Moores Memorial Library is Important to Homeschool Family

Mother helping daughter with homework

A local home school family uses their local library as a resource for educational materials and FUN! Read more about how much their local library means to them! 

A letter from Rosana Perez, home school mom

Dear Moores Memorial Library,

The present is to let you know how much Moores Memorial Library means to our family and how much I personally appreciate the great job you and your staff do.

Your library has made my job as a home school mom so much easier and fun. I know I am going to fall short on my list for it would take too much time and recollection to describe it all. However this is what comes to mind at the moment:

  • The whole family, except for me, who has been an avid reader all my life, has come to enjoy great literature by being introduced to audio books, read by lively readers. We enjoy both, the Play Away, for the personalized reading, and the CDs. Even my husband, who has never been a great reader, has been devouring books since he discovered audio books.
  • It is hard to measure the impact that having unlimited access to books has, for recreational purpose, as well as academic, teaching, parenting, and personal growth.
  • The summer programs were not only informative but inspiring and enjoyable learning, as much for my children as for me as a facilitator.
  • I cannot properly describe my sentiments when I witness my kids feeling at home and happy at the library. I still remember my first encounters with free libraries, in my mid twenties, having been an avid and very limited reader (book wise). I realize that my kids will never come to appreciate libraries the same way I do. More mesmerizing is observing their excitement when informed of a visit to the Moores Memorial Library. MML has this cheerful, welcoming ambiance that makes you want to be there. I strongly believe that these childhood experiences filled with good, unnoticed, emotions will mark their lives.
  • The free field trips to the Lancaster county museums and other sites allow us to make school field trips that would not be able to afford otherwise.

    Again, the list falls short. The borderline is how grateful and appreciative I am to all who make this possible.

    Thank you again for all you do,
    Rosana Perez



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.