Month: April 2016

Library to Host Program About Sexual Assault Awareness on College Campuses

MJY_Connect_LogoThe Milanof-Schock Library will host a program about Sexual Assault Awareness on College Campuses on Tuesday, May 17 at 6:00 p.m. The Hunting Ground, a 60-minute documentary about the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses in the US, will be shown with a Q&A discussion afterward, led by an experienced panel. Encouraged to attend this important program is any student – male or female – who plans to attend college or any parent of a college-bound child or of a current college student. The program will be co-sponsored by Penn State Harrisburg.

 Presenting the program will be Dale Boyer and Danielle Harvey. Boyer, a longtime resident of the Mount Joy area, is the assistant director of Campus Security at Elizabethtown College who is trained in and certified to teach RAD (Rape Aggression Defense), the largest women’s self-defense program with instructors all across the US, Canada and several countries abroad. As a Campus Security Officer, husband and father, Boyer is passionate about the subject of sexual assault and its prevention.

Harvey is an adult counselor at the YWCA Lancaster Sexual Assault Prevention and Counseling Center, the designated rape crisis center for Lancaster County. She has counseled for the YWCA for 2 years and spent an additional year as a hotline volunteer and medical advocate.

While the topic is a very difficult one to think about, it is an extremely important one to talk about. According to a 2015 Huffington Post article and a study published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health, nearly one in five college women were victims of rape or attempted rape during their freshmen year, with the most falling prey during their first three months on campus, according to a new study. Last September, CNN published that, out of 150,000 student surveyed at 27 universities, 23% of female college students reported some form of unwanted sexual contact.

According to The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) at, 90% of acquaintance rape and sexual assault on college campuses involves the use of alcohol by the assailant, victim, or both.

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Adamstown Area Library to hold a VFW “Before the Renovation” Kick-Off Party!

Adamstown Area Library officials are pleased to announce a special “Before the Renovation” Kick-Off Party that will be held at the VFW Building on 110 East Main Street, Adamstown on Friday, April 29th from 3:00 – 7:00 pm. The event, which is free and open to the public, will celebrate acquiring the VFW Building and its 7,500 square feet space as the future library facility. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the new space before the renovation begins and find out more about how the community can contribute to make this exciting announcement a reality. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this project from the beginning!

In addition, and with our gratitude, the Friends of the Adamstown Area Library will be presenting the library with a check for $100,000 at 4:30 PM as their donation to support the costs needed to begin renovation.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and delicious treats will be served compliments of Heck Construction. Lee Olsen (CEO) of Olsen Design Group Architects and his team will be on hand to answer any construction/project/design related questions.

The building is located at 110 West Main Street in Adamstown (next to the Post Office).

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Public Libraries honor staff, trustees and volunteers with special Service Awards!

Public Libraries in Lancaster County honored staff, trustees and volunteers who have provided outstanding service to their public library during their 2016 Annual Meeting at the Manheim Township Public Library.  Library officials, public library directors, board members and interested citizens were in attendance.  The Annual Meeting is held in April each year as it marks the installation of Officers who serve on the Library System’s Board of Directors.  The annual event is also an opportunity to honor those who have exemplified excellence in serving their community’s library — either as staff, trustees or volunteers.

The following people were honored at the event:

Service Award Recipients ~ 2016 

  • Staff member, Samuel Franklin Edmond – presented by Lisa Greybill, Director, Columbia Public Library
  • Staff member, Maribeth McMullen – presented by Cheri Crow, Director, Quarryville Public Library
  • Staff member, Becky Hynicka – presented by Ed Miller, Bookmobile
  • Board of Trustees Treasurer, Mike Ireland – presented by Heather Smith, Director, New Holland Library
  • Youth Services Manager, Mary Anne Stanley – presented by Adrienne Miller, Board President, Manheim Township Library
  • Volunteer Arlan Landis – presented by Sharon Heaney, Lead Circulation Assistant, Adamstown Area Library
  • Board President (2014 & 2015), Kim Beach – presented by Barbara J. Basile, Director, Milanof-Schock Library
  • Volunteer Kambriea Lassak – presented by Margie Perella, Director, Pequea Valley Library
  • Board of Trustees Treasurer, Barb Horst – presented by Connie Kelly, Circulation Desk Manager, Manheim Community Library
  • George Dillio – Ephrata Public Library Board President
  • Karen Haley Fields – LPL Board Treasurer – presented by Heather Sharpe

Special Service Award Recipient

A special Service Award was presented to Terry L. Kauffman, Library Trustee of the Library System of Lancaster County who is stepping down as a member of the Board.

Terry Kauffman has been committed to public service in Lancaster County for more than two decades. He has served on Planning Commission task forces and on a myriad of other organizations throughout the community. He also served as a Lancaster County Commissioner from 1991-1999.   Kauffman also possesses a broad knowledge of how Lancaster County operates and along with his extensive service as a volunteer throughout the Lancaster non-profit community; he has proven to be an effective leader for libraries.

The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners appointed him to serve on the Library System’s Board of Directors from 2000- 2003 and again in 2011, a post that he held until this month when he stepped down from serving on the Board. He has offered a rich historical perspective on how public libraries have evolved during the past 30 years. He is one of the Library System’s most valuable human assets.

He also served on the Lancaster County Public Library Task Force (2009 – 2010) that was formed to assess the state of library services in the county. His extensive knowledge of libraries in the county coupled with his commitment to keep the public libraries viable has been noteworthy. Kauffman is currently Vice President of Business Development for the ARRO Group.

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Library System to Hold Annual Meeting

Leadership for Economic and Community Development will be the topic for the Library System’s Annual Meeting!

The Library System of Lancaster County is pleased to announce that they will hold their Annual Meeting at the Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Road, Lancaster on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00 pm, while the program will begin at 7:00 pm.  The program topic will be “Leadership for Economic & Community Development” that will be presented by Douglas Knight. The event is free and open to the public.

About the Program

Our communities must adapt to a new economy. With current economic challenges the role of the nonprofit sector is amplified to a greater level.  For success to grow, leaders must as well.  This presentation will address the role of leaders in this environment and how finding your WHY as an organization is now more important than ever before. ‎ This requires innovative leadership and is essential to the viability of today’s non-profit organizations.

About the Program Presenter…

Upon Anne Gingrich’s (Executive Director of PANO) recommendation we were able to procure Douglas Knight as our program speaker.  He is a coach and consultant who works with non-profits, government leaders, and education institutions who are seeking a better way to connect to their communities’ assets and resources.  He has presented at conferences, seminars and workshops all across the country.

Program Schedule

  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration & Refreshments
  • 6:30pm – Regular & Business Meeting
  • 7:00 pm – Award Presentations & Program

The Annual Business meeting starts at 6:30 pm and the Special Program & Awards Presentation begins at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public, so anyone interested in the future of Lancaster County’s public libraries is invited to attend.

The Annual Meeting is also the occasion when Library Staff, Trustees and Volunteers are recognized. This year individual public libraries will present Service Awards to honor those who have provided outstanding library services in their communities.

Election and Installation of Board Members

The Library System Board slate of officers for 2016 will also be voted upon at the business meeting portion of the event. 2016 board members include Diane Tannehill, Brandon Danz, Andre Fouchet, Christina Diehl, Russell H. Miller, and two new board members, Rich Frerichs and G. Kenneth Kohlmaier.

New Board Members

Rich Frerichs – Dr. Richard Frerichs is a Millersville University professor emeritus, the 2014 President of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, and a past-president of the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit board. In addition to his seat on the Library System of Lancaster County board, he is a member of the Penn Manor School District Board of Directors, the Council of Trustees of Millersville University, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association board, the Lancaster-Lebanon Literacy Council board, and is chair of the Pennsylvania Public Education Foundation.   He is the recipient of numerous awards recognizing his achievements in the areas of education, board service, fundraising, and volunteerism.

Kenneth Kohlmaier is a private wealth advisor and franchise owner of The Kohlmaier Muscalus Group. He has worked as a Certified Financial Planner for over 33 years with a specialty focus on retirement planning, estate planning, investment planning and tax planning strategies. He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where he earned dual degrees in Government and Psychology and also has a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University in Washington, D.C.   He is also a member of the Washington D.C. Bar.   He has served his clients and community by providing wealth management services to help people achieve their goals and aspirations in a thoughtful and prudent manner.  His professional affiliations are with Financial Planning Association and The Million Dollar Round Table. He received the Ameriprise Diamond Ring Club Award in 1993 and was inducted in the Ameriprise Hall of Fame in 2008.

Special recognition will also be given to the 10-year support of the following Summer Reading Sponsors: The Strasburg Railroad; Rita’s Italian Ice; and Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches. The North Museum of Nature and Science and 1719 Hans Herr House Museum will be recognized for their participation in the Family Museum Pass program.   The North Museum of Nature and Science has been participating for the past 10 years; while the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum will mark their 5-year partnership.

Joe Miller, owner of The Comic Store in Lancaster will also be recognized for raising funds to support Local Libraries and the Bookmobile Graphic Novel Collections during his annual Free Comic Book Day that takes place on the first Saturday in May.

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