Pete Brubaker Honors Event
The Martin Library Honors Committee will recognize Pete Brubaker for his dedicated service to libraries. We will celebrate his championship of early learning opportunities for children during an upcoming ceremony and reception.
The event will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 6 in Children’s at Martin Library in York. Individuals interested in attending the Martin Honors event should register at donate.yorklibraries.org.
“Pete is a true champion of education and has worked to make sure that children across York County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have quality early learning opportunities,” says York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “As a long-time member of our board, he inspires YCL’s ongoing commitment to providing exemplary service to children and families.”
Brubaker and his wife, Meg Brubaker, moved to York in 1977 when he accepted a position with the Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Company. After serving as Vice President of Finance/CFO for 15 years, he was named President/CEO of Susquehanna’s Radio, Cable, and Internet Operations in 1995. After retiring in 2005, he formed Hammer Creek Enterprises, LLC, a private investment company, for which he remains Principal. In honor of his retirement, the company commissioned a mural by Artist Ron Schiding. The mural, depicting folk stories from around the world, was placed in Martin Library’s children’s area for kids and families to enjoy.
His Library Legacy
His involvement with Martin Library began in 1996 when he was named board president, a role he held until 1999. He served on the York County Libraries Board from 2015 through 2021. Pete remains active on the YCL Finance Committee and as a Legacy Society member. As an advocate for improving the school readiness of Pennsylvania’s children, he was a founding Director of “Focus on Our Future,” and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children Board. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania Business Community’s Early Care and Education Task Force, the CHIP Advisory Council and the Pre-K Counts Executive Leadership Council. In 2008, Governor Rendell appointed him to Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Investment Commission.
The Fall 2022 Honors Ceremony will feature tributes to Brubaker by several guest speakers including Chrysta Stine, Tony Campisi, Kate Hickey, and Craig Bremer. Stine served as Martin Library Board President following Brubaker’s tenure, and currently serves as the library’s board treasurer. Campisi is Chairman of the Board at Glatfelter Insurance Group. He serves with Brubaker on the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. Hickey is Dean Emerita of the Elon University Library and Brubaker’s sister-in-law, and Bremer previously served as general counsel for Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff Company.
The honors committee is led by Robert Cox, chair, and includes Brenda Elby, Lynne Danyo, Robert F. Lambert, Donna Pullo, Rebecca Sanstead, Lori Rene Weyant, Liz Dellinger and Anika Jackson. The honors committee is adding copies of some of his favorite books to the library collection for all to enjoy. Some of his favorite titles include:
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
- The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer
- Last Hope Island by Lynne Olsen and
- The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert
Add Your Support
A key component of the Martin Honors event is to establish a perpetual fund to purchase books in the name of the honoree. Contributions are welcome by donating securely online at donate.yorklibraries.org or by mail to Martin Library Honors Fund, 159 East Market Street, York, PA 17401.
Anyone with questions can contact Bridget Vigue at 717-849-6979 or [email protected].