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Book Sale To Benefit Manheim Community Library October 20, 2017

On Thursday, Nov. 2, through Saturday, Nov. 4, the Friends of the Manheim Community Library will host a used book sale in the basement of the Manheim Community Library building, 15 E. High St., Manheim. Elevator access and carts will be available.

The hours for the sale will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 2; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3; and 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 4. On Nov. 4, attendees will have the option of filling a bag with items for a set fee.

Thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, and videos will be available for purchase, with an assortment of titles that are suitable for adults, students, and children. The selection will include books for readers of all ages, as well as many works by bestselling authors. All of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the library.

Members of the Friends of the Manheim Community Library are invited to a preview night on Wednesday, Nov. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. Visitors may become a member of the Friends group at the door for a set membership rate in order to gain entry to the preview night. Individuals may also join the Friends group at any time throughout the year.

The cost of a yearly Friends membership helps to support the Manheim Community Library. The Friends' support provides for a portion of the library's annual budget, enabling the library to afford the resources needed to provide the Preschool Time and Toddler Time programs, among other offerings.

The library is currently accepting book donations for the sale during regular hours of operation. The regular Manheim Community Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. The library is closed on Sundays. Interested individuals may also donate books on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 to 11 a.m. Volunteers will be stationed in the back library parking lot to assist folks with unloading and transporting books to the basement for storage.

Book donations should be in good condition. Textbooks, encyclopedias, and condensed Reader's Digests will not be accepted.

Readers with questions about the book sale may contact the library staff at 717-665-6700 or Additional information about the Manheim Community Library is available at


Writers' Group Seeks Members October 20, 2017

The Writers' Collective, which meets twice monthly at the Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, is now open to a limited number of new members. Beginners and seasoned writers are welcome.

According to library executive director Joyce Sands, the group is a critique group and not a workshop, so the size is limited to 14 members. Members submit their work, and other members make both written and oral comments.

The Collective reviews all genres, including family memoirs, personal essays, sci-if, horror, romance, and historical and contemporary fiction. Marketing written work and helping members get their work published are additional facets of the Collective's scope.

Individuals who are interested in joining must contact group leader Lis King at 717-299-9368 before attending their first meeting. The group meets the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m.


Health Hero Training Camp Posted October 20, 2017

The Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, will hold the Health Hero Training Camp on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m. The experience is geared toward children ages 5 to 12.

The event is an active approach to oral health and nutrition education. Participants will take aim at tooth decay, launch an attack on plaque, run the MyPlate relay, and consider various healthy ideas.

To register or to obtain more information, readers may call the library at 717-653-1510 or visit


Garden Club Plans Meeting October 19, 2017

The Lititz Garden Club will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 2, at Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz. The program will begin at 7 p.m. after a brief business meeting.

Kathy Trout and staff from Ken's Gardens will offer a presentation on succulents, also known as water storage plants. The presenters will provide tips about keeping succulents healthy.

The public is invited to attend. Preregistration is requested by calling the library at 717-626-2255 or emailing Registrants should give their name and phone number and the number of people in their party.


Book Club Will Meet October 18, 2017

The Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, will host a book club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m.

The group will discuss "My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry" by Fredrik Backman. All are welcome.


Public Library Events Planned October 17, 2017

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 library will offer eBook Help on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to assist individuals in learning how to use OverDrive to download books onto a personal phone or device. Participants should bring their own device. A library card is required.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Nov. 4 and 18, 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, Nov. 2, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be on "Military Mysteries." A reading list is available at meetings.

The Monday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Mondays, Nov. 6 and 20, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. "Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens will be discussed on Nov. 6, followed by "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Purloined Letter," and "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allen Poe on Nov. 20. For more information, readers may call Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494.

Learn to Crochet Plus, open to teenagers and adults, will gather in the Browsing Room at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15. Participants will learn how to crochet, and experienced crocheters are invited to attend for inspiration, to share their expertise, and to work on current projects. Registration is required for beginners.

The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Nov. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room to discuss "Jon" by George Saunders from the anthology "Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions." For more details, readers may contact Dan Tepsic at 717-774-0719.

Barbara Goll will present "Hospice and End-of-Life Wishes" on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. The presentation will help attendees to think about their end-of-life wishes or the tools and ideas needed to start the conversation with a loved one.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 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.

A book review will be held in Foundation Hall from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14. Don Helin, leader of the local PennWriters group, will review two of his own works, "Secret Assault" and "Angel's Revenge." Light refreshments will be provided.

The PennWriters Writing Group will meet on Nov. 15 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.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on Nov. 18 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, including "Frugal Holiday Finds." Participants may bring coupons to trade and share. Readers may contact for further details.

The library will offer a Fall Story Time Series with age-appropriate activities for young readers through Nov. 14. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Preschool Pals, designed for children ages 4 to 6, will be held on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Toddlertime, open to children ages 2 to 3, will be held on Mondays at 11 a.m. Book Babies Storytime will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and is open to children ages 6 to 23 months.

A drop-in program, Fun Fridays at the Library, will be offered on Friday, Nov. 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. Children age 4 through teenagers may stop by after school for self-directed crafts, games, and activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math. No registration is required.

Choose KIND! will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. Open to children age 7 and older, the program will celebrate the release of the movie "Wonder" and World Kindness Day. Students are invited to stop by the library after school to make kindness rocks and add to the Choose Kind bulletin board. No registration is necessary.

"Nutcracker" Story Time with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet will be presented on Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. Children will be taught pantomime from the classic "Nutcracker" ballet, so they may understand how the story is told on stage through movement and gesture. This family-friendly event does not require registration, but it is best suited for children over age 3.

STEM Club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 16, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. to learn about coding and play with robots Dash and Dot. Students in grades three to six are invited to expand their science, technology, engineering, and math skills through a variety of activities and programs, including building, engineering, crafts, exploration, and experiments.

SmART: Saturday Morning Art will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 18 and will be open to children ages 7 to 10 who are accompanied by an adult. November's theme will be a collaborative painting project. Participants are asked to bring an empty shoebox and wear clothing they do not mind getting dirty. Registration is required.

Hands-on Science: Robots! will take place on Nov. 21. Participants may sign up for a 45-minute time slot to try out beginning robotics. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited, and registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 30.

In addition, Donna Mitchell will display her paintings of portraits of people, pets, landscapes, and other subjects of interest in the Charley Krone Gallery during November. Bob Shatto will exhibit a variety of artistic seasonal gourds in the display case.

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


Program To Focus On Stroke Recognition October 13, 2017

The Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, will hold a Lifelong Learners program on Monday, Oct. 23, at 10:30 a.m. The program will be "Stroke Recognition and Treatment: What's the Rush?"

Kathy Morrison, the Stroke Program manager for Penn State Hershey Medical Center, will provide information about the increasing incidence of stroke in young adults and why this is occurring. She will also show us the simple way to recognize stroke symptoms, discuss available treatment options, and more.

Morrison has more than 30 years of experience with various roles in nursing care and program management. Her published works have appeared in nursing journals and neuroscience course curricula. She has authored two books in support of nurses caring for stroke patients: "Fast Facts for Stroke Care Nursing" and "Stroke Certification Guide for Registered Nurses." She is a certified neuroscience nurse, a certified stroke nurse, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. She and her husband, John, live in Mount Joy.

For more information or to register, readers may call the library at 717-653-1510 or visit


Library Sets Zumba Classes October 12, 2017

Zumba will be offered at Kline Library, 530 S. 29th St., Harrisburg, on Saturdays in October from 2 to 3 p.m. Certified Zumba instructor Beth Davis will lead the dance exercise classes.

This program is for adults. People of all ability levels are welcome, but all participants must sign a waiver before participating. Registration is limited. Readers may visit or call the library at 717-234-3934 for more information or to register.


Friends Group Posts Upcoming Book Sale October 12, 2017

The Friends of the East Shore Area Library will hold a fall book sale at the library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg, on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A preview sale will be held for Friends members on Wednesday, Oct. 18 from 2 to 7 p.m. Nonmembers can join at the door to participate in the preview sale.

The event will feature new and gently used books, movies, CDs, and other items.

All proceeds from the sale, which is sponsored by the Friends group, will benefit the East Shore Area Library. For more information, readers may call the library at 717-652-9380.


Library Bookstore Names New Manager October 12, 2017

The Marshall Street Bookstore, a part of the Lancaster Public Library, has a new volunteer manager. Carol Kloss took the new position the end of August.

Kloss has an extensive history with libraries. She was a volunteer at Strasburg-Heisler Library. She also served as director at the Well Spring Library of Lancaster General Hospital, located at the Suburban Health Pavilion. Kloss previously taught in the School District of Lancaster.

The bookstore is instituting monthly special displays. October's feature is Halloween and horror stories. Children's items and scary adult novels and videos are highlighted.

Starting in November, the staff will gather new or gently used books, CDs, and DVDs that will be on display until January. The bookstore will feature cookbooks in January. February will feature romance, Christian romance, and mysteries. In March, gardening books will be on display. April will feature books on cities, countries, and traveling.

The Marshall Street Bookstore is located at 225 N. Marshall St., Lancaster. For more information, readers may call 717-295-1950. The bookstore is open on Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

All books are donated, and proceeds from sales support the Lancaster Public Library.


Library Sets Programs October 12, 2017

The Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, has posted its upcoming programs. For more information, readers may visit

123 ... Play With Me! will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. The workshop for parents and children from birth to age 3 will offer opportunities for children to play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group setting and for parents to ask community experts questions in the areas of child development, speech and language, nutrition, play, movement, and music. Older siblings are welcome.

The Junior Master Gardener Club, for children ages 6 to 12 and a caregiver, will meet from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Participants will learn about gardening and cultivating various types of plants, including vegetables and flowers.

The Chess Club for people of all ages and abilitites will meet on Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Participants should bring their own chess set.

Wee Readers, for 1- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver, will be offered on Friday, Oct. 27, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and will include a mix of stories, crafts, and songs.

The Teen Dungeons and Dragons Club, for youths age 12 and up, will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28. The club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

Parachute Play, for 1- to 3-year-olds with a caregiver, will be offered on Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. The program will offer 30 minutes of fun with a parachute, along with songs, rhymes, bubbles, balls, and other props. Parachute Games, a 30-minute program scheduled for 10:45 a.m. for 3- to 6-year-olds with a caregiver, will include songs, rhymes, and games.

The library will offer family movie night on Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Individuals of all ages are welcome, and movies will be rated G or PG. Free popcorn will be provided. Readers may call for this month's title.

The Teen Anime Club will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3. Youths ages 13 to 18 will be able to watch anime, enjoy snacks, and socialize. Content will be PG to PG-13. The club meets on the first and third Fridays of the month.

The Dungeons and Dragons Club for adults will meet on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The club meets on the first Saturday of the month.


ELANCO Library Sets Schedule October 12, 2017

The Eastern Lancaster County (ELANCO) Library, 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, will offer a variety of programs and activities. Most events are free but require advance registration. To register, readers may stop by the circulation desk at the library, call 717-354-0525, or register at

Library hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 23, for Thanksgiving.

Parachute Play, for walking toddlers ages 1 to 3, will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 10:30 a.m. Youngsters will play with parachutes, sing songs, and have fun while developing gross motor skills and spatial awareness.

Unos Cuentos: A Bilingual Storytime, for 1- to 5-year-olds, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, and will feature stories in English and spanish. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers are welcome.

Friday Frolic for Toddlers, featuring stories selected to promote language development, is open to walking toddlers ages 1 to 3 with a caregiver on Fridays at 10:30 a.m., and adults are expected to participate and encourage the children to join in the fun.

Stay and Play will be offered at 11:15 a.m. on Fridays, approximately 15 minutes after the Friday Frolic for Toddlers concludes. Youngsters may stay and play with the big box of toys until lunchtime.

Sensory Story Time, set for Saturday, Nov. 4, at 9 a.m., is geared toward children ages 3 to 8, but people of all ages are welcome. The program, which may be helpful for children with sensory input delays or those who have trouble sitting still, is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and sensory activity play. The program is funded by the Kiwanis Club of New Holland.

Therapy dogs will visit the library on Nov. 4 at 11:30 a.m. The family event encourages children to improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from KPETS.

Reader's Roundtable Book Discussion, set for Monday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m., will focus on "Perfume River" by Robert Olen Butler. Everyone is welcome.

Preschool Story Time will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver are invited to enjoy themed books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, or a craft while building language and literacy skills.

Teen Tuesdays will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. Youths in grades seven through 12 are invited to hang out in the library after school.

Spreads From Scratch, for people age 3 and up, has been set for Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m. Participants will make butter and mayonnaise, and bread will be provided for taste-testing.

A CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) Information Program will take place on Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. Individuals are invited to attend to learn more about CHIP.

Writing Club, for people age 10 and up, will meet on Thursday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Each meeting will begin with short exercises, and time will also be spent on writing independently and sharing projects.

Teen After Hours - Fandom! will be offered on Friday, Nov. 10, at 5 p.m., and students in grades seven to 12 are invited to join for cosplay, karaoke, snacks, and games. There will be prizes for the best cosplay. Advance registration is required for the after-hours event.

Hooks and Needles: Yarn Crafting Club will meet on Monday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. The knitting club is open to all knitters and crocheters of all ages and skill levels, beginners included. Attendees may bring their own projects, tips, and ideas to share.

Lego Creation Club will meet on Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The family event is open to individuals age 3 and up. Creations will be displayed in the library.

Workin' On the Railroad, a family event for people of all ages, will be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 6:30 p.m. The hands-on program will allow guests to touch and handle artifacts that were used by railroaders. The program is provided by the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.

Block Party - Preschool STEM Event, for 3- to 6-year-olds, has been set for Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Youngsters will be able to play with the new wooden block collection.

Bonkers Biology, for youths in grades five through eight, has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

Crafternoon has been set for Monday, Nov. 27, at 1 p.m. People of all ages are welcome to drop in to make a craft.

The Teen Advisory Group, consisting of students in grades seven to 12, will meet on Monday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will help plan future teen events at the library.

The Teen Book Club will meet on Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. Students in grades seven to 12 will talk about books and eat. Attendees should bring along a book they have read recently for discussion.

The Buckhill Sleuths book group will meet at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the ELANCO Library. The book group discusses mystery books each month, with meetings alternating between the ELANCO Library and the Lititz Public Library. November's title is "Dead Irish" by John Lescroart.

Teen Trivia Night will be offered on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Teenagers in grades seven through 12 will split into teams to answer rounds of questions covering music, movies, books, pop culture, and current happenings.


Yoga Classes Slated October 11, 2017

The Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, will host free "all abilities yoga" classes on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. through Oct. 31. The classes were slated to begin on Oct. 17.

Participants should bring a mat and water with them.


Friends Group Plans Halloween Dance October 11, 2017

Those who used to shop at the old Collinsville Discount Center will remember that the store had a little bit of everything, and Betty Bell, a member of the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, said that the Collinsville Discount Band's musical repertoire includes that same "little bit of everything." The band will play at the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center's Halloween Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Kreutz Creek Valley Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7045, 341 Yorkana Road, York.

The dance is open to anyone age 21 and up. Costumes are welcome but are optional. However, masks will not be permitted. Snacks will be included with the price of admission, and beverages will be available to purchase. It is a nonsmoking event. Interested individuals may purchase discount tickets in advance for a lower rate at the VFW or at the library, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hallam, as well as from members of the Collinsville Discount Band. Full-price tickets will also be available at the door.

At the dance, the band will play music including hits from the 1970s to today, as well as original songs like "Cloud 9" and "She Called Me Hon." The band members include Alex Degnan on bass, Jason Greenwood on guitar, Ryan Waltemyer on drums, and vocalists Terry Atwood, Jackieraye, and Jennifer Plonk. Degnan has performed with DaNica Shirey, a former contestant on "The Voice," and played with the band Shrimpboat. Greenwood provides studio work for local artists and has performed live with Lindsey Erin. Waltemyer can be heard playing with The Whiskey River Band.

Bell, who has been a member of the Friends for approximately 14 years, said that band is high energy and does a spectacular job of making sure its audiences have a great time. "They really have a large following in the area," she remarked. The band will also have T-shirts available to purchase at the dance.

The Friends group has held fundraising dances in the past, but this will be the first one in at least seven years, according to Bell. Proceeds will benefit the programs offered at the Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center and help to meet the $35,000 portion of the library's budget that the Friends group is responsible for raising.

For more information on the library, readers may visit


Martin Library Posts Announcements October 11, 2017

York County Libraries president Robert F. Lambert has announced that access to adult bathrooms will be limited at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, due to concerns related to the opioid epidemic. While these public bathrooms are currently unavailable, other facilities are available to program attendees, children, and adults with disabilities.

Lambert also announced the exploration of a capital campaign with the support of a state capital grant application to make physical capital improvements to Kreutz Creek Valley Library in the Hellam area, Kaltreider-Benfer Library in Red Lion, and Martin Library. Part of Martin Library's capital campaign will include renovating the adult bathrooms.

Martin, Kreutz Creek, Guthrie Memorial, and Kaltreider-Benfer libraries are offering a program for teenagers inspired by the fictional book "Smack" by Melvin Burgess. Participants will be introduced to the real issues surrounding addiction in sessions featuring a visit from local police, a presentation from Not One More, a Google Hangouts session with Burgess, and a discussion and interactive game with representatives from the Children's Home of York. There will also be a Teen Town Hall featuring discussions with teenagers who participated in the program, the public, and members of the York Opioid Collaborative and its director, Dr. Matthew Howie.

The program has been slated for Oct. 9 through Saturday, Nov. 11. Participants will be asked to write or create art in response to what they learned; their creations will be on display at the Teen Town Hall. Also as part of this program, a Pillar of Remembrance will be created and will tour the participating libraries. Anyone with pictures of a loved one lost to opioid addiction may post a photo remembrance on the pillar.


Library Posts Programs October 6, 2017

The Columbia Public Library, 24 S. Sixth St., has posted its upcoming programs and activities. For more information, readers may call 717-684-2255, visit, or find the library on Facebook.

The Columbia Borough School District's Rising Tide of Literacy Project is offering free high school equivalency preparation classes. The classes, which began on Oct. 3, will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Tuesday, June 5, 2018, in the downstairs community room. These classes are for parents of children in the Columbia School District and for students who have recently dropped out of school and want to get their high school equivalency diploma. For more information, readers may call Jenny Bair at 717-295-5523 or email

Young Adult Book Clubs, which are held in the library at Columbia High School, 901 Ironville Pike, will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 25. Middle-schoolers will meet at 1:55 p.m. and high-schoolers will meet at 2:45 p.m. The group will discuss "The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June" by Robin Benway. The high school book club chose "This Is Where It Ends." More information and behavior contracts are available from Mr. White.

Reading education assistance cat Biggie's next public visit to the library will be Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 1:15 p.m. Readers may call the library to schedule a time for people age 5 and up to read to Biggie. Reading education assistance dog Spencer's next public visit to the library will be in October. Readers may also call the library to schedule a time for people age 5 and up to read to Spencer.

Get Sewing in Columbia is a new program that will take place on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. No sewing knowledge is necessary and all children age 8 and up are welcome. Liane Laskoski will be the instructor.

PreSchool Pals story and craft sessions led by Susan Kalas will take place on Mondays, Oct. 16, 23 and 30, at 10:30 a.m. All preschoolers ages 18 months to 4 years old and their caregivers are welcome. Caregivers must stay for the program.

A Family Movie Night will take place on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. in the conference room. The movie will be "Captain Underpants." Attendees may bring snacks and beverages with lids.

Mitzi Sanchez's crocheting class has been set for 9 a.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 14 and 28. Instruction will be provided, and newcomers are welcome. Experienced crocheters may bring their current project. Attendees are asked to bring a pair of scissors. Donated yarn will be available to use.

The library will close early on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. for the Mardi Gras Parade.

"Sweets for the Mind" will be held during trick-or-treat night on Monday, Oct. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. Children up through age 18 may stop by and receive a free children's book.


Library Sets Children's Health Program October 6, 2017

Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, will host a children's program, Health Hero Training Camp, on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The program, presented by CHI St. Joseph Children's Health, is geared toward children ages 6 to 12. The event will include information about tooth decay and plaque, the MyPlate nutrition guide, and other health-related topics.

The program is limited to 25 children. Preregistration is requested by calling 717-626-2255 or visiting the library.


Library Sets Friends Week October 6, 2017

Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, will celebrate National Friends of the Library Week from Sunday, Oct. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 21, with a weeklong celebration in recognition of the Friends group.

All week long, the Friends group will hold its 2018 Membership Drive. To join the library's Friends organization or renew a membership for 2018, readers may stop by the library. Anyone joining and/or renewing their memberships will be given a ticket to enter a drawing for a choice of three gifts.

On Monday, Oct. 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. the library staff will hold a thank-you dessert bar. Friends members may stop by to enjoy some desserts and coffee or tea.

On Friday, Oct. 20, an edible book contest will be held. To enter the contest by preparing a literary inspired culinary creation, readers may complete an entry form, which are available either at the library or at Spectators may stop by the event for some refreshments and to vote in the People's Choice category for their favorite entry.

For more information, readers may call Julie Brnik at 717-533-6555 or email


Library Plans Programs October 6, 2017

Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, has scheduled two programs. Registration, if required, is available by visiting and clicking on Upcoming Events or calling 717-533-6555.

On Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m., the library will present storyteller Lyn Ford who will thrill children with her retelling of heartwarming and often funny Affrilachian Folktales: African-American folktales, fables, and fool tales from the hills and valleys of Appalachia. No registration is needed. For more information, readers may contact 717-533-6555, ext. 3708.

On Oct. 22 also at 2 p.m., the library will present commonwealth speaker Cassandra Gunkel, who will discuss secret paths traveled by African-Americans who escaped slavery in the South and made their way to freedom in the North and in Canada, and quilt patterns said to have been used by people involved with the Underground Railroad to pass along information in code to help guide the escaping African-Americans on their way to freedom. Registration is required by visiting and clicking on Upcoming Events or calling 717-533-6555.


Columbia Library Breaks Ground On Expansion October 6, 2017

Sunshine beamed down to match the excitement in the air on Oct. 1 as community members gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the $2.5 million expansion of the Columbia Public Library. Columbia Mayor Leo Lutz welcomed attendees as they congregated around the gazebo in Locust Street Park for the brief ceremony. He recalled his own memories of the town's library, which was built in 1960 on South Sixth Street, and expressed enthusiasm for all that is to come as the facility expands. "In successful communities, libraries become the cultural center, and I believe this library will become that (for Columbia)," Lutz stated.

Lutz expressed gratitude to all those who have helped make the project possible and introduced several special guests, including state Rep. Stan Saylor, state Sen. Ryan Aument, and Commissioner Dennis Stuckey. The Rev. Beth Costlow of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Columbia delivered an invocation. Gerald Nikolaus presented a brief history of the library, noting that it has been 44 years since any construction or renovations have been completed on the current library building. Columbia Economic Development coordinator Rebecca Denlinger discussed the positive economic repercussions the project holds for the region.

Architect Paul Nikolaus shared details on the expansion, which was officially underway as of Oct. 2 and is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2018. The existing library will remain open during construction. Paul Nikolaus said the project will include a 3,400-square-foot, two-story addition. Of the library's 12 major collections of books, the children's area will expand the most. The project will also include an enlarged circulation area, a center for community gatherings, handicapped-accessibility, and enlarged areas for new books, as well as additional space for increased program growth, enhanced support facilities for staff, defined spaces for treasured artwork displays, and an outdoor reading terrace overlooking Locust Street Park.

Columbia Public Library Capital Campaign member Paul Resch presented remarks honoring the life and legacy of Columbia resident and businessman Dean Little, who passed away in 2016 and included a bequest of $250,000 for the Columbia Public Library in his will. Resch recalled Little's habit of reading the newspaper cover to cover on a daily basis, even on bus trips to Penn State football games. Little served in the United States Navy during World War II and went on to become a truck driver before opening a beverage distribution business in Columbia. "He realized that education was the key to success ... and he knew the most important thing in life is giving back," said Resch.

Capital Campaign member Robin Gamby introduced a group of students from Columbia Borough School District and Our Lady of the Angels who have been helping to collect pennies for the construction project. Gamby also reminded those in attendance that no donation is ever too small.

After the first shovels full of dirt were scooped up behind the library at 24 S. Sixth St. to the sounds of much applause and cheering, attendees were invited to tour the current building and look at drawings of the future facility.

For more information or to donate toward the project, readers may contact Gamby at or 717-575-9032.

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