Encouraged by her brother to pursue a career as a librarian, Audrey Jane Wolfinger went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in education from Kutztown State Teachers College in 1955 and a teacher certificate from Temple University in 1957. She then took on her first role with the Neshaminy School District in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where she remained for the entirety of her career. Ms. Wolfinger joined Neshaminy Junior High as a librarian and audiovisual coordinator in 1955, remaining in the role until 1976. Simultaneously, she achieved a Master of Science in Library Science from Florida State University in 1970. Utilizing her newfound degree, she flourished as a librarian at Neshaminy High School for eight years, from 1976 until her retirement in 1984.
Reflecting on her illustrious career, Ms. Wolfinger is most fond of her experiences teaching children how to conduct their own research. She credits the influence of her father, Harry Charles Wolfinger, for her curiosity and love for literature. Likewise, she notes he was always an encouraging figure in her life, as his presence alone was comforting in times of need. Ms. Wolfinger’s advice to aspiring librarians is to proceed with your dreams, as it can be an incredibly fulfilling profession, especially when connected to education. In her spare time, she enjoys piano baroque music, reading British mysteries and researching family genealogy.
Alongside her primary roles, Ms. Wolfinger was a member of the board of directors with the Neshaminy Valley Music Theater in 1964 and 1965, as well as editor of the Wolfinger Family Newsletter from 1988 to 2004. Presently, she maintains affiliation with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, National Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists, National Genealogical Society, Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, Kutztown University Alumni Association and Florida State University Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Bucks County Genealogical Society, of which she served as vice president, president, resource center director and president protem between 1990 and 2001.