CLARKS SUMMIT — Leah Ducato Rudolph, executive director of the Abington Community Library (ACL), is expected to retire from the position by June 1. Individuals interested in applying may refer to the ACL library and Lackawanna County Library websites for information.
Rudolph, director of the library since 2005, has brought innovation and expansion of services to the position. Under her direction, the library inaugurated its participation in the Pennsylvania Educational Incentive Tax Credit program, allowing community businesses to donate to the library’s many programs and simultaneously enjoy tax credits for their companies.
She began working at the library in a part-time role in 1999 and previously served on the Friends of the Abington Community Library Board of Directors in the early 1990s.
“I attended a book sale at the library and Gerrie Rogers asked why I wasn’t a friend of the library,” Rudolph said. “I told her I didn’t know I could be a friend. The next thing I know, she called and asked me to be on the board, and I became the treasurer.”
Among Rudolph’s accomplishments are the formation of a Teen Advisory Board, the implementation of technology training programs for area residents, coordination of library activities and social media outreach, and the overseeing of annual fundraising efforts such as the Dorothy Boccella Holiday Marketplace and Tasting By The Book.
“I’m proud of our growing community involvement,” Rudolph said. “We’ve added adult programs and classes, and really upped the ante with our outreach into the community in many ways.”
She hopes to remain associated with the library in a smaller role following her retirement.
“I would like to stay involved as a volunteer and help out with events as needed,” Rudolph said.
A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, Rudolph is an active member of many regional and national associations, including the Rotary Club of the Abingtons, the American Library Association and the Abington Business and Professional Association.
She has received volunteer service awards from the American Diabetes Association and the Junior League of Scranton,
Rudolph has been married for 36 years to Dr. Kenneth Rudolph, a recently retired physician. They are the parents of Dania Edwards. of Little Rock, Ark.; Julia Campbell, of South Abington Township; and Michael Rudolph, of Cambridge, Mass. They are the grandparents of Sophie Edwards and Abraham Campbell.
“I have two grandchildren, one in the area and one out of the area, and my mother lives in Pittsburgh,” Rudolph said. “I feel I’m being drawn to too many places and I want to be able to spend more time with my growing family.”