2019 Year In Review


In 2019 we celebrated the 115th birthday of Benson Memorial Library. It was a fantastic year and we are excited to make year 116 even better! A huge thank you to everyone in our community, all of those who visited us from afar, and every single person who supports Benson Memorial Library. We couldn’t do it without you!

Public libraries offer so much to their communities and Benson Memorial Library is no exception. With a staff of nine, we work to serve everyone’s needs through printed materials like books and magazines, electronic materials like DVDs, audiobooks, ebooks, eaudios, and playaways, public computers and wifi, and programs for all ages. Whether you need to renew your car registration, do some continuing education, get tax forms, are interested in the newest bestseller, or just want to say hi to your local librarian, we are always here for you!

If you haven’t stopped in Benson Memorial Library for a while, we’d love to see you again and show you some of the great things we have to offer. You are always welcome here with your Benson family.


Jessica Hilburn
Executive Director

2019 Major Accomplishments:

  • Loaned 63,971 items to our patrons
  • Offered 40,000+ items in our collection
  • Hosted hundreds of events for all ages that attracted 5,315 youth attendees and 2,320 adult and family attendees
  • 462 kids, teens, & adults participated in our Summer Reading Program
  • 131 kids & adults participated in our Winter Reading Program
  • Online historical databases (Ancestry, NewspaperArchive) were accessed 11,750 times by patrons
  • 174 research requests were completed by the staff Historian
  • Named by the Oil Region Alliance as Partner of the Year for our seasonal collaborative storytime and craft programs held at the Ida Tarbell House with Youth Services Librarian, Becky Stahl, and Tarbell House Coordinator, Juliet Hilburn
  • Received Congressional citations from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Pennsylvania Senate
  • Thanks to the generosity of the Fleming Family Foundation, we were able to renovate our storytime room into a modern, inviting space free of water damage that will be embraced by children and parents for many years to come (pictures below)