Moms tell Barletta of library’s importance

The Shippensburg Public Library’s expansion plan and its children’s library operation were focuses of a recent visit to the library by Congressman Lou Barletta (R-11).

Barletta stopped by the library Nov. 25 as part of his tour of downtown Shippensburg following a luncheon organized by the Chamber of Commerce.

Jo Anne Coy, president of the library trustees, joined Barletta in a tour that sparked lively conversation about the library’s role, the nature of the planned expansion and the potential source of additional funding.

Sysha Irot, Director of Youth Services, introduced Barletta to several library patrons, including Vycki Cornell, Misty Knight and Ambreya Scarlett – who bring their children to children’s reading programs.

Scarlett credited the library’s youth programs with fueling her son’s acquisition of a love for books and helping him develop social and self-management skills, while associating with other children and adults in a library environment. Scarlett also told Barletta the library enhanced her own social connectivity

Knight, a mother of two children ages 8 and 11, applauded the important social opportunities library programs provide for parents and caregivers of young children who may feel isolated in their homes or are new to the community.

The moms cited youth programs like Weekly Toddlertime and Weekly Preschool Storytime. A full list of the library’s youth programs for ages birth through 18 years is available at


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