Motivated by innate curiosity, Audrey Jane Wolfinger has always loved reading. Her father always loved reading and learning new things, and she picked up the practice very early on. Having all that information at her fingertips fascinated her. Ms. Wolfinger also enjoyed sharing what she learned and working with children, so when her brother suggested she become a school librarian, she figured that was the perfect career. She started out as the librarian and audio-visual coordinator at Neshaminy Junior High in 1955, and transferred to become a librarian at Neshaminy High School in 1976. She retired from the role in 1984.
One of the highlights of Ms. Wolfinger’s journey was setting up four libraries in Pennsylvania. When she began her career, smaller school districts were in the process of being consolidated into a bigger district. This also meant the reorganization of the schools’ libraries, so Ms. Wolfinger stepped in. Another highlight was being able to help children how to do proper research. She liked being able to pass on skills the kids could carry with them the rest of their lives.
To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. Wolfinger earned a Bachelor of Science from Kutztown State Teachers College in 1955, a teaching certificate from Temple University in 1957, and a Master of Library Science from Florida State University in 1970. She then joined the Kutztown University Alumni Association and Florida State University Alumni Association to help her keep in touch with her peers.
When Ms. Wolfinger has free time, she enjoys baroque piano music, reading British mysteries, and researching family history. She pursues her interest as a member of genealogical organizations like the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, the National Genealogical Society, the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, and the Bucks County Genealogical Society. She also edited the Wolfinger Family Newsletter from 1988 to 2004.