In June 1984, talk began of creating a library branch in East Pennsboro. Because of the distance, many people felt that the West Shore Public Library was too far away for East Pennsboro Township residents. The Township agreed to provide the location rent-free and pay for utilities if West Shore Public Library would supply the books and materials. The proposed location was on the second floor of the former Midway School; after renovation, the other sections of the building would become Township offices.
The East Pennsboro Branch Library opened on Monday, October 7, 1985. Initially, the Branch's collection was created from West Shore Public Library’s reserve collection of duplicate books. Also, as an Eagle Scout project, Jim Tezik spearheaded a drive that garnered 1,127 books to be added to the collection or sold to provide money for newer books. Until 1991, a small group of volunteers operated the library.
The East Pennsboro Branch Library still occupies those three rooms on the second floor of the Municipal Building. It now houses over 17,000 items.
East Pennsboro Branch Library's Offerings
For over 20 years, Fredricksen's branch library located in the East Pennsboro Municipal Building has featured many of the offerings of much larger libraries. Current services include:
- children's programs
- adult programs
- computer terminals
- wireless Internet
- over 17,000 items to borrow
- access to over 600,000 items system-wide