Month: May 2016

Lancaster County’s Public Libraries and the Bookmobile will launch this year’s Summer Reading Program!

On Your Mark Set Set Read Slogan_thumbnail

Get In The Game Teen Slogan_thumbnail

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile will be presenting, this year’s Summer Reading Program starting on June 4th. Readers of all ages invited to READ all things related to this year’s theme as local public libraries present “Get on Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” during their summer reading program, while ” Get in the Game…Read” is the teen slogan.   The themes for this year’s program for each of the age groups are: physical health, mind & body health, nutrition, exercise, physical sports, and exercising the brain.  The public libraries will offer special stories, events, music, and hands-on learning centered on these themes and much more!

The countywide reading program begins June 4 and will run until August 13, 2016. Youth may join anytime during this time frame.  The Summer Reading Library program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards & PA Early Learning Standards.

The 2016 countywide Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages. Program components include 4 reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19). 

Last year 37,161youth of all ages participated in the countywide reading program, while the public libraries offered 1,348 programs for youth and their families.

Teens are invited to come to the Library and read for prizes as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer.   Participation of teens in the summer reading program will enhance their literacy and comprehension skills and provide great entertainment.

Educational studies have shown that the summer reading program has positive effects on students in that voluntary reading correlates with high levels of reading achievement, increased comprehension, and prevents a student’s academic ‘summer slide’.

Here are some additional benefits having students enroll in the summer reading program:
* Young children will gain self-confidence and a love for reading, books, and the library
* The groundwork will be laid for children to become lifelong readers and learners
* Entire families will have the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate summer reading events
* Completion of the program will give children a sense of accomplishment and belonging
* Parents and caregivers will gain knowledge about early literacy and learning activities at the library that they can continue at home
* The library may become a community destination for more families during the summer

Nurturing basic literacy skills is one of the goals of PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Research shows that a child’s library use raises his or her fourth grade assessment scores. Help us to spark learning in all of our children this summer by supporting and participating in the Summer Library Program.

Local Sponsor Support

In addition to the Library System’s support, this year’s literacy-minded Summer Reading Program Sponsors include: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn, Bounce Kraze, Cain’s Lanes, The Castle Roller Skating; Clearview Lanes, The Comic Store, Comics and Paperbacks Plus, Dutch Wonderland A Kingdom for Kids!, Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Cupcake,  Lancaster Ice Rink, Laserdome, Leisure Lanes, McDonald’s Restaurants, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines;  Rita’s, Rocky Springs Lanes, Scratch Cupcakes, Sequential Arts Too, Sky Zone Trampoline Park;  Stoudt Advisors, Strasburg Rail Road Company, and Sugar Whipped Cupcakes.

# # #

Library System receives Music for Everyone Grant to fund a Public Library Collection of Ukuleles!

MFE_logo (1)The Library System of Lancaster County on behalf of Lancaster County Public Libraries is pleased to announce that they were awarded grant funds from Music for Everyone to start a special Ukulele Lending Library.  The grant presentation of the ukuleles will take place at Edward Hand Middle School gymnasium (431 S. Ann St. Lancaster, PA) on May 24th from 4:30pm – 6:30 pm. The Ukuleles will be available for lending at the public libraries in Lancaster County.  The libraries will also have extended learning resource materials such as, ukulele “how-to-play” books, DVD’s and songbooks for lending to the public.

The ukulele is a great tool to spark creativity and is easy to learn how to play. Having access to borrow the Ukuleles will give children and adults alike hands-on opportunities to practice positive self-expression and have fun. Research shows that when a child plays a musical instrument their brain has an improved ability to process language and speech sounds. Academically, this phonological awareness makes them better readers and learners.  The benefits for adults are also impressive—studies at Northwestern University found that musical training can benefit adults by offsetting some of the effects of aging by improving brain activity.

Awareness about music and the important role that music has in people’s lives is an important goal of Music for Everyone—it’s also a goal that public libraries can support by promoting this new service.

The grant funding allowed for the purchase of 30 ukuleles. Local libraries will have ukuleles to lend out for public use, while 10 ukuleles will serve as a set for local library programming use and establishing “Youth and Other Age Ukulele Clubs” at the libraries.  Plans are underway for librarians to learn the basics and how to play the ukulele so they may transfer the knowledge to patrons.

# # #

Jeopardy! Champion, Brad Rutter funds additions to Public Libraries’ E-Book collection!

Brad_Rutter_2015Public Library E-Book fans have something to celebrate thanks to Brad Rutter, all-time Jeopardy Champion! The former Lancaster County native has been contributing funds for the past six years through his Lancaster County Community Foundation donor-designated fund to benefit the Public Libraries in Lancaster County. The only stipulation by Rutter is that the funds he donates be used to support technology-based services that will benefit a broader audience of library users throughout the county.

Public Library Directors expressed a need to enhance the existing E-Book selections available for public download on any of the public library websites.   Circulation statistics from 2012 – 2015 indicate a significant rise in usage that point to the popularity of downloadable e-Books. In 2012 and 2014 Rutter’s donations were also used for the purchase of E-Books.   E-Books are available for downloading online by users who have a Lancaster County Public Library card. To access the OverDrive platform that also includes audiobooks, visit:


In 2013, Rutter’s funds were used to develop the Lancaster County Libraries Mobil App — another popular resource for library users to access the online catalog and other electronic resources from their iPhones and other mobile devices.

Brad Rutter’s story…

Brad Rutter is a Lancaster County PA native and long-time public library user who earned the distinction as All-time Jeopardy! Champion in 2005. He credits his record-breaking success on Jeopardy! to a passion for reading that started with his early visits to the public library. It is no surprise that Brad decided to name public libraries in his hometown as beneficiaries of his success. In 2005 Brad set up a donor-designated fund with the Lancaster County Community Foundation. His intention was to have the fund support public libraries in the purchase of technology that would enhance library services countywide. Rutter who is passionate about libraries sees the funding of library services as a way to give back to the community that will benefit readers and library users, “I am proud to have the benefit of ever-changing, improving technology to assist readers of all ages at the libraries.” He foresees technology programs as keeping libraries on the cutting edges as essential community resources. About his generosity to public libraries, he states, “I want to experience the impact of my giving now, while I’m young and while I can see the results.”

About the Library System of Lancaster County

The Library System of Lancaster County is a federated system with 14 member libraries, three branches and a bookmobile, which serves 519,462 residents. Established in April 1987 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Library System provides well-coordinated countywide services and cooperative programs to assist member libraries in meeting the diverse needs of its community residents. The mission of the Library System of Lancaster County is to bring together all 14 member public libraries to plan and create a cost-effective network of technology, facilities and resources to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of all residents of Lancaster County.  The Library System ensures that a network of support services is provided to all public libraries in the county.

# # #



Columbia Public Library partners with Columbia Borough Police offer programs during National Police Week!

Columbia Borough Officers Ed Mann (left) and Sergeant Adam Miller
Columbia Borough Officers Ed Mann (left) and Sergeant Adam Miller

The Columbia Public Library will be hosting officers from the Columbia Borough Police Department on Thursday, May 19, at 1:00 pm, in celebration of National Police Week 2016.  First, fourth, and fifth grade students from Our Lady of the Angels School will be participating.  The program will be held in the Locust Street Park Gazebo (weather permitting), along with the grassy area outside the library where police vehicles will be displayed.

Students will be grouped by class and rotate to three stations: 1) Story sharing area: Officers will read stories aloud to children; 2) A “Show and Tell” equipment demonstrations by Officers (radios, collapsible batons, handcuffs and Taser). Children may also have the chance to try on a police Kevlar vest; 3) Opportunity to see and sit inside police cars.

Children explore the inside of Columbia Police Car
Children explore the inside of Columbia Police Car

Note: None of the items will be handled by the children or put to use by officers.

The library’s collaboration with the police began in 2008 when Library Director, Lisa Greybill befriended Officer Ed Mann. Officer Mann was K9 officer at that time and offered to bring his dog Max for a summer program for the children.  This was an instant success and the program has grown over the years to feature not only the summer visit, but a visit during National Police Week, which falls the third week of May.  Many officers have told Greybill they look forward to coming to the program and interacting with the children.  Officer Mann continues to attend even though Max has since passed away.

The police will also present a program for adults. Police chief Jack Brommer has shared in the past both the history of the department and the problems and possible solutions of the heroin epidemic that is sweeping the county.  This year’s program is expected to be a continuation of the “Battle on Heroin” series, as this is a serious county-wide problem.

For more information, contact Greybill at 684-2255 or email

# # #

May 7th is Comic Book Day @ local public libraries in Lancaster County!

The Comic StoreLancaster County’s Public libraries will have comic books to give away on Saturday, May 7th compliments of The Comic Store in Lancaster, which is also hosting a day of FREE comic books at their McGovern Avenue location!  Thanks to Joe Miller, owner of The Comic Store, teens and tweens at public libraries in Lancaster County have received free comic books since 2005.  This year, The Comic Store will be selling 50 cent comics all day long to raise funds for the Graphic Novel collections in the Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile!   Last year $1,000 was raised for the Graphic Novel Collections.

Ed Miller, Special Services Manager in charge of Bookmobile services countywide is very enthusiastic about this year’s Comic Book Day promotion. He sees the value that graphic novels hold for teens, “For some of the teenagers that we see, graphic novels are the only literature that they will look at.  And, yes, comic books can be serious literature. We are extremely grateful for the assistance that Joe Miller gives to support library outreach to teens!”

In addition to The Comic Store, Comics and Paperbacks Plus in Ephrata and Sequential Arts in Elizabethtown will also offer free comic books, although quantities are limited.  All three comic stores are Summer Reading Sponsors.

Comic books are an original American art form, fun to read, with diverse story lines that capture the imagination. Teens and “tweens’ are encouraged to visit their local public library on May 7th and also to visit The Comic Store to take advantage of this incentive!

# # #

Adamstown Library Friends donate $100,000 for New Library Building Project!

Adamstown Library Friends Present $100,000 for new building project

LEFT TO RIGHT:  Joan Reinecker (Vice President), Margaret Harting (President), Ronnie Heston,
Ann Roseboro, Jane Lesher, Pat Acebo, Joni Hoppel, Carol Lewis, & Darlene Prutzman

Excitement is running high in the five municipalities that are served by the Adamstown Area Library.  A long awaited move to a new facility will become a reality.  An open house was held at the former Adamstown VFW at 110 West Main Street, Adamstown, which is slated to be the library’s new home in 2017.  The Friends presented a check for $100,000.00 to launch the capital campaign at the special event.

Residents of Adamstown & Denver Boroughs, and Brecknock, East & West Cocalico Townships, got a glimpse of the plans for their new facility at the open house. They also learned of the extensive repairs needed to be done before the move is possible. Through the hard work, frugality and optimism the Friends of the Adamstown Area Library have prepared for this occasion by saving for the day when a move to a new facility would actually take place. The Friends have been raising funds for the library for many years through their diverse fundraisers. The profits from their events help sponsor programs, purchase books, CD’s, DVD’s, etc. and contribute to the ongoing needs of the library. The successful events have the support of the residents and businesses who contribute in various ways to these fundraisers and also benefit from them.  The Friends donation is in keeping with their goals to support the library and to make a worthwhile learning facility even better. That’s what Friends are for!

# # #