The Board of Trustees of the Lansdowne Public library consists of seven members and one Borough Council liaison. The Library Board Meetings are regularly scheduled at 7:30 P.M. on the third Tuesday of each month, except July and August. The meetings are held at the Twentieth Century Club (84 S. Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA).
Borough Council Liaison
Donald Fry, Neil Ronk,
Are you passionate about libraries and the role the Lansdowne Library plays in the Lansdowne community? The Lansdowne Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking applications from interested Lansdowne residents to serve on the Library Board. The Library Board is a seven member body responsible for determining policy, providing fiscal and physical oversight, and long range planning in order to provide the best possible library service to the Lansdowne community. The Board of Library Trustees of the Lansdowne Public Library meets on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m at the 20th Century Club (84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA). In addition, there are occasionally other planning sessions, workshops and attendance at community meetings.
The Library Board wishes to send its deepest sympathy to the family of Betty Marlino.
Betty passed away on October 15, 2019. Betty was President of the Board of Directors of the Lansdowne Public Library for 32 years, spearheading a campaign to fund a new library, which was dedicated October 15, 1983.
Betty Marlino was an integral part of the Lansdowne community.
In particular she was a persistent, thoughtful volunteer and advocate for the Lansdowne Public Library. Her dedication and insight were a crucial part of the creation of the new library building in 1983.
The new building created not only expanded space but opportunity for more resources and a vision that has carried the library into the twenty first century. As a community, we will never forget the love and care Betty gave to the library.
Reflections on Betty by Neil Ronk, Current Library Board Member
I will always remember the afternoon Betty Marlino asked me to join the Board of Trustees of the Lansdowne Public Library. It was a January afternoon in the checkout line at the Borders bookstore in Springfield. A casual conversation of how much I loved the Library quickly became a conversation about how I could help the Library. Within two minutes Betty had me lined up to sit on the Board! I have had the honor of being on this Board since that conversation in 2002. Betty was like that.
It was with sadness that I heard of Betty’s passing last week. Communities like Lansdowne depend on a lot of individuals to volunteer their efforts to make a town more welcoming. Especially small towns like ours. She and her husband Joseph were always in the forefront helping to get things done. Betty served on a lot of different committees but the Lansdowne Library was her passion
The Library that visitors see today is a tribute to her tenacity to always put the interests of the Library in the forefront of Borough Council and the community as a whole. She felt that the vigorous outreach of the Library would help Lansdowne transition to the needs of a twenty-first century community. She was a powerful advocate for this effort.
I think of the Lansdowne Public Library as the “Crown Jewel” of the borough. I am proud when I walk into the Library and see it serving so many different roles. The Staff is thoroughly professional and very friendly. A lot of this image is due to Betty’s work behind the scenes. We are a better Library because of Betty Marlino’s commitment.
She truly left our Library better than when she started her efforts. There can be no greater legacy.
-Neil W. Ronk