Visit the Milanof-Schock Library and it’s obvious that it’s a beloved and very utilized part of the community.
As the very popular event facilitator, “Miss Jan”, noted, library personnel were nearly overwhelmed by the kick-off to the Summer Reading Program that was held in early June. “We had 345 children here on Saturday,” she noted. “It was a huge success!” she said of the event that saw every child leave with a gift of a book.
The library’s roots date to 1962, when a Girl Scout troop began operating a “library” as a community project. The demand exceeded expectations, prompting the establishment of a bookmobile stop in Mount Joy. Two years later, a library was established in an empty storefront. By 1993, it became obvious that the library had outgrown the space. A capital campaign was launched to raise $1.1 million. Two major gifts totaling more than $800,000 were provided by Anne Milanof (a volunteer at the library) and Clarence Schock (the head of SICO and its philanthropic foundation).
The Milanof-Schock Library, which opened in 1999, was named the “Best Small Library” in 2006 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Library Journal. The library’s offerings make it obvious why it has been able to develop such a community connection. Yes, books are the main draw, but the library offers so many ways for community members – especially children – to discover the world.
The newest endeavor is acquainting visitors with the environment and how each of us can protect it through the plants we grow and creating pollinator-friendly environs. It’s obvious the message is getting out – Miss Jan and her guests, Master Gardener Michael Cassidy and his wife, Jeanne, presented a pollinator program to a packed house on a recent Wednesday morning.
Family-friendly summer events are open to the public. Visit mslibrary.org to learn more.
Food Truck Thursdays
Food trucks will be onsite every Thursday through August 24 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.
August 25: Love Your Library Benefit Bash
Event will feature live music, food trucks, games/activities and silent auction. 4-7 p.m.
1184 Anderson Ferry Rd., Mount Joy.