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New director to head South Fayette, Bridgeville libraries

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A Western Pennsylvania native with more than two decades of experience has been tapped to lead the South Fayette and Bridgeville libraries.

Cheryl Napsha of Bethel Park begins her new role Nov. 17.

“This is the most exciting position,” Napsha said, a native of Neville Island. “(The libraries) have a great board, and the two communities are visionary.”

Napsha was the director of the Bethel Park Public Library from 2000 to 2007. Most recently, she was the director of the Provincetown Public Library in Massachusetts. Napsha supervised a $2.1 million renovation project there.

She considers herself creative, a program builder and a believer in team building.

“With 15 to 17 combined employees, she could take that on very easily,” said Bob Milacci, president of the South Fayette Library board of directors.

Officials received 20 resumes for the position.

“It wasn’t any one thing but a combination of things,” said Milacci, of what led the board to choose Napsha.

They noted her overall experience, her leadership at large and prestigious libraries, and evidence of successful grantwriting.

Napsha had selected her career path because it suited “my love of learning and the flexibility to grow in many directions.”

After many years away from the Pittsburgh area, it took only a mention of this opening by a friend for her to respond.

“I applied the second it was posted,” Napsha said.

She has found the South Fayette facility to be “small and active, well used and poised to do great things.”

She remembers when Bridgeville’s library was in a former train station and railroad car. It was “adorable” then, now it’s “stunning.” The building, located on McMillen St., was completed in 2011.

The South Fayette Libary is located on Millers Run Road.

While Milacci described Napsha’s first weeks as hectic, she is looking forward to building relationships and planning a coffee or reception to meet residents of both communities.

The libraries are jointly managed to save on operating costs.

At a salary of $49,000 and a $5,000 bonus for the management of Bridgeville, Napsha replaces Rebecca Long, who left the director’s position in August, having led both libraries since January.

Dona S. Dreeland is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5803 or [email protected].

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