Barb Anderson was 13 years old when the Red Lion Public Library first opened on North Main Street. Before 1963, the closest public library was in downtown York, so residents welcomed the small space with open arms.
"It was not much bigger than an office," said Anderson, now 62. "It was run by some school teachers, some stay-at-home moms."
In the past 50 years, the library has undergone significant growth, with moves and name changes in 1968 and 1999. A circulation of 1,000 items has grown to 47,000, including audiobooks, DVDs and other multimedia items.
And Anderson, a lifelong Red Lion resident, has remained involved, first as a volunteer - one of more than 100 - and now as a library assistant.
"There's just a tremendous passion for the library in general," said Don Dellinger, director of Kaltreider-Benfer Library. "We're very fortunate for that."