With the construction of the Naval Ammunition Depot, a new housing development, called Spencer Park, was established. Ellen and other library officials felt that it was important to look after the interests of the incoming residents and set up a library branch there in 1944.
After the death of her husband in 1927, Ellen moved her family to Hastings, where she accepted a position as head of the newly established Children and Young People’s Department of the Hastings Carnegie Library. She was chosen as head librarian in 1936.
In 1939, with Works Progress Administration funds (WPA), the Hastings Public Library was selected as the main library of a newly developed county system, with Ellen serving as the director. A bookmobile, on loan from the Library Commission, was used to bring library services and materials around the county. It had regular stops in Pauline, Ayr, Roseland, Holstein, Prosser, Juniata, Hansen, and Kenesaw.