November 19, 2012
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Zara Moss

Every week, The Cranberry Eagle will spotlight a local volunteer, providing a glimpse into what makes them tick.

QUESTION:What led you to become a volunteer?

ANSWER: I thought it would be a good way to give back to my community. I love the library and I wanted to help make it a more enjoyable place for everyone in Cranberry Township.

QUESTION: In your opinion, what is the single greatest challenge your charity or organization faces?

ANSWER: Lack of funding.

QUESTION: What is the greatest benefit that you get being a member of your organization?

ANSWER: I get to help organize fun events at the library for children and teens.

QUESTION: How do you balance your time as a volunteer with the demands of school and family life?

ANSWER: Being a Cranberry Library TAB (Teen Advisory Board) member is not overly demanding. And my family helps me by fitting the TAB events into their schedule.

QUESTION: What is the biggest reason that someone should consider being a member of your organization?

ANSWER: It’s a fun way to help the community while spending time at the library with other teens. We plan a lot of awesome activities, preview books, movies and CDs for the Teen Section and help write a newsletter.


ORGANIZATION: Cranberry Public Library


HOMETOWN: Cranberry Township

RESIDENCE: Cranberry Township

FAMILY: Father, Greg Moss; mother, Julie Moss; sisters, Ava and Bianca Moss; and guinea pig, Cali

If you would like to nominate a volunteer from your nonprofit/charity organization, simply e-mail us at cranberrynewszoominternet.net.


Founded in 1973, the Cranberry Public Library occupied 120 square feet in the municipal building with a collection of 200 books. The township population was about 7,485 people.

In March, 1991, the library moved into its present facility and occupied 11,000 square feet in the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. With the new children’s wing addition, which was added in January 2002, the library now encompasses 15,300 square feet with an expanded computer/reference lab.

The current number of registered patrons is more than 33,000, and there is an annual circulation of nearly 300,000 items. The number of items in the library is more than 94,000. The township population is more than 28,000.

As the busiest library in Butler County, CPL is open seven days a week during the school year, and only closed on Sundays during the summer months.

CPL is looking forward to opening a self-serve coffee bar, adding eBooks to the collection, and updating the children’s space with a fresh coat of paint and new carpeting. Funding for all of these improvements and services is thanks in part to the library’s annual fundraising campaign. Donations can be made online at the library’s website, by mail, or in person.

Working side by side with library staff in nearly every activity of the library, volunteers are an integral component to the success of CPL. Individuals 14 and older are welcome to apply to become a volunteer for CPL.


WEBSITE: www.cranberrylibrary.org

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Cranberry Public Library is to bring delight to the spirit of our community and region by serving as the destination for exploration, enrichment, information, creativity, collaboration, inspiration and discovery.

TO VOLUNTEER: Volunteers can contact the library at 724-776-9100 and speak with Pat DiFiore. Copies of the Volunteer Handbook and application forms are available at the library’s website