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OAHA Talk Highlights Library Connection August 23, 2017

The Oxford Area Historical Association (OAHA) hosts regular presentations on a wide variety of topics with a connection to local history. Typically, the programs are held at the Oxford Presbyterian Church, but the talk on Aug. 16 was held at the Oxford Public Library as the library was the subject of the program.

The presentation by Vernon Ringler featured a history of the library, and he noted that the library is the oldest in Chester County and the third oldest in the state. "In 1784, the Oxford Library Company was formed to promote language and literature," Ringler explained. At that time, to be a member, one had to purchase a share of the company at a cost of $5, and there was no permanent location for the materials. "The library's come a long way since its foundation with 28 members and 28 books," Ringler said.

According to Ringler, the Oxford Library Company was disbanded in 1810 after 29 books were lost in a fire. Reorganized in 1868, the library made books available to members by subscription, plus a fee of $5 per year. It opened to the public as a free library in 1939 after receiving funding from the Oxford Community Chest.

The library did not open at its present location until 1970, when the core of the current building was constructed with the help of a major bequest of $250,000 from the estate of Clyde Alexander.

Renewing the connection to the Alexanders, the library lobby has recently become home to the large and ornate Alexander mirrors, on loan to the building by the OAHA. The origin of the mirrors can be traced back to the Alexander family meat market, which opened in 1926 on Third Street in Oxford.

When the meat market sold in the 1960s, everything in the building was offered at auction. "I went to the auction and fell in love with the mirrors. I bid on them and paid $28 for them," Ringler said.

After a time in storage, the mirrors were refurbished and Ringler had them installed in the Oxford News Shop in 1978, where they were a feature for decades. When he sold the business in 2005, the mirrors remained as fixtures in the building. With the help of the OAHA, the mirrors were purchased back, but they are so large that finding a location for them was difficult.

The perfect spot turned out to be the library, where they now reside on loan from the OAHA. "I think it's been a good move. They fit," Ringler said.

Continuing his presentation, Ringler described how education has been important in the borough since its early days. Oxford was settled in 1730 by Scotch-Irish immigrants. The nearby New London Academy was founded in 1743 and boasts three signers of the Declaration of Independence upon its rolls. In 1765, the school moved to Newark, Del., and eventually became the University of Delaware.

Other educational institutions that Ringler mentioned included Ashmund Institute, which became Lincoln University, and the Oxford Female Seminary, which was founded in 1837 when there were only two other institutions of higher learning for women in the country.

Also notable is the life of Oxford native Evan Pugh, born 1828, who was raised on a farm on Fifth Street just outside the borough. He and his mother founded the Jordan Bank Academy for Boys. Pugh left home for Europe after his mother's death, but he returned when he was offered the position as the first president of the Agricultural College of Pennsylvania at the age of 31. That institution, which later became Penn State, still continues to honor Pugh with scholarships and awards in his name.

For more information on the OAHA, publications on local history and a list of future programs, readers may visit


Library Slates Upcoming Programs August 22, 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 Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 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 Thursday, Sept. 7, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be on "A Single Author - Peter Lovesey." A reading list is available at meetings.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. The workshop will provide hints, problem-solving, and discussion on various phases of writing. 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.

Bruce Darney will review "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown in Foundation Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. "The Boys in the Boat" celebrates the 1936 U.S. men's Olympic eight-oar rowing team. This will be the first book review of the 2017-18 book review schedule. Reviews will be held on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May. Brochures of coming reviews are available in the library.

The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 13 and 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room to discuss writings from the anthology "Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions." "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad" by Souad Mekhennet will be discussed on Sept. 13, and "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin will be the topic on Sept. 27. For more details, readers may contact Dan Tepsic at 717-774-0719.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on Sept. 16 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 "Pharmacy Freebies." Participants are encouraged to bring coupons to trade and share. Readers may contact for further details.

The Monday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 18, to discuss "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. For more information, readers may call Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will open their occasional Cultural Programming on Sunday, Sept. 24, with Tim Lambert relating the "Flight 93: Devotion to a Quiet Field" story in Foundation Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. Lambert, a veteran journalist, was only one of a handful of land owners affected when Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County. He will discuss what it was like being at the center of efforts to preserve the property, while also finding ways to tell the story of the crash site as it evolved from a cemetery to a national memorial. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Pennwriters Writing Group will meet on Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Foundation Hall. The group is open to anyone who is interested in improving their writing skills. For more details, readers may contact Don Helin at 717-567-2216.

The library will offer a Fall Story Time Series with age-appropriate activities for young readers from Monday, Sept. 11, through Tuesday, Oct. 3. 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. 1-2-3 Library! will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and is designed for families with children ages 2 to 6.

A drop-in program, Fun Fridays at the Library, will be offered on Friday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Children age 4 and older may stop by after school for self-directed crafts, games, and activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Each month will feature different crafts and activities, including collaborative group projects. Teenagers are welcome to attend. No registration is required.

A Lego Ninjago Pregame Party will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for children age 4 and older. Children are invited to stop by the library to prepare for the upcoming release of "The Lego Ninjago" movie with Lego challenges, ninja-inspired crafts, and fun activities. No registration is required.

The library will host a booth at the 32nd annual New Cumberland Apple Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The booth will offer information on upcoming programs and an opportunity to win a prize book.

In addition, Donna Daniels will arrange her 28 new abstract canvases titled "Abstract Journey" in the Charley Krone Gallery of the New Cumberland Public Library during September. Deb Bender will arrange the first-floor showcase highlighting "The History of Lace."

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


Donations Sought For Annual Sale August 18, 2017

The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library are seeking donations for their third annual Baubles and Bling Sale, which will take place in November.

Donations of fine, vintage, costume, and fashion jewelry, along with watches, scarves, handbags, purses, and evening bags, may be dropped off at the Julianna Book Store in the Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, as well as at the Marshall Street Book Store, 225 N. Marshall St., Lancaster, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.

Donations will help the Friends group to support the library. According to JoAnn Dumas, co-chair of this year's event, last year's sale raised more than $6,000 for the library.

The Baubles and Bling Sale will be held at the Lancaster Public Library from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, as well as from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4. All sale proceeds will directly benefit the library.

For more information about the library, readers may visit


Library Posts Fall Story Times August 17, 2017

Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, will open registration for its fall story time sessions on Monday, Sept. 11, at 9 a.m. for residents of Elizabeth Township, Lititz Borough and Warwick Township. Phone registrations will not be accepted on this day.

People who live in other municipalities are welcome to register in person or by calling 717-626-2255 on subsequent days, beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, if openings are available, or they may ask to be added to the waiting list. Online registration is not available.

To verify municipality of residence, adults who register a child for a story time program on the first day of registration will be required to present their personal library card. Library memberships must be current and in good standing, with any fees attached to the membership required to be less than a set amount.

Story time programs will begin during the week of Monday, Sept. 18, and will continue through the week of Monday, Nov. 13. Additional information is available at

Little Steps with Amy Moyer, for children ages 6 to 24 months with a caregiver, will be offered on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. For more details, readers may email

Toddler Story Time with Shannon Richard, for children ages 2 and 3 with a caregiver, will take place on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m., and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Age will be determined as of Friday, Sept. 1. Details about the story time are available by emailing

Preschool Storytime, led by Richard, will take place on Mondays at 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. It is for children ages 3 to 5 independent of a caregiver. Age will be determined as of Sept. 1. More details are available by emailing

Program confirmation and additional details will be emailed to registrants prior to the first day of their story times. For more information, readers may email one of the storytellers, call the library at 717-626-2255, or visit


Library Plans Activities August 17, 2017

Manheim Community Library, 15 E. High St., Manheim, has slated several programs. For more information, readers may visit

Tribe YA, recommended for youths age 11 and up, will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 1. Attendees will be encouraged to get involved in the community and work on fun activities to share with family and friends. Registration is required.

A Lego Challenge program, suggested for children age 5 and up, will take place from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 6 and 20. Each session will feature a different challenge, such as a theme, a goal, or a competition, which will be revealed when participants arrive.

The Young Adult Book Club will meet on Friday, Sept. 15, at 3:30 p.m. to discuss "Project Mulberry" by Linda Sue Park.

The Adult Book Club will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 22. The book selection is yet to be announced, and readers may check the library's website or search Facebook for "Manheim Community Library" for updates.


Library Posts September Schedule August 17, 2017

Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, has posted its September schedule. Unless otherwise noted, registration for any of the following programs may be made by calling 717-626-2255 or emailing

The Friends of the Lititz Public Library Book Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 8, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. A bag sale will start at 1 p.m. on Sept. 9.

Scrabble Meet-Ups, for which attendees are asked to bring their own boards, are scheduled for the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of each month. September's times will be Monday, Sept. 11, from 1 to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m.

A concert by the Ragtime Willi Band will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. The band will play a mix of traditional and country blues, bluegrass, original tunes and Celtic music. The concert will be dedicated to the memory of William Sweger, a member of the Lititz Public Library board of trustees.

All are welcome to meet and learn with the Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

The Great Decisions Discussion Group, a nonpartisan discussion forum, will meet on Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss "Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan." Those with an interest in foreign affairs are invited to attend.

The Jane Austen Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, to enjoy tea and discuss all things Austen. Jane Austen aficionados are invited.

The Civil War Roundtable will meet on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. The meeting will focus on the book "Lincoln's Greatest Journey: Sixteen Days that Changed a Presidency" by Noah Andre Trudeau.

The Lititz Art Association will offer a program on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Mark Golitz will speak on the topic "From Corporate to Creative Careers."

A presentation titled "Using Essential Oils for Chemical-Free Cleaning" will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. Attendees will see demonstrations, learn recipes, and create their own samples to take home.

The Crazy 8's Math Club, geared toward children ages 6 to 9, will meet on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. During the monthly math program, children will build things, run and jump, make music, and even make a mess.

Block Play, geared toward children ages 3 to 6, has been set for Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. Children will be able to play with various types of blocks, express themselves, and socialize. The program is made possible through the Cruise Into Kindergarten program grant by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Cruise into Kindergarten, geared toward children ages 3 to 6, will be offered on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 p.m. The Pennsylvania early literacy program is based on the national Every Child Ready to Read program. After hearing a story, children and their caregivers will visit stations that will help children gain skills needed when starting school. The program will be held monthly.

A large-group Family Story Time will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. Families are invited to the program, which has a different theme each month and occasionally includes a storybook costume character. In September, a princess character will be present. The interactive family storytimes include songs, books, a craft, and coloring pages to take home. Books related to the theme are available for families to check out after the program.

Paws to READ will take place on Sept. 23 at 10 a.m., 10:30, a.m. and 11 a.m. Children may bring a book or choose one at the library to read to the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). Participants must sign up for a half-hour slot.


Library Posts Special Programs August 17, 2017

Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, will offer special programs to the community. Registration is required, unless otherwise noted, and may be completed by calling 717-533-6555 or visiting

Two events will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9. "The Nazi Titanic" will be presented by Robert P. Watson at 1 p.m. Watson will present a program that exposes the story of The Nazi Titanic, an enigmatic ship that played a devastating role in World War II and the Holocaust.

Tracy Dietrich and Cindy Wittenburg will present a musical program, "Silver, Wood and Ivory," in the main area of the library, playing a variety of instruments and pieces from Broadway hits, popular and traditional favorites, sacred, and classical music. The program will begin at 2 p.m. No registration is required.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m., Hit the Roof Band from New York City will visit the library. The band will present an eclectic musical experience by reinvigorating old songs with a new twist.


Summer Reading Club Party Set August 16, 2017

Dauphin County Library System invites those who completed the "Build a Better World" Summer Reading Program to attend an end-of-summer dance party on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Attendees should bring their completion or online adventure certificate. The event will include dancing, music from a disc jockey, face painting, balloon animals, crafts, and games. Snacks and bottled water will be provided, and attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch.

For more information, visit or call one of the system's libraries.


Library Event Calendar Posted August 16, 2017

The Eastern Lancaster County (ELANCO) Library, 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, will offer a variety of programs and activities. 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 register online at

Several story time programs are scheduled and will feature books, songs, movement activities, language building, and more. Preschool Story Time will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and is open to children ages 3 to 8 with a caregiver. Friday Frolic for Toddlers 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 follow Friday Frolic for Toddlers and will offer play time for toddlers and preschoolers.

1,2,3, Play With Me! will be held on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and is open to children ages 1 to 3 and their caregivers. Children will have an opportunity to play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere. Parents will have the chance to meet and question community experts in the areas of child development, nutrition, and early literacy.

Sensory Story Time will take place on Saturday, Sept. 2, at 9 a.m. The program is best suited for children ages 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome. This story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and sensory activity play and is suitable 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.

Teen Tuesdays will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays. Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited to chill out, hang out, and geek out in the library.

Therapy Dogs will visit on Sept. 2 at 11:30 a.m. Children are invited to improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The dogs and handlers are from K-Pets.

Parachute Play will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 10:30 a.m. The program is designed for walking toddlers ages 1 to 3. Parachute Play helps children develop gross motor skills, learn to work together, have imaginative play, develop spatial awareness, and express themselves.

Hooks and Needles: Yarn Crafting Club will meet on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. The club is open to individuals of all ages and skill levels. Knitters and crocheters should bring their own projects, tips, and ideas to share.

Lego Creation Club will meet on Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Children age 3 and up will build creations out of Lego bricks that will be displayed in the Library.

Reader's Roundtable Book Discussion will begin at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11. Attendees will discuss "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng.

The Writing Club will meet on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m. Each meeting will begin with short exercises to get creative juices flowing and is open to individuals age 10 and older. Attendees will also spend some time writing independently and share what they worked on.

Teen After Hours- Fandom! will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. Students in grades seven to 12 will enjoy cosplay, karaoke, snacks, and games. Prizes will be awarded for best cosplay.

Fancy Tea Time for Toddlers will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. Children ages 1 to 3 are invited to the library in their best attire for some "tea" and light snacks. There will be a short story time.

Crazy Chemistry will be offered on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. to students in grades five to eight. Participants will find out how chemicals react and do some hands-on experiments.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will hold a blood drive at the library on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. Donors should bring a form of ID to the blood drive. For more information, readers may contact 800-771-0059.

A Preschool Block Party, for children ages 3 to 6, will take place on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 p.m. Preschoolers will build and play with the new wooden block collection. Preschoolers have fun, while at the same time strengthen vocabulary, problem solving abilities, and social skills.

Secret Agent Training will take place on Friday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. Students in grades one to five will navigate through mazes, make a secret identity, and more.

The Teen Advisory Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Students in grades seven to 12 will help plan future teen events at the library.

The Teen Book Club will meet on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Open to students in grades seven to 12, attendees will talk about books and enjoy snacks. Attendees should bring a book they have read recently for discussion.

Buckhill Sleuths Book Discussion will be held on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. The Buckhill Sleuths Book Group reads and discusses mystery books each month. Meetings alternate between the ELANCO Library and the Lititz Public Library. In September, the group will meet in the board room at the ELANCO Library to discuss "Whistling in the Dark" by Lesley Kagan.


Book Club Will Meet August 16, 2017

Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, offers a Book Club for Adults, which includes a book discussion and snacks, on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The next scheduled meeting will be on Sept. 21.

September's title will be "After You" by Jojo Moyes. Copies of the book club's selection of the month are available at the circulation desk.

Participants vote on the titles to read. No registration is necessary for the free program.

For more information, call 610-869-2004 or visit


Library Posts Programs August 16, 2017

Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, has posted its programs for September. For more details, readers may call the library at 717-786-1336 or visit

The Teen Anime Club will meet on Fridays, Sept. 1 and 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants ages 13 to 18 will watch anime, have snacks, and socialize. Content will be rated PG or PG-13.

The library will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 2, for the Labor Day holiday.

A family movie night will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Free popcorn will be provided. Readers may call the library for this month's title.

Wee Readers, a family story time for children ages 1 to 5 with a caregiver, will be offered on Fridays, Sept. 8 and 22, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. The story time will include stories, crafts, and songs.

The Teen Dungeons and Dragons Club, for youths age 12 and up, will meet on Saturdays, Sept. 9 and 23, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 14, Preschool Power! story time, for children ages 3 and a half through 5, will take place at 10 a.m. It will feature songs, stories, and a craft.

Open Board Game Time will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Participants age 12 and up may bring their favorite board games to play with the group.

Danger Club for children ages 8 to 12 will meet on Sept. 16 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. Participants will do a different hands-on experiment or activity each month. Registration is recommended. To register, readers may contact Randi Kennedy at or 717-806-1804.


Fall ART in mARTin August 16, 2017

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, is seeking submissions of up to 50 pieces of art for its September "ART in mARTin" event. This quarter's gallery, themed "Latino Heritage," will go on display Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the library. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, in conjunction with the library's Latino Heritage Celebration.

Artists are invited to submit four original pieces of 2-D or 3-D artwork. The artwork must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth hangers) and have a maximum frame size of 48 by 36 inches. Photos of artwork should be submitted to Each image should be labeled with the artist's last name and title of the piece. The body of the email should include artist contact information, the name of each piece, dimensions, media type, and price. The deadline for entry is Friday, Aug. 18, by 5 p.m.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance by Wednesday, Aug. 23. At that time, the library will provide a gallery contract and notify artists of artwork intake times. All artwork must be delivered to Martin Library by Wednesday, Aug. 30. Readers may call Stephanie Auker at 717-849-6926 or Sarah Fretz at 717-849-6949 for more information.


Library Plans Eclipse Viewing Party August 14, 2017

The Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, invites the public to an eclipse viewing party on Monday, Aug. 21, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on the library's front lawn. No sign-ups are required.

In Lancaster County during the Great American Solar Eclipse, approximately three-quarters of the sun will be shadowed by the moon. The library will offer art projects and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. To view the eclipse safely, special glasses will be available at the library on Aug. 21 for a requested donation while supplies last. For more information, visit


Library Sets Programs August 10, 2017

The Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., has posted several upcoming programs. All programs will take place at the library and require registration.

Beginning on Friday, Aug. 18, families may register for the library's fall preschool children's early literacy programs, called Cruise Into Kindergarten. Dates and times will vary, and programs will include Block Party, Wonderful Ones, Toddlertime, and Storytime.

Young Lego builders and budding architects age 6 and up can register on Monday, Aug. 21, for Lego Club. The club will meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m.

Returning this fall will be the popular program Girls Who Code, which will focus on computer science for girls in grades six to 12. Registration will begin on Aug. 21. The program will take place on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning on Sept. 19.

Readers with questions about the previously mentioned children's programs may call Rita Hunt-Smith at 717-533-6555, ext. 3708. For more details or to register, individuals may visit

The library will also offer a variety of Adult Enrichment Classes this fall, with classes running from Sunday, Sept. 10, to Saturday, Dec. 9. Registration envelopes can be picked up from the front desk starting on Aug. 21, and there will be no registration by phone or online. Class fees will be payable at registration. Topics will include Writing Your Memoirs, Fused Glass Classes, Flash Fiction Adult Writing, Lightroom Seminar, Adult Painting Class with SPLAT Studio, Adobe Elements Seminar, Book Angel Making Class, and Fresh Evergreen Wreath Making Class. Readers with questions may call Julie Brnik at 717-533-6555, ext. 3717.


Library Posts Schedule August 9, 2017

Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, has posted its upcoming events.

A representative from Career Link will be available on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. to noon. All community members are invited to stop by to have their resume reviewed or to ask questions.

Also, the Quarryville Writers' Group will meet on Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a short piece to share or a page of writing from a book that they find meaningful. People of all levels, from beginners to experts, are welcome.


Library System Receives Donation August 9, 2017

The Library System of Lancaster County has announced that this year Brad Rutter, all-time "Jeopardy!" champion, has contributed $5,300 to the library system for the purchase of e-books that are available on the OverDrive online platform to public library card holders. The Lancaster County native has been contributing 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 a broader audience of library users throughout the county.

Public library directors expressed a need to enhance the existing e-book selections available for public download on any of the public library websites. Circulation statistics from 2012 to 2016 indicate a significant rise in usage that point to the popularity of downloadable e-books. The most recent statistics, from 2016, indicated that 147,451 e-books were downloaded from OverDrive. For the past four years Rutter's donations were used for the purchase of e-books.

E-books are available for downloading online by users who have a Lancaster County Public Library card. To access the OverDrive platform, which also includes audiobooks, readers may visit


Libraries Set Eclipse Programs August 9, 2017

In preparation for the solar eclipse that will occur on Monday, Aug. 21, several public libraries in Lancaster County will hold related programming. The much-sought-after special viewing glasses will be available only for those who are registered to attend the programs that will be held at the public libraries listed below. The public should be aware that not all eclipse-viewing glasses are safe for use.

To learn which solar eclipse glasses are safe and approved, readers may visit NASA recommends buying eclipse viewing glasses from five companies: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.

In Pennsylvania, the partial eclipse will begin after 1 p.m. and will end by 4 p.m. The middle of the eclipse, when the maximum amount of sun is covered, will be at approximately 2:30 to 2:45 p.m. In Lancaster County, viewers will see nearly 75 percent of the sun covered by the moon's shadow.

Eastern Lancaster County Library in New Holland will host a program on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m. Librarians at the library have set aside solar eclipse viewing glasses from STAR-Net. Viewing glasses will be available for those who attend the program to participate. The library does have viewing glasses that will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will hold an Eclipse Viewing Party on Aug. 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Attendees may bring their lunch, lawn chairs, shade umbrellas or just a blanket to set up on the front lawn to get a view of the solar eclipse. No registration is required. Special glasses will be available while supplies last for a requested donation.

Ephrata Public Library will host a Solar Eclipse Party with NASA solar system ambassador Ed Pinero on Aug. 21 at 2 p.m., and VR glasses will be available to those attending. The program will include educational activities, interpretive dance, a live stream of the solar eclipse across the nation, and light solar-themed refreshments, along with opportunities to safely viewing the solar eclipse. Viewing glasses will be provided to those who register. The maximum partial eclipse at 76 percent obscuration will occur at 2:42 p.m.

Lancaster Public Library will offer two programs. Leap Into Science: Do You See What I See? will be offered on Thursday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. and on Aug. 21 at 10:30 a.m. The workshop will focus on light. Families will play with light by shining it through objects, bouncing it off of shiny surfaces, and blocking it to create shadows. The workshop will feature a station on the solar eclipse in which the moon will block the light from the sun. The eclipse will be visible on Aug. 21. Attendees may drop in and stay as long as they like.

Lancaster Public Library will have viewing glasses. A set number will be reserved for the two programs, and the rest will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.


Women's Club Of Manheim Awards Grants August 7, 2017

Since 2012, the Women's Club of Manheim has been awarding grants of up to $1,000 to nonprofit organizations that serve the Manheim community. This year, the Manheim Community Library's Summer Reading Program was the recipient of a $1,000 grant - the largest amount given out to a group in 2017.

Manheim Community Library director Melissa Foltz reported that more than 1,000 individuals signed up for the Summer Reading Program, which will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 12. "It's been a very successful year," Foltz said. By completing reading challenges according to age levels, entrants were eligible for free prize packs. In addition, the library hosted several special guests and programs for the Summer Reading Program, such as an Aug. 2 visit from archaeologists Mike and Roberta Straka, who led students in a dig for dinosaur bones.

Foltz said the Women's Club grant also funded the purchase of a button maker for the library. Children who visit the library are welcome to pick up templates to design and color and can then create their own button to take home.

Other 2017 recipients of Women's Club of Manheim grants included Aaron's Acres, Doe Run Elementary School All Pro Dads, H.C. Burgard Elementary School All Pro Dads, Manheim Central School District K-6 Run for Fitness, Manheim Historical Society, Manheim Central High School Post Prom Committee, and the H.C. Burgard and Stiegel elementary school run with colors.

According to Women's Club of Manheim grant chairperson Kathy Bower, the group distributed $10,200 in grants in 2015; $4,550 in 2016, and $3,000 in 2017. In 2016, the organization switched from a biannual grant distribution schedule to once a year. "Our goal is to take the money that we raise and put it right back into the community," said Bower.

Grant applications for 2018 will be available beginning in January and may be found by searching for "The Women's Club of Manheim" on Facebook, emailing, or calling Bower at 717-665-9141.

The Women's Club of Manheim, a nonprofit organization with 501c(3) status, has been in existence since 1937. The group consists of women who are committed to friendship, community service, and civic responsibility.


Library Slates August Programs August 4, 2017

The Columbia Public Library, 24 S. Sixth St., has posted its upcoming programs and activities. For more information, readers may call the library at 717-684-2255, visit, or find the library on Facebook. Some activities take place at Park Elementary School, 24 S. Sixth St., Columbia, and attendees are asked to use the playground entrance.

The last day to turn in Summer Reading Program logs and pick up tickets will be Saturday, Aug. 12. More than 350 people have signed up for reading logs this year.

Spencer, a reading education assistance dog, will be at the library to listen to stories read by those age 5 and up on Saturdays, Aug. 12 and 26, at 9 a.m. To reserve a 15-minute time slot, readers may call the library or email

Crocheting With Mitzi has been set for 9 a.m. on Aug. 12 and 26. Attendees are asked to bring a pair of scissors. Attendees may bring a project they are working on.

People of all ages are invited to a presentation by Columbia School District alumnus Fred Nell, and his dog, Sadie. The duo will present a program on Monday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m. in the Park School gym or in the gazebo and in Locust Street Park if the gym floor is being waxed. Sadie has been trained to find dangerous substances, including explosives. Nell will speak about the importance of education and doing one's best in school. There will opportunities to run with Sadie.

The Columbia Borough Police Department will present a program for all ages on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. The event may be held in the gazebo and Locust Street Park, due to the gym floor being waxed. Attendees will learn about the dangers of substance abuse, receive safety tips, see police equipment, and sit in the cruisers.

The Young Adult book club will hold it second meeting in the Locust Street Park gazebo on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. Attendees will discuss Carolyn Mackler's "The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things." The program is for young adults age 12 and up.

The Susquehanna Foundation will present a free College Financial Planning workshop on Thursday, Aug. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. Anyone who will soon attend college or is planning to return to school is invited. More informaiton is available by calling 717-945-5162.

A Family Movie Night will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. The movie will be "Smurfs: The Lost Village." Attendees may bring non-messy snacks and beverages with lids.


Library Announces Art Showcase August 3, 2017

The Quarryville Library Teen Leadership Group has announced its second Art Showcase. The contest is open to artists of all ages and abilities, and it will feature art created at the Teen-Led Summer Art Workshop.

Artists are invited to submit their works. Art in any medium that can be displayed, including painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture, is eligible. The leadership group will accept entries from Friday, Aug. 18, through Friday, Sept. 22. Entries will be on display in the Teen Area from the date of submission through Friday, Sept. 29.

There will be three categories: children, for those age 12 and under; teen, for those ages 13 to 19; and adult, for those age 20 and up. Gift cards will be awarded to the first-, second-, and third-place works for each category.

A reception and announcement of the winners will take place during the September Teen Night Program, which is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Also, supplies will be available for attendees to create artist trading cards.

The Teen Leadership Group consists of people ages 13 to 18 years old who volunteer to plan, promote, and run teen programming in the library. The group also recommends materials for purchase, including books, games, and movies, and makes suggestions about new and existing services.

For more information, readers may contact Randi Kennedy at 717-806-1804 or

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