Month: January 2017

Miniature Golf Returns to the Quarryville Library!

8th Annual Go Fore Golf LogoThe Quarryville Library is pleased to announce its Eighth Annual “Go-Fore Golf at the Quarryville Library,” a fun, family-focused indoor miniature golf fundraiser designed to energize the public and build community partnerships.

The event scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2017, will consist of a sixteen-hole miniature golf course INSIDE the library that weaves in and around our bookshelves.  The community will have a chance to come out of the cold and play a unique round of miniature golf through the library, enjoy lunch or dinner at our “17th Hole Café,” and participate in other family-friendly activities, all while helping to raise money for the library.

Note a schedule change from last year: Hours for regular golf are now extended and will last until 3 pm. We’re closing the course for a few hours, to reopen at 6pm with GLOW GOLF: a black-light lit course with glowing golf balls! Glow Golf will last from 6 pm until 9 pm.

Go Fore Golf Poster

Players may be of all ages but groups are limited to five players. Prizes will be awarded for the best pre-school, child, teen, adult, and senior score of the day! We strongly suggest that Tee times be made in advance; although, not required.  Call the library at 786-1336 or by visiting our website

Schedule of Events

10 am – Doors Open
11 am – 3 pm – Balloon Animal Art & Face-Painting with the Balunguy and Friends
3 pm – 6 pm – Course closed for intermission
6 pm – 9 pm – Course Open for GLOW Golf

  • For Regular Golf, from 10:00am – 3:00pm, admission is $5.00 for adults / $3.00 for children 12 and under.
  • For Glow Golf, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, admission is $6.00 for adults / $4.00 for children 12 and under.

Please note on Go-Fore Golf Saturday, the library will be closed for regular business. There will be no passport appointments taken, and no passport walk-ins will be available. Computers will not be available for use. However, items due that day can be returned in the book drop. Thank you for your understanding.

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Exhibit Grand Opening at the Milanof-Schock Library!

An Event Celebrating the Arts and Literature

The Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will open for public appreciation the Reading and Writing with Anne Frank traveling exhibit on Monday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Be among the first to visit this exhibit that takes a look at Anne Frank’s short stories and other writings as well as what books she read while in the Secret Annex. The display reminds viewers of this teenager’s indomitable spirit even during the worst of times.

As part of the celebration, the Library is excited to host cast members of the Susquehanna Stage Co. of Marietta who will perform a couple scenes from their upcoming production of The Diary of Anne Frank running February 17-19 and 23-26.

The traveling exhibit comes to the Library from the Anne Frank Center of Mutual Respect. The exhibit is sponsored by Lanco Federal Credit Union, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, The Rotary Club of Mount Joy, and Kiwanis Club of NORLANCO-RHEEMS.

Please visit the Library’s website for information about this event or call 653-1510.

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STEM Programs are happening at Public Libraries!

With the current emphasis on STEM (S.T.E.M: Science, Technology, Electronics and Math) learning, the Library System of Lancaster County formed a partnership with Lancaster-based make717 Innovation Center** this past fall.  One component of this partnership, in addition to the availability of STEM Maker Passes to the make717 Innovation Center, is to increase technical educational resources by offering STEM programs at our local public libraries.

These STEM programs and Library Maker Fests that may be of interest to young learners, high school students, post-graduates, residents who may be underemployed or seeking to improve their current job status. Public libraries and the bookmobile in addition to programs and events also have increased their collection with items in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math that are ready for checkout.

Program Descriptions

Learn to Solder is a hands-on experience that uses a soldering iron and solder to attach parts to a circuit board. Participants will assemble a soldering badge with flashing LEDs which they will get to take home with them. Led by electronic technicians, students of Thaddeus Stevens College’s electronic program, or volunteers from make717, this session works best with middle school age or older but others can accomplish the task. Participants work one-on-one with an experienced helper and the assembly takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

3-D Printing Demo
Volunteers with make717 will be on hand at the library to demonstrate what 3-D printing is all about.  All ages are welcome with proper adult supervision.

Laser Cutting (Ages 8 – 18)
Volunteers with make717 will be on hand at the library to demonstrate what laser engraving is all about.  All ages are welcome with proper adult supervision.  Learn a little about lasers, computer control of machinery, design software, safe operation of a laser cutter.  After all that learning, engrave a dog tag and take it home.

Maker Fests
Join make717 and others at a local “Make Fest”. Explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with an integrated, hands-on approach!

Schedule of STEM Programs & Events at Public Libraries

Laser Cutting Demo
Wednesday, March 29
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Manheim Township Public Library

Laser Cutting Demo
Wednesday, April 5
7:00 – 8:30 pm
Ephrata Public Library

Maker Fest
Saturday, April 8
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Quarryville Library

Maker Fests
Saturday, April 15
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Manheim Township Public Library

Learn to Solder
Wednesday, April 19
4:30 pm
Lancaster Public Library EAST – Leola Branch

Learn to Solder
Friday, April 28
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Lititz Public Library

Maker Fest
Saturday, May 13
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Lancaster Public Library

Learn to Solder
Thursday, May 18
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Quarryville Library

Saturday, May 20
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Miniature Lathe Demonstration
Saturday, June 10
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Pequea Valley Public Library

Maker Fest
Saturday, June 17
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

**The make717 Innovation Center is a well-equipped facility where independent project-based learning can happen. The Public Libraries and the Bookmobile will loan STEM Maker passes for use at the Center.  These passes will allow library patrons to visit the facility where they will learn how to use hi-tech equipment and have access to a variety of commercial and open source software.

For more information about the STEM Maker Pass, please visit:

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
Tom Wolf, Governor.

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Murder Mystery Dinner at Mt. Hope Mansion

   It’s Murder at Mt. Hope Mansion!

Join the Manheim Community Library for a benefit performance of a 1950’s fallout shelter themed murder mystery dinner, Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 1:00 PM.

Please accept this ultra-important invitation to save the world as well as humanity. Come enjoy a four-course meal during which you will find yourself on the vanguard of fallout shelter technology. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Tickets for this event must be pre-purchased from the Library, by February 24th, 2017. Tickets are $43.95 and includes dinner and an interactive entertainment experience. Contact the Manheim Community Library, 717-665-6700 for more information, or visit our website

Download poster

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Several Public Libraries will be closed on January 18th due to computer upgrades

The Library System will be upgrading their online catalog on Wednesday, January 18th in order to improve services to the public. During the upgrade, there won’t be access to the online catalog that day.  Although a number of our public libraries will be open during the upgrade date, there are several public libraries that will be closed during the upgrade.

The following public libraries will be closed on January 18th:

  • Adamstown Area Library
  • Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)
  • Elizabethtown Public Library
  • Ephrata Public Library
  • Manheim Community Library
  • Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse)
  • Salisbury Township Branch Library (Gap)
  • Quarryville Library
  • Strasburg-Heisler Library

Services will be available again Thursday, January 19, 2017. Contact your local library for more details.

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