A logo helps connect an organization with its patrons, yet for its entire history C.C. Mellor Memorial Library was without a recognizable visual symbol to go along with its name.
When library director Erin Pierce decided it was time for that to change, it turned out that symbol was waiting within the architecture of the 104-year-old building itself. CCM worked with the husband-and-wife design team of Kimberly and Alan Rader to create something that visitors to CCM Edgewood would know immediately: the three distinct windows over the main entrance.
“We wanted to incorporate something that spoke specifically to the facility, and one of the things we realized was that the three windows were very visually stunning and very easily identifiable with CCM as a brand,” Rader said.
Although the library is much more than just the building it calls home, there’s something special about CCM Edgewood. The Mission-style building designed by architect Edward B. Lee opened in 1918 and is designated by the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation as a Historic Landmark. In his book, “Pittsburgh: An Urban Portrait,” author Franklin Toke called it a “public monument” and “one of the best public buildings in the city.”
“So much of what we do is out in the community, in the schools, the parks, on our patrons’ devices, in our Forest Hills location,” Pierce said. “But the heart of the library is right here in this building that is instantly recognizable, a beacon to the community. This logo does a spectacular job of pulling that together.”
C.C. Mellor Memorial Library’s book sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year, with more than 15,000 items on sale over five days.
The weekend will kick off with a preview night for area residents and their guests on Friday, March 11 at 6 p.m., hosted by the library’s community groups. This is a great time to join your friends and neighbors in browsing and purchasing books in a relaxed atmosphere. The cost per person is $20 at the door. Dealers and scanners are welcome at the preview party.
Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 are the main sale days. Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15 are bag sale days. Fill a grocery bag for $6. Bring your own bag or get one at the sale.
Friday, March 11 – 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (Preview Night)
Saturday, March 12 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Monday, March 14 – 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15 – 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
We also need volunteers!!!
The book sale is only made possible with the help of many hands! Volunteering is a great way to browse thousands of books, and help your local public library. Volunteers help unpack boxes, put books on the tables, keep the tables stocked during the event, and help with repacking on the final day. We will need assistance March 9-15. Sign up at the adult services desk on the second floor at CCM Edgewood or email Sharon Parrish at email@example.com.
Are you a local artist who's interested in supporting the library? Donate a piece of your work to our Silent Art Auction to help fund children's programming at C.C. Mellor! All shapes, sizes and varieties of art are welcome, from professional and amateur artists alike. Click to find more information as well as a submission form, or stop in to fill out a form in person. Questions? Email Erin Tobiasz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Face masks are required at both our Edgewood and Forest Hills branches.
Complimentary masks are available at the desk at both locations.
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