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Children May Read To A Canine Friend July 13, 2018

As part of the PAWS for Reading program, children of all ages are invited to read to a friendly dog at the Coatesville Public Library on the first and third Saturdays of the month beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Moose, a golden retriever, will be at the library on July 21 and Aug. 18. Gillie, a Scottish terrier, will be on hand on Aug. 4.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Moose or Gillie, readers may contact the library at 610-384-4115 or Coatesville Public Library is located at 501 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville.


Reptile Program Set At Library July 13, 2018

Jesse Rothacker from the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary will display a variety of snakes, turtles and other live animals during a program at the Village Library of Morgantown on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 10 a.m. The program will be the finale of the library's Summer Reading Program.

The library is located at 207 N. Walnut St., Morgantown. For more information, readers may call 610-286-1022 or visit or


Library Sets Programs July 13, 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, email, or visit

Preschool Meet-Up, for 3- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver, will be offered on Tuesdays, July 24 and 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Toddler Meet-Up, for 1- to 3-year-olds, will be offered on Wednesdays, July 25 and Aug. 1, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. At both programs, youngsters may play in the Early Literacy Lab, and siblings are welcome.

Summer STEM Explorers will offer a session on July 25 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., with content to be repeated from the July 24 session, which is full. In keeping with the week's theme, "Physics and Engineering," youths ages 8 to 12 will use tools such as Keva Planks and Magnatiles. Space is limited.

Summer Lego Club will be offered on July 25 and Aug. 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. People of all ages are welcome, but the program is geared toward individuals age 5 and up. Participants will join the Lego Design Team and build creations to be displayed in the library. Two mini-figures will be given away each week, and people may enter to win a Lego set.

Parachute Play, for 1- to 3-year-olds with a caregiver, will be offered on Thursday, July 26, from 10 to 10:30 a.m. The program will feature 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 to 11:15 a.m. for 3- to 6-year-olds with a caregiver, will include songs, rhymes, and games.

The Junior Master Gardener Club meeting, geared toward children ages 6 to 12 and a caregiver, will take place from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on July 26 and 28 and will offer a chance to learn about gardening and cultivating various types of plants, including vegetables and flowers. From 6 to 8 p.m. on July 26, the All-Ages Chess Club for people of all ability levels will meet to play, teach, and discuss strategy. This will be the final meeting of the chess club, as future meetings have been canceled due to low attendance.

Wee Readers for ages 1 to 5 with a caregiver will take place on Friday, July 27, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Family Story Times will include a mix of stories, crafts, and songs.

Kids Parachute Challenge for children ages 7 to 12 will be offered on July 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., featuring popular parachute games and activities.

The teen-led Acting Workshop for participants ages 9 to 13 will continue on Fridays, July 27 and Aug. 3, from 2 to 3 p.m. The Teen Leadership Group is holding the six-week workshop, which teaches the basics of the profession. The workshop will run on Fridays through Aug. 10, with the final showcase on Aug. 17.

Award-Winning Reads, geared toward youths ages 9 to 11, will be offered on July 27 and Aug. 3 from 4 to 5 p.m. The July 27 title is "When You Reach Me" by Rebecca Stead, and the Aug. 3 selection is "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate. Participants will sign up to read one, two, or all eight Newbery Medal-winning book club picks. Attendees will receive a copy of their selected books to read before the meetings. Books may be picked up at the library service desk. Registration is recommended. Space is limited to 10 participants.

The Teen Dungeons and Dragons Club, which meets bimonthly to play the role-playing game, will meet from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, and youths age 12 and up are invited. The Adult Dungeons and Dragons Club, for people age 18 and up, meets on the first Saturday of each month, with the next event set for Aug. 4 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

A family movie night will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2. During the free events, a movie rated G or PG will be shown, and people of all ages are invited to enjoy free popcorn. In August, the film will be about garden gnomes solving a mystery, based on the detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Readers may call the library for the title.

The Teen Anime Club, for youths ages 13 to 18, will meet on Aug. 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to watch anime, enjoy snacks, and socialize. Content will be PG or PG-13. The group meets on the first and third Fridays of each month.


Fundraiser To Benefit Library July 13, 2018

The Milanof-Schock Library will benefit from the Meal on the Porch fundraiser to be held on Friday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Darrenkamp's, 945 E. Main St., Mount Joy.

For a set fee, individuals may purchase a meal of a pork barbecue sandwich, a bag of chips, and a beverage. Proceeds will benefit the library.


Program To Discuss History Of Ice Cream July 13, 2018

Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, will host the Lifelong Learners program "The History of Ice Cream" on Monday, July 23, at 10:30 a.m. Rob Picker from an Elizabethtown creamery will talk about ice cream's history. He studied in the ice cream course at Penn State University.

The presentation is for adults and is not designed for children. For more information or to register, call the library at 717-653-1510 or visit


Program To Discuss Publishing Process July 12, 2018

With the invention of electronic books and the introduction of tools to self-publish printed tomes, it has become easier than ever for writers to become published authors. The publication process will be the subject of a new program, "Telling Stories: From Idea to Publication," offered by Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville.

"I came up with the idea of having an author present a three-part writing series that would cover from the time you have an idea to having the book published," said library director Sylvia Drennen, who explained that she developed the program with "Banebringer" author Carol A. Park. "She was here for Author's Night, and during some of our communication she expressed how she enjoys talking about the writing process," related Park. "I ran the idea by her, a general breakdown of what I was thinking of for each session and asked her if she was interested. She said, 'Yes!'"

During the three sessions, Park will explore the creative writing process, from idea generation to writing and editing and then preparing for publication. All sessions will allow for the direction of the discussion to be influenced by the particular needs and questions of the participants.

The first session, "Before You Write," will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. This session will cover the broad topic of idea generation and how to take an idea and prepare it to be turned into a written story. The class will discuss the types of stories and the importance of identifying story type to write as well as genre and sub-genre. Outlining versus discovery writing, along with the pros and cons of each, will be discussed, and participants will explore how to find a style that works for them.

The second session, "Writing and Editing," will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, and will focus on the broad topic of writing and polishing a story. Park will talk about the importance of a first draft and how it relates to writing style as discussed in session one. A significant portion of time will be spent on the various types of editing, including story or developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, and proofreading. How to solicit feedback from others and how to use it to improve a story will also be addressed.

The final session, "The Road to Publication," will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25. This session will cover how to publish a manuscript. The session will be divided between the two major options of traditional publishing and independent or self-publishing. The pros and cons of both options will be discussed, and participants will learn how to decide which process they should pursue based on their personal goals and how to go about pursuing it once a decision has been made.

"Telling Stories" will be offered free of charge, and registration is not necessary. Interested individuals may attend whichever sessions they choose; attendance at all three is not required.

For more information about the program, readers may contact Drennen at 717-786-1336 or


Library Holds Spelling Bee July 12, 2018

The Pequea Valley Library sponsored a spelling bee on June 15 during Heritage Days at Intercourse Park.

In the first division (third grade or younger), the first-place speller was Jackson McGory and second-place honors went to Landon Kneisley. In the second division (fourth through eighth grades), Mariella Esch earned first-place honors and second place went to Martha Sue Stoltzfus. Third division (ninth grade and up) winners included Bill Gravitz in first place and Melissa Harrison coming away with the second-place award.

For details on upcoming library events, readers may visit


Library Friends Plan Book Sale July 12, 2018

The Friends of the Quarryville Library will host its monthly book sale on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, July 24, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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


Library Programs Scheduled July 12, 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, Aug. 1, 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.

A Vegan/Vegetarian Lifestyle Class, presented by the Lancaster Farm Sanctuary, will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn the benefits of living a healthier plant-based lifestyle. Pre-registration is recommended.

The Great Decisions Discussion Group, a moderated, nonpartisan discussion forum, will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 6:30 p.m. to discuss "South Africa's Fragile Democracy." Those with an interest in foreign affairs are invited to attend.

Lancaster Civil War Roundtable will meet on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Jonathan Noyalas will present "Its Thrill Will Never Die: Sheridan's Ride in War and Memory."

Scrabble Meet-Ups, for which attendees are asked to bring their own boards, will take place on Monday, Aug. 13, from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Art of Letter Writing will be offered on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 6 p.m.

Jamie O'Brien and The Launies will perform a concert on Thursday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. The show will feature songs originating from England and Ireland.

Yoga Stories for Children will take place at 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6. Led by Denise Lorah, children ages 6 to 9 will be guided through a sequence of yoga poses through storytelling and movement.

Let It Rain, presented by Lancaster Co. Dept. of Parks and Recreation for children age 5 and up, will be offered on Monday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. Children will listen to the story "Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain" by Verna Aardema, make a rain stick, and close with a cooperative rain making activity.

Paws to Read sessions will take place on Aug. 9 at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m., and Friday, Aug. 24, at 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Children may read to reading assistance therapy dogs. This is great practice for young, reluctant or struggling readers.

Junkyard Drumming with Heads Up for youths age 10 and up will be offered on Monday, Aug. 13, at 6:30 p.m. Participants will learn about the basics of rhythm using everyday objects to create a cohesive whole. The program will focus on active learning and participation.

Block Play for children ages 3 to 6 will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Freaky Fridays for youths of all ages will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. Attendees will hear a story, then go explore hands-on stations that relate to the theme.

Fall Family Storytime registration for children ages 6 months to 5 years old will begin on Monday, Sept. 10, for residents of Elizabeth Township, Lititz Borough, and Warwick Township, and on Tuesday, Sept. 11, for others.


Library System Executive Steps Down July 12, 2018

Susquehanna Township resident Rob Lesher has resigned as executive director of the Dauphin County Library System. Lesher was director since February 2016. Prior to his Dauphin County appointment, he was executive director of the Adams County Library System for 12 years.

During Lesher's tenure, the library system inaugurated MARCO, an outreach van for programs and events in underserved locations within Dauphin County. He also helped to upgrade branch library security cameras with assistance from the Dauphin County commissioners. Lesher also encouraged the library system's participation in the Harwood Institute to better assess growing needs of the community.

Karen Cullings, director of community relations at the Dauphin County Library System, will assume the position of interim executive director while a national search is conducted. Cullings has been with the library system for 25 years, providing leadership on many projects, including several successful capital campaigns.

For more information about the Dauphin County Library System, readers may visit


Reading Program Registrations Still Available July 12, 2018

The Dauphin County Library System is still accepting registrations for the "Libraries Rock" Summer Reading Program. The library system is over halfway to its community goal of two million minutes read.

Community members may sign up for the program by visiting or a library location. Summer Compass program guides are available on the website and at the libraries.

Summer Reading Club members log their minutes read online through Beanstack or on their phones with Beanstack's app. Users may track their minutes and activities, see upcoming events, and receive personalized book recommendations each week. Online logging may be accomplished by visiting

Children who have read for at least five hours may visit library locations to receive an Explore Your Community bag, including coupons and tickets to area businesses and attractions, while supplies last. Collectible mock concert tickets featuring the library's eight band members are also available at the library location and at the aforementioned web site.

Everyone who logs at least 10 hours of reading by Friday, Aug. 31, will win a free book to keep and will be entered to win an e-reader. They may keep reading to earn additional giveaway drawing entries. People who complete the reading challenge may claim their free book starting on Wednesday, Aug. 1.

Participants are also invited to attend the End of Summer Celebration concert on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Silly Joe Sings will take the stage at 11 a.m., and Crossing Abbey Road will perform at noon.

For more information on the Summer Reading Club, readers may visit the previously mentioned web site or call youth services at 717-652-9380, ext. 1045.


Libraries Receive Donation July 11, 2018

The Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Lancaster raised $1,250 to benefit the public libraries of Lancaster County. The community group chooses two groups or organizations each year to support. This year, it chose the public libraries of Lancaster County as recipient of its fundraising efforts. Funds are to be used for the purchase of children's books, as specified by the club. All books purchased with the funds will be recognized with a bookplate honoring the Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Lancaster for its support.

Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Lancaster is a nonprofit social organization of women whose purpose is to extend a friendly and neighborly hand to new and longer-term residents of Lancaster County. The club offers the opportunity to participate in a variety of special interest groups. Additionally, the club offers local community service and volunteer opportunities as needs arise during the year. General meetings of the member are held monthly from September through June.


Libraries Post Summer Hours July 11, 2018

York County Libraries have announced annual changes in summer operating hours for several library locations. Four libraries will be closed on Saturdays from July 7 through Sept. 1. They include Collinsville Community Library, Brogue; Red Land Community Library, Etters; Kreutz Creek Library, Hellam; and Village Library, Jacobus.

Additional York County Libraries are reducing their Saturday operating hours during the same period. Guthrie Memorial Library, Hanover; Kaltreider-Benfer Library, Red Lion; Mason-Dixon Public Library, Stewartstown; and Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, Shrewsbury; will be open from to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Dillsburg Area Public Library will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays for the summer. All locations will resume regular Saturday hours after Labor Day.

Martin Library, York; Glatfelter Memorial Library, Spring Grove, Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, Glen Rock; and Dover Area Community Library are maintaining their regular Saturday hours for the summer.

For locations, hours, and more information, readers may visit


Library Will Host Upcoming Programs July 10, 2018

Red Land Community Library, 70 Newberry Commons, Etters, will offer a variety of activities in July.

Stephen Lee Rich will present That Was Vaudeville, a program for adults, on Wednesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Rich will share what vaudeville was, how it worked, and its cultural impact. He will present information about stars of the era who proceeded from vaudeville to film, radio, and television. The presentation will also feature music from vaudeville's heyday to its declining years, roughly from the Prohibition era through World War II. Admission is free; donations will be accepted. Light refreshments will be available.

A variety of SummerQuest: Libraries Rock! programs will be available for children through Monday, Aug. 6.

Baby and Toddler Story Time will take place on Thursdays, July 19 and 26, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

A Pete the Cat Story Time for preschool-age children will occur on Friday, July 20, from 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Elementary-age children may attend Sit! Stay! Read! with dogs Ella, Jake, and Molly on Fridays, July 20 and 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

On Monday, July 23, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the library will present Silly Joe Rocks! featuring high-energy songs about the everyday lives of children and families.

A Story With Cannonball Charlie program will take place on July 27 from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Cannonball Charlie from the York Revolution will be present. The program will include story times, giveaways, pictures, and autographs.

The library will offer a Decorating Cupcakes program for middle-level youths and teenagers on Monday, July 30, from 2 to 3 p.m. The program will feature tips designed to help participants prepare for the Cupcake Wars. Registration is required.

The Cupcake Wars qualifying round competition will take place on Monday, Aug. 6, from 2 to 3 p.m. The top two competitors will be invited to the Countywide Cupcake Wars Championship, slated to occur on Sunday, Aug. 19. Registration is required for the qualifying round.


Library Posts Summer Art Camp July 10, 2018

Parkesburg Library, 105 West St., Parkesburg, will offer a Summer Art Camp from Monday to Thursday, Aug. 6 to 9, from 10 a.m. to noon for children ages 8 to 15. The theme will be "Inside the Art - Outside the Box."

During the camp, sponsored by the Coatesville Area Arts Alliance, students will create their own tag or brand with paint, rocks, wood, golf balls, found objects and gardening materials.

There is a fee per student. For more information or to register, stop by the library, call 610-857-5165 or visit


Library Plans Outdoor Yoga Classes July 9, 2018

The Lititz Public Library will offer two Morning Yoga in the Garden classes in July. The classes will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, July 16 and 30. The classes will be held outside in the library garden, weather permitting. The class is appropriate for all fitness levels. Attendees should dress comfortably and bring a water bottle and a mat or towel.

Yoga instructor Joyce Courtney will lead participants through a series of simple yoga poses designed to help to add strength, flexibility, and body awareness to participants' daily routines. Joyce lives in Lancaster County with her musician husband, Steven Courtney. Joyce has been teaching various physical fitness classes since the early 1980s. She became interested in and certified in yoga more than 10 years ago.

The program is suitable for teens and adults. To preregister for each class, readers may call the library at 717-626-2255 or email their name and phone number to


Library Plans Upcoming Programs July 6, 2018

Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown, has announced its schedule of upcoming programs. For more information or to register for programs, readers may call the library at 717-367-7467 or visit

During Recipe Scramble on Thursdays from 2 to 7 p.m., individuals may share their favorite recipes in the library's Coffee Company. Food Exploration, set for Thursdays at 4:30 p.m., will give participants the opportunity to explore cooking techniques and taste-test multicultural cuisine; registration is required.

"Hank's Quest: Feelings," featuring Hank the Health Hero and offered through CHI St. Joseph, has been set for Wednesday, July 11, at 1:30 p.m.

"Swamp Songs and Marsh Melodies" will be offered on Thursday, July 12, at 2 p.m. Children ages 5 to 12 will explore and hear animals that communicate through song.

Tweens and teenagers are invited to "Shake, Rock, and Roll: Earthquakes on Earth" on Thursday, July 19, at 2 p.m.

On Thursday, July 26, participants may break apart an old gadget from home during Breaker Space at 2 p.m. Teenagers may make Halo-halo, a Filipino treat, at 6 p.m. on July 26.

During Snow Day in July on Saturday, July 21, at 10 a.m., children ages 5 to 9 may make ice-cold slime and have an indoor snowball fight.

Monday Bedtime Stories, featuring a story and a weekly craft, will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. for people of all ages; registration is required. Saturday Sing-Along, set for Saturdays, July 14 to 28, at 10:30 a.m., will give people of all ages the opportunity to enjoy a sing-along version of a musical.

Kitchen Rocks will be offered on Friday, July 27, at 11 a.m. People age 8 and up may decorate a ceramic trivet.

Family Game Time, set for Fridays, will provide an opportunity for people of all ages to play board games. Chess Club, for children ages 5 to 12, will be offered on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., and registration is required.

Giant Jenga, Kerplunk, and Chinese checkers will be available for people age 8 and up during Giant Games on Friday, July 20, at 11 a.m.

Touch a Truck events, for people of all ages, will take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Visitors may explore real vehicles and talk to community helpers. Each week will feature a different vehicle.

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to Crafternoons on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., during which a make-and-take craft will be featured. Registration is required.

Make Your Own Band, set for Tuesdays at 3 p.m., will show tweens and teenagers how to create musical instruments from everyday objects.

People of all ages will have the opportunity to meet friends from the animal kingdom during Wild Wednesdays on July 11 and 25 at 2 p.m.

Go STEAM With Little Bits, for youths ages 10 to 13, will focus on invention-based circuits on Wednesday, July 18, at 2 p.m.

As part of a drop-in Retro Technology Museum on Tuesday, July 31, people age 8 and up will be able to see and experience "ancient artifacts."

An American Girl Book Club will take place on Tuesday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m. People age 8 and up may attend to discuss "Meet Addy."

A Drive-In Movie Night for youngsters ages 3 to 10 will take place on July 19 at 5:30 p.m., with the movie at 6 p.m. Children may decorate their "cars" and bring a pillow to make it cozy.

Programs for adults, including Cards and Coffee; Lace Cottage, a knitting group; Parent Power Hours at the Coffee Company; and Monday Musical Sing-Alongs, are offered. Readers may visit the website for specific information.

The Book Discussion Group will discuss "The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House" by Kate Andersen Brower on the third Saturday of the month at 9:15 a.m. in the first-floor turret room.


Library Sets Upcoming Programs July 5, 2018

The Columbia Public Library has posted two upcoming programs, both of which are part of the Summer Reading Program and will take part in the gym at Park Elementary School, 50 S. Sixth St., Columbia.

Geologist Jeri Jones will present "Rocks Are a Blast From the Past" on Thursday, July 12, at 10 a.m. Attendees will see a replica T-Rex footprint and learn how toothpaste can be made from rocks.

Breakdancing with Heads Up, featuring Mr. Jeo and Mr. John from Junkyard Drumming, will be held on Monday, July 16, at 10 a.m. The program is for 8-year-olds through teenagers, and all participants should wear sneakers as they learn the basics of breakdancing.

Additionally, the library is slated to open to the public after renovations on Wednesday, Aug. 1.


Library Sets Special Programs July 5, 2018

The Columbia Public Library has posted two upcoming programs, both of which are part of the Summer Reading Program and will take part in the gym at Park Elementary School, 50 S. Sixth St., Columbia.

"Swamp Songs and Marsh Melodies" will be presented by the Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium on Thursday, July 19, at 10 a.m. Children may explore and hear animals that communicate through songs. Live critters will be present, including a horseshoe crab, an amphibian, and maybe an owl.

Magical Moments with John Andrews will be presented on Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m. People of all ages are welcome to attend the program, which will feature magic, mystery, and fun.


Library Sets Activities July 5, 2018

Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, has posted two activities.

Swamp Songs and Marsh Melodies will be presented by the Center for Aquatic Activities at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, as part of the library's Summer Reading Program. Children in kindergarten and up may explore animals that communicate through songs. Live critters will visit.

EMazing GRACE, a bluegrass band, will perform a free concert at the library on Thursday, July 19, at 7 p.m. The band includes Emily Stoltzfus, Grace Kensinger, and Tony Stoltzfus. The group has won several local and national bluegrass talent contests.

To preregister for either event, call the library at 717-626-2255 or email

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