New Kreutz Creek Library opens

Ioannis Pashakis//February 9, 2022

New Kreutz Creek Library opens

Ioannis Pashakis//February 9, 2022

Hellam Township’s library recently moved into a new building that is over seven times larger than its previous home of 42 years. PHOTO/PROVIDED

After 42 years of working out of a 1,200-square-foot trailer, Kreutz Creek Library has moved into a new home that’s more than seven times larger.

Its location at 66 Walnut Springs Road in Hellam is the 8,800-square-foot former Hellam Township building, now renovated. The Federal Emergency Management Agency trailer that previously housed the library, sheltered families after 1972’s Hurricane Agnes.

The new library features areas for children, teens and adults, a conference room, study room, public access computers, a community room for story time and other activities, and a small courtyard with program space for children and families.

“We have this new library, and we want to offer what other libraries offer in that space,” Kreutz Creek Library Manager Susan Nenstiel said in a release.

“This is a monumental moment for library members, donors, staff, volunteers and the Friends of the Library who worked tirelessly for many years to bring the opening of a new Kreutz Creek Library to fruition,” added York County Libraries President Robert F. Lambert. “This library was a powerhouse in providing resources and opportunities to over 43,000 visitors a year in its tiny quarters. I can’t wait to see its service to the community in this larger state-of-the-art facility.”

Kreutz Creek Library, one of 13 York County Libraries branches, is the first of three system building projects completed. The others are at Martin Library in York and Kaltreider-Benfer Library in Red Lion.

Funds for all three were raised through the “Imagine. Discover. Connect.” capital campaign.

Kreutz Creek Library is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors age 2 and up are asked to wear masks.