Summer Reading Program Activities Planned May 25, 2018
The Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, has posted several activities.
Children and youths are invited to take part in this year's Summer Reading Program, themed "Libraries Rock!" Four age levels of involvement will be offered with age-appropriate activities and prizes, including the Read Aloud Program for infants through 4-year-olds, the Junior Program for 5- to 9-year-olds, the Tween Program for 10- to 12-year-olds, and the Teen Program for 13- to 19-year-olds.
At the end of the program, participants who have earned enough points will receive prizes. Local nonprofit organizations and businesses are supporting the program.
The program will run from Saturday, June 2, to Saturday, Aug. 11. For a complete list of programs, readers may stop by the library or visit www.lititzlibrary.org. For information or to register for programs no more than two weeks in advance of the program, readers may call the library at 717-626-2255.
The Summer Reading Program will kick off with a Corduroy costume character story time on Tuesday, June 12, at 10 a.m.
The "A Book That Shaped Me" - Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest, a Library of Congress essay contest, will be administered as part of the Summer Reading Program. Youths entering fifth and sixth grades in the fall of 2018 may write a letter to their local librarian about a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.
Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at the Lititz Public Library. The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 7. Entry forms are available at the library.
Prizes will be awarded, and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
For more information, readers may visit www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/ or stop by the library.
Library Posts Programs May 24, 2018
The Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, has posted its upcoming youth and family programs. For more information, readers may call the library at 717-786-1336.
Preschool Meet-Up, for 3- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver, will be offered on Tuesdays, June 5, 12 and 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Little ones may play in the Early Literacy Lab. Toddler Meet-Up, for 1- to 3-year-olds, will be offered on Wednesdays, June 6, 13 and 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The Summer Lego Club for children age 5 and up will meet on June 6, 13 and 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants will join the Lego Design Team and build creations to be displayed in the library.
Family Movie Night for people of all ages will be offered on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. Readers may contact the library for the specific title. Free popcorn will be provided.
Ready, Set, Play to Learn! will take place on Saturdays, June 9, 16 and 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. This introductory session, for children age 4 and under with a caregiver, will focus on an overview of motor development. There is a space limit per session, with a total of six sessions.
The teen Dungeons and Dragons Club for youths age 12 and up will meet on June 9 and 23 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.
Teen Leadership Group will meet on Sunday, June 10, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. to plan, promote and run programs and activities for youths and teenagers in the library.
Summer Teen Lock-In will take place on June 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lock-in will feature movies, games, a foam dart war and karaoke. Parental permission is required. Permissions slips are available on the website and are due by Friday, June 8.
Parachute Play, for 1- to 3-year-olds with a caregiver, will be offered on Thursday, June 14, 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.
Junkyard Drumming for participants age 8 and up will be offered on June 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. Students will learn about the basics of rhythm using everyday objects to create a cohesive whole. Registration is required, and space is limited.
A Corduroy Family Story Time for 1- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver will take place on Friday, June 15, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and will feature a visit from the trouser-wearing bear Corduroy.
The Teen Anime Club will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 15. Youths ages 13 to 18 will gather to watch anime, enjoy snacks and socialize.
Open Board Game Time for youths age 12 and up will take place on June 16 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants may bring their favorite board games to share with the group.
Summer STEM Explorers for children ages 8 to 12 will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, and June 20. The theme will be biology and ecology. Space is limited to 10 participants per day. Tuesday content will be repeated on Wednesday.
Workin' on the Railroad for participants of all ages will take place on June 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will explore railroad-related jobs using a portable model train layout and hands-on railroad artifacts.
Rocks Are a Blast From the Past for children age 6 and up will be offered on Thursday, June 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about the difference between a rock and mineral and how rocks create an earthquake.
Summer Spanish Workshop for youths ages 8 to 12 will take place on June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn words and phrases based on themes from the animated film "Coco." Registration is required, and space is limited.
The Page to Screen Book Club for youths ages 11 to 13 will meet on June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. The group will read "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio and then watch the movie. Participants will receive a free copy of the book to read before the meeting. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited.
Kids Parachute Challenge for children ages 7 to 12 will be offered on Friday, June 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., featuring popular parachute games and activities. The group will meet weekly through July 27.
Library Sets Schedule May 24, 2018
Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, has posted its upcoming programming. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and require preregistration. Readers are encouraged to register online at www.mslibrary.org or by calling the library at 717-653-1510. More information is available by calling or visiting the library.
The kickoff of the Summer Reading Program (SRP) will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Readers of all ages may stop by to register for summer programs and events, take part in crafts and activities, and pick up reading logs. Individuals may also pick up reading logs and register for events throughout the summer. This year's program theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Read With Kirby will offer struggling readers an opportunity to practice reading aloud to Kirby, a Westie and certified therapy dog. Kirby will be available on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and individuals should call Miss Jan to register.
For Snorey Time Story Time, set for Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m., children can wear pajamas and enjoy a story, a craft, and a snack.
During Wee Build Free Build, slated for Friday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., parents and caregivers are invited to bring children of all ages to the library to build, explore, and create in an unstructured setting.
During Libraries Rock! Chalk Day on Monday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., individuals may stop by the library and draw chalk creations on the sidewalks. In the case of inclement weather, other creative options will be available inside.
Lego Club, for people of all ages, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Legos will be provided, and building will be geared toward the SRP theme.
Sing, Shake, and Sway Story Time, set for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, will encourage children to interact and move to songs and stories.
Storybook character Corduroy will visit the library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14. Children age 3 and up may enjoy a story and an activity, and a photo opportunity will be provided at the end of the program.
STEM Club - Rocket Man will take place on Thursdays, June 14 to 28, at 6 p.m. for children in third through sixth grades. During this month's programs, participants will build an actual rocket from everyday materials. The rocket will be launched on Saturday, June 30, at 10 a.m., and all are invited. Space is limited in the program.
During Readers' Theater on Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m. participants age 7 and up will prepare short pieces and perform them for a family audience at 11:45 a.m.
Fun Fort Friday has been scheduled for June 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. Families may bring blankets, sheets, and a flashlight and build a fort among the bookshelves.
Art Rocks! will be offered on Monday, June 18, at 1 p.m. for children age 7 and up. At this program, previously known as Art in the Park, children may create works of art inspired by the SRP theme.
Shuts Environmental Center will lead the program "Bats, Whales, and Sounds" on Tuesday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. The program will highlight whale songs, wave reflection, echolocation, and more, and it will feature an opportunity to play Bat and Moth. Space is limited.
Fun Family Bingo has been set for 6 p.m. on June 19 and will focus on the SRP theme. Participants are asked to bring a snack to share.
For Teddy Bear Story Time, slated for Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m., attendees may bring a stuffed bear to enjoy stories and an activity with Miss Jan.
During Healthy Streams Part 1 on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., Penn State Ag and Environment Center will give a presentation on streams, wildlife and habitat, and pollution issues, along with simple actions that can improve local water quality. Attendees will discover what makes a stream healthy or sick and find out how to improve the woods and water locally.
Families and community members can join members of the Penn State Extension at Little Chiques Park for Healthy Streams Part 2 on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Participants can get their feet wet while exploring the aquatic environment.
Giggle Magic: Toolbox Kidz Show, set for Thursday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m., will focus on kindness through a meeting with Chicken Patti.
Alpacas Rock! will take place on Friday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. There will be opportunities to pet and take photos with the alpacas. The program will be held in fair weather, and there will be no rain date.
MakerFest, featuring demonstrations performed by a variety of makers, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.
During Lunch Bunch Tuesday at noon on Tuesday, June 26, people age 8 and up may bring lunch and a book they are reading. Miss Jan will share information, and there will be a mystery guest.
Sing and Sign Story Time, during which basic American Sign Language is incorporated, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27.
For the Science Explorers "Science Matters" program at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, participants in kindergarten and up will learn about the states of matter and explore with bubbles, a spud launcher, a leaf blower, and a basketball.
Rocks of Kindness, a "make-it, take-it" program, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Attendees will paint rocks with positive messages or other images to keep or hide in the community for someone to find.
Dark Order Teen Anime will give teenagers age 13 and up an opportunity to watch shows and plan anime-based activities on Saturday, June 16, at 6 p.m.
The game nights for adults will be postponed for the summer and will regroup in September.
During Solace Through Writing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, Michele DeRosa will share suggestions on how to process grief through writing prompts or journaling.
Closely Knit, a group for avid knitters or those who aspire to knit, will meet at 1 p.m. on Mondays, June 11 and 25. Attendees may knit or crochet individual projects, and no registration is necessary.
Yes, You Can Paint! is a painting class for adults, no matter their ability, which will be offered on June 14 at 2 p.m. and June 27 at 6 p.m. The class will be taught by local artist Ron Meckley using the Bob Ross method, and participants will have a finished piece at the conclusion of the class. The cost will cover instruction and all supplies except a canvas.
Needle Felting Friends, a new monthly club led by local soft sculpture artist Victoria Hans, will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 16. The club is open to anyone who wants to learn the art of needle felting, as well as other needle felters who would like to share ideas or work in a social setting. Materials will not be provided.
The book discussion group focused on the classics will discuss "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. The Lit Lovers book discussion group will discuss "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks on June 26 at 6:30 p.m.
The Lifelong Learners program "How to Declutter, Organize, and Display Photos" will be co-facilitated by local photographer Kelly Johnson and photo-organizing specialist Kathy Schlegel on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn what to do with print and digital photos.
Library Program Receives Support May 23, 2018
The Quarryville Library and the Solanco community recently participated in the annual Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Program.
The Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child Program is an early literacy initiative administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The goal of this program is to get copies of the annual selected book into the hands of as many young children in Pennsylvania as possible.
For the past several years, proceeds from the Quarryville Library's annual benefit auction have been used to purchase copies of the One Book, Every Young Child selection. Between 2015 and 2017, over $1,500 was raised to benefit this program. Over 600 books have been given to children in the last three years.
Books are given out at library tours and programs each spring. For 2018, there were six library tours and three traveling story time visits, as well as a special PA One Book, Every Young Child Story Time at the library, where copies of this year's selection, "My Cousin Momo," were handed out to the children. A total of 240 books were distributed during March, April, and May.
The 2018 benefit auction raised $790 to purchase books for 2019, which will be enough for more than 300 books. These books will be purchased in the fall and handed out in the spring of 2019.
To learn more about library programs, including PA One Book, Every Young Child, readers may call the library at 717-786-1336.
Library Slates June Programs May 23, 2018
Adamstown Area Library, 3000 N. Reading Road, Adamstown, will offer a variety of activities to the community. Registration is required for most programs. To learn more and to register, readers may call the library at 717-484-4200.
On Saturdays, June 9 to Aug. 11, the library will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There is no change to the weekday hours.
The 2018 Summer Reading Program will begin on Saturday, June 2. This year's theme is "Libraries Rock!" Special kickoff events will take place on June 2 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., including visits to the Adamstown Fire Company next door, crafts, games, face painting, food, and visits from service dogs, police officers, and the Lancaster County Dairy Princess. Children may register for the program now.
Container Gardening will be offered on Monday, June 4, at 6:30 p.m. Master Gardener Linda Kay Pressley will demonstrate the basics for planting a successful container garden. She will cover plant and container selection, soil types, fertilization, and watering. The fun and interactive presentation is designed for teens and adults.
Several story time programs will be offered for young readers. An adult caregiver must accompany children to each program. Program activities will include stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, finger plays, and more. Preschool Story Time, designed for children ages 2 to 6, will be held on Tuesdays and Wednesday at 10 a.m. The Lapsit Program will meet on Thursdays at 10 a.m. and is open to babies up to age 2. Toddler Story Time, for toddlers ages 2 to 3, will take place on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Special story time programs will also be held. Story Time with Corduroy will take place on Monday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. Families are invited to bring a camera as they enjoy a special costume story time with picture book character Corduroy the Bear. Bedtime Stories will be held on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy stories, a craft, and a snack in their pajamas.
Reader's Choice Book Club will meet for the final time until the fall on Tuesday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. The book series title is "Ramona Quimby."
Technology Night will be offered on Wednesday, June 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The program is dedicated to helping patrons cope with the ever-changing world of computers, mobile devices, and technology.
Rock Painting will be held on Monday, June 11, at 2 p.m. Participants will paint "kindness rocks." All materials will be supplied free of charge. The program is open to the entire family.
Heads Up Lancaster Presents: Breakdancing will take place on Tuesday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Peace United Church of Christ (UCC), 37. E. Swartzville Road, Denver. Participants age 8 and older will learn what it is like to do such physical moves. Attendees should wear sneakers.
The library board of trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m.
The Genealogy Interest Group will meet on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. The group will be led by genealogy researcher Ken McCrea and is open to older students and adults.
Walk-In Craft event will be held from 9:30 to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 15. During that time, children may stop in to make and take home a seasonal craft. No registration is needed.
An American Girl Doll Sale will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the borough conference room.
On the Spot Songwriting will be offered on Monday, June 18, at 10 a.m. Musician Pat Kocen will help participants write their own rock song featuring their favorite things about summer. The program is open to children ages 5 to 10.
Tic-Tac-Toad will be held on Thursday, June 21, at 2 p.m. Participants will learn the similarities and differences between reptiles and amphibians and frogs and toads, natural history highlights, and the reasons for their calls. The program is open to all ages.
Giggle Magic: Toolbox Kidz Show will take place on Wednesday, June 27, at 2 p.m. at Peace UCC. Children in preschool and older will learn what it means to be different, but the same, during this silly and fun show full of puppets, magic, and comedy.
Make It AAL: Catapults will be held on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn about potential and kinetic energy while making and testing miniature working catapults. The program is designed for children ages 8 to 12.
Libraries Set Summer Reading Program May 23, 2018
Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile will present this year's Summer Reading Program starting on Saturday, June 2, and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 11. Public libraries will present activities and events related to this year's theme, "Libraries Rock!" The Summer Reading Program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards and Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.
Readers of all ages may take part and may join at any time during the program. Program components include four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth to age 4), Elementary (ages 5 to 9), Tween (ages 10 to 12) and Teen (ages 13 to 19).
In 2017, 25,789 youths participated, with 15,067 youths completing the program and 41,718 children and parents attending 1,474 summer learning events. Last year, public libraries offered events which youths and their families attended, and 1,939 new library cards were issued to youths ages 5 to 19.
Special programs at various libraries this summer will include visits from Cylo, the Princess of Dutch Wonderland, and a Corduroy costume character. Special events offered through the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will include Kindness Rocks; Tic Tac Toad; Bats, Whales, and Sound Waves; Owl Opera; Peter and the Wolf; Let It Rain; The Body's Heat; Shake, Rock, and Roll: Earthquakes on Earth; and Make Some Noise!
Additional programs will include Basic Junkyard Drumming and Basic Breakdancing, offered through Heads Up Lancaster with Jehovanny "Jeo" Ramos; "Rocks Are a Blast From the Past," presented by geologist Jeri Jones; children's musician Mark DeRose; Science Matters, presented by Erin Corvaia of Science Explorers; Giggle Magic with Marcy Klutchka, with a performance of "Toolbox Kidz Show"; "Swamp Songs and Marsh Melodies," presented by the Center for Aquatic Sciences; and Nutrition and Hank the Health Hero, and Hank's Quest: Feelings, both presented through CHI St. Joseph Children's Health.
To register for programs, readers may contact their local library. A listing of local libraries is available at www.lancasterlibraries.org. To find out more about the Summer Reading Program, individuals may visit http://lancasterlibraries.org/library-services/youth/summer-reading-program/.
Library Receives New Shelving May 23, 2018
The Strasburg-Heisler Library recently obtained new custom bookcases.
From funds received through the Extraordinary Give in November 2017, the library was able to replace the shelving for children's picture books. The new seven separate bookcases were custom made by a local furniture business. They are mobile for easy arrangement and have two levels of separate compartments to keep the books neat and forward-facing. The top portion is recessed to allow more light onto the books housed in the lower compartments.
The old steel shelves had some exposed edges and were warped from excessive weight.
The Strasburg-Heisler Library has participated in the Lancaster County Community Foundation's Extraordinary Give for the past three years. It was the first time that the board of trustees designated replacing storage furnishings from Extraordinary Give proceeds.
For more information, readers may contact Kristin Fernitz at 717-687-8969 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library To Host Program About Anxiety May 23, 2018
The Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, will present "Supporting Individuals With Anxiety" on Thursday, May 31, at 6 p.m.
Throughout the session, participants will learn how to recognize the signs or triggers of individuals who are experiencing anxiety, utilize suggested strategies to decrease a person's anxiety, and maximize opportunities in order for individuals to access supportive strategies. Presenters will highlight up-to-date research, evidence-based application of strategies, and access to resources, as well as share personal experiences parenting individuals with mental health disorders.
The program is free; no registration is required. For more information, readers may call 610-869-2004 or visit www.avongrovelibrary.org.
Library Slates June Activities May 22, 2018
Kreutz Creek Library (KCL), 66 Walnut Springs Road, York, will offer a variety of activities and events to the community. Readers may visit www.yorklibraries.org/hellam-kreutz-creek to view the complete calendar of library activities and to register for programs. More information is available by calling the library at 717-252-4080.
Children and teenagers may register for the Summer Learning Program (SLP), now called Summer Quest, and the GO York! program at any library or at the Summer Quest kickoff event, slated for Saturday, June 2. The kickoff will take place at the Dover Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, from 10 a.m. to noon. Anyone who would like to sign up for Summer Quest or GO York! should bring his or her library card to the event.
Registration for Summer Quest and GO York! is also available at http://summerquest.yorklibraries.org. Summer Quest will take place from June 2 to Sunday, Aug. 19. A variety of activities will be available for people of all ages. The theme is "Libraries Rock!"
Summer Quest activities will include Stone Art, a Worm Race, Local Heroes, a puppet show, Wacky Wednesdays, and a Stuffed Animal Sleepover.
The Stone Art activity, for people of all ages, will take place on Monday, June 11, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. Participants may bring their own rocks to decorate, or they may decorate provided rocks.
The Worm Race will take place on Thursday, June 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. The program will feature a worm story, a worm race, and opportunities to taste worms. Registration is required.
Local Heroes on Friday, June 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. will feature stories, opportunities to examine work tools, and a craft.
Adam Swartz Puppets will present "Alice and Jimmy's Epic Rock Dream" on Tuesday, June 26, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The first Wacky Wednesday will take place on Wednesday, June 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. People of all ages may take part in a do-it-yourself activity.
The Stuffed Animal Sleepover will begin on June 27. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., children may drop off stuffed friends, along with sleepwear and a blanket. The animals will stay overnight at the library to participate in a Stuffed Animal American Idol contest. Library staff and volunteers will be on hand to supervise and record the contest.
On Thursday, June 28, from 1 to 2 p.m., children may view a slideshow presentation about the Stuffed Animal American Idol contest.
Children from birth to age 3 with an adult are invited to attend Summer Quest's Babies and Toddlers Story Times on Mondays, June 11 and 18, at 10:30 a.m., as well as Summer Quest's Babies and Toddlers Kindermusik on Monday, June 25, at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required.
Summer Quest's Preschool Story Times, for children ages 3 to 5, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, June 15 and 29. Participants will hear a story and make a craft.
Summer Quest will also feature science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities.
Children ages 3 to 9 may attend Vermicomposting on Wednesday, June 13, at 10:30 a.m. Participants will learn how worms turn food waste into compost that helps gardens. They will also make their own worm farms. Registration is required.
Representatives of the National Aquarium will present a program for children ages 3 to 9 on Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. Children will learn what it takes for marine mammals to survive in the ocean.
LEAP Into Science, for children ages 5 to 9, will take place on Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m. Tara Tolton will lead hands-on science activities.
Play at Pen and Ink, for people age 10 and up, will be offered on Thursday, June 21, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Thursday, June 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. Local artist Robert Oughton will teach attendees a variety of techniques.
The Lego Builders' Club for people age 6 and up will meet on June 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants may take on a provided challenge or build a creation of their choice.
Summer Quest will feature activities for tweens and teens. Tweens, youths ages 9 to 12, may attend the Danger Club meeting on Tuesday, June 12, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and the Library Squad meeting on Tuesday, June 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Tween Library Squad plans programs for tweens.
Teen Time, for teenagers ages 13 to 18, will be offered on Thursdays, June 7 to 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. Teenagers may gather to socialize. Teen After Hours will take place on June 22 at 8:30 p.m. Teens will hang out, chat, and play games.
Also in June, the library will hold its regularly scheduled activities.
Knitters and crocheters are invited to bring a project to the library on Tuesdays, June 5 and 19, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Beginners may bring needles and yarn, and other members will help them get started.
The Green Thumb Garden Club Talk will take place on June 14 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Melanie Markowski will present "Easy Care Kitchen Herb Garden."
The KCL Book Club Discussion will take place on June 21 at 2 p.m. Led by Susan Nenstiel, the group will discuss "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. Registration is required.
The Friends of Kreutz Creek Library Branch Support Group will meet on June 27 at 5:30 p.m.
The Tech Guru, Rebecca Hofmann, will visit the library on June 28 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. to offer assistance. Patrons are invited to bring their questions about computers, electronic tablets, e-readers, and smartphones. The program is free, and appointments are not needed.
Library To Host Teddy Bear Picnic May 22, 2018
Oxford Public Library will hold a teddy bear picnic on Tuesday, June 12, from 11:30 a.m. to noon at the Oxford Memorial Park, located on Lancaster Avenue at Third Street in Oxford.
Youngsters are invited to bring their teddy bears and lunches for the special story time. In the event of rain, the program will be held at the library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford. For more information, call the library at 610-932-9625.
Art Exhibition Slated May 22, 2018
On Sunday, June 10, the second art exhibition of the 2018 season will open with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown. The exhibit will feature the work of Karen Riedy and will remain on display through Friday, Aug. 3.
The reception is free and open to the public. Music will be provided by Nicole Seiberling and Zane Ruth, members of the band Simple Tenants. Refreshments will be served.
Riedy grew up in a family of artists but did not begin painting until her children were grown. Her mother had worked in watercolors, so Riedy selected that medium when she began painting. She has studied under various teachers, including Rey Malici, Susan Tilton Pecora, Lynn Yancha, Glenn Blue, Pam Wenger, and Janet Rogers. She enjoys painting people, animals, and nature. Riedy is married to a minister. She has three children, three children-in-law, and five grandchildren.
For more information, readers may visit www.yorklibraries.org/mason-dixon or call the library at 717-993-2404.
YCL Plans Meeting In Shrewsbury May 22, 2018
York County Libraries (YCL) president Robert F. Lambert will visit Shrewsbury as part of the next installation of the quarterly Library Think Tank sessions. The event will start at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, at Paul Smith Library of Southern York County. The event will be free to attend. Additional meetings are slated for September and November.
The Library Think Tank sessions were originally called Library Town Halls and were part of Lambert's six-month entry plan when he first took the position as YCL president. The information gleaned from the original listening tour funneled into the YCL three-year strategic plan. Through regional Library Town Hall sessions last year, Lambert and other library leaders shared the strategic initiatives and progress libraries are making. This evolved into 2018's Library Think Tank sessions, which are fueled by community conversation to foster a deeper understanding of how libraries are serving individuals and communities.
Free parking will be available in close proximity to the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, which is located at 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury. Questions may be directed to Paul Smith staff at 717-235-4313.
Libraries Bestow Service Awards May 22, 2018
Public libraries in Lancaster County honored staff, trustees, and volunteers for their service during the Library System of Lancaster County's annual meeting on April 18. Held at the Manheim Township Public Library, the event was attended by library officials, public library directors, board members, and citizens. The annual meeting, held in April each year, marks the installation of officers who serve on the library system's board of directors.
Service Award winners included Columbia Public Library volunteers Spencer, The Reading Dog, and Kelly Skiptunas, trainer; ELANCO Library volunteers Hugh McMaster, a former board of trustees member, and Barbara McMaster; Ephrata Public Library trustee/volunteer Bonnie Grater; Lititz Public Library volunteer Joanna Hertzler; staff member Lissa Holland, assistant director at Lancaster Public Library; staff member Connie Kelly, circulation desk manager at Manheim Community Library; Manheim Township Public Library volunteer Mary Jo Schimaneck; Jan Betty, youth services librarian at Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy); Moores Memorial Library (Christiana) volunteers Jeannette and Richard Kolb; Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse) director Margie Perella, who plans to retire on June 1 after 27 years of service to the library; Becky McClure, a volunteer with the Friends group for Quarryville Library; and staff member JJ Landis, children's librarian at Strasburg-Heisler Library.
The Outstanding Volunteer Award was presented to Diane Tannehill, the current Library System of Lancaster County board president and a charter member of The Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries.
The Library System of Lancaster County is a federated system with 14 member libraries, three branches, and a bookmobile.
Library Posts June Schedule May 21, 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 adult summer reading program, the 2018 Summer Learning Club, is themed "Libraries Rock!" Online registration is available at https://newcumberlandlibrary.beanstack.org or at the library using the catalog computer. Reading may be logged from Thursday, June 7, through Saturday, Aug. 4. Individuals who sign up online will still need to stop by the reference desk to pick up their packet with reading logs and more detailed instructions.
The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, June 2 and 16, 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 June 7 from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be on "Forensic Mysteries." A reading list is available at meetings.
The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Wednesdays, June 13 and 27, 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 June 13, "The Massacre of the Innocents" by Maurice Maeterlinck and "A Weary Hour" by Thomas Mann will be discussed. "The Piazza" by Herman Melville and "Birds of Passage" by Martin Anderson will be the focus on June 27. For details, readers may contact Dan Tepsic at 717-774-0719.
A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, June 9, 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.
Crafting for Adults - Mandala Stones will be held on Thursday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. Participants will create their own mandala stone, a decorative stone made by the art of dotting. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required.
Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on June 16 from 11 a.m. to noon. Dawn Marron and local coupon clippers will meet in the Browsing Room. Participants may bring coupons to trade and share. Readers may contact email@example.com for further details.
The Children's Book Writers Critique Group will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on June 16 in the Browsing Room. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The PennWriters Writing Group, for all who are interested in improving their writing skills, will meet on June 27 from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. in the Browsing Room.
In addition, the library will offer two exhibits during June. Jennifer Burke, granddaughter of Charley Krone and curator of his works, will display a broad variety of his framed black and white prints. Richelle Dourte will display her handcrafted botanical jewelry in the first-floor showcase. Dourte creates metalledwith jewelry.
Registration is open for the 2018 Summer Learning Club, themed "Libraries Rock!" Programs are available for people of all ages. The last day for children to redeem their reading logs is Friday, Aug. 17.
Teens After Hours will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, June 8 and 22, when the library is open only for teenagers in grades six through 10. The Teen Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. to discuss "Ms. Bixby's Last Day."
Family Fun Night will be held on Tuesdays, June 5 and 19. A free picnic dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m., followed by a movie at 6:30 p.m. in Foundation Hall.
Thursday Family Entertainment will be offered in Foundation Hall on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. A kickoff event will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 7 featuring STEAM. Each week will feature entertainers, including animals, music, comedy, and more. The program will run through July 26.
Fun Fridays @ the Library will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays, June 15 and 29. Families are invited to drop by the library for family-friendly challenges and activities.
A variety of activities for children will be offered during June. Registration will open on Friday, June 1, for most programs.
Tales for T.A.I.L.S., a program that encourages children to read, engage, and connect with therapy pets, will take place on Tuesdays, June 12 and 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children should bring their favorite book or choose one from the library.
Try It! Music and Movement will offer music and movement activities. Children ages 3 to 6 may take part at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, June 11 to 25. The program for babies ages 6 to 24 months will be on Tuesdays, June 12 to 26, at 11:15 a.m.
The program Robots will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. Children may sign up for a 45-minute slot for fun with coding tools. Children under age 8 must have an adult helper. Registration will open on Friday, June 8.
Hands-On Learning mini-camps for children ages 8 to 12 will be offered on Mondays, June 18 and 25. Archaeology with the State Museum of Pennsylvania will run from 1 to 2 p.m. on June 18, and High-Tech Coding Toys will be held on June 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Music for Little Mozarts, a piano class for children ages 4 to 6, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 29. Participants will play the piano, dance, sing, and have fun with music. Registration will open on June 6.
Library for Lunch - Rock Edition! will be held on Fridays through July 27 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Children age 7 and older can bring a sandwich or other main dish and a beverage to enjoy while they listen to books about musicians and music.
Ready for K! will be offered on Wednesdays, June 20 to Aug. 15, from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. Children entering kindergarten at Hillside Elementary in the fall are invited to register for the weekly kindergarten preparedness program. Registration is open.
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, readers may call the main circulation desk at 717-774-7820 or the Children's Library at 717-774-7822. Readers may also visit www.newcumberlandlibrary.org for details and directions.
Library Plans Book Club Discussion May 21, 2018
Kreutz Creek Library (KCL), 66 Walnut Springs Road, York, will hold a KCL Book Club Discussion on Thursday, June 21, at 2 p.m. Susan Nenstiel will lead a discussion of "The Nightingale" by Kristin Hannah. In preparation for the meeting, individuals may read the book; copies are available to borrow from the library. The KCL Book Club Discussion takes place on the third Thursday of each month.
Registration is required. To register, visit www.yorklibraries.org/hellam-kreutz-creek and view the activity calendar or call the library at 717-252-4080.
Library Plans For Summer May 18, 2018
The Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, is getting ready for summer. The theme for upcoming reading programs is "Libraries Rock!" There will also be a brand-new adult Summer Reading Program, Name That Tune Rock and Roll Bingo. The Summer Reading Program will run from Friday, June 1, through Friday, Aug. 31.
On Friday, June 8, the Summer Reading Program kickoff will take place at the Hershey Recreation Center, 605 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Children may sign up for Summer Quest, the children's summer reading challenge. Registration is available for everyone through age 17. Summer Quest will end on Friday, Aug. 24.
In the Middle is a series of summer programs on Wednesdays, June 13 to July 25, at 2:30 p.m. for middle school students in grades six to eight. Programs will feature art, STEM activities, and book club.
Keeping in the theme of "Libraries Rock!," live performances of music, dance, and drama will feature History of American Pop Music, Act a Story, Sing a Song, Bravura Brass, and American Dance: From Africa to Broadway. The performances will be held on Tuesdays, June 19 and 26 and July 10 and 24, at 1 p.m. No registration is needed.
The Junior Fused Glass Class will be held on June 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. and is open to children in grade four and up. Fused Glass Camp will also be offered from Monday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Aug. 17. There is a fee for both programs.
The summer Lego Club will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. from June 21 to July 26. Second Saturday will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays, June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11. Families who are unable to attend children's programming during the week can register to enjoy themed activities paired with a special story time.
Movies and a Craft will return this summer at 10 a.m. on Fridays, June 22 and July 6 and 20. Movies scheduled include "Sing," "The Country Bears," and "Mary Poppins." No registration is required.
Meet Us at the Market, a special story time, will be offered from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, June 14, July 12, and Aug. 16. The program will take place at the Farmers Market located next to the Cocoa Beanery, 1215 Research Blvd., Hershey.
HersheyQuest will offer an opportunity for participants to pick up a clue sheet at the library beginning on June 8, then plan a visit to Shank Park to follow the clues and find all the animals from the Bremen Town Musicians hidden within the park. Families who complete the quest will earn an invitation to an exclusive showing of the Bremen Town Musicians at the library on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m.
Rock the Fort will start at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. Beginning with a story, registered families may then use materials from home to create reading forts in the library when it closes at 3 p.m. Children will earn a medal for their efforts. All children must be accompanied by an adult for this program.
Beginning mid-June, the Book Buddies program will offer young patrons who are proficient readers and have completed at least fifth grade the opportunity to read books to children ages 3 to 6. Chewsy Readers is for children ages 7 to 10 to meet for BYO brown bag lunches and book-sharing. Furry Tales is for struggling readers who will be paired with licensed therapy dogs and their handlers. Books and Babies, 1, 2, Whee! and a brand new Sensory 1, 2, Whee! promote early childhood literacy for babies to preschool children. Dates and times vary. Registration will begin on Monday, June 4.
Play Day for Families will be held at 10 a.m. on Fridays, June 15 and 29 and July 13 and 27.
Registration is required for most events on the Events Calendar by visiting www.hersheylibrary.org or by calling the library at 717-533-6555. For questions about the summer reading challenge and children's and family programs, readers may contact Rita Hunt-Smith at 717-533-6555, ext. 3707, or email@example.com.
Library Posts June Programs May 18, 2018
Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, has posted its upcoming activities. For more information on the programs, readers may call 717-626-2255.
The Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County will host a program on Wednesday, June 6, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to meet with the group and learn what to look for in the monthly sky and more.
The Lititz Garden Club will meet off-site at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7. The group will tour Ken Heiser's garden on Sixth Street in Lititz.
Morning Yoga in the Garden will take place on Mondays, June 11 and 25, at 9:30 a.m. Joyce Courtney will lead the group. Participants of all fitness levels are welcome and may bring a water bottle and a mat if possible. In the case of rain, the class will be held in the community room. Individuals should preregister for each class.
Scrabble Meet-Ups, for which attendees are asked to bring their own boards, will take place on Monday, June 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, June 26, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Great Decisions Discussion Group, a moderated, nonpartisan discussion forum, will meet on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss "Turkey: A Partner in Crisis." Those with an interest in foreign affairs are invited to attend.
Lancaster Civil War Roundtable will meet on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 p.m. Patrick Hayes will present "The Civil War Diary of Rev. James Sheeran, Confederate Chaplain."
The Jane Austen Society will meet on Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will be able to share a cup of tea and discuss all things Austen.
Art of Letter Writing will be offered on Wednesday, June 20, at 6 p.m.
Lititz Art Association will meet on June 26, at 6:30 p.m. Bill Dussinger will present a program on digital arts.
Author Mary Becker will discuss her book about the Becker family genealogy on Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30 p.m.
Summer Family Storytime will take place on Tuesday, June 12, at 10 a.m. Attendees may bring their favorite teddy bear and meet storybook costume character Corduroy. Children of all ages are welcome with an adult. Registration will begin on Tuesday, May 29. Readers may call 717-626-2255 to preregister.
Block Play for children ages 3 to 6 will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, June 14, July 19, and Aug. 16.
Yoga Stories for Children will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on Mondays, June 18 to Aug. 6, except for July 3. Led by Denise Lorah, children ages 6 to 9 will be guided through a sequence of yoga poses through storytelling and movement.
Tuesdays Book Buddies for children ages 3 to 10 will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, June 19 through July 31. Attendees will hear a story as a large group, then go read with their buddy.
Giggle Magic - Toolbox Kidz will take place on June 19 at 1 p.m. Marcy Klutchka will entertain children of all ages with a variety show in which children learn about kindness.
The Bravura Brass Family will perform on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. The interactive, family-friendly music program will be based on the "Libraries Rock!" theme.
Science Explorers - Motion Commotion for participants age 5 and up will be offered on June 26 at 1 p.m. Paticipants will learn about Newton's Three Laws of Motion.
Musician Mark DeRose will perform a concert for youngsters age 3 and up on Thursday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m. The show will combine songs, artwork, videos, and activities.
Freaky Fridays for youths of all ages will take place at 1 p.m. on Fridays, June 29, July 27, and Aug. 17. Attendees will hear a story, then go explore hands-on stations that relate to the theme.
Artists To Share Program May 17, 2018
Artists Eve Gurbacki and Adrianne Zimmerman will present a program on their participation in Art in the Wild at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, on Tuesday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be part of the Lititz Art Association's regular meeting.
Art in the Wild is a seven-month environmental art exhibit at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg. This was Gurbacki and Zimmerman's second year participating in the exhibit, and they were challenged to craft a design that has an impact and would last for seven months outdoors. "Transition" was the theme this year, and they chose to represent clouds. They created their piece, "When Trees Dream," by draping and weaving white fabric and cheesecloth cyanotypes throughout the landscape. Their project won the second-place award.
Gurbacki and Zimmerman met drawing portraits in major amusement parks. Over the years they have bonded over their love of art and nature.
Gurbacki worked in amusement parks for 16 years, drawing pastel portraits and hiring and training artists. Already having obtained a Bachelor of Fine Art in art (painting) and a New York state teacher certification in art, she obtained a Pennsylvania teacher certification in art and has been pursuing art teaching assignments in public schools and art studios.
Zimmerman currently works as a real estate agent and has a Bachelor of Fine Art in art (photography). While educated in the classic arts, she chose photography as her intended major. In her artwork, she explores humankind's relationship between the natural and the simulated, as well as the effects of technology and consumption on the world.
The purpose of the Lititz Art Association is to foster fine arts and to cooperate with other associations having similar purposes. Membership is open to all interested persons age 18 and up. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at the Lititz Public Library. More information may be found at www.LititzArtAssociation.com or by calling the library at 717-626-2255.