We are making history!

“Kline Library” to be renamed “George & Hettie Love Memorial Library”

As of June 3, 2024, the Kline Library, located at 530 South 29th Street, will be renamed the George & Hettie Love Memorial Library. The renaming of the library will honor the couple, who were well-known to many in Dauphin County and beyond, but who are George and Hettie Love?

The Loves were beloved members of our community, whose lives embodied faith in action. In 1947, Hettie Simmons Love opened the door for both minorities and women in the study of business management when she became the first Black person to graduate with an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 1948, Hettie married George Hayward Love, Sr., who received his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and became the first African American employed as a high school teacher in the Philadelphia school system. After the couple moved to Harrisburg in 1971, George supervised the desegregation of schools as Assistant Commissioner for Basic Education at the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

We are proud to celebrate lives spent in service to the community, while reflecting the diversity of that community. This will be the first library in Dauphin County named after African Americans.

Dauphin County Library System provides county residents with free access to virtually any materials imaginable, both current and ageless. It offers books, movies, music, magazines, online access, research assistance, and programs that support personal and community growth. The Library is the place to satisfy your curiosity.

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