Month: March 2016

Library shares fundraiser proceeds to benefit tornado-damaged One Room Schools!

The Pequea Valley Public Library held their 5th Annual Lunch/Sandwich fundraiser on March 22.  All funds during past Lunch/Sandwich fundraisers benefited the library; however, this year 10% of the profits will be donated to the one-room schools that were damaged in the tornado in Salisbury Township on February 24th.  The National Weather Service had reported that the 100-mph-wind tornado left a 5-mile path where dozens of buildings were damaged and an Amish schoolhouse was leveled.

Amish help repair roof damage after the tornadoAmish clean up in the aftermath of a storm with high winds Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Narvon, Pa. Crews in central and eastern Pennsylvania are working to restore electricity after strong storms moved across the state and possibly caused some tornadoes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Preparation of the sandwiches and lunches took place at the Leacock PVPL volunteers prepare over 3000 sandwiches for the sale!Presbyterian Church in Paradise.  The Library Board of Directors prepared the sandwiches along with the Paradise Lions Club volunteers.  The Lions Club volunteers delivered the order forms, collected the orders prior to the sale, and delivered the lunches to nearly 100 schools.  This year 3,000 sandwiches were prepared and sold!

One Book, Every Young Child Campaign at Public Libraries!

ONe Book, Every Young Child Logo Lancaster County’s public libraries will participate in the 11th annual One Book, Every Young Child statewide early learning initiative, to highlight both the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, ages 3-6 years and specifically the vital role that adults have fostering that development.  The initiative is a collaborative effort of Pennsylvania public libraries, museums, early childcare centers and other youth-oriented associations in the Commonwealth. This year’s book selection is Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story written and illustrated by Will Hillenbrand.


Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story by Will HillenbrandAbout the 2016 Book Selection: Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story
They’re off! Sam is the best race-car driver in history – he is number one at every race! But when his best friend, Maggie, shows that she has racing talent of her own, Sam doesn’t know how to handle coming in second place. Will he learn what it truly means to be a winner?

Multiple copies of the book will be available for checkout at Lancaster County public libraries and the bookmobile.

During the months of April and May, public libraries around the county will host special “Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story” story time celebrations that will incorporate reading the selected book along with themed-related concepts and activities and other teaching tools to stretch children’s exploration and learning.

Kite Day Story Times/Traveling Trunk Programs @ Public Libraries
Here’s a list of scheduled events celebrating early literacy; libraries may require registration, please contact your local public library for more information.

Tuesday, March 29 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library

Wednesday, April 6 at 10:30 am
Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

Thursday, April 7 at 10:00 am
Manheim Community Library

Tuesday, April 12 at 10:00 am (Toddler) and 11:00 am (Preschool)
Ephrata Public Library

Tuesday, April 12 at 10:30 am
Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Wednesday, April 13 at 11:00 am
Pequea Valley Public Library

Thursday, April 14 at 10:30 am
Salisbury Township Branch Library (Gap)

Friday, April 15 at 10:30 am
Manheim Township Public Library

Tuesday, April 19 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library East – Leola Branch

Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 am
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Thursday, April 21 at 10:15 am
Lancaster Public Library West – Mountville Branch

Thursday, April 21 at 10:30 am
Milanof Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Tuesday, April 26 at 10:30 am
Strasburg-Heisler Library

Wednesday, April 27 at 10:30 am
Strasburg-Heisler Library

Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 pm
Lititz Public Library

Thursday, April 28 at 10:00 am
Lititz Public Library

Friday, April 29 at 9:30 am (Toddler) and 10:15 am (Babygarten)
Strasburg-Heisler Library

Saturday, April 30 at 10:30 am
Quarryville Library

Tuesday, May 3 at 10:00 am (Preschool)
Adamstown Area Library

Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 am (Preschool)
Adamstown Area Library

Thurs., May 5 at 10:30 am (Toddler)
Adamstown Area Library

Monday, May 9 at 10:30 am
Columbia Public Library

For a complete list of Will Hillenbrand’s books, visit

For more information about the One Book, Every Young Child early learning initiative visit:

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“Celebrate Libraries” Gala Event at the Ware Center!

Library CakeThe public is invited to join the Public Libraries in Lancaster County and Sandy Asher, Lancaster County’s Children’s Laureate, at a special gala event that will celebrate libraries!  The event is happening at the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster on Friday April 1 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Atrium on the 3rd floor of the center.  The gala is the culmination of public library visits by Sandy Asher during the months of February and March that resulted in the creation of projects by children and their families that celebrate libraries!  Those creations will also be on display during the event.

Come and meet representatives from the public libraries in Lancaster County and learn about new and exciting resources that will enhance the library experience!   Learn about the Library’s new Mobile App; OverDrive downloadable audiobooks, e-Books; and more!

Guests will also be able to participate in a special Public Library Scavenger Hunt during the event to win a Kindle™.  They will be asked to answer questions like “Which library has a bank vault in the middle of its main floor?” or “Which library is in a town designated as a ‘great place to visit’ by Smithsonian Magazine?”  There will also be a Kids’ Craft activity and a special Minecraft™ demonstration by the Manheim Township Public Library.  Take advantage of this opportunity to find out more about the programs, resources and services at your public library!

Sandy AsherAbout Sandy Asher

Sandy Asher was named Lancaster County’s Children’s Laureate in December 2014 by the Lancaster Literary Guild.  She quickly saw this honor as an opportunity to promote literacy and libraries.  She states, “There was no job description, other than a general charge to promote literacy and creativity among young people, county-wide.  I figured the best way to reach as many of those young people as possible would be through their libraries.  And so the Celebrate Libraries project was born.”  The project is a collaboration between Asher, The Public Libraries of Lancaster County, and staff from the Library System of Lancaster County.  For more information about Sandy Asher and her work, visit  or

Intro to Sailing Offered at the Library!

Sail BoatThe Manheim Township Public Library, at 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, offers a series of four programs entitled, “Introduction to Sailing.”   This course offered on Tuesday evenings, 6:30 – 8:00 PM from March 15 through April 5, is for those who are interested in learning about sailing, those who currently sail and wish to become more comfortable with the language of sailing, and for those who are seriously thinking about taking up the sport of sailing.  It will cover types of sailboats, their characteristics and parts, the language of sailing, running and standing rigging, sails and how they work, useful sailing knots and line handling, rules of the road, basic navigation, weather and how to get started in sailing.

Instructor James Brener is certified by the American Sailing Association in Basic Sailing, Basic Keelboat Sailing, and Bareboat Chartering.  He has sailed extensively on the Potomac River and now sails and overnights all over the Chesapeake Bay.  In addition, Mr. Brener has chartered and sailed in the British Virgin Island several times and also on the San Francisco Bay and Long Island Sound.  He is a member of the Catalina C34 International Association and is a past Fleet Captain of the Fleet 12 Sailing Association on the Chesapeake Bay.

 Registration is required for this free series of classes. Call the Manheim Twp Public Library at 560-6441 or register online at

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Elanco Library Honors Volunteers who helped with flood repairs!

The Eastern Lancaster County Library in New Holland has officially opened after extensive flood damages were repaired thanks to a concerted effort by community volunteers!  A special reception to honor the volunteers that made re-opening possible was held on Friday, March 4 at the Library.  Read about LNP Newspaper Coverage:


Pequea Valley Public Library’s Yummy Fundraiser!

Ham  Cheese Flyer  singleHelp support the Pequea Valley Public Library by purchasing a Ham & Cheese Sandwich or Meal!  Your purchase will help purchase new books and general upkeep for the Intercourse Library and Gap Branch of the PVPL.  $3.00 per Sandwich and $5.00 per Meal.  For more details to place an order call 768-3160 or stop by the library at 13 Center Street, Intercourse, PA 17534!

Milanof-Schock Library to offer Children’s Health Programs

MJY_Connect_LogoThe Milanof–Schock Library, located at 1184 Anderson Ferry Road in Mount Joy, will host two CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Education programs in March. Please call the library or stop by to register for each free program.

St. Joseph's Children's Health

On Thursday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m., families are invited to attend Hank’s Healthy Habits and meet Hank, a champion of healthy choices who loves to visit children to teach them about healthy habits. Hank models good behavior, resilience, and goal-setting, and he teaches young children that they can be health heroes by practicing healthy routines like brushing their teeth, eating healthy foods, washing their hands, exercising, reading, and showing kindness to friends.

Sink Your Teeth into Science on Saturday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. is a program for children in grades 2-5 who will be able to feast on activities that allow them to explore, observe, and test why brushing, flossing, and eating well are healthy habits. Every participant will leave with a bag of tasty treats and a smile on each face. Space is limited to 25 and registration is required.

For more information on these programs and other future events at the library, go to our webpage at All library programs are free, unless stated otherwise and do require pre-registration. You may call 653-1510 or stop by the front desk at the library to register.