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Mrs. Daugherty was born on April 20, 1926 to the late Lois and Clifford Repp of Plum Borough. She graduated from Bethany College in West Virginia in 1946 and in 1947 earned a degree in library science from Carnegie Library School, then the Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, now part of Carnegie Mellon University.
A degreed librarian, Frances got involved with Monroeville Public Library before it ever opened, helping to solicit the community support needed for its construction. Once opened in 1964, she was hired as its Children’s and Research Librarian. As a research librarian, she was likened to a “human Google.” However, nothing pleased Frances more than reading to the little ones - except, perhaps, inspiring them to read on their own. She was especially skilled at finding a story featuring a character with a child's own name. As the story goes, Frances’ granddaughter’s first word was "woof," uttered while listening to her read a book about dogs.
Frances passed away in early 2010, following nearly 46 years of committed and enthusiastic service to Monroeville Public Library. She is greatly missed by everyone who knew her, but will not soon be forgotten.
Upgrading the Children's Room
Thanks to the generous support of Frances’ family and friends, Monroeville Public Library has made important upgrades to its Children’s Room including: new carpeting and paint; reorganization of our children’s collection; replacement of many furnishings; and reconfiguration of the space. These improvements will have a positive impact on the scope, quality and outreach of MPL’s children’s programs for many years to come.
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