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Library Friends Plan Book Sale February 20, 2018

The Friends of the Red Land Community Library will hold their quarterly book sale beginning on Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will continue through Saturday, March 10, during regular library operating hours.

For sale will be more than 6,000 gently used books, DVDs, music CDs, puzzles and more. The majority of books have been sorted by category and organized by author. All proceeds will benefit the library.

The library is located at 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, in the Newberry Commons Shopping Center. For more information, readers may call 717-938-5599 or visit


Library Posts Event Calendar February 20, 2018

New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, will offer a variety of programs and activities. Programs are free and open to the public, unless stated otherwise.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, March 3 and 17, in the Foundation House, located across the shared parking lot. Hardback and paperback books, vintage jewelry, DVDs, music CDs, puzzles, children's books, 33 rpm records, tote bags, note cards, and prints will be available. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, March 1, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be on "Favorite Detectives." A reading list is available at meetings.

The Monday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Mondays, March 5 and 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On March 5, the group will discuss "Proof a Play" by David Auburn. "The Moon and Sixpence" by Somerset Maugham will be the topic on March 19. For details, readers may call Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494.

Introduction to Penny Rugs, a crafting program for adults, will take place on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. Attendees will learn about penny rugs, the traditional art of using small bits and pieces of wool and felt to hand-stitch decorative items for the home. A small bunny project will be made as an example. All supplies will be provided.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. Aspiring and published writers are also invited to attend open readings on Saturdays to receive friendly suggestions and critiques or just observe and participate in discussion. For more details, readers may call Sue Kerr at 717-802-2594.

The Friends group will present the cultural program "Our Yellow Breeches: Celebrating and Protecting a National Treasure" on Sunday, March 11, in Foundation Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. Brooke Lenker, president of the Yellow Breeches Watershed Association, will take participants on a virtual tour of the Yellow Breeches. Light refreshments will be provided.

Larry Walker will present "Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies" for the Book Review program in Foundation Hall on Tuesday, March 13, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Wednesdays, March 14 and 28, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room to discuss writings from "Great Short Stories of the Masters" edited by Charles Neider. On March 14, "My Mother" by Andre Gide, "The Disabled Soldier" by Oliver Goldsmith, and "The Gray Champion" by Nathaniel Hawthorne will be discussed. "A Tale of Olden Time" by Heinrich Heine and "The Snows of Kilmanjaro" by Ernest Hemingway will be the focus on March 28. For details, readers may contact Dan Tepsic at 717-774-0719.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on March 17 from 11 a.m. to noon. Dawn Marron and local coupon clippers will meet in the Browsing Room and share their tips and techniques to cut spending. Participants may bring coupons to trade and share. Readers may contact for further details.

The Children's Book Writers Critique Group will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 17 in the Browsing Room. At each meeting, members share in critiquing one another's works in progress. Manuscripts are submitted by email one week prior to the meeting. Group members are expected to critique other members' work, just as theirs will be critiqued. The group, open to adults only, focuses on picture books, chapter books, and early readers. For more details, readers may contact Susan Sempeles at 717-574-9251 or

A Ready for Kindergarten Parent Workshop will be offered on Thursday, March 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Parents and caregivers of children age 3 to those entering kindergarten are invited to this informative presentation from West Shore School District kindergarten and first-grade teachers. The workshop will cover readiness, curriculum, school student learning environments, and hands-on activities to do at home, and there will be time to ask questions. Child care will be available. Space is limited; registration is required.

The PennWriters Writing Group will meet on March 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Foundation Hall. The group is open to all who are interested in improving their writing skills. For more details, readers may contact Don Helin at 717-567-2216.

Lego Madness will be offered to all members of the family on March 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children's Room. A short story time will take place with a thematic book choice led by volunteers from the Lions Club. After the story, families can create a masterpiece based on the theme or from their own imagination. No registration is required for this drop-in program.

Crayon Day will be held on Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open to children ages 2 to 10, the event will celebrate International Crayon Day in the Children's Room. Attendees will create artwork, do crayon activities, and enter a crayon color naming contest for a chance to win a crayon pack and coloring book. No registration is necessary.

Baby Open Play will be offered from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23. Parents and grandparents will spend time with children under age 2 in the story time castle with developmentally appropriate toys. The program is for parents, grandparents, and caregivers of children under age 2. A staff person will be on hand to answer questions about how adults can help promote early literacy. No registration is required for the drop-in event.

Several story time series will be offered for young children. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is appreciated but not required. Story time programs will run through Tuesday, April 3. Preschool Pals, open to children ages 4 to 6, will be offered on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Toddlertime, open to toddlers ages 2 to 3, will be held on Mondays at 11 a.m. Book Babies Story Time will be held on Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m. and is open to babies ages 6 to 23 months.

On Mondays, March 5 to April 2, 1-2-3 Library! will be held at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 2 to 6 with an adult caregiver. The 20- to 25-minute program will celebrate the joy of reading with stories and rhymes. No registration is required.

Registration is not required for library programs, unless noted, with the exception of children's programs. Parking for the library is available off Ninth Street at the rear of the building. For more information, including directions, readers may call the main circulation desk at 717-774-7820 or the Children's Library at 717-774-7822. Readers may also visit

Special Events

Resource Family Orientation

COBYS Family Services, 1417 Oregon Road, Leola, will offer a resource family orientation session on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. The orientation is designed for families who want to learn more about foster care and adoption through foster care.

During the two-hour educational session, families will receive an introduction to the roles, expectations, and approval process for COBYS resource families. Child care will not be provided.

The orientation is free and places no obligation on attendees. For more information or to reserve a space for the orientation session, readers may contact Rachel Eshbach, resource home coordinator, at 717-656-6580 or To learn more about COBYS, readers may visit


U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants & Harrisburg Singers Concert

The United States Air Force Singing Sergeants and the Harrisburg Singers will present a concert on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2000 Chestnut St., Camp Hill. Admission is free.

For more information, readers may visit

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