Mifflin County Public Library
Patrons Your Library Serves:
womb to tomb to residents of the county
What was your first library job?
Librarian at the East Juniata Jr.–Sr. High School in Cocolamus, PA.
Why are you proud to be a librarian?
I retired 5 years ago and FAILED retirement. I missed making a contribution to society — helping people to help themselves. Libraries do transform people, communities, and our country.
How do you stay inspired?
The smiles and the people who appreciate all the library provides.
What do you do for fun? What’s one thing people wouldn’t guess about you?
I read, don’t all librarians? My secret dream is to be on the US Olympic equestrian team.
Describe your best day at the library. What made it memorable?
OUR PROUDEST MOMENT IN 2014: The fire that devastated 19 of 21 homes in Juniata Terrace was a community tragedy. Fourteen of the 19 homeowners utilized the public access computers at the Mifflin County Library to file insurance claims, track their claim’s progress, and communicate with friends and family via electronic mail. One homeowner was enrolled in an online class completing coursework for a real estate license. She did not miss a class because of public computing availability at the library. We are pleased that our small contribution assisted these folks.
What are your favorite Demco products? (Oldies but goodies and newbies welcome.)
We love Demco book carts … they are durable and used for years and years.
If the sky were the limit, what would you do at your library?
I would make the library a one stop shop with a post office, passport office, makerspaces, meeting rooms, and it would be “attached” to a Walmart because everyone goes to Walmart.
How do you envision your library in 2025?
In 2025 we will have a new building with the above services.
What’s the best piece of advice you have for your fellow librarians?
You should never wrestle with a pig … you get dirty and the pig likes it (with all due respect to pigs).