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Friends Group Sets Book Sale September 20, 2018

The Friends of William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library will hold their annual book sale at Trinity United Methodist Church, 210 W. Main St, Hummelstown, on Wednesday, Oct. 3, through Friday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 will be half-price day, and Oct. 6 will feature a bag sale.

The sale will feature previously owned books in a variety of categories for adults, with special categories including large-print books, serial romance titles, and westerns. Children's books will be categorized by age level. Media for sale will include books on CD, MP3s, CDs, DVDs, games, records, and puzzles.

A Friends-only sale will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 8 p.m. Individuals can join the Friends group at the door to shop the sale early.

All proceeds benefit the William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library. For more information, readers may call the library at 717-566-0949. To learn more about the Dauphin County Library System, visit


Library System Receives Donation September 20, 2018

The Library System of Lancaster County has announced that this year Brad Rutter, all-time "Jeopardy!" champion, has donated funds that have been used to support Syndetics Unbound, which is an online catalog enhancement tool that is now available. The Lancaster County native has contributed funds for the past eight years through his Lancaster County Community Foundation donor-designated fund to benefit the public libraries in Lancaster County. The only stipulation by Rutter is that the funds he donates be used to support technology-based services that will benefit many library users throughout the county.

Syndetics Unbound Catalog Enhancement Features include enabling library users to see the cover pictures for items such as books, DVDs and CDs. This way, customers will know exactly what they are requesting. The Readers' Advisory add-on service will give "tell me more" information such as recommendations, what books are in a series, other formats available, related titles and more about items the library user might like to borrow.

Reading levels are now listed by age, grade and Lexile level. Customers may click on the award and see additional award winning titles and their availability. Lexile Measure is a method used by schools to measure a student reader's ability.

In 2013, Rutter's funds were used to develop the Lancaster County Libraries Mobile App, which is another popular resource for library users to access the online catalog and other electronic resources from their iPhones and other mobile devices. During the past several years, Rutter funded the public libraries e-Book collection that is accessible online to all Lancaster County residents who have a library card.


Quarryville Library Will Offer Cooking Classes September 20, 2018

It might not be quite like "Barefoot Contessa," but Quarryville Library director Sylvia Drennen hopes that the new series of cooking classes that will be offered this fall will catch people's interest.

"We're trying something different - I'm trying to offer a variety of programs for the community," Drennen commented.

Anna Flahart, a local graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts division of YTI, will present the series of five classes, which will illustrate basic cooking techniques with inexpensive recipe ideas.

"The people attending will be sitting watching her, not in the kitchen making the food, so it will be like they are watching a cooking show, but they will be able to ask her questions and interact," Drennen said.

Flahart graduated from culinary school in 2011 and has worked in several restaurants and a deli. While she readily admits that she does not have experience as a teacher, she was happy to volunteer to share her knowledge.

"I feel like cooking is an important skill to have," Flahart remarked. "I picked recipes to complement the things I want to teach people and to get people to expand their horizons a little bit."

The series will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with a bacon and cheese frittata. A frittata is basically a quiche with no crust, and it can comprise a one-dish meal made in a cast-iron skillet for breakfast or any other meal.

A vegetarian meal will be the topic of the class on Thursday, Oct. 18, that will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Flahart will prepare garlic Parmesan cauliflower, with risotto and roasted tomatoes. The meal can be made as an all-in-one sheet pan supper or as individual side dishes. Through these recipes, students will learn about seasonings and ways to improve the flavor of out-of-season produce. Instruction will include the different kinds of rice and the methods for cooking each. Flahart will also cover the safe and proper usage of knives.

A Vietnamese chicken noodle soup called pho ga will be the star recipe on Thursday, Nov. 8, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Students will learn how to get the most out of a whole chicken at a minimal cost including how to make chicken stock. Flahart will also discuss shopping and where to find unfamiliar ingredients.

Two sessions will conclude the series on Friday, Nov. 16. The first, which will run from 4 to 5:30 p.m., will feature classic margherita pizza. Attendees will learn how to use a pizza stone to create their own homemade pizzas and how to make pizza dough and sauce from scratch. How to follow a recipe and measure accurately will also be discussed. The second session will run from 6 to 7 p.m. and will cover the importance of following recipes and using proper technique as well as the proper use of kitchen tools while baking classic chocolate chip cookies.

The Quarryville Library is located at 357 Buck Road, Quarryville. There is no cost to attend the classes, but registration is required, as participation is limited to 20 people per class. Folks may sign up at or call the library at 717-786-1336.


Library Plans Activities September 20, 2018

The Eastern Lancaster County Library, 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, will offer a variety of programs and activities to the community in October. Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

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 visit

The library will close early at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Paint Your Own Pottery - Margarita Glasses will take place on Monday, Oct. 1, from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. People age 16 and up will paint pottery, and Jamie Hartman will offer tips and techniques. The glasses will be fired in a kiln and will be available for pickup at the library when they are complete. Registration is required. There is a materials fee, payable at the door.

Readers' Roundtable Book Discussion will meet on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. Participants will discuss "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann.

Preschool Story Time will be offered on Tuesdays, Oct. 2 to 23, at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver. Children will enjoy themed books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, or a craft while building language and literacy skills.

Teenagers in grades seven through 12 may socialize during Teen Tuesdays every Tuesday from Oct. 2 to 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Parachute Play will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. For walking toddlers ages 1 to 3, the program allows participants to play with parachutes, sing songs, and have fun. Parachute Play aims to help children develop gross motor skills, learn to work together, engage in imaginative play, develop spatial awareness, and express themselves.

Unos Cuentos: A Bilingual Story Time will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 10:30 a.m. Children ages 1 to 5 will hear stories in English and Spanish. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers are welcome.

Students in grades seven to 12 may attend Teen Hacks #Collegelife on Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. Attendees will learn what to expect at college.

Russian Culture 101 will be offered on Oct. 4 at 6:30 p.m. for people age 8 and up. Attendees will learn about the Russian language, as well as Russian traditions and food. Everyone is welcome.

Friday Frolic for Toddlers, open to walking toddlers ages 1 to 3, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays. Toddlers will dance, zoom, scoot, and hop between stories selected to promote language development. All adults are expected to participate and encourage the children to join in the fun. Stay and Play Fridays will start approximately 15 minutes after the Friday Frolic, offering toddlers and preschoolers a chance to play with a big box of toys until lunch time.

Lancaster 4-H will present Code Your World on Friday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 4:45 p.m. The program is part of the National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, Code Your World, a four-part challenge that uses games and hands-on activities to teach children computer science and computational thinking concepts. It is well suited for first-time and beginner coders ages 8 to 14. Space is limited, so registration is required.

Sensory Story Time will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m. The program is best for children ages 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome to attend. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and sensory activity play. The program is especially well suited for children with sensory input delays or for those who have problems sitting still. This program is funded by the Kiwanis Club of New Holland. Registration is required.

Therapy Dogs will visit the library on Oct. 6 at 10:30 a.m. The family event is open to children of all ages and is designed to improve their reading skills and allow children to make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from K-Pets.

The library will hold a Mo Willems Party on Monday, Oct. 8, at 10:30 a.m. Children age 3 and up are invited to attend. The event will include a story time featuring Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon, and Knuffle Bunny books, along with a craft, a small mini golf course, and food. The ELANCO School District will be closed on Oct. 8.

A Sharpie Tie Dye Craft will be offered on Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. for children age 3 and up. Attendees should bring a shirt to use for creating wearable art with provided markers. ELANCO School District will be closed on Oct. 8.

Hooks and Needles - Yarn Crafting Club will gather on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome to bring knitting and crocheting projects, tips, and ideas to share.

The Lego Creation Club will be held on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The family event is open to children age 3 and older. Participants will build creations that will be displayed in the library.

Yoga Story Time will be offered on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 through 6 and their siblings and adult caregivers. Participants will journey through a story in yoga poses, songs, and imagination. The program is led by Jennifer Musser, a mother, yoga teacher, and former schoolteacher.

Explore to Learn - Laws of Motion will be available to children in kindergarten through grade six on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Through activities and books, attendees will learn about Issac Newton's Laws of Motion.

The Writing Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Participants age 10 and older will begin with short exercises to get their creative juices flowing and then spend time writing independently and share what they have been working on.

An educator from Lancaster Science Factory will lead Thinking Like an Engineer on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Children in kindergarten through sixth grade will complete science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities with the goal developing a better understanding of gravity through scientific inquiry.

Move and Groove, for children ages 2 to 6, will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Siblings are welcome to join the interactive program, which features music, dance, and stories.

Teen Dungeons and Dragons Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Designed for youths age 10 and up, the club is open to teenagers who love to play this tabletop role-playing game. New players are welcome to attend.

Block Party, a preschool STEM event, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. Open to children ages 3 to 6, the program will offer an opportunity to play with the library's wooden block collection.

An After-Hours Family Fort Night will take place on Friday, Oct. 19, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Families will build forts in the library and gather for a quick story time. Afterward, families may read books by flashlight in their forts. A snack will be available. Registration is required.

The ELANCO Library StoryWalk will occur on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Participants will meet at the library and take a walk together while reading "Up, Down, & Around" by Katherine Ayres.

People of all ages may gather for Pumpkin Painting on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. All supplies, including pumpkins, will be provided.

A Spooky Story Time will be held for children age 3 and up on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

Teens are invited to attend Teen After Hours - Fandom! on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The program will include karaoke, snacks, and games. Prizes will be awarded for the best cosplay. Advance registration is required by Friday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m.

The Teen Advisory Group will meet on Monday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Teenagers in grades seven through 12 will help plan future teen events at the library.

Members of the Teen Book Club will gather on Monday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. Youths in grades seven to 12 are invited to talk about books and eat. Attendees may bring along a book they have read recently.

Children may attend Hank's Health Quest - Teeth! on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m. Hank the puppet will fight tooth decay with his Brushy Brush and Bottle of Waterness. A healthy snack will be provided.

During October, the library will host three Essential Oils Classes taught by essential oils expert Densie Castelli. The classes are open to people age 16 and up. The materials fees are payable at the door. Space is limited, and registration is required. The programs and dates will be as follows: Spa Refresh on Monday, Oct. 8; Clay Pendant Diffuser on Wednesday, Oct. 17; and Facial Care on Thursday, Oct. 25. All classes will take place at 6:30 p.m.


KCL Announces Schedule September 20, 2018

Kreutz Creek Library (KCL), 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, has announced its schedule of programs in October. For the complete listing of Kreutz Creek Library's activities and events, readers may visit and view the KCL calendar.

Monday, Oct. 1, will be the first day to register for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten early learning initiative, which encourages families to build daily reading habits with their young children. Special sign-up celebrations will be held during each of KCL's story times during the first week of October. Those who cannot attend a story time may sign up for the program during regular operating hours.

Miss Susan, KCL librarian, will visit first-grade classes in area elementary schools in the month of September to promote reading and Grade One at the Library (GOAL). Students who completed an application will receive their own special library card in the mail from York County Libraries. Through December, when first-graders visit a York County library three times and show their library card, they will receive special prizes.

Babies and Toddlers Story Times with Miss Lisa, a program for children from birth through 3 years old and their caregivers, will hold its fall session from Monday, Sept. 24, through Monday, Nov. 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sign-up is required, and interested families may register by calling the library at 717-252-4080. In October, the program will be held on Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 22, and 29.

Preschool Story Time with Miss Felicia, a program for children ages 3 to 5 years old, will hold its fall session from Monday, Sept. 24, through Friday, Nov. 30. Sign-up is required, and interested families may call the library. The program's upcoming dates include Mondays, Oct. 1, 8, 22, and 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. and Fridays, Oct. 5, 12, and 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Wee Build Wednesdays are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. for children ages 3 to 5. Wee Build STEM materials will be available on Wednesdays, Oct. 10 and 24.

The LEGO Builders Club for children age 6 and up will be held on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Two upcoming programs for tweens are planned. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., The Danger Club will be held. Tweens ages 9 to 12 may join Miss Jennifer for a new adventure every month. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., the Tween Library Squad will meet. Tweens ages 9 to 12 will have the chance to shape library programming for their age group.

Programs for teenagers ages 13 to 18 will be offered. Every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m., Teen Time will allow teenagers to gather for hangout time and conversation at the library. All teenagers are welcome to participate in the program, which will be held on Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25. Teens After Hours will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Teenagers will hang out, chat, and play games.

The Friends of Kreutz Creek Library branch support group meeting will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Community members are invited to become members of the Friends of the Kreutz Creek Library group, which typically meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Readers may call 717-252-4080 for more information.

The Knitters and Crocheters group meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. People of all skill levels are welcome, and group members will help others to learn to knit or crochet. Attendees should bring needles and yarn. Knitters and crocheters may bring their current projects to work on and for show and tell. The group will meet from 6 to 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 2 and 16.

As of July, the library's tech guru, Rebecca Hofmann, has been visiting the library on the third Thursday of the month from 4 to 5:45 pm. On Thursday, Oct. 18, Hofmann will answer questions about computers, tablets, e-readers, or smartphones. No appointments are needed for this free service.

The Green Thumb Garden Club visits KCL on the second Thursday of each month for a garden talk from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, Oct. 11, "Easy to Grow Delicious Native Fruits" will be presented by Melanie Markowski. No registration is needed.


Library Offers Knitting Class September 19, 2018

Oxford Public Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford, is offering a four-week instructional knitting class. The class, led by knitting instructor Sharon Fogg, will meet on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. beginning on Oct. 3.

There will be a materials fee due on the first day of class. Needles, yarn and handouts will be provided. The program is for individuals age 8 and over. Space is limited.

To register or for more information, stop by the library, call 610-932-9625 or visit or


Knitting Group Will Meet September 19, 2018

The Knit This - Purl That knitting group will meet on Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parkesburg Free Library, 105 West St., Parkesburg. Knitters of all skill levels, including beginners, are invited.

Attendees may bring their work, learn new skills and get help fixing mistakes.

For more information, readers may call 610-857-5165, visit or search for "Parkesburg Free Library" on Facebook.


Library Posts October Events September 19, 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 Monday Great Books Discussion Group will gather from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the dining room to discuss "The Moviegoer" by Walker Percy on Oct. 1 and "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" by Edward Gibbon and more on Oct. 15. For details, readers may call Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 or Joan Short at 717-938-3494.

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room.

Crafting for Adults will meet on Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to create a wool applique pumpkin pillow in the Browsing Room.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Oct. 6 and 20, in Foundation Hall, located across the shared parking lot. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Nan Cavenaugh will discuss, "Poison Study" by Maria V. Snyder on Friday, Oct. 9, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Foundation Hall.

The Tuesday Night Book Discussion Group will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 9 to 23, in the Browsing Room to discuss "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers.

The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Oct. 10 and Oct. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. Open readings will be held on Saturdays. For more details, readers may call Sue Kerr at 717-802-2594.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library open their Cultural Programming on Sunday, Oct. 14, with Lamar Matthew presenting "Quakers and the Underground Railroad" in Foundation Hall from 3 to 4 p.m.

The PennWriters Writing Group will meet on Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Foundation Hall. For more details, readers may contact Carrie Jacobs at

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. Readers may contact for further details.

The Children's Book Writers Critique Group for adults only will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20 in the Browsing Room. For more details, readers may contact Susan Sempeles at 717-574-9251 or

Zentangle a Pumpkin will take place in the Browsing Room on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

A Book Character Pumpkin Contest will begin on Oct. 1. Families may enter their creation for a chance to win in several categories voted on by the public and may stop by the Children's Room to pick up official contest rules/entry form or download a form from the library's website.

Something Cool After School will be held on Wednesdays, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12, from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Tales for T.A.I.L.S. will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4. Registration is required.

Fall Family Art will take place on Monday, Oct. 22 at 10:15 a.m. and Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. Children, age 3 and older, and a caregiver may drop by the library for a variety of self-directed fall crafts and art activities.

A Trick-or-Treat and Costume Parade will be held on Oct. 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. A scavenger hunt will lead children to multiple treat stations throughout the library.

Several story time programs will also be offered. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Preschool Pals, open to children ages 4 to 6, will be held on Mondays, Oct. 1 and 8, at 10:15 a.m. and Tuesdays, Oct. 2 and 9, at 1 p.m. Toddlertime will be offered to children ages 2 to 3 on Oct. 1 and 8 at 11 a.m. Book Babies Story Time, open to infants ages 6 to 23 months, will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Oct. 2 and 9. 1-2-3 Library! will be held on Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 2 to 6.

In addition, the library will offer two exhibits during October. Donna Daniels will display her abstract paintings in the second floor Charley Krone Gallery. She will be at the gallery on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. to discuss her work. In the first-floor showcase, Bob Shatto will exhibit a variety of seasonal gourds that are carved, burned, and incorporate artistic and crafting techniques.

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 for details.


Library Plans Programs September 18, 2018

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, has posted its adult programs for the fall. Adult programs are free to attend; however, registration is required by calling 717-849-6926 or visiting For more information, readers may call Sarah Fretz or Stephanie Auker at the aforementioned number or email

Across the River: Murder at Accomac will take place on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 2 p.m. Local author Michael Maloney will discuss the 1882 murder of Emily Myers at the modern-day site of the Accomac Inn.

Jim McClure will present a Lunch and Learn focusing on the Hex Murders, which took place in southeastern York County in 1928, on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at noon.

Emergency Preparedness will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 22, at 1:30 p.m. Bill James from the York County Department of Emergency Services will discuss how to plan, how to prepare and what to do in the event of an emergency.

Couponing 101 will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. Lisa Barshinger will help attendees lower their grocery bill by teaching them how to find and organize coupons, as well as coupon lingo.

Essential Oils for Stress Relief will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m. Essential oil consultants Jamie and Tanya will teach the basics and benefits of essential oils and help participants create their own oil blend.

A Memoir Writing Workshop will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. Writing coach, author and teacher Carol Joyce will lead the workshop.

Ghost and Pumpkin Gourd Craft will be held on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. Linda Walker will teach participants how to create a spooky work of art from gourds. Space is limited to 10 participants. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required.

Excel 101 will take place on Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. Participants will brush up on spreadsheet skills that help with learning formatting and formulas.

Craigslist 101 will be held on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. Attendees will discover how to find jobs, housing, goods and more.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m. Civil War historian Scott Mingus will discuss J.E.B. Stuart's cavalry ride through York County and how this event changed the Civil War.


Library Sets Schedule September 14, 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, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to meet with the group and learn what to look for in the monthly sky.

The Lititz Garden Club will meet off-site in the activity room at Stauffers of Kissel Hill on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. Jodie Morris will present a program on house plants.

Scrabble Meet-Ups, for which attendees are asked to bring their own boards, will take place on Monday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The History Book Club will meet on Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The focus will be on "Bodyguard of Lies" by Anthony Cave Brown.

The Painting Club, which meets on the second Wednesday of each month from October through April, with no meeting in December, will gather on Oct. 10 at 12:30 p.m. Individuals who enjoy painting and want to paint with others are welcome. Attendees must bring their own supplies. The program is not a painting lesson. Preregistration is requested.

The Great Decisions Discussion Group, a moderated, nonpartisan discussion forum, will meet on Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Those with an interest in foreign affairs are invited to attend.

Lancaster Civil War Roundtable will meet on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 6:30 p.m. Jake Wynn will present "True Horror Stories of the Civil War."

The Jane Austen Society will meet off-site this month. During the meeting, set for Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m., attendees will be able to share a cup of tea and discuss all things Austen.

The Genealogy Club will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and individuals may learn how to research their family tree.

A Harvest Vegetables Class will be held on Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn how to incorporate harvest vegetables into their fall menus. Space is limited to 10 people. Preregistration is requested and may be made no more than three weeks in advance.

A concert by The Knotwork Band has been set for Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. The group will perform Celtic folk music from Ireland, Scotland, England, and Brittany, as well as American and world music with ties to Celtic folk music, either musically or historically. Pregistration is requested no more than three weeks in advance.

Medicare information sessions will be offered via individual counseling sessions on Monday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The sessions are for those who are new to Medicare. Registration is required by calling Lancaster County Office of Aging at 717-299-7979 and asking for Bev Via, APPRISE coordinator, or by emailing the Office of Aging at

The Lititz Art Association will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 6:30 p.m. Beth Kaylor Brunner will present on "Concentrate on the Positive."

The Lititz Area Children's Author Critique Group of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. Writers and writer-illustrators are welcome, and various genres will be included. Individuals may contact Diane Guscott at 717-626-2255 or for more information.

For the following children's programs, individuals are asked to register no more than two weeks in advance.

During Paws to READ, children may practice their reading-aloud skills by reading their favorite stories to trained Reading Education Assistance Dogs. Sessions will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Cruise Into Kindergarten, a Pennsylvania early literacy program for 3- to 6-year-olds based on the national Every Child Ready to Read program, will be offered monthly, with the next session set for Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. After hearing a story, the child and caregiver will visit different stations that will help children hone skills needed to start school.

Family - Read for the Record has been slated for Saturday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m. People of all ages are welcome to help break a record by reading this year's story, "Maybe Something Beautiful" by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Everyone attending will have an opportunity to contribute to the library mural. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration will begin on Saturday, Oct. 6.

A Mystery Challenge, geared for children ages 6 to 9, will take place on Monday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. in the community room. Participants will be asked to complete a challenge using everyday items.


Mystery STEM Bags Available September 14, 2018

The Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, will offer free after-school Mystery STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Bags for children ages 5 to 9. The kits are part of a take-home, self-driven program to help children improve their STEM skills. There will be a new Mystery STEM Bag each week for eight weeks and bags will be available while supplies last.

Each bag will include a card outlining a problem to be solved using STEM skills and a selection of ordinary objects and supplies that children can use to create a solution to the problem. Parents may take a picture of their child's creation to share on the library's social media pages (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @LititzLib).

The Lititz Public Library aims to prepare children for the future. Its strategic commitment to lifelong learning includes a responsibility to help prepare the next generation to succeed in life. After-school Mystery STEM Bags will be provided through through a grant from Abby's Foundation.


Program To Discuss AMD September 13, 2018

The William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, will be the site of a presentation by Dr. Gary Kirman on the early detection and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 6 to 7 p.m. on the second floor in conference rooms A and B.

The event is being held to raise the awareness of the current diagnostic technology available to diagnose the presence of AMD before vision loss occurs. A discussion of the effectiveness of early treatment for AMD will also be presented.


Writer's Series To Continue September 13, 2018

The Writer's Series will hold its third session on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road.

The session will cover the topic of how to take a polished manuscript and get it published. Time will be split discussing the two major options: traditional publishing and independent, also known as self-publishing. The group will focus on the pros and cons of both options, as well as how to decide which to pursue and how to go about pursuing it.

All are welcome.


Library Posts Writing Program September 13, 2018

Manheim Community Library (MCL), 15 E. High St., will host On Writing with Holly Bush on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. For those writing toward publication or for personal satisfaction, Bush will share her writing journey and habits and will answer questions about the writing process.

The program is free. For more information, call 717-665-6700 or visit


Library Slates Plant Sale September 13, 2018

The Friends of the Moores Memorial Library will hold the group's annual Harvest Plant Sale on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lions Park on Bridge Street in Christiana. The Friends will offer chrysanthemums, gourds, pumpkins, straw bales and other ornamental plants for purchase in the park's pavilion. Various apple and pumpkin baked goods will also be available, along with apple cider by the glass or gallon.

The Friends of the Moores Memorial Library group conducts a number of events each year to help raise funds for the library. New members are welcome.

For more information, readers may visit, call 610-593-6683 or search for "Moores Memorial Library" or "Read Moore Book Store" on Facebook.


Library Think Tank Sessions Planned September 13, 2018

York County Libraries (YCL) president Robert F. Lambert invites the public to this quarter's Library Think Tank sessions. Both events will start at 7 p.m. and are free to attend. The sessions will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover, and on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion.

Library Think Tanks provide a forum for discussion about how libraries are transforming lives and building communities.

Lambert is a member of the Governor's Advisory Council on Library Development. He took over the helm as YCL president in July 2016 with more than 25 years of experience.

There is free parking in close proximity to both libraries. Questions may be directed to Guthrie staff at 717-632-5183 or Kaltreider-Benfer staff at 717-244-2032.


Library Friends Plan Book Sale September 12, 2018

The Friends of the Quarryville Library will host their monthly book sale on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The sale will take place at the Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville.


Library Offers Paws For Reading September 12, 2018

The Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, invites children to practice their literacy skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to noon. The next scheduled sessions will be held on Oct. 6.

Ten-minute slots are available for reading aloud to Cooper or Wesley, the library's Paws for Reading canine partners.

Advance registration is required. To register, contact 610-869-2004 or


Library Plans Co-Working Sessions September 12, 2018

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury, will host small business co-working sessions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on select Mondays. Sessions will take place on Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 12, Nov. 26, and Dec. 10. The drop-in events are open to small business owners and entrepreneurs. Space will be provided for working, networking, sharing ideas, and any other support entrepreneurs need.

For more information, readers may contact the library at 717-235-4313 or


Library Posts Book Club Meeting September 12, 2018

Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, offers a Young Adult (YA) Book Club for Adults that meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The next scheduled event will be on Oct. 16. Participants age 18 and older discuss a different book from the YA genre every month.

For more information, including the title of the book that will be discussed, contact the library at 610-869-2004 or

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