts them at a grave disadvantage from other children in the same school district who come from more affluent homes. The Full STEAM Ahead program provides Sharpsburg children with an opportunity to learn by doing, which enhances what is taught in school and helps to level the playing field for them. In a pilot program at the library last fall, students used recyclable materials to learn about computer coding, physics and the water cycle as well as teamwork, collaboration and critical thinking.  
 
According to a recent community survey, Sharpsburg residents are concerned about the drug problem there and the amount of unsupervised children they see on the streets. The Full STEAM Ahead program addresses both of these problems as studies show that children who engage with afterschool programs are less likely to use drugs and participate in illegal activity.


The Herald recently featured Sharpsburg Community Library Full STEAM Ahead program:

http://triblive.com/local/foxchapel/11255372-74/library-sharpsburg-steam