About Us

Vision/Mission Statement

The mission of the Mifflin Community Library is to create and promote free and equal access to knowledge for our community through dynamic media, technology and programming in a safe, welcoming environment.

History

The Mifflin Community Library’s story is an inspiring tale of dedication, perseverance, and determination. Founded in 1977 by the Shillington Women’s Club and housed in the former Shillington Community Center, the library struggled for years, able to provide only limited services.  When it lost its home in 1996 upon the sale of the Shillington Community Center and its collection was dispersed to the garages and attics of its supporters, its chances of survival seemed slim.  But the threat to the library galvanized support.  The library found a temporary home in the Mohnton Borough Hall in 1997, and in 1998, a group of dedicated volunteers began work to transform the rudimentary organization into a vibrant, full-service public library.  They aimed for a service area that comprised the territory of the Governor Mifflin School District.  Thus, the Mifflin Community Library (MCL) came to serve the township of Cumru, and the boroughs of Kenhorst, Mohnton, and Shillington, an area with a population of 26,340 in the 2010 census.

After achieving affiliate membership in the Berks County Public Library System in 1999, the library moved into a 1,100 square-foot rental facility in Shillington in 2000.  Finding those quarters quickly becoming too small, the library board launched a capital campaign which was conducted from 2000 to 2002 and provided the funds to purchase and renovate a former bank building located in the center of the Mifflin community.  The library began to operate in 2,927 square feet at this site in July 2002.  In that same year, the library also met the requirements to become a state-aided member of the Berks County Public Library System.  Again finding the library too small, the library board launched another capital campaign in 2005 to renovate the basement of the library for offices and meeting rooms and to build additions to the main floor of the library.  The new and renovated spaces were opened in March 2008, and the library has operated in the resulting almost 8,000 square feet since then.

A list of staff members and members of the Board of Trustees. The Mifflin Community Library Board of Trustees meets in the library at 7 pm. on the 4th Wednesday of the month except for two months when there are no meetings and December, when the meeting is on the first Wednesday of the month. Meetings are open to the public and are listed on our Events Calendar.

 

LIBRARY STAFF
  • Patricia Reichl, MLIS-- Library Director

  • Andrea Hunter – Youth Services, Part-time

  • Madison Kaley – Programs/PR Coordinator, Part-time

  • Melissa Cronrath - Library Assistant, Part-time

  • Patti Hutchinson - Library Assistant, Part-time

  • Melissa Inderbitzen - Library Assistant, Part-time

  • Liz Latch – Library Assistant, Part-time

  • Jennifer Hartranft - Library Assistant, Part-time

  • Lisa Nuss - Library Assistant, Part-time

  • Ashley Drew - Library Assistant, Part-time

 

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
  • President: Megan Huesgen, represents Cumru Township

  • Vice President: Colleen Stamm, represents Kenhorst

  • Secretary: Marilyn Eaken, represents Cumru Township

  • Treasurer: Carey Babczak, represents Cumru Township

  • Library Director: Patricia Reichl

  • Board Member: Karen Cook, represents Mohnton

  • Board Member: Brandon Seidel, represents Shillington

  • Board Member: Patricia Shermot, represents Shillington

  • Board Member: Rebecca Worley, represents Cumru Township

  • Board Member: Holly Garner, represents Mohnton