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Library Posts Photography Exhibit June 22, 2017

Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, will host an artists' reception on Friday, July 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. for the 2017 summer photography exhibit that will be on display from Saturday, July 1, through Friday, July 28.

Attendees at the reception will have the opportunity to meet some of the local photographers who have their works on display in the library. Many of the works will feature nature and wildlife shots from the "No Fear Photography" group that meets at the library. Many of the pieces will be for sale. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-560-6441.


How Bugs Make A Better World June 22, 2017

Library To Host Insect Presentation

Ryan Bridge, also known as Ryan the Bug Man, first recalls an interest in insects around the time he started kindergarten. "All kids at age 5 or 6 like bugs," said Bridge. "(But) I was destined to play with bugs my whole life."

Bridge, who has gathered insects from around the world for his collection, will bring his presentation to the Manheim Community Library, 15 E. High St., Manheim, on Wednesday, July 5, at 10 a.m. Bridge's hourlong program will take its cues from the Summer Reading Program theme of "Build a Better World!" by delving into the ways insects improve the planet.

Bridge, whose collection includes both live and mounted insects, said that he invested time in a variety of activities as a child, but he always returned to his interest in insects. "I tried Scouts and sports, but I was always paying more attention to bugs," said Bridge, who joined 4-H at the age of 9 for the purpose of taking part in the entomology club. The experience taught him the basics of catching and displaying insects, but Bridge still wanted to learn more. Around age 12, he began sending letters to top collectors and experts around the country, and by his late teens, he was traveling around the world with collectors.

According to Bridge, insects are capable of improving the planet in myriad ways. "Insects are one of the most important aspects of the ecology of the planet," said Bridge. "They clean water, and they start the food chain. There are a lot of things insects do that people realize and (don't realize)."

For example, many people may know that ladybugs eat aphids and that some insects break down dead trees, but there are facts that are less well known. "Most people probably don't know that beetles pollinate more flowers than bees," said Bridge. "Bees get the credit, but beetles do the work." Bridge described beetle families where the larvae feed on dead wood, but when the larvae become adults, they feed on pollen and pollinate plants. "There are species of beetles designed to eat and pollinate flowers," he noted, adding that other species, such as Japanese beetles, are invasive and destructive rather than beneficial.

He also discussed how ants chew on the buds to open peonies flowers. "People spray the plants (to kill the ants), and (they) prevent the flowers from opening," he said.

Bridge is well aware that some audience members will prefer specific insects to others, but he insists that all have their roles to play. "Insects have specific purposes in the ecosystem," noted Bridge. "Even mosquitos and ticks have a niche."

Bridge added that he will point out that much-maligned spiders, which are arachnids and not insects, also have an important part to play. "Whether you like or don't like spiders, they have a purpose," he said. "They eat more insects than any (other creature)."

If time allows, Bridge's presentation will include a chance for audience members to touch some live insects at the end of the show. He said that he will talk about the anatomy of insects and non-insects and bring examples of each.

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Library System Announces Acquisitions June 22, 2017

The Library System of Lancaster County has announced the addition of more than 900 new books about do-it-yourself projects; crafts; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities; and hobbies. Topics include embroidery, bead-making, coding, building computers, welding, and claymation.

The new books are now available for check-out at all public libraries and the Bookmobile as part of the Lancaster Libraries Maker Toolbox initiative. Funding for the acquisitions was made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant.


Library Plans Used Book Sale June 22, 2017

Palmyra Public Library will hold its annual used book sale from Saturday through Thursday, July 8 through 13, at Palmyra First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Birch St., Palmyra.

The book sale will open on July 8 with an early bird preview from 7:30 to 9 a.m. There will be an admission fee, and shoppers will be limited to 30 items each, with items sold at regular price. Beginning at 9 a.m., the sale will open to the general public, and it will continue until 1 p.m. Additional sale hours are as follows: Monday and Tuesday, July 10 and 11, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, July 12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Thursday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items will be half-price on July 12, and there will be a box/bag sale on July 13. Customers should bring their own boxes or bags for toting home their purchases.

For additional information, readers may visit or call the library at 717-838-1347.

Palmyra Public Library serves residents of Palmyra Borough, North Londonderry Township and South Londonderry Township, and the surrounding area. The library is located at 50 Landings Drive, Annville, in Flightpath Business Park.


Library Offers Summer Reading Fun June 22, 2017

Moores Memorial Library in Christiana is a great place for fun summer reading activities. This year's Summer Reading Program is themed "Build a Better World!" and has something for people all ages from preschool through teenagers.

Special events and activities are scheduled to take place throughout the summer. On June 14, a special storybook reading time for young readers featured an appearance by the popular characters Elephant and Piggie.

Elephant and Piggie are the main characters in a series of books by Mo Willems. The series, which debuted in 2007, features illustrations in a comic book style. The elephant, named Gerald, and the pig, called Piggie, experience issues that children can relate to, including those relating to friendship.

For the special story time, several Elephant and Piggie books were read aloud for the children, while costumed characters of the pair were present for the reading.

Beneath the costumes provided by the Lancaster County Library System were volunteers Kelsey and Ashley Cunningham. The sisters, ages 15 and 14, respectively, are regular patrons of the Moores Memorial Library.

"I was the elephant," Kelsey said. "We volunteer here sometimes, and we were asked to be Elephant and Piggie. We were there to hug the kids and take pictures with them, and we did the hokey pokey."

To prepare for their appearance, the sisters checked out several Elephant and Piggie books to become familiar with the characters. "They were very funny," Ashley said. "The pig does backflips a lot. The elephant is more organized and plans things out."

In addition to being library volunteers, the sisters are Summer Reading Program participants. Dressing up as costumed characters was a new experience and one that was challenging in a different way, particularly since it was a hot day for them to wear the heavy costumes. "You were top heavy because the heads weigh a lot," Kelsey noted.

Children may sign up for the Summer Reading Program and then keep a log of the books they read. There are four age levels with appropriate reading targets and additional activities. Even children who cannot read are able to participate by having books read to them.

One attraction of the program for school-age readers is that those who must complete a summer reading list for school can also record those books for the Summer Reading Program.

Reading logs must be turned in on or before Saturday, Aug. 12, and prizes will be presented for reaching goals. Rewards include coupons for fast food restaurants, local attractions, baseball games and entertainment.

Upcoming Summer Reading Program events at Moores Memorial Library will be held on Thursdays at 2 p.m. They include: Ryan "the Bug Man" Bridge on June 29, Bricks 4 Kidz on July 6 and Dinosaur Dig on July 13. A full list of summer programs can be found at

Moores Memorial Library is located at 9 W. Slokom Ave., Christiana. For more information, readers may call 610-593-6683.


Lasata Farm Offers Equine Therapy At New Location June 22, 2017

Lasata Horse Farm, a nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic riding and horsemanship lessons to those with disabilities, recently celebrated its move from White Horse in Lancaster County to a farm located off East Friendship Church Road in Coatesville. The celebration included a Community Day and open house. More than 400 people attended the event, which included vendors, music, food, and tours of the facility.

Meghan Lyons Cowan, founder and executive director of Lasata Farm, explained that "Lasata" is a Native American word that means "place of peace."

Lyons Cowan entered into the field of therapeutic riding therapy after a friend was in an accident and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury. "A week after she came out of the coma, she ended up at Thorncroft, which is a therapy riding center," Lyons Cowan recalled. "I have been riding horses all my life but had never heard of (equine therapy) before."

Working with horses helped her friend, and Lyons Cowan was able to meet other clients who benefited from the service. "I started hanging out in the lobby of Thorncroft. I met a child with autism who was having a tough time," she recalled. "After about 10 seconds on a horse, the child was silent and there was a smile across his face.

"It is an amazing process to incorporate nature with people," she continued. "Every one of us has challenges, but if you allow nature and animals to be in your environment there is a lot of healing that can take place."

After going through training, Lyons Cowan was hired by Thorncroft as an instructor, and in 2008, she launched her own therapeutic riding facility by opening Lasata at a 10-acre farm in White Horse. Lasata moved to its current location in July of 2016.

"We went from 10 acres to 104 acres on preserved land," said Lyons Cowan. "(The new location has) 25 stalls and 14 paddocks, and it is a perfect fit for our farm. I knew it from the first day I visited." The farm is home to horses, chickens, miniature donkeys, mules, and ponies.

Lyons Cowan said that a majority of those who take advantage of the therapeutic horseback riding lessons are on the autism spectrum, but those with all disabilities are welcome. A fee is charged for lessons based on a sliding scale. The organization also provides horse-assisted psychotherapy, balanced seat riding instruction, and other equine-related educational opportunities.

"We work with a diverse group of individuals who are differently abled," Lyons Cowan said. "I think everyone has struggles and different abilities, and we make adaptions however we have to, depending on what the rider's desires are physically and mentally. We work on their goals and incorporate our goals as well."

Each lesson includes "ground work," which is grooming the horse and preparing for the lesson and putting the horse back in the barn at the end of the session. "We teach horsemanship and riding skills in whatever way we can for each rider," Lyons Cowan said. "Along with teaching riding skills, the person is gaining confidence, building core strength, and building coordination. (Clients) learn care, responsibility, and empathy. All these things are incorporated into an hourlong session.

"It is really profound to watch the progress of each student," she added. "It is remarkable each and every day."

Lasata Farm is located at 10 Abbott Lane, Coatesville. For more information, readers may visit, email, call 484-459-5585, or search for "Lasata Farm and Lasata Non-Profit Organization" on Facebook.


Library Posts Event Calendar June 22, 2017

Adamstown Area Library, 3000 N. Reading Road, Adamstown, will offer a variety of activities to the public. Registration is required for most programs. Readers may call the library at 484-4200 for more details. The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.

Preschool Story Time will be offered to children ages 2 to 6 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. The Lapsit Program is open to babies up to age 2 and will be held on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Toddler Story Time will be offered on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 to 3. An adult caregiver must accompany children to these programs.

Also, Bedtime Stories will be held on Wednesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m., and children are encouraged to wear their pajamas.

On Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m., the library will host a story time and craft with the costume characters Elephant and Piggie from Mo Willems' picture books. The event is for children of preschool age and up. Attendees may bring cameras.

Book Buddies will be offered on Thursdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Children of all ages will pair up to read together, and reading will sometimes be followed by a hands-on activity.

The library will show the film "Gerrymandering," with a discussion following, on Monday, July 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Alternative Energy - Catch The Wind will be offered to people age 4 and up on Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. Attendees will learn the basics of wind energy, create a wind machine from household items and make and test pinwheels. The event is presented and sponsored by the Lancaster County Environmental Center.

The library's board of trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. The Genealogy Interest Group for older students and adults will meet on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m.

Magic Tree House Book Club will meet on Tuesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. Participants age 5 and older will read the books in the series, participate in an activity and have a snack.

A Biome Build with Jesse Rothacker will take place on Wednesday, July 19, at 6:30 p.m. at Peace United Church of Christ, 37 E. Swartzville Road, Denver. Rothacker will present live lizards, snakes, turtles and more. The program is for people age 5 and up, and younger children must have adult supervision.

Children may stop in at the library between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, July 21, to make and take home a seasonal craft. No registration is needed.

Miss Maggie will present an interactive musical program, "Build a Better World," on Friday, July 28, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Adamstown YMCA, 71 E. Main St., Adamstown. The event is for all ages.

A Giggle Magic "Silly Safari" program will take place on Monday, July 31, at 2 p.m. at Peace Church. The show will feature age-appropriate magic, puppets and comedy. It is for all ages.

The 2017 Summer Reading Program, which has the theme Build a Better World, will continue through Saturday, Aug. 12. Sign-up sheets and bags for children and teens are located at the front table inside the library.


Library Event Calendar Posted June 22, 2017

Eastern Lancaster County Library, 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, will offer a variety of programs and activities to the community. Most events are free, but require advance registration. To register and for more information, including library hours, readers may stop by the circulation desk at the library, call 354-0525, or visit

Therapy dogs from K-Pets will visit the library on Saturday, July 1, at 11:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog.

Maker Mondays will be offered to children age 3 and older on Mondays, July 3 to 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. The theme will be "Building a Better World."

Instrument Petting Zoo will take place on Wednesday, July 5, at 10:30 a.m. for children up to age 10. Children will get an introduction to the orchestra from a short story time. Afterward, the children will meet some musicians.

Parachute Play will be offered to walking toddlers ages 1 to 3 on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Children will play with parachutes, sing songs, and have fun while developing gross motor skills, learning to work together, engaging in imaginative play, developing spatial awareness, and expressing themselves.

Students who have completed grades six to eight are invited to help out at the library and be part of Library Crew on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Jesse Rothacker of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary will present "Biome Builders!" on Thursday, July 6, at 2 p.m. "Biome Builders" is an interactive animal show featuring lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. Children will discover how each animal is equipped to build a better world within their biome. Designed for children age 5 and older; children under age 5 must sit with an adult.

Friday Frolic for Toddlers, for walking toddlers ages 1 to 3 with a caregiver, will take place on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. 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.

Sensory Story Time will be offered on Saturday, July 8, at 9 a.m. The story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and sensory activity play and is especially great 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. The program is best for children ages 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome to participate.

Hooks and Needles: Yarn Crafting Club will meet on Monday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. The knitting club is open to all knitters and crocheters of all skill levels, including beginners. Participants should bring their own projects, tips, and ideas to share.

Bricks 4 Kidz will present LEGO Catapult! on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. for students in grades two through five. Children will design and build a machine from LEGO bricks that can launch items into a target.

Summer Story Time Tuesdays will be held for children ages 3 to 8 with a caregiver on Tuesdays, July 11 to 25, at 10:30 a.m. Children will enjoy themed books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, or a craft while building language and literacy skills.

Teen Tuesdays will be open to students in grades seven through 12 on Tuesdays, July 11 to 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Teen Reading Lounge - Diversity Book Club, open to teens in grades seven through 12, will meet on Tuesdays, July 11 and 25, at 3 p.m. On July 11, a book discussion will be held, and on July 25, there will be a poetry slam. Participants will get to keep a copy of the book.

Yoga at the Library will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. and is open to individuals age 16 and older. The class is free and open to all levels. Participants should bring a yoga mat, a yoga strap (or similar item), and either a folded blanket or a small, firm pillow. Free child care will be available for this event.

Play K- Kindergarten Readiness will take place on Wednesdays, July 12, to Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. and is open to children entering kindergarten in the fall. Preschoolers are invited to play and learn the skills needed for kindergarten success.

Adult Coloring, for individuals age 16 and older, will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided.

Teen After Hours - Cardboard Fandom will take place on Friday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. Students in grades seven through 12 will make their cosplay from cardboard. The event will include cosplay, karaoke, snacks, and games. Prizes will be given for the best cosplay.

Kids Creative Theater Workshop will take place from Monday, July 17, to Thursday, July 20, at noon and on Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. The weeklong theater workshop is for children ages 8 to 12 and will teach theater basics, including acting, set design, costume, and make-up. Children must attend every session. On Friday, the participants will perform their play at noon.

Family Movie Night will be held on Wednesday, July 26, at 5 p.m. The event will feature a family-friendly movie.

Crafty Teens will be offered on Thursday, July 27, at 3 p.m. Students in grades seven to 12 are invited to stop by for some teen crafts.

Build a Better Environment with 3 R's: Recycled Craft Fun will take place on Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. Children in kindergarten through grade six will learn what happens to trash when it is thrown away and how to make a better world by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

The Teen Advisory Group will meet on Monday, July 31, 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 gather on July 31 at 7 p.m. Students in grades seven through 12 will talk about books and eat. Attendees should bring along a book they have read recently for discussion.


Volunteer Fair Promotes Community Involvement June 21, 2017

The Oxford Public Library hosted a Volunteer Fair on June 14 for anyone interested in helping fellow community members. Representatives from local agencies of all kinds were on hand and ready to explain how volunteers can help.

Library director Carey Bresler said that the inspiration for the event was the Summer Reading Program theme, "Build a Better World!"

"We were thinking about how we could bring in different organizations and let people know about them," she said. "We know that so many great organizations are looking for volunteers."

Among the organizations on hand were the Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance of Oxford (ACE), Canine Partners for Life, the Eli Seth Matthews Leukemia Foundation Inc., Oxford Arts Alliance, Oxford Area Recreation Authority, Oxford Education Foundation, Oxford Area Historic Association, Oxford Library Company Friends, Oxford Main Street Inc., Neighborhood Services Center, Emergency Management of East and West Nottingham townships, Oxford Region Emergency Management, Oxford SILO, Oxford Women's Club and others.

"The Volunteer Fair is fantastic. You can pick and choose what you want to do," said Oxford Mainstreet Inc. executive director Donna Hosler said. Her organization was looking for volunteers of all kinds. "You can make up your own job (and offer it) - (like) if you think there's something Oxford Mainstreet should be doing," she said.

The groups represented opportunities for potential volunteers with a wide range of interests and skills. For those hoping to help youths with learning, the Oxford Education Foundation (OEF) was a popular match.

"We're ending the year with 104 (volunteers), which is up from the beginning of the year," OEF executive director Raymond Fischer said. "We're going to continue looking for more mentors, more tutors and classroom volunteers as well. There is a need for more tutoring especially in the math areas at the middle school and the high school and the sciences as well."

Visitors at the event also had a chance to learn more about organizations that they may not have previously known about. Group such as SILO, a welcoming and diverse group of friends who come together to Serve, Inspire, and Love Others in the community through monthly meals, home visits and work projects, were introduced to prospective volunteers.

Well-known organizations also need volunteers. "We have a lot of activities going on," said Cheryl Gross from the Oxford Arts Alliance. "There are all kinds of help that are needed."

Nonprofit organizations grow and change with time, and their volunteer needs can change as well. The Oxford Area Historical Association recently opened a new archive building, and with that change comes a need for new volunteers to help catalog material.

"What we need is people who want to come in on a regular basis so we can have consistency of filing. That's our big need. The second thing we need is people who are interested in serving on our board," association board member Ken Woodward said. "We know a lot of people are interested in history."

The Volunteer Fair was also an opportunity for the assorted agencies to interact with each other and make connections for the future. "I think this is a fabulous way to get people aware of what is going on in our community and the tremendous possibilities to reach out and help one another," said Peggy Ann Russell from ACE.

Even the library, which was host to the event, is in need of volunteer support. The Friends of the Oxford Library is seeking help of all kinds, from shelving books to doing a variety of work around the library as needed.

Oxford Public Library is located at 48 S. Second St., Oxford. For more information, readers may call the library at 610-932-9625 or visit or


Library Slates Activities June 20, 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, July 1 and 15, 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.

A Fourth of July celebration and band concert will take place at the library on Tuesday, July 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event, hosted by the Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library, will feature the New Cumberland Town Band performing patriotic marches and show tunes on the lawn at 10:30 a.m. Picnic foods and homemade baked goods will be available for purchase, and the Foundation House will be open for book and vintage jewelry sales from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, July 8, 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.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on July 15 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 "Shopping for Your Nonprofit Group." Participants are encouraged to bring coupons to trade and share. Readers may contact for further details.

The Pennwriters Writing Group will meet on Wednesday, July 26, 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.

Registration for the Summer Reading Program - themed "Build a Better World!" - is open through Friday, July 7. Participants of all ages will explore the world through reading, hands-on learning programs, fun family events, and engaging entertainment. Participants can earn incentives and tickets for a chance to win prizes all summer simply by reading, attending programs, and building a better world in their community. All registrants who complete their goals will receive a free book of their choice. Registration is open for children from birth through age 12 and teenagers ages 12 through 17.

Family Fun Night will be offered on Tuesdays, July 11 and 25 and Aug. 8. A free picnic will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a movie in Foundation Hall at 6:30 p.m. Titles for the movies being shown are available in the library or by calling the Children's Desk at 717-774-7822. Family Fun Night does not require registration.

Thursday Family Entertainment will be held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Foundation Hall. Various entertainers will visit the library to delight the audience.

The Science of Sound will take place on Tuesday, July 18, at 1:30 p.m. In a multimedia presentation, Caryn Lin will literally transform sound through the use of her five-string electric violin and a myriad of modern technology. Through the use of technology, three-dimensional sound waves will become visible.

Fun Fridays at the Library will take place on Fridays, July 7 and Aug. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. Fun Fridays, for children age 3 and older, will be filled with crafts, games, Legos, modeling compound, and more. Participants may drop in for self-directed crafts, games, and activities.

Book Babies Summer Series, designed for babies ages 6 to 23 months with an adult, will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, July 11 to Aug. 1. Registration is requested but not required.

Summer Learning Story Times, for children ages 2 to 6 with an adult, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, July 10 to July 31. Each week will feature a different theme with stories and activities. Registration is requested but not required.

Fairytale Building will be offered at 10:15 a.m. on Fridays, July 7, 21, and 28, to children ages 7 to 10. The program will use classic fairytales as a jumping-off point to explore and experiment with building methods and materials.

Hands-On Science: Astronomy! will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 10 and 11. The program is open to youths ages 9 to 12. Children who complete the entire camp will receive a free book of science activities.

Hands-On Science: Circuits will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 17, and is open to youths ages 9 to 12. Participants will design and build circuits.

Build a Better World: Challenge! will be held on Mondays, July 24 to Aug. 7, from 1 to 2 p.m. for children ages 8 to 12. Participants will engage in advanced building challenges, and each week will feature a different material. In order, the challenges will include Cupcake Challenge, Extreme Lego Challenge, and Minecraft Challenge.

Programs for tweens and teenagers will also be offered. Library After Hours will be held on Fridays, July 7 and 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. A scavenger hunt will be held on July 7, and Dash and Dot Robots will be scheduled on July 21.

Book to Movie Matinee, open to youths ages 11 to 14, will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, July 21 and Aug. 11. Participants should read the book on their own and then come to the library to watch the movie. Attendees will then have a discussion about both. On July 21, participants will read, watch, and discuss "The Book Thief." "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" will be the theme for Aug. 11.

In addition, the work of Patricia Koscienski will be on display in the Charley Krone Gallery in an exhibit titled "After the Masters." Using oils and acrylics, she mimics the works of Carravagio, Henri, Monet, Chardin, and Vermeer. The remainder of the exhibit consists of landscapes and wildlife. An exhibit created by Ten Thousand Villages of Mechanicsburg will showcase a sampling of the products, arts, and crafts available and created by the communities throughout the developing world.

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

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