Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin

105 Locust Street
P.O. Box 1014
East Berlin, PA 17316
phone: (717) 259-9000
fax: (717) 259-7651

Mon/Wed: 10am to 6pm
Tues/Thurs: 12pm to 8pm
Fri: 9am to 4pm
Sat: 9am to 4pm

Have You Heard? Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin


                Anyone who has read my fall articles here in the Gettysburg Times over the last couple of years might recall that we have had big news for our East Berlin Community Library. You might have seen the coverage of our Grand Opening on July 24th in the Gettysburg Times. We had approximately 300 citizens, donors, and VIPs visit on that blistering hot Sunday afternoon to check out the exciting changes and spaces to our wonderfully updated facility. Even with the large number of people in attendance that day, the new space didn’t feel terribly overcrowded as people rushed in to take in the new library (and the air conditioning).

                With the wonderful support of our major donors, The David & June Trone Family Foundation of Maryland, the library will be renamed in honor of David’s mother and longtime East Berlin Community Library volunteer and supporter, Jean Barnett Trone, later this fall. After the paperwork is completed, the East Berlin Community Library will begin doing business as the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin. Look out for future notices on the official date of this tremendous honor for the Trone family! Our adult wing of the new library was also named after a local supporter of education. The James D. Ristine Memorial Adult Wing was named after local Bermudian Springs educator, James Ristine, by his family. These two major donors, in addition to the thirteen other major donors we celebrated at the grand opening will allow the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library to thrive for generations to come.

                Despite a very non-traditional Summer Reading Club with the moving of the library into the new wing and renovation of the old library, the Summer Reading Club was still very strong this year.  “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” was off to a hot start this summer as 268 children and 28 teens signed up for the program with more than 141,000 minutes recorded. We look forward to a new theme in 2017 for summer reading involving architecture, building, and construction called “Build A Better World”.

                Just a friendly reminder that storytime and fall programming returns in September, so be on the lookout for our Fall three month programming calendar covering all events in September, October, and November 2016. Due to our increased space, we are debuting new and different adult programming this year, in addition to enhanced children’s and young adult programming! Examples of the new adult programing include a graphic novel book club, adult coloring sessions, as well as informational sessions for retirees.  We hope to see you soon! Visit the library at 105 Locust Street, East Berlin or online at,  or by calling 259-9000 for more information.


Submitted by Brandt  Ensor, Director, Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin.

Formerly, East Berlin Community Library