Public libraries play a critical role in helping young children to learn how to read.
Ashley is the new children's librarian in Verona.
She comes to the township with impressive qualifications.
Having worked in libraries for more than 10 years, Ashley is dedicated to helping children understand the value of continuing their interests in reading, writing and literature.
Ashley replaces Rebecca Burkhart, known to children simply as "Mrs. B."
Burkhart passed away in May.
Studies across America show that children's summer reading programs and pre-school programs play an integral role in helping children to develop their reading skills.
According to the Pennsylvania Library Association, a recent survey of literature shows that libraries "play a major role in fostering literacy in our nation, particularly among children, teenagers and adults who need special assistance in developing literacy skills."
Across the United States, summer reading programs grow each year.
So let's keep our libraries up and running with available public funding.
And let's keep our local libraries strong with help from dedicated professionals like Cheryl Ashley of whom we are sure "Mrs. B" would be most proud.