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 fourteen 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).
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 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.
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.
Jessie Baker has been with the Coraopolis Memorial Library since September, 2021. Jessie recently moved to Coraopolis after spending many years teaching in many countries around the world; notably throughout Asia. Jessie possesses a BA in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and an MA in European Renaissance Literature from the University of York, England. She enjoys reading classics as well as 20th century and contemporary literature by authors, such as Jack Kerouac, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Haruki Murakami, and Kazuo Ishiguro. She also has an interest in reading about art and history, as well as poetry of all periods from Beowulf to Seamus Heaney.
Allison is the youngest of the CML staff. She’s currently a freshman at Duquesne University and has been with the library since August, 2021. She is excited to help and learn more about the community in which she lives.