Community Outreach

YWCA of Greater Harrisburg

Betty Sullivan Memorial Library

AAUW/Harrisburg Branch established and maintains a library at the YWCA for use by clients, shelter residents and staff. The collection includes adult fiction, large print fiction, adult non-fiction (including material on parenting skills, inspirational literature, and biographies) and a large variety of young children’s story books and non-fiction and a small collection of juvenile chapter books. AAUW updates the collection on a regular basis. The library is located just off the reception area inside the main entrance and is open daily.


Free Books and Magazines

AAUW maintains a container of free reading materials in the lobby of the YWCA. Adult paperbacks, small children’s soft cover and board books, and a variety of magazines are replenished on a weekly basis with donations from AAUW members and some local area public libraries. (Donations for this project may be made by contacting  Judy.)

National History Day

In 2020 AAUW Harrisburg will award two prizes for the best research in women’s history at the Region 8 competition for National History Day (NHD) in Pennsylvania.  The award will be $50 for the Junior Division winner(s) and $100 for the Senior Division winner(s).  Dr Susan Rimby will chair a small committee of Harrisburg branch members who will attend the Region 8 competition at Messiah College on March 7, 2020, view the relevant projects, and award the prizes.

Regional competitions are open to all Pennsylvania students in grades 6-12.  Students who are ranked 1st, 2nd, or 3rdat the regional NHD competition go on to the Pennsylvania State Competition in May.  Statewide winners participate in the national competition at the University of Maryland.

The 2020 theme for NHD is “Breaking Barriers in History.”  This theme should result in many good projects dealing with women’s history.  Awarding prizes at the contest allows AAUW to encourage research on women and spread its name and mission into our regional community.