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Muncy library honored with county citation

By Staff | Oct 17, 2018

BARB BARRETT/The Luminary A citation of recognition was given to the Muncy Public Library for 80 years of service to the community. Standing left to right are William Ring, board member; County Commissioner Rick Mirabito; County Commissioner Jack McKernan; Crystal Millard, director of the Muncy Public Library; and Mary Ann Way, board member. Sitting is Evelyn Derrick who has served on the board since 1984. Absent from photo are board members Diane Schneck, Mike McAllen, Amy Fry and Nicole Coppes.

MUNCY – Eighty years of service is a long time, and on Tuesday, October 9th, the Muncy Public Library was given a citation of recognition by the Lycoming County Commissioners honoring such a milestone.

Attending a brief ceremony before the monthly board business meeting were some of the board members with directors, Linda Strausser and Crystal Millard.

Presenting the Citation of Recognition were County Commissioners Rick Mirabito and Jack McKernan. “We are here for your 80 years in existence,” they told the board. McKernan pointed out the dedication of the staff and their willingness to reach out to new members. “Lycoming County is blessed with sponsors like our library system which is like no other county in Pennsylvania. We do our best to support your library,” he said. “A library board is not present in all county libraries.”

As of September of this year there have been 15,439 visits to the Muncy Public Library with over 20 thousand transactions. There have been 136 programs presented from January through September and more than 1,341 children have been served so far this year.

Averaging 1500 visits a month, Commissioner Mirabito said it is important that many are using the local library “with a broad cross section of our constituents.”

A brief history was given before the citation was presented. The Muncy Public Library had its humble beginnings as a project of the Ladies of the Tuesday Study Club in 1938. For the first 25 years the library was housed in a room at the Muncy Historical Society.

In 1965 the library was moved to a former store at 15 N. Main Street where it was open 20 hours each week. In 1970 the library opened in its current location with Mrs. Betty Stugart as the first hired librarian.

A fire destroyed much of the first floor in July of 1981, and the community came together to rebuild. A new children’s section and teen area were added.

Today the library offers more than just books. Available for take out are DVDs, audio books, periodicals plus six computers are readily available during their 45 hour week of operation.

Plans to build a newer, much larger facility are in the works and a fundraiser is slated for Saturday, October 27th at the First United Methodist Church which will feature a murder mystery dinner theater. Tickets are available at the Muncy Public Library and a used book fundraiser will also take place that afternoon inside the library.