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Paul Smith Library to Honor Tom and Betty Healy

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September 09, 2019
Paul Smith Library of Southern York County will honor Tom and Betty Healy as its first honorees during its inaugural honors program and reception at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 13.  The Healys will be recognized for their many years of dedicated service to the library and the community. The public is invited to attend the event which will be held at the library at 80 Constitution Avenue in Shrewsbury. Registration is requested by September 23.  
According to library director Michele Lefler, the newly established Honors event recognizes leaders who have made the community a better place to live and learn. “The Healys exemplify this hands-down,” she says. “Tom became active with the Friends of Paul Smith Library soon after its inception, and the Friends have been honored to have him serve as President for several years.  Betty, who we are honoring posthumously, was always involved as a staff member or a volunteer since the couple first moved to southern York County in 1998.” 
In addition to their involvement with the library, the Healys volunteered at the Lord’s Lunch at St. John Lutheran Church in New Freedom helping to prepare food for those in need. He is currently a volunteer at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in New Freedom. Married in 1966, they were married for 52 years and have three adult children Anne Jones of Towson, Md., Kerry Healy of Towson, Md. and John Healy of Acton, Mass.  
 “Probably what was most remarkable about Tom and Betty was that, as fairly recent arrivals to southern York County, how quickly and how completely first Betty and then Tom became invested in community libraries,” says Paul Smith Library Board President George Lavery.  
The Paul Smith Honors ceremony will include commentary by guest speakers who will pay tribute to the Healys.  Betty’s high school friend Catherine Mueller, her cousin Michael Mueller, and Principal of Saint John the Baptist Catholic School Susan Mareck will be speaking at the event.  A reception will follow their tributes. 
A key component of the Paul Smith Honors event is to raise funds to continue providing valuable services and programs to the community. Contributions to the Honors Fund are welcome by donating securely online at donate.yorklibraries.org or by mail to the Paul Smith Library Honors Fund c/o York County Libraries, 159 East Market Street, York, PA 17401.   
Anyone interested in attending the October 13th celebration should RSVP online at donate.yorklibraries.org or by phoning Bridget Vigue at (717) 849-6979.   The day’s event is planned by the Paul Smith Library Honors Committee which includeGeorge Lavery, Michele Lefler, Louann Lucas and Patty Damron O’Brien.  
 Paul Smith Library of Southern York County is a member of York County Libraries and is located at 80 Constitution Avenue in Shrewsbury. It has the distinction of being the second “green” library in Pennsylvania and is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. 

Deb Sullivan                                               Michele Lefler            
Community Relations Director                   Library Director                           
York County Libraries                                Paul Smith Library of Southern York County                                              
159 E. Market Street                                 80 Constitution Avenue                 
York, PA 17401                                          Shrewsbury, PA 17361                
dsullivan@yorklibraries.org                       mlefler@yorklibraries.org
(717) 849-6931                                          (717) 235-4313