Month: August 2016

9/11 Remembered: A Fifteenth Anniversary Ceremony

On Saturday, September 10th, the Milanof-Shock Library and Mayor Tim Bradley will host an event entitled 9/11 Remembered: A Fifteenth Anniversary. The ceremony will be held at the Milanof-Schock Library located at 1184 Anderson Ferry Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552.  Proceedings will begin promptly at 1 p.m., and we are requesting that all guests arrive by 12:50 p.m.

This ceremony will honor those men and women who have sacrificed their lives and those who continue to bear the scars of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Additionally, it will honor those who have served or continue to serve in the fight against terrorism through their military service or through their service in public safety. Along with a flag ceremony and special music, featured speakers will include former New York Fire Department firefighter Jim Murphy, who was present during the events at Ground Zero, and former army officer Sen. Ryan Aument who served in a combat role in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Special guests will include local emergency responders and veterans’ organizations.

The ceremony will last approximately an hour in length and will be held rain or shine. Provided seating will be limited so please bring lawn chairs. If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact the Milanof-Schock Library at (717) 653-1510.

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Author Lois Kathryn Herr to Visit Milanof-Schock Library!

Lois Kathryn Herr

On Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m., the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will host local author Lois Kathryn Herr who will talk about her book “Dear Woman of My Dreams.” Please visit the Library’s website to register for this program or call 653-1510.

Herr has released the first in a new book series in which she gives voice to three generations of women and the struggles and successes that shaped them. An eye-opening portrait of the journey of the modern woman, “Dear Woman of My Dreams” is real-life fiction, creatively rendered and based on extensive family archives which include letters, journals, pictures and other memorabilia.

Dear Woman of My Dreams bookcoverThis book is the first in a series of stories that chart the experiences of the women in Herr’s family. With photographs and diary entries, the book follows the author’s mother, Kathryn Nisley Herr, and her experiences as a young woman in 1923. This coming-of-age story is told in Kathryn’s own words as she goes about her daily life at Lebanon Valley College with her friends and with her mother and grandmother at home in Harrisburg as well as on a cross-country train trip. She writes to the woman that she sees as herself in later years, and the book closes with a brief chapter based on letters and the diary Kathryn wrote when she was 100 years old.

People in the area will know Kathryn from her adult years in Elizabethtown – teaching at the Elizabethtown High School and Elizabethtown College, serving as president of the Elizabeth Hughes Society, and partnering with her husband Ira in growing the Elizabethtown Public Library. Active in her church (the Evangelical United Brethren, later St. Paul’s Methodist), she established their church library.

For more information about the author, visit

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Dr. Amanda Kemp – Author, Advocate, Professor and Poet – to speak about Racial Justice

Say the wrong thing amanda kemp sm photoDr. Amanda Kemp —advocate, author, professor, and poet-performer— will present a timely and relevant mini-workshop and dramatic reading from her book “Say the Wrong Thing,” a searing and tender commentary about life within her interracial family. The event is happening at the Lancaster Public Library on Thursday, September 8th at 6:00 pm.  Dr. Kemp will share insight and strategies for creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community.

A survivor of New YorSay The Wrong Thing Bookcoverk City’s foster care system, Amanda Kemp grew up in poverty in a predominantly African American and Latino neighborhood and went on to earn a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. A life-long advocate of racial justice and equality, Dr. Kemp has taught at Cornell University, Dickinson College, Millersville University, the University of the Arts, and Franklin & Marshall College where she chaired Africana Studies.

Seating is limited so sign up today!

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Ukuleles are now ready for check-out at your public library!

MFE_logo (1)Good News!  Ukuleles are now available for lending at the public libraries in Lancaster County!  The libraries also have extended learning resource materials such as, ukulele “how-to-play” books, DVD’s and songbooks for lending to the public.   The addition of the special Ukulele Lending at our public libraries was made possible by grant funds from Music for Everyone.

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.

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Meet Manheim Community Library’s New Director!

Melissa_Foltz_picThe Board of the Manheim Community Library appointed Melissa Foltz as their new library director in May.  She brings with her a wealth of library experience as well as enthusiasm for her new position.

Foltz is very excited to return to the public library scene and welcomes input from the community, “I invite the Manheim community to visit the library and discuss ideas on what they would like to see in their library!”

Her background in libraries is impressive.  Her past experiences include serving as the Acquisition and Budget Specialist at Penn State Dickinson Law (2014-2016).   She was also the Branch Manager at Boonsboro Free Library (2011-2014), a branch of the Washington County Free Library.  As an active member of the Pennsylvania Library Association, she is the Membership Chair of the South Central Chapter, serving on the PA Forward Star Library Program Committee and Chair of the Pa Forward Civic and Social Literacy Committee. In June 2016, she attended PALS (PaLA Academy for Leadership Studies) for Directors.

Foltz received a BSBA from Shippensburg University and a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Stop by the Manheim Community Library to welcome Melissa as their new leader!

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The Council of Friends and Aaron’s Books to host best-selling mystery writer, Susan Elia MacNeal!

Susan Elia Macneal_croppedThe Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries and Aaron’s Books are pleased to announce that Susan Elia MacNeal will be visiting Lancaster County on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30 pm the Bent Creek Country Club at 640 Bent Creek Drive, Lititz, PA for an evening author appearance.  The event is a fundraiser for Lancaster County Public Libraries.  MacNeal is the author of The New York Times– and USA Today-bestselling Maggie Hope mystery series, starting with the Edgar Award-nominated and Barry Award-winning Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.   Tickets are $25 and include author presentation and refreshments.  Tickets may be purchased at Aaron’s Books, 35 East Main St, Lititz or by going online at    Ticket order forms are also available at all local public libraries.

Click here to download Ticket Order Form

Queen coverThe event is in celebration of the release of the SIXTH book in the Maggie Hope Series. The Queen’s Accomplice is her most captivating story to date in her award-winning series. Blending thoroughly researched WWII historical facts with one-of-kind storytelling and a resourceful, daring heroine, The Queen’s Accomplice is an unforgettable read.

England, 1942. Great Britain and the U.S. have joined forces to fight the Nazis. The relentless Blitz may have paused, but London’s nightly blackouts continue. Under the cover of darkness, a madman is killing young women in eerie and exact re-creations of Jack the Ripper’s crimes. What’s more, he’s targeting women about to serve as Winston Churchill’s spies and saboteurs abroad. The officers at MI-5 quickly realize they need the help of special agent Maggie Hope to find the killer dubbed “the Blackout Beast.” A trap is set. But once the murderer has his sights on Maggie, not even Buckingham Palace can protect the resourceful spy from her fate.

The Maggie Hope novels have been nominated for the ITW Thriller Award, the Dilys Award, the Sue Federer Historical Fiction Award, and the Bruce Alexander Historical Fiction Award. A former book and magazine editor whose first job was assistant to novelist John Irving, Susan graduated cum laude and with departmental honors from Wellesley College, cross-registered for courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard University.

About the author…

SUSAN MACNEAL is the Barry Award–winning and Edgar, ITW Thriller, Dilys, Agatha, Macavity, and Lefty Award–nominated author of the New York Times bestselling Maggie Hope mysteries, including Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, His Majesty’s Hope, The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent, and Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and child.

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