Monday, April 6, 2015

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's 2014 Community Partner of the Year!

Maggie McFalls, Linda Lieu, Amber Rooke, Renee Greenlee, Bruce Kraus, & Maria Joseph.
Photo courtesy of  Renee Greenlee Photography

We are extremely pleased to share that The Brashear Association was awarded the
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's 2014 Community Partner of the Year!  

"A new award, Outstanding Community Partner, was created this year as a way to recognize outstanding organizations and corporations that have enhanced library services and programs by building capacity through staff volunteerism, in-kind donations or sponsorship. This award, which was nominated by library staff, was presented to The Brashear Association for its partnership in the ALEC (Allentown Learning and Engagement Center), bringing a variety of literacies and education, such as story times and children’s programming, to the residents of Allentown and building a stronger sense of community."
-A CLP press release excerpt

Amber Rooke receiving the award on behalf of the Brashear Association.
Photo courtesy of  Renee Greenlee Photography
We were proud to be nominated along side so many hardworking and well deserving organizations, We are still in shock! 

What a great honor it has been to work in partnership with the Carnegie Library Lyncs team on transitioning the pop up space in Allentown into ALEC, Allentown Learning and Engagement Center. The Lyncs staff, Knoxville and Carrick libraries continue to be dear friends to our agency and more specifically our Education Department as we continue to partner through guest librarians, teachers and special programs at ALEC. To read more about our partnership go here.

Renee Greenlee, Brashear's former Education Coordinator, was instrumental in laying the groundwork between The Brashear Association and CLP.  She worked hard to make sure this partnership a success and a valuable resource for the Allentown community.  After Renee left the agency to pursue further schooling, Amber Rooke, continued to grow the many efforts that had been established by Renee through continued after school and summer programming as well as the introduction of new Saturday programming and extra curricular events.

Mike Smialek, Emily MacIntyre, Amber Rooke & Renee Greenlee.
Photo Courtesy of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Further congratulations to Mike Smialek and Emily MacIntyre for receiving the Adult and Teen Outstanding Advocates of the Year!

A big thank you to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Lyncs team at Carnegie Library and all the hard work and effort put forth by The Brashear Association's Education Department team and volunteers for making Allentown Learning and Engagement Center a viable asset in the hilltop community.   A very special thank you to  Maggie, Maria, Linda, Dan, Holly and Christian.
Thank You!


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