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Library Posts Reading Program January 16, 2018

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen, has launched a new reading incentive modeled after the popular summer reading clubs at libraries across the state. Winter Reading Club began on Jan. 15 and will run through Friday, March 9.

Similar to summer reading, participants will write the number of minutes they read each day in their reading log and check in once a week at the library. Participants will receive a prize ticket for each weekly check-in and each time they attend a program. The drawing for the prize, a baby sloth toy that clings to one's finger, will take place on March 9 at 5 p.m.

Winter Reading Club is open to people of all ages, including toddlers and adults.

For further information, readers may contact 610-593-6848 or rkehoe@ccls.org.

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Library Sets Penny Challenge January 12, 2018

The Columbia Public Library has posted a Penny Challenge to benefit the library's capital campaign. On Day 1, participants save $0.01; on Day 2, $0.02, on Day 100, $1.00; and so on. By the end of 2018, participants will have saved more than $667.

All those who complete the Penny Challenge will receive a T-shirt. The library will select a Saver of the Month to showcase how they are saving or their unique penny jars.

For more information, readers may email rgamby@columbia.lib.pa.us. or search for "Columbia Public Library" on Facebook. Participants may send their tips on saving, unique savings jars, or family/friend challenge ideas to the aforementioned email address.

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An Elizabethtown Homecoming January 11, 2018

Taste of Western Lancaster County Set For Feb. 2

Elizabethtown Rotary Club member Kevin Engle said that he typically refers to the annual Taste of Western Lancaster County as an Elizabethtown homecoming. "It's just a real fun event," said Engle, who is now in his fourth year as chairperson for the highly anticipated evening, which features an array of food and beverages, as well as live music. "I'm always looking forward to the new vendors," Engle added.

The 10th annual Taste of Western Lancaster County will take place on Friday, Feb. 2, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. Proceeds from the 21-and-older event will benefit the library and the service projects of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. Tickets may be purchased at the library, from a Rotarian, or by visiting www.eventbrite.com and searching for "2018 Taste of Western Lancaster County."

Elizabethtown Public Library director Deb Drury said that live music will take place on all three levels of the library this year. In past years, the layout on the first floor did not allow room for performances there, but Drury said that the space has been reconfigured this year to accommodate even more musicians during the event. Performers will include the Blind Spot Nut Butters, Whiskey Rose, the Otis Kitchen band, and two groups from Elizabethtown College.

Food and beverages from restaurants, caterers, and specialty vendors based in the local region will be available at stations throughout the library for attendees to sample. "A lot of the fan favorites are coming back," Drury said. The library's own Elizabethtown Coffee Company will be among the vendors, and, in addition to various beverages and baked cookies, it will be debuting a new product. "We'll have edible cookie dough, and that will be the kickoff for the product," shared Drury.

Individuals will once again have the chance to vote for favorites in categories such as best appetizer, main course, and dessert, and the winning vendors will receive awards. Vendors will also exercise creativity in their displays as they compete for the Best of Show award.

A photo booth with a new backdrop and props will be set up for folks to enjoy, and some vendors will have additional products or gift cards available to purchase. Product demonstrations will also be part of some vendors' offerings.

According to Engle, the celebration originated when a group of Rotarians wanted to plan an event that would help the library. Last year, nearly 600 people attended the event. "The building is hopping," Drury explained. "A lot of people say it's like an Elizabethtown reunion. It's just like a big party in the library."

Members of the Elizabethtown DeMolay and Key Club serve in various capacities at the event, as do volunteers from the library and Rotary. Drury explained that the members of the Elizabethtown Area High School football team help to move out of a lot of the library furniture into trucks donated by local moving companies in order to make space for everything that takes place inside the library.

"It's a great celebration, even in how many people come together to make it happen," commented Drury. "And that's really a tribute to how well this community works together."

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, readers may contact the library at 717-367-7467.

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Social Coloring Session Posted January 11, 2018

The William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, will host two hours of social coloring on Monday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The library will provide coloring sheets and colored pencils, but attendees may feel free to bring their own favorite coloring tools and a snack.

Registration is not required for this program. For more information, readers may call the library at 717-566-0949, visit www.dcls.org, or pick up a copy of The Library Compass at the library.

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Library Receives Grant January 11, 2018

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Library Posts Book Sale, Meeting January 10, 2018

The Quaryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, has posted two announcements.

The Friends of the Quarryville Library will hold a book sale on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Writer's Group will meet on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. at the library.

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Library Posts Activities January 9, 2018

The Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, will offer two programs for knitters and sewers. For more information about either program, contact 610-273-3303 or jspade@ccls.org.

Sewing With Ms. Nancy will be offered on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Ms. Nancy is available to help people with basic sewing skills, or attendees may choose a pattern or project from the library's many sewing books. Five sewing machines are available at the library, or participants may bring their own.

The Knitting and Crocheting Club will meet on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. The year-round program features knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint crafts. Attendees should bring their own supplies.

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Annual Show And Tell Slated January 9, 2018

The Historical Society of the Cocalico Valley will hold its annual Show and Tell at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Attendees are encouraged to bring along "mystery" items with a historical connection, especially items that have been waiting to have their stories told.

Weather cancellations are based on those of the Ephrata Area School District; if the district cancels classes, the program will be canceled as well.

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Library Names Board Officers January 4, 2018

The Lititz Public Library board of trustees recently elected new officers for 2018, including Carol Deem, president; Martha Sheaffer, vice president; Lisa Enders, treasurer; and Christina Desimone, secretary.

The board of trustees aims to ensure that the library provides the best possible access to a variety of materials, services, and programs for residents of Lititz Borough, Warwick Township, and Elizabeth Township through responsible stewardship of public funds.

The board meets at the library on the first Monday of the month at 7 p.m., with holiday exceptions. The public is invited to attend.

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Library To Host Blood Drive January 4, 2018

The Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., is the site of a community blood drive each month, with January's event set for Monday, Jan. 22, from 3 to 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

The Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank will be on-site for the donations. Donors should bring a form of identification with them, and they must have eaten within a four-hour period prior to donating.

For additional dates, readers may visit the News/Events section at www.hersheylibrary.org. The community blood drives take place at the library every fourth Monday, with the exceptions of May and December in 2018, when they will be held on the third Monday.

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Fairmount Homes Sets Safety Vest Frolic January 4, 2018

Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata, will host a safety vest frolic on Friday, Jan. 19, at 9:30 a.m. The event will take place in the Crest View Gathering Room on the east side of the Fairmount campus.

Materials will be provided to make vests and assemble kits. Volunteers are needed to help cut pieces of Velcro or reflective tape for the vests or assemble the cut pieces into kits. The program makes and distributes reflective vests for Amish and Mennonite children to wear when traveling the roads.

Volunteers from the local community are invited to participate. Individuals who would like to help in their own home may call 717-394-6851. Due to increased demand, there is a great need for more people to sew, as well as for someone to cut fabric for vests. Donations are also needed to purchase additional materials for more vests.

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Library Sets "Star Trek"-Themed Event January 4, 2018

Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., will host a program highlighting its new audiovisual system on Sunday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The library will show the 2016 movie "Star Trek: Beyond," which has a PG-13 rating, and then present a demonstration of "Artemis," a new "Star Trek" simulation game. People who attend in costume will receive a gift.

No registration is required. The program is suitable for anyone age 8 and up. For more information, readers may contact Rita Hunt-Smith at 717-533-6555, ext. 3708, or ritahuntsmith@derrytownship.org.

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Holiday Tour Held January 3, 2018

The Mason-Dixon Public Library and the Stewartstown Historical Society held their 2017 Holiday Tour on Dec. 2, and 267 individuals attended. The tour raised approximately $3,900 for the library and the historical society.

Homeowners who opened their homes for the tour included Mike and Jennifer Pavey, Alan Yost and Missy Pomraning, Ken and Wendy Anderson, Robert and Nora Farrell, Larry Zimmerman and Jeffrey Moore. Also, the Ma and Pa Railroad Heritage Village and the Fawn Quaker Meeting House were stops on the tour and provided volunteers, and Prospect United Methodist Church in Gatchellville was a stop and provided lunch.

Dozens of volunteers served as guides and parking attendants.

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Teens May Volunteer At Library January 3, 2018

Avon Grove Library's Teen Service Club meets every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove. Open to sixth- through 12th-graders, the club allows teens to accrue volunteer service hours by preparing story time crafts, helping out at family programs and participating in other activities to benefit the library.

No registration is needed. More information about volunteer opportunities can be found at www.avongrovelibrary.org. For more information, readers may call the library at 610-869-2004.

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Book Club Plans Meeting January 3, 2018

The YA for Adults Book Club will meet on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook. The club is for adults age 18 and up and meets on the second Thursday of each month. Members read and discuss young adult (YA) books. Readers may visit the library for a list of the discussion books.

For more information, call the library at 610-273-3303 or email jspade@ccls.org.

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"ART In mARTin" Event Seeks Submissions January 3, 2018

Martin Library is seeking submissions for up to 50 pieces of art for its spring "ART in mARTin" event. This season's gallery theme is "York County." A public art reception will take place in early April, and art will be displayed through May.

Artists may submit four original pieces of 2-D or 3-D artwork. Artwork must be wired for hanging, with no saw tooth hangers. Submitted art may have a maximum frame size of 48 by 36 inches. To submit art for consideration, artists should contact ArtInMartin@yorklibraries.org.

Attached images should be labeled with the artist's last name and title (i.e. Miller.Mona Lisa). 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, Jan. 26, by 5 p.m.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance within a week of submission. 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, 159 E. Market St., York. Readers may call Sarah Fretz at 717-849-6949 or Stephanie Auker at 717-849-6982 for more information.

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Library Sets Program Schedule January 3, 2018

Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, has posted its programs. For more information, readers may call the library at 717-938-5599.

The Friends of the Library will hold a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to learn about the group that supports the library.

A book discussion group for adults will meet from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, to discuss "Pied Piper" by Nevil Shute. The book discussion group meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

Taste of the Season: Soups will be led by Linda Rand on Thursday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will discover health benefits of various soups and will enjoy recipes and samples. There is a per-person cost, and registration is required by calling the library.

"Gettysburg: Ghost Stories and History From These Hallowed Grounds" will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Valerie Fisher will recount history and stories of ghost encounters of what remained after the battle.

The tech guru will visit from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. Individuals may ask questions about a new device or receive help with troubleshooting, protecting devices, and more. The program is held on the fourth Thursday of each month.

Babies and Books, for youngsters from birth through 18 months, will be offered on Wednesdays, Jan. 10 to 31, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Miss Nancy will lead the story time.

During Toddler Time, for children ages 18 months through 3 years, Miss Nancy will present a story. The program is slated for Thursdays, Jan. 11 to 25, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Preschool Story Time, led by Miss Nancy for 3- to 6-year-olds, will take place on Fridays, Jan. 12 to 26, at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Sit! Stay! Read! will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 13, at 11 a.m. Readers may sign up for a 15-minute session to read to a therapy dog. The program is held on the second Saturday of each month.

First- through fifth-graders are invited to take part in a Lego Challenge on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 4:30 p.m. Participants may build a Lego creation based on a monthly theme and then set it on display in the library. All Legos will be supplied.

Craft Domi-Nation has been set for Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Teenagers and tweens are invited to join Domi for the monthly craft session.

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Library Receives Recognition January 3, 2018

The Chester County Library (CCL) was named one of America's Top-Rated Libraries, earning the Star Library designation from the library profession periodical Library Journal. This is the first year the Chester County Library has received the distinction in the 10 years that Library Journal has published the index. This year, the index evaluated 7,409 U.S. public libraries across the country. CCL joins just 259 other libraries honored in the nation.

The designation groups libraries with similar operating budgets together and then rates the libraries in five main categories: number of visitors, circulation, program attendance, public internet use, and electronic circulation. Libraries were evaluated and compared based on expenditure categories. In order to qualify for consideration, libraries must be a public entity, have a service area with a population of at least 1,000 residents, and have a total operating expenditure of at least $10,000. CCL received a three-star designation within the $5 million to $9.9 million expenditure category.

CCL's star status is a direct reflection of the community's engagement both physically at the library and through the use of the library's remote services through www.chescolibraries.org. For more information on the Library Journal's library ratings, readers may visit http://lj.libraryjournal.com.

The mission of the Chester County and Henrietta Hankin Branch libraries is to provide informational, educational, and cultural services to the residents of Chester County so that they may be lifelong learners. The Chester County Library is located at 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton.

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Library Announces Programs December 28, 2017

Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown, has announced its upcoming programs. For more information or to register when requested, readers may call 717-367-7467 or visit www.etownpubliclibrary.org.

The library will offer storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes. Registration is required. Baby Time, for children age 17 months and under, will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31. Toddler Time, for children ages 18 months through 3 years, will take place at 10:30 a.m. on the same dates. Family Story Time will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25.

Family Lego Club will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 13 and 27. Registration is required.

The library will offer Dog Tales with KPETS friends on Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. Participants will read a story to a furry friend. Registration is required.

The Crazy 8's Math Club for students in kindergarten through second grade will meet at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30. Registration is required.

Cards and Coffee will meet at the tables by the Market Street windows on Tuesdays from 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. and on the first and third Saturdays from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. The program is open to adults and children with an adult companion, and participants will have the opportunity to make two cards for a set fee.

Lace Cottage, a group that meets informally for tatting instruction, to work on projects, and to share ideas, will be held on the second Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group is open to adults, and all types of handicraft projects are welcome.

The Book Discussion Group will discuss "Last Lecture" by Randy Pausch on the third Saturday at 9:15 a.m. The group is for adults, and it will meet in the first-floor Turret Room.

Community knitters, a group for adults, will meet on the second and fourth Thursdays at 6 p.m. and on the third Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Milanof-Schock Library Adds Friday Hours December 28, 2017

Beginning on Friday, Jan. 5, area residents will be able to utilize and enjoy an extra day of weekly services and programming at the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Friday to offer its patrons additional time to take advantage of its community offerings.

"We've been considering it for a while, because we've been trying to imagine the best use of our building," said library director Barbara Basile. The meeting room at the library is always booked, said Basile, which raised the question of whether more space was needed or if perhaps opening on Fridays would allow the library to offer extra programming and meet other community needs.

The decision to be open on Fridays was hurried along due to the announcement that the Columbia Public Library will be temporarily closed for five months due to construction, explained Basile. "We knew that would leave a large gap in library services in the area on Fridays," she said.

Milanof-Schock has not been open on Fridays since the final Friday of 2009. At that time, the decision to close on Fridays was made in response to the cuts the state made to the allocation of library funds, Basile said.

"This is on a trial basis," stated Basile. A decision will be made later in 2018 as to whether the Friday hours continue, based upon the community response and other factors.

Milanof-Schock exceeded its fundraising goals for 2017, which Basile said is wonderful news, as the library is responsible for raising more than 50 percent of its annual funding. Basile hopes that fundraising trend continues in 2018 since the budget will also play a role in whether or not the Friday hours become permanent.

For more details on library services, a schedule of events, and news about Milanof-Schock Library, readers may visit www.mslibrary.org.

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