Moores Memorial Library – a fun place to be!

The thought of going to the library never thrilled her when she was young —find out what happened to change this woman’s view…

Mary_Ellen_Sendecki_CHR_Library_PatronA letter from Mary Ellen Sendecki

Our libraries are fun places to be!

Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

The thought of going to the library never  thrilled me when I was young. There was  usually something or someone that I thought was weird or not the way I thought it should be. The librarian in the school library was very strict and did not tolerate much noise or commotion. And I couldn’t seem to remember to get my book back on time, so I would always end up with a fine. The card catalog was beyond my concentration or patience to do that much alphabetizing. And, so, when I found a section of William Farley’s horse stories, that is where I returned every time I went.

Now, I am 53 years old and see the library in quite a different light. With our children’s homeschooling education to think about, I visit the library often. Moores Memorial Library has a staff of people that have become my friends. They have helped my family through many projects, like research papers, DVD reviews/rentals, computer and printing assistance, and they encourage us to keep going when things get tough. You can always get ideas from listening to staff at the library, and we don’t feel like we have to be so quiet all the time. It’s OK to laugh a little and to let the library be the exciting place it should be. How else can we pass on the love of learning and reading than to share our excitement sometimes? We really appreciate the inter library loan system, which makes it possible to usually find what you are looking for.

Yes, the library is not the dead end, scary kind of place that it used to be for me. It has become a shining light that helps us to see the path ahead in our homeschooling journey at times. I would encourage anyone to utilize the resources that our communities offer through our library systems. They are fun places to be!



The federal government funds public libraries.

False. Lancaster County’s public libraries raise a substantial portion of their budgets through fundraising efforts Lancaster County’s libraries far exceed the national average.

All libraries have the same hours of operation.

False. Visit the individual library’s page for hours at your local library.

Many public libraries in Lancaster County have a book shop that is open year round.

True. Check with your local public library if they have a library book shop. In fact, the Lancaster Public Library also has an off-site book store at 225 North Marshall Street in Lancaster.

You can use the Library's online research tools such as ProQuest for homework and research papers at home.

True. Visit the website and enter your library card number for access to the websites.

Our libraries seem to have plenty of staff and in some instances appear to have too many.

False. It’s important to keep in mind many of the people you see stacking shelves or assisting in the library are actually volunteers.

I don't know how to set up an email account and the libraries do not offer computer help.

False. Several libraries offer help with email account set up, searching the Internet, and using Windows. Click here for the library overview of services to learn more.

You have to return a book to the same library that you checked it out from.

False. You can return a book to any library in the Library System of Lancaster County.

100% of funding for public libraries comes from the state government?

False. While the state of Pennsylvania does help support your local library, these dollars are prone to cuts and are inconsistent from year to year. For most libraries, these dollars account for a very small portion of their overall budget. Your public library counts on local support and contributions through fundraising to raise the majority of their annual budget.