Health Insurance Enrollment Help


Answering Your Community’s Health Insurance Questions

Due to federal outreach and advertising budget cuts, plus a six-week reduction in the open enrollment period for health insurance, many people are confused about how to shop for health insurance plans.

Please use the following information to help people in your community.  You might want to consider posting the information on your website.

Fast Facts

  1. The enrollment period started November 1 and ends on December 15.  (In prior years, the enrollment period lasted until January 31.)
  2. Consumers can find free enrollment help at
  3. Consumers who know they are eligible for financial assistance can shop on the exchange at (Remember: the site will not be available during open enrollment from midnight until 12 p.m. on every Sunday except December 10.)
  4. Consumers’ Checkbook, a plan comparison tool that was released by the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance last year, now displays plans for 2018.  It allows shoppers to compare on- and off-exchange plans using a variety of factors, including monthly premium and estimated yearly cost. The plan comparison tool is also valuable for those who do not qualify for financial assistance and could be affected by the rate increases necessitated by the Trump Administration’s decision to end payments for cost-sharing reductions.
  5. For more information on 2018 ratesand additional resources for shopping for health insurance, visit

Patron’s Drive 50th Anniversary

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Library Patrons Drive & provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our history. 50 years ago, the Library faced the challenge of not having enough funding to purchase the library materials that the community desperately needed. So, the library turned to the community and began a new annual tradition, the Patrons Drive.

Over the past 50 years, the community’s response has been whole hearted, providing the Library with more than $1,500,000 worth of contributions in that span of time. Today, the Patrons Drive accounts for 50% of the Library’s annual materials budget.

Of course, 50 years ago the definition of materials was quite different from what it is today. Back in 1967, “materials” meant books & only books. Now in 2017, books are still our most popular & largest purchase, but our collection has grown to include audiobooks, eBooks, music and videos. And within the next year, we will be adding digital conversation & editing capabilities.

Through the nature of materials has changed over the decades, the need to provide them to our community continues. I hope that you will join the patrons of the past & respond with equal generosity to this year appeal.

Please donate in the knowledge that 100% of your contribution goes to the purchase of new materials.

IT Specialist Opening

MPL is seeking a full time IT Specialist to assist in providing tech support for the libraries of Crawford County. Experience with Linux and Open Source software and familiarity with networking and hardware are desired. Education & experience are negotiable but candidate must possess the drive to learn new technologies and to find creative ways to deploy them to support library services.

Job Description

Assist in development & deployment of CCFLS IT systems and services, such as public and staff computing, networks, library websites, and other services that support library functions
Documentation of development & deployed services
Provide tech support to library staff & support library systems
Support miscellaneous tools such as projectors, security cameras, 3D printers, etc.

Proficiency in Linux system administration
Familiarity with Puppet, Docker, Ansible, XenServer, pfSense, etc.
Familiarity with basic networking and hardware principles and security practices
Familiarity with desktop & server hardware, printer administration with CUPS
Familiarity with WordPress, Apache, HTML, CSS, MySQL, git, and other web tools
MS Windows and Chromebook administration basics
Excellent writing & communications skills; excellent customer service skills
The drive to learn new technologies & to find creative ways to deploy them to support library services
A valid driver’s license and a car for travelling to county libraries

Submit your resume and apply in person at the Main Desk, or mail to:

Meadville Public Library
848 N Main St
Meadville, PA 16335
ATTN:  IT Dept.