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 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; and Jane Eyre written by Charlotte Bronte.  She recently finished reading The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue written by V.E. Schwab (which she highly recommends) and Hamnet written by Maggie O’Farrell.  She is currently reading North by Shakespeare:  A Rogue Scholar’s Quest for the Truth Behind the Bard’s Work written by Michael Blanding.

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 is currently reading 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.

Isaac S.

Isaac has been a part of the Coraopolis Memorial Library since 2017 and is currently enrolled at CCAC where he is earning his associate’s degree in Biology.  Isaac works part-time at UPS and enjoys being a part of the library community. Isaac also loves reading numerous fiction and graphic novels.  J.R.R. Tolkien, E. E. Knight, Christopher Paolini, and Leigh Bardugo are a few of his favorite authors.  Isaac is currently reading, Dragon Avenger, by E. E. Knight and Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

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.

Jen R.

Jen graduated with a B.A. in History, so it’s no surprise that biographies and historical fiction are some of her favorite literary genres. (Although, thanks to her 3 kids, picture books and board books dominate most of her reading these days.)

Working part time at libraries through college, Jen always had tremendous respect for the value libraries provide towards learning opportunities and education. It wasn’t until Jen had babies and kids that she fully realized the invaluable role libraries can play as community centers for ALL.

Whether a source of parental support, school prep to transition her kids into kindergarten, or a social skills group for her cantankerous toddlers— the library continues to have an immeasurable impact on Jen and her family. She’s excited to contribute in any way she can to her community library. Feel free to ask her about the latest recommendations from her kids!

Lois G.