Staff of CML

Staff of CML

Mary Elizabeth Hampe, Library Director 

Mary has been the Director of the Coraopolis Memorial Library since 2019.  She possesses a Master’s degree in Library Science from Clarion University and a Master’s degree in Business Education from Robert Morris University.  She is also a PA-certified Business, Computer, & Information Technology teacher, a PA-certified School Library Media Specialist, and has also studied English as a Second Language.  In 2019, she earned her certificate of public librarianship as a public librarian professional from the state of PA.  Prior to coming to the CML, Mary worked as a schoolteacher for seventeen years teaching computer, research, and library skills to children in grades K-8 and taught math and business English to adult students at Bidwell Training Center, Pittsburgh.  She is very excited to be able to share her love of literature and technology with the community.

Some of her favorite books include The Great Gatsby written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Hobbit written by J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte, and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue written by V.E. Schwab (which she highly recommends).  She recently read Hamnet written by Maggie O’Farrell, Hemingway in Love: His Own Story written by A.E. Hotchner, and Love, Jack written by Gunilla von Post.  She is currently reading, The Historian, written by Elizabeth Kostova and What Happened to You?  Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing written by Bruce D. Perry, M.D. and Oprah Winfrey.

Sarah Ismail

Sarah works as a part-time librarian at both Coraopolis Memorial Library and Scott Township Public Library where she does both children and adult programs.  Sarah possesses an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information Science.  She also wrote, Wheels on the Stroller, a book for children based on the Wheels on the Bus book.  Sarah just read the book, Before We Were Yours, written by Lisa Wingate and is currently reading, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets written by J.K. Rowling.  She enjoys reading contemporary fiction, young adult fiction, and children’s literature.

Julie B.

Julie is a homeschooling mother of three.  She has worked at the Coraopolis Memorial Library since 2014 and has lived in Coraopolis with her husband since 2004.  Julie loves a wide variety of books, especially the classics, such as Jane Eyre, and The Elusive Pimpernel, mysteries, some YA, poetry by Atticus, and non-fiction.  Some of her favorite authors are P.G Wodehouse, Melanie Dickerson, Mary Higgins Clark, Debbie Macomber, Elin Hilderbrand, Marie Benedict, and Elizabeth Adler. When she is not working or teaching her children, you can find her relaxing with a book or audiobook.

Adrienne DiCicco

Adrienne has been a librarian since 2014 and has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.  She was hired at the Coraopolis Memorial Library in June 2019 as the Children’s Programming Specialist.  Adrienne loves reading J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austen.  She recently read How Catholic Art Saved the Faith by Elizabeth Lev and The Book of Lost Tales by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Mary LaRocca

Mary LaRocca has been with the Coraopolis Memorial Library for about 9 years. Prior to that, she worked for USAirways/American for many years in Greentree.  Mary has lived in or near Coraopolis since 1967, although she grew up in Alaska.

She loves reading, so this is a perfect job for her!  Although Mary likes most genres, her favorite is fiction. A few of her favorite books include The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. At one point, she read quite a few books by James Michener. Mary said she likes him because one can learn so much about the regions he was writing about, particularly Hawaii.  Her guilty pleasures include mysteries; they are her substitute for TV.

Brandon T.

Although born in South Florida, Brandon has called Pittsburgh home for the majority of his life. (Regrettably, he still refuses French fries on his salad and prefers saying soda to pop.) He works full-time at Whitehall Public Library as director of adult programming and volunteer/outreach services, but he did not want to leave the town and people of Coraopolis whom he grew to love over the past years.

He’s passionate about the library’s role as a community center and as a provider of quality programming dedicated to cultural enrichment.

His favorite book is whichever title he’s discussing with you.

Lois G. 

Jessie B.

Allison R.