Martin Library

Martin Library Honors

York County Libraries’ Honors Events highlight prominent library supporters and community members. Learn more about York County Libraries’ Honors events here. Martin Library has hosted Honors events since 1995.

Martin Library Honors Delma Rivera

The Martin Library Honors Committee selected Delma Rivera as its 2024 Spring Honoree. Delma has been serving the York community in numerous capacities and will be recognized in an honors ceremony at Martin Library on April 10, 2024, at 5:00pm.

To make a contribution in Delma’s honor, please click here.

About Delma Rivera

Delma is a nearly lifelong resident of York. She is a graduate of Central York High School and a Gettysburg College graduate with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Sociology.

Her professional career at Central York School District spanned nearly 17 years and she recently retired as the district’s diversity education specialist. Delma has followed in her family’s footsteps of community service in York and beyond. Serving on the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Latino Affairs as well as numerous boards and committees including the York County History Center, United Way, YMCA, Latinos Unidos of York, CASA, First Presbyterian Church Racial Justice Committee, Confronting Racism Coalition, and the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Foundation are front and center in her community involvement.

Throughout the duration of her community service, she has won many awards. Additionally, she has been recognized by many groups and organizations. Notably, she has received the Puerto Rico Governor’s Medal of Excellence for her humanitarian work following Hurricane Maria.

A Lifelong Learner 

Martin Memorial Library has held a special place in Delma’s heart since her childhood. Reading books at the library helped her to learn English when her family arrived from Puerto Rico. Delma  and her daughter share fond memories of attending Cyber Camp during the summer. This program gave children the chance to combine their love for reading with technology.

Access to books and libraries has been important to Delma all her life. After Central York School District’s book ban which gained national attention, she was a voice for students and instrumental in organizing rallies which eventually led to a reversal of the ban. She recently facilitated an author visit at Martin Library promoting the book “Paloma’s Song.” She is active in the community distributing books to York City youth and reading to students during Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.

Tribute Gifts

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 anytime by donating securely online or by mail to:

Martin Library Honors Fund
159 East Market Street
York, PA 17401

Martin Library Prior Honorees

If the year of the Honoree’s event is highlighted blue, click the link to view the program from the event.



  • Bill Shipley, 2020, Event Recording
  • Georg Sheets, 2019
  • Paula Gilbert, 2019
  • C. Kim Bracey, 2018
  • Jean Treuthart and Stephen Baker, 2018
  • Jody Keller, 2017
  • Michael E. Kochenour, 2017
  • William H. Schell, 2016
  • Larry J. Miller, 2015
  • Gordon A. Freireich, 2015
  • George Trout Sr., 2014
  • Trish Calvani, 2013
  • Bill Simpson Memorial, 2013
  • Loren H. Kroh, 2012
  • Dan and Brenda Elby, 2012
  • Harvey & Win Bradley, 2011


  • The Presidents of the Board since 1935, 2010
  • Don Dellinger, Jr., 2010
  • Judge Emanuel Cassimatis, 2009
  • Frances E. Keller, 2008
  • Luther and Ruth Sowers, 2008
  • Lynne Pfafflin Danyo, 2007
  • George D. Stough, 2007
  • Zoë Meisenhelder, 2006
  • Lavere Senft, 2005
  • Dorrie Leader, 2004
  • Harry McLaughlin, 2004
  • Mary G. Stephenson, 2003
  • William A. Falkler, 2003
  • Edith Allen Barber, 2002
  • Ruthe Fortenbaugh Craley, 2002
  • Walt Partymiller, 2001
  • R. Claire Frank, 2000


  • Elaine Kirschner Laucks, 1999
  • C. William Dize, 1998
  • Helen Klinedinst, 1998
  • William H. Kain, 1997
  • Otis B. Morse IV, 1997
  • Anna Kauffman Strayer, 1997
  • May M. Hart, 1997
  • Jennifer Paup, 1995

Martin Library Honors Committee

  • Lori Rene Weyant, Chair
  • Robert Cox
  • Liz Dellinger
  • Robert F. Lambert
  • Donna Pullo
  • Kelley Gibson
  • Patrick Ball
  • Lynne Danyo (Honorary member)