Kaltreider-Benfer Library is more than a place to get books.

"We're a trusted source that people can come to," said its director Don Dellinger. "We close the digital divide where people who don't have computers can still apply for jobs online, do school projects or do resumes. We teach people how to use the computers."

Kaltreider-Benfer also offers reading and learning programs for children and seniors, he added.

The library, 147 S. Charles St. in Red Lion, has grown and evolved since it opened Oct. 22, 1963, Dellinger said.

Kaltreider-Benfer Library will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a "Beef, Beer and Books" fundraising event from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Kerry's Green at 150 Country Club Road in Red Lion.

The event -- which includes entertainment, silent auction and a used book sale -- is for adults ages 21 and over. Ticket cost is $40 per person.

The goal is to raise at least $4,000 to benefit the library and its programs, Dellinger said.

The Kaltreider-Benfer plans to hold two other anniversary events this month, he said.

Other events: A library 50th birthday party for children ages 3 and up will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, he said.

Phyllis Frey will present "Rollers and Strippers, Twofers and Crooks," about the Red Lion cigar industry, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the library.

Frey was the library's director from 1968 to 1992, Dellinger said. She first did the presentation at the library in 1980.

Kaltreider-Benfer Library opened in 1963 as the Red Lion Public Library at 25 N. Main St., according a historical account written by library volunteer Jerry Gleason, of Dallastown.

Five years later, the library began operating at the Kaltreider home at Broadway and Charles streets. The property was owned by Dr. Kenneth Benfer and his wife, Janet Benfer, whose maiden name was Kaltreider.

The library was renamed Kaltreider Memorial Library in honor of Janet Benfer's parents, D. Frank and Idella Kaltreider, according to Gleason.

In 1989, the library was heavily damaged from an arson fire, which forced the library to close four for months. The library remained at that location. It began building its own home a decade later.

A move: In 2000, the library moved into its current facility and was renamed the Kaltreider-Benfer Library. The library has more than 28,400 members and 46,000 items that circulate more than 260,000 times a year, according to Gleason.

Gleason said he has been a Kaltreider-Benfer volunteer for more than four years.

"It's a very good library," he said. "It's nice with very friendly people. I've been a reader all my life and this library has a very good collection of the things I like to read."

Anniversary events

Kaltreider-Benfer Library at 147 Charles St. in Red Lion has scheduled several events to celebrate its 50th anniversary:

---"Beef, Beer and Books" fundraising event from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Kerry's Green at 150 Country Club Road in Red Lion. The event includes entertainment, silent auction and a used book sale. For adults ages 21 and over. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at the library.

---The 50th birthday party for children ages 3 and up will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the library.

---Phyllis Frey will present "Rollers and Strippers, Twofers and Crooks," about the Red Lion cigar industry, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the library.

To donate to the library, mail a check -- written out to the library -- to Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 Charles St., Red Lion 17356.

For event information, call the library at 244-2032.

--Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.