Month: February 2017

Manheim Community Library receives $470,000 anonymous donation for a new building!

Change is happening at the Manheim Community Library! The library held a party for Library Lovers’ Month on Friday, February 17th with their Board, Staff, Volunteers, and Friends of the Manheim Community Library members. The night promised a “big announcement” which was delivered by Manheim Community Library Board of Trustees President, Ken Hameloth, announced the library has received an anonymous donation of $470,000 for a new building. The Library Board is looking into buildings that meet the criteria of residing in the Borough of Manheim, at least 10,000 square feet, able to hold the weight of book stacks, and plenty of parking. If residents have any suggestions, they can contact the Director, Melissa Foltz, at or call the library at 717-665-6700.

Read a recent article about this great news for the Manheim Community Library that appeared in the Lititz Record!

The Manheim Community Library has been located in the Manheim Borough Building since 1974. Circulating over 118,000 items per year and organizing 33,000 items within its 2,500 square foot is certainly a challenge. On top of the need of space for materials, the library holds over 150 programs per year with 6,000 people attending. Over 800 children sign up for the Summer Reading Program and 62% of children complete the program. The library staff is composed of one full-time librarian, seven part-time staff, and 25 dedicated volunteers.

This announcement was followed by an appeal from the President of the Friends of the Manheim Community Library, Stacey Gibble Barrick, who encouraged attendees to renew their memberships or recruit a new Friend of the Library. Currently, the Library has 155 Friends with a 2017 goal of 200.

Love, and support, for the Manheim Community Library could be seen at the party. Library Volunteer, Russ Stahley, was signing copies of the children’s book he published about his favorite days which are Mondays and Fridays – the days he volunteers at the Manheim Community Library. The walls were filling up with hearts as attendees were purchasing a paper heart for $1 to show their love for the library.  This is an on-going program taking place at the library throughout the month of February.

The Director, Melissa Foltz, spoke at the Library Lovers’ Party to update all of the library’s Friends on new changes. The library’s hours will be changing March 1st (Monday & Tuesday 9AM – 8PM; Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday 9 AM – 5 PM; Saturdays 9 AM -1 PM). The library has 8 new dedicated library parking spots, 2 directly behind the building sponsored by the Women’s Club and 6 across South Wolf street in the parking lot by Teen Central. The library has hired Raven Eckman as their new Community Relations Coordinator starting March 27th.

Change is certainly happening at the Manheim Community Library. To stay informed become a Friend of the Manheim Community library by visiting their website, Follow the Manheim Community Library on Facebook at .



Adriana Trigiani Author Appearance ~ General Admission Tickets now available!

Tickets for luncheon spots are SOLD OUT!  However, we do have good news since 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 to be released in June. Contact Sue Newswanger at 717-354-8016 or email at to purchase tickets. Checks should be made payable to The Council of Friends.

General Admission Ticket Order Form

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:

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