Month: February 2016

Author Luncheon Tickets SOLD OUT! ‘Speaker Only’ Tickets available!

Anna Quinlin pictureAnna Quindlen is coming to Lancaster County! 

Update Luncheon Tickets are now SOLD OUT, however, we do have ‘Speaker Only” Tickets available for $25.00.   Speaker Only ticket holders may also use their tickets as coupon for a 10% discount on the purchase of Anna Quindlen’s new book, Millers Valley at the event. 

Contact Cathy Doremus at 717-627-3772 or email at to purchase “Speaker Only’ tickets.  Checks should be made payable to The Council of Friends.

This award-winning author will appear at the 2016 Spring Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:00 noon at the Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA.   Her appearance coincides with the April 5th release of her latest book, Miller’s Valley.  The Council of Friends of Public Libraries, Aaron’s Books and the Library System of Lancaster County will host the luncheon, which is a fundraising event for public libraries in Lancaster County.  Tickets are still only $45 and that includes lunch and a free hardback copy of Anna’s new book!

For more information about Anna Quindlen, visit

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Green Eggs and Ham Fundraiser @ Mount Joy Library!

The Milanof–Schock Library, located at 1184 Anderson Ferry Road in Mount Joy, will hold its annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, March 5 at 9:30 a.m.   This year’s special guest reader of Dr. Suess’s Green Eggs and Ham will be Officer Ney, the Resource Officer with Donegal’s Junior High and High Schools. The Cat-in-the-Hat will mingle with guests, read a story and will be on-hand for fun photo opportunities.

Green eggs and ham will be served for breakfast, or regular eggs and ham for finicky eaters. An assortment of beverages and sweet sides will also be provided.  Tickets for the event are on sale at the Library’s Circulation Desk: $4 for kids ages 2-12 and $7 for anyone 13 and older. This event is co-sponsored by the Norlanco-Rheems Kiwanis with additional service provided by the Donegal High School Key Club.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Milanof-Schock Library.

Living History Civil War Program

Retired US Marine Gunnery Sgt. Kenneth J. Serfass will perform a living history Civil War program as a General Ulysses S. Grant impressionist on Wednesday, February 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy!

Serfass has been appearing as the general since 2009, and shares “…portraying US Grant and telling his story is very inspirational for generating more of an interest in our history.” He will present this program in character and will speak from Grant’s perspective, discussing several highlights of Grant’s career, including his close relationship with Abraham Lincoln.

This program will be free to the public thanks to a donation made by Buch Funeral Homes.  Seating will be limited, so make sure to call the Library at 653-1510 or stop by the library at 1184 Anderson Ferry Road to pre-register.

Murder Mystery Dinner at Mt. Hope Mansion

It’s Murder at Mt. Hope Mansion! Join the Manheim Community Library for a benefit performance of a politically themed murder mystery dinner, February 28, 2016, dinner at 5:00 pm with a cash bar opening at 4:00 pm. You will not want to miss this gripping show during this politically charged election year!

Tickets for this event must be pre-purchased from the Library or at Divine Consign on the Manheim Square or Longenecker’s True Value Hardware at the Manheim Plaza. Tickets cost $45 and include dinner and an interactive entertainment experience. Payments should be made out to Manheim Community Library.  Contact the Manheim Community Library, 717-665-6700 for more information, or visit our website

Milanof-Schock Library Welcomes New Staff

The Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy is pleased to welcome Barbara Basile as its new Executive Director. Basile was the Director of the Manheim Community Library for the last 10 years, and prior to her time there, she held positions at several nonprofits, two of which were libraries – Carthage Free Library in New York and the Hummelstown Branch in Dauphin County. Coming to us with a wide range of leadership skills, Barbara will be a benefit to the Milanof-Schock Library as it moves forward under new leadership.

The Library also hired Melody Nissley as their new Youth Librarian. Several years ago, she started her public service career as a Youth Librarian at the Lancaster Public Library.  She has a teaching degree and certification in elementary education and a master’s degree in Library Science and certification as a Library Media Specialist working in urban school districts.  Nissley’s hope is to bring a variety of innovative programming that encompasses all members of the family, with a focus on preschoolers and their kindergarten readiness, as well as expanding programming for teens.  “Equally important to this position,” she says, “is to embrace our increasingly diverse community with thoughtful, intentional programming that meets the needs of the larger community.”