Month: November 2016

Rose Under Fire Tops 2017 One Book Votes!

rose-under-fire-with-shadowRepresentatives from libraries in Berks, Dauphin, Lebanon, Lancaster, Perry and York Counties are pleased to announce the selection of Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein as the 2017 One Book, One Community selection.  The selection was made by the public vote.

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein is the unforgettable story of Rose Justice, a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War, is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival. Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, has ties to Central Pennsylvania.

This year, more than eighty public libraries in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties, five Harrisburg Area Community College campus libraries, and a variety of new and returning community partners are collaborating to focus on this year’s title.  Reading will begin on January 2, 2017 with free book discussions and related events at libraries, colleges and partner book stores held throughout the winter and early spring.

As part of the One Book, One Community campaign —now in its 13th year— organizers continued with the public voting process.  They have been pleased with the steady increase in community involvement, which is a clear indication that the public prefers having input for the title they would like to read and discuss. The public was asked to help choose a book from a narrowed-down list of titles that they would like to read and discuss with the community.

The public vote took place during the entire month of August 2016. There were five titles chosen by the Book Selection Committee on this year’s voting ballot. In addition to Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, the following titles were also on the ballot:  A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman; Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Dicks; Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard; and Midnight in Siberia: A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia by David Green.

Campaign organizers encourage residents of the six-county region to read the book during January in preparation to attend free programs and discussions that will be held at public libraries during February, which is designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month. Plans for a “Readers’ Celebration” are underway.  This event honors the readers in our regional community for their participation in the campaign!  Check the One Book website: for more information.

Libraries in the six counties will stock copies of the book that can be borrowed free of charge in January 2017.  Program schedules for book discussion groups, expert lectures and other innovative activities will be published in the February 2017 issue of ShowcaseNow! Magazine and will be available at all participating public libraries and throughout the community.  Books will also be available for purchase at local Giant Food Stores, Weis Markets, and Wegmans stores as well as Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Books-A-Million and at local booksellers.

This information may also be accessed online at Nearly all the programming is free of charge.

About the Book

Rose Under Fire is a must read novel regardless of your genre preference!  Rose Justice is an eighteen-year-old pilot who hails from Central Pennsylvania.  She volunteers to serve in the Air Transport Auxiliary during World War II.  In a brave attempt to ram a “flying bomb” mid-air, her plane crosses into enemy territory.  Rose is captured and sent to Ravensbrück, a concentration camp.  She meets women with deeply tragic yet heroic stories struggling to survive at the camp.  They band together and protect one another from their German captors.  Elizabeth Wein does not shy away from the atrocities committed during the war as she tells an endearing story of friendship, loyalty and self-sacrifice.

eliz_wein_picAbout the Author

Elizabeth has been writing since she was a child living in Jamaica with her parents.  When her parents separated, Elizabeth and her younger brother and sister ended up back in the USA living with their mother Carol Flocken in Harrisburg, PA, where Carol’s parents were. When Carol died in a car accident in 1978, Carol’s parents took the children in and raised them. In the years immediately following her mother’s death, books were Elizabeth’s lifeline, particularly fantasy. Inspired by JRR Tolkien, Alan Garner and Ursula K LeGuin.   Elizabeth went to Yale University, spent a work-study year back in England, and then spent seven years getting a PhD in Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she held a Javits Fellowship. While in Philadelphia she learned to ring church bells in the English style known as “change ringing”, and in 1991 she met her future husband there at a bell ringers’ dinner-dance. Tim is English, and in 1995 Elizabeth moved to England with him, and then to Scotland in 2000.  It was Tim’s enthusiasm for small planes that inspired Elizabeth to learn to fly.

Achieving her private pilot’s license inspired Elizabeth to take her more recent novels in a new direction.  Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire are set in World War II and focus on the role of female pilots during the war. Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire received widespread critical acclaim, with Code Name Verity becoming a New York Times Bestseller in young adult fiction.  Most of Elizabeth’s flying has been in eastern Scotland, where she has now lived for over fifteen years. She wrote all but one of her novels since moving to Scotland. Elizabeth also writes short stories. She and Tim have two children.

To find out more details about the interesting life of Elizabeth Wein, visit:

To learn about how the books on the Public Vote Ballot are selected, visit

“We were thrilled to learn that Elizabeth Wein’s book was chosen given her ties to Central Pennsylvania.  She is a superb storyteller who through the voice of Rose Justice was able to integrate her own skills as a pilot with her flair for research of the World War II period.  Readers will remember Rose and the indomitable group of women who shape the story long after the last page is read.” said Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, community relations manager for the Library System of Lancaster County.

Major sponsors of One Book, One Community are WGAL TV 8, Isaac’s Restaurant and Deli, ShowcaseNow, The Fowler Family Foundation, Hudson News Company, and Giant Food Stores.  Additionally, Library Trustees and Friends Groups from the region’s public libraries have contributed to this initiative.  Glatfelter provided copies of this year’s book for outreach purposes throughout the six counties.

For more information an updates about the Campaign, go to:

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Adriana Trigiani Best-Selling NYT Author – 2017 Author Luncheon Speaker!

NOTICE:  Tickets for luncheon spots are SOLD OUT!  However, we now have General Admission Tickets for sale.  The cost of General Admission tickets is $35, which includes hearing the author presentation AND a reserved copy of Kiss Carlo and the author presentation.  Contact Sue Newswanger at 717-354-8016 or email at to purchase tickets.  Checks should be made payable to The Council of Friends.

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Adriana Trigiani is coming to Lancaster County!  The award-winning author will appear at the 2017 Spring Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA.   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.  “Trigiani’s appearance is generating much excitement among readers who look forward to hearing about her upcoming book, Kiss Carlo.” says Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, public relations manager for the Library System and committee member on The Council of Friends.

About the Author
Adriana Trigiani, Italian American best-selling author, is beloved by millions of readers around the world for fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table and All the Stars in the Heavens, an epic tale from the golden age of Hollywood. She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, based on her debut novel and filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

About Adriana’s upcoming book, Kiss Carlo
Adriana Trigiani explores the vibrant, complex Italian-American experience in this dazzling novel that brings to life the golden years of post-war America—a celebration of ambition, risk, love, reinvention and one remarkable family with a secret. It’s 1949 in south Philadelphia. Diligent, hard-working and proud, the Palazzinis have built a solid life for themselves and their three sons. Now that World War II is over, their sons, each one a decorated veteran, have returned home to the family cab company, to rejoin their world as it was before they left.  A captivating, multilayered novel about the power of family secrets, the triumph of true love over grief, and the courage to risk everything for the American dream, Italian style.

To learn more about Adriana Trigiani, visit her website:

Tickets for luncheon spots are SOLD OUT!  However, we now have General Admission Tickets for sale.  The cost of General Admission tickets is $35, which includes hearing the author presentation AND a reserved copy of Kiss Carlo and the author presentation.  Contact Sue Newswanger at 717-354-8016 or email at to purchase tickets.  Checks should be made payable to The Council of Friends.

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Mitten Trees at Public Libraries are ready for your donations!


Public Libraries throughout Lancaster County will hold their 17th annual Mitten Tree Campaign beginning on Monday, November 21.  Librarians from the county’s public libraries, in the spirit of holiday giving, will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, earmuffs and umbrellas that will benefit children & families served by Lancaster County Children & Youth Services.   The public libraries in Lancaster County will participate in this year’s project.  Items will also be collected on the Bookmobile. Donations may be made from Monday, November 21 – Friday, December 16, 2016.

The Mitten Tree project has been hugely successful during the past sixteen years.  Last year the project netted nearly 5,000 donations.  Lancaster County’s Children and Youth Social Service Agency will oversee a portion of the distribution to children throughout the county, while most of the items will be given to churches and service agencies in local library communities.

Children & Youth Director of Quality Assurance, Amy M. Campbell, said of the project, “The Mitten Tree Project is an invaluable resource for the families of Lancaster County.  We are so fortunate to reside in such a generous community.  The donated hats, gloves and scarfs provide warmth and protection for some of our most neediest of families.”

Lancaster County’s Children and Youth Social Service Agency serves over 4,000 children throughout Lancaster County.  Individuals interested in participating should bring new, unwrapped mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, umbrellas and earmuffs to any of the public library locations during their hours of operation.  Visit this link to find out your library’s hours of operation: local public library.

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Tomorrow is the BIG Extra Give Day!

Extraordinary Give! Day of Giving ~ November 18, 2016It’s Extra Give time once again!

Join in this special day of GIVING to support Your Local Public Library or the Bookmobile!

Visit  and look up your Local Public Library or the Bookmobile on the Leaderboard to make your donation.

The Bookmobile will be at The Comic Store, 28 McGovern Ave, Lancaster, PA 17602 on Friday from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.
Join us and get FREE comics and graphic novels!

You can donate anytime starting on November 18 from 12:00 midnight to 11:59:59 PM EST.

Be EXTRAORDINARY this year with your support for
Public Libraries and the Bookmobile!

The Bookmobile will be at The Comic Store for an Extra Give Event!

Extraordinary Give! Day of Giving ~ November 18, 2016

November 18th is the big County-wide Extra Give promotion!

The Library System of Lancaster County is featuring the Bookmobile at
The Comic Store
28 McGovern Ave, Lancaster, PA 17602
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Friday, November 18

All visitors and customers making a donation to the Bookmobile any time that day receives free comics (from out designated stock) and a donation of $10.00 or more receives a free graphic novel (from our designated stock).

Also that day, Saturday and Sunday features a
“Buck a Comic” day featuring numerous boxes of $1.00 comic books!

The Comic Store is open Friday and Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday Noon to 5:00pm