A public event will honor the man who's served as the chief executive officer of the York County Library System for 35 years.

William H. Schell will retire June 10 after serving as CEO since 1981 and president since 2014, according to a news release from the department.

An event honoring his many years of service will be held Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room in Martin Library at 159 E. Market St. in York City, the release states.

Georg Sheets, the library's planned giving officer, said Schell doesn't want to call this event a "retirement party."

"He’s been very humble about his departure," Sheets said.

Sheets said the organization plans to name a new CEO by the end of the month, but it is are still in the midst of a search.

According to the release, Schell attended HACC before getting a bachelor's and master's degree from Western Michigan University. He served as executive director of a library system in the suburban Chicago area before coming to the York area.

His daughter, Elise Schell, will speak, along with Al Weber, president of Tweed-Weber Inc.; Bill Shipley, CEO at Shipley Energy; Robert Kinsley, president at LSC Design, Inc.; and Daniel Elby, CEO of Alternative Rehabilitation Communities, the release states.

The event will also honor several volunteers who have been with the library system for more than two decades: Loretta Abel, 20 years; Ed Cramer, 23 years; Cory Funk, 20 years; Maggie Jelonek, 22 years, and Ginnie Sprenkle, 21 years.

The free event will include catered food, Sheets said.

He said the library encourages anyone who wants to attend the event to RSVP by calling 849-6979 or by emailing

— Reach Sean Cotter at or on Twitter at @SPCotterYD.

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