Paul Smith Library of Southern York County

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County Honors

York County Libraries’ Honors Events highlight prominent library supporters and community members. Learn more about York County Libraries’ Honors events here. Paul Smith Library hosts Honors annually.

Paul Smith Library Honors Jim & Jean Holley

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County’s Honors Committee proudly selected Jim and Jean Holley as the 2021 Honorees. They recognized the Holleys for their outstanding dedication to service in the southern York County community during a special ceremony and reception held at the Library on Sunday, August 29 at 2:00 PM. 

About Jim and Jean Holley

Mr. Holley, a United States Marine and Vietnam veteran, and Mrs. Holley, a former schoolteacher, have been valuable members of the Southern York County community throughout their lives. The Holleys purchased their first home together in New Freedom in 1967 and served their community in a variety of ways as members of the Jaycees and Jaycettes. In 1968, Jean represented the New Freedom Women’s Club on a commission tasked with the creation of a local library.  When the New Freedom and Shrewsbury Public Library were slated to merge and create the Southern York County Library (now known as the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County), Jim served on the fundraising committee to finance the construction. Mr. Holley was instrumental in procuring the site for the library, through a long-term lease with the YMCA. Throughout the Holleys’ involvement with the library, Jean volunteered at the circulation desk, presented story times, managed public relations, and served as assistant librarian. True to their Southern York County roots, Jim and Jean met in 1961 at the Shrewsbury Carnival. They were married in 1965 and have two children, Laura and Linda.

Honors Event

The Paul Smith Honors ceremony included commentary by guest speakers who paid tribute to Jim and Jean. Speakers include: Linda Slenker, George Lavery, and Jim Hartenstein.  A reception followed their tributes.

Tribute Gifts

A key component of the Paul Smith Honors event is to raise funds to continue providing valuable service and programs to the community. Contributions to the Honors Fund are welcome anytime by donating securely online  or by mail to the Paul Smith Library Honors Fund, c/o York County Libraries, 159 East Market Street, York, PA 17401.

Paul Smith Library Honors Committee

The Paul Smith Library Honors Committee is comprised of representatives from the Board of Directors, Staff, and Friends of the Library. Committee Members include:

  • George Lavery, Board President
  • Michele Lefler, Library Director
  • Louann Lucas, Volunteer Coordinator

Paul Smith Library Prior Honorees

  • Jim & Jean Holley, 2021
  • Tom & Betty Healy, 2019