Month: March 2017

Library System is embarking on Capital Campaign to purchase a new Bookmobile!

The Library System is pleased to announce the official start of a capital campaign to raise funds for a new Bookmobile. The County Commissioners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Library System and the County, allowing the System to move ahead with the acquisition.

Now celebrating its 75th anniversary, the Bookmobile provides library services to persons who have trouble accessing libraries. The current Bookmobile has been serving residents of Lancaster County for the past seventeen years. The new, more-efficient model will be smaller with better fuel efficiency, as well as being more reliable with less downtime and maintenance costs.  Ed Miller, Bookmobile and Special Services Manager for the Library System, looks forward to expanded capabilities of the new Bookmobile. “The new design will address key barriers to access that our current customers have. Wherever possible, we will be taking our collection, which will be on book carts, inside of the facilities that we visit.” Currently, patrons must come aboard the Bookmobile, either climbing steps or riding a wheelchair lift, making for precarious situations for seniors and cramped story times for younger patrons.

We’ve nicknamed the future vehicle ‘The Possibility Machine,’” says Meredith Hendrix-Jackson, Outreach Librarian and fellow Bookmobile driver. “Because that’s exactly what it will be. The obvious possibilities that it will open for us are better access and more flexibility on how we get materials out to the community. Being able to have story time in Head Start classrooms instead of in the confines of our current space. Bringing specifically curated carts of books and movies to retirement home lobbies where more people can peruse more items. It is anyone’s guess what services we could bring to the community once we’ve knocked back these barriers.”

The new vehicle can also be deployed as a traditional bookmobile in rural communities where the Bookmobile serves the Amish or in urban neighborhoods traditionally underserved by libraries. “We’ll still be going to the same kinds of places, but the new Bookmobile will allow us to adapt how we deliver service based on the needs of each location instead them adapting to us,” says Miller.

The total funding goal is $164,997 which includes additional costs of special book carts and vehicle graphics. Initial fundraising efforts have resulted in $35,028, which reflect the support of foundations, local businesses, Extra Give donations, the System Board, and individual contributions from the community at large. Ed Miller truly appreciates the support for the Bookmobile that is evident thus far. “We hear every day how much people value our services, so we are confident that we will continue to enjoy strong support. That being said, many of the people we serve are children under the age of 5 or are on fixed incomes, so we are also hoping for the broader community to help us to continue to provide this service.”

For more information about the Bookmobile’s past, present and future visit:

Bookmobile’s Mission

Our highest priorities are to serve low and moderate-income neighborhoods and organizations that serve this population. The Bookmobile stops at over 58 locations in Lancaster County, which include 22 stops at Head Start Centers, preschools, and daycare centers and Amish Schools; 37 monthly stops for Seniors at assisted living facilities, personal care homes, retirement communities and low-income senior apartment buildings. Bookmobile staff offer storytimes and early literacy programs at the Head Start, preschool and daycare centers during their visits.  At the Bookmobile, you can find high quality fiction and nonfiction for all ages, large print materials, audio books and DVDs.

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Retirement Community to hold a Rock-A-Thon Fundraiser for the Bookmobile

The residents at the Zerbe Retirement Community love the Bookmobile! When they learned that the current Bookmobile was in need of replacement, they immediately went to work in planning an event that would help the cause and give special meaning to their residents.   They have organized a Rock-A-Thon that will happen on Friday, April 7 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm at the Zerbe Retirement Community located at 2499 Zerbe Road, Narvon, PA 17555.  Participating residents and staff will rock in rocking chairs for 30-minute intervals.  The ‘rockers’ are looking for sponsors and they are confident that by asking 5 people to each donate $20 in support for their rocking time, they will help raise much-needed funds to help purchase the bookmobile.

Cheryl Heineman, Activities Director, headed the project with the same level of enthusiasm as the residents. She said, “We really love our bookmobile and want to support it any way we can!”

To sign up and join in the Rock-A-Thon fun, call 717-445-4551 and ask for Kristen Groff. All donation checks should be made payable to The Library System of Lancaster County.  Refreshments will be served during the event.

Rock-A-Thon Flyer

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Telling Their Story: A Readers’ Celebration of Rose Under Fire!

Whether you’ve read the book Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, or not—you are still invited to join the Readers’ Celebration that will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at the Reading Municipal Airport at  2501 Bernville Road, Reading, PA 19605.   This free event will celebrate the reading of this year’s One Book selection with a special appearance of the author!  World War II displays, a slide show, music from the era in which the book is set, and refreshments all add up to an afternoon of fun and enjoyment for the public.

There will also be a reception catered by Isaac’s and a silent auction to benefit future One Book, One Community Programs. The event is FREE and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to register for the event at:

Guests are welcome to visit the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum before or after the Readers’ Celebration, which is a short distance from the event. Hours are 9:30am – 4pm. Last guided tour begins at 3 pm. (Fees apply for visitors to the Museum.)

This year’s OBOC regional campaign represents collaboration between 80 libraries in six counties: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York. Reading campaign organizers encourage residents of the six-county region to read the book and attend programs during 2017.

Visit for information about the book, author and updates on events!

For more information about the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, visit

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STEM Maker Fests are happening at public libraries!

Public Libraries are pleased to announce special Maker Fests that are happening at several of the libraries as part of the ‘make717 on the Road’ events where participants can explore STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with a hands-on approach!

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 Library Maker Fests 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.

Here are the Maker Fests Happening @ Public Libraries!

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

Maker Fest
Saturday, May 13
1:00 – 4:00 pm
Lancaster 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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Public Libraries will host PA One Book Every Young Child Story Times and Traveling Trunks!

Lancaster County’s public libraries will participate in the 12th annual One Book, Every Young Child statewide early learning initiative, to highlight both the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, ages 3-6 years and specifically the vital role that adults have fostering that development.  The initiative is a collaborative effort of Pennsylvania public libraries, museums, early childcare centers and other youth-oriented associations in the Commonwealth. This year’s book selection is Daniel Finds a Poem written and illustrated by Micha Archer.  Published in 2016 by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin House LLC, this book is for children ages 3 to 6.

Early learning starts in Pennsylvania’s Public Libraries. During story time, youth librarians foster early childhood literacy and school readiness skills. Now in its 12th year, One Book, Every Young Child is a valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers and the significance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books. Public Librarians during the reading of the book, engage children in open-ended discussion about the story line and characters, introduce new vocabulary, talk about alphabet letters and make a point that reading books builds a critical foundation of knowledge, readying a child for school.  Encouragement is given to parents to “Read to One’s Child Every Day”.  Libraries have additional copies of Daniel finds A Poem for parents and caregivers to borrow.

Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

About the book…
Daniel wants to participate in the Poetry in the Park event, but first asks his animal friends for help. After a week of discovery, he is able to share a magical poem that incorporates the essence of the entire book. The collage illustrations help to celebrate a sense of wonder and poetry everywhere.

Daniel Finds a Poem is the first book Micha has both written and illustrated. The idea came to her from a sketch of a little boy on a stage. Daniel’s journey through the park, and through a week, asking his animal friends in the park what poetry is leads him to a poetry reading where he proudly reads the poem he has been gathering all week.

The Reviews Are In…

“In accessible yet colorful language, Archer reminds readers that poetry exists all around us. A vividly illustrated, inventively told opportunity for early readers to grasp the power of language to observe, entertain, and mystify.”                                          ~ Kirkus Reviews

“In illustrator Archer’s first book as author, rich, multi-layered collages illuminate a celebration of nature’s beauty.”                                                ~ Publishers Weekly.

For more reviews, visit Micha’s website at

Story Times/Traveling Trunk Programs @ Public Libraries

List of scheduled events celebrating early literacy; libraries may require registration.
Please contact your local public library for more information.

Saturday. April 1 at 10:00 am
Lititz Public Library

Tuesday, April 4 at 10:00 am
Adamstown Area Library

Wednesday, April 5 at 10:00 am
Adamstown Area Library

Wednesday, April 5 at 11:15 am
Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse)

Thurs. April 6 at 10:30 am
Adamstown Area Library

Friday, April 7 at 10:30 am
Salisbury Township Branch Library (Gap)

Monday, April 10 at 12:30 -2:30 pm
Strasburg-Heisler Library

Tues. April 18 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library (Lancaster City)

Wed. April 19 at 10:30 am
Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

One Book, Every Young Child
Author Visits: April 24 

Monday, April 24 at 10:00 am
Manheim Township Public Library

Monday, April 24 at 5:00 pm
Ephrata Public Library

Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30 am
Elanco Library (New Holland)

Tuesday, April 25 at 10:30 am
Quarryville Library

Friday, April 28 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library WEST- Mountville Branch

Tuesday, May 2 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library EAST – Leola Branch

Wednesday, May 3 at 10:00 am
Manheim Community Library

Thursday, May 4 with Manheim Community Library at 10:00 am
Held at local Farm Show Complex, 502 E Adele Ave, Manheim, PA 17545.

Wednesday, May 10 at 10:30 am
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Thursday, May 11 at 10:30 am
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

About the Author…

Micha Archer grew up in a family that travelled everywhere and around the world twice. At home, her mother insisted that her five children go outside! and not watch TV, so Micha spent many hours keeping up with her three older brothers; running, biking, skating, climbing trees and building small worlds for little trucks. They made forts in the front yard, forts in the back yard and snow forts in the winter. When she finally had a little sister, she played school with her and taught her to read at the age of three. Micha’s room had stuffed animals and real animals with cages stacked like a little zoo. She made her own dolls and sewed their clothes. And she drew. She drew and she drew and she drew some more.

The things Micha did as a little girl led her to what she does today—she teaches, travels, hikes, bikes, gardens, paints and even built her own house with her husband. Her travels and love of nature filled her memory with the colors, patterns, textures and architecture that appear in the pages of her books. If there are trees in her books, you know she is imagining herself climbing them.

When she had her own children, they made weekly trips to the library and spent hours reading aloud every evening. With no television in the house, her two children filled their time with drawing and creating books of their own at the kitchen table and playing in the woods and gardens around their house. Her children, now grown, have remained creative artists, readers, builders and environmentalists.

For a complete list of Micha Archer’s books, visit

For more information about the One Book, Every Young Child early learning initiative visit:

Previous selections for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program are:

  • 2016 – Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand
  • 2015 – Number One Sam by Greg Pizolli
  • 2014 – Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale
  • 2013 – The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
  • 2012 – Stop Snoring Bernard by Zachariah OHora
  • 2011 – Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
  • 2010 – What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
  • 2009 – If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
  • 2008 – Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
  • 2007 – A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom
  • 2006 – Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George

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Rik Palieri, Vermont Storyteller and Musician, to appear in Lancaster County!

In this educational and entertaining One Book, One Community program, folk musician and storyteller Rik Palieri explains the life of a Polish mountaineer and demonstrates traditional Polish instruments.  This fun-filled family oriented program will be held at the Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC), Lancaster campus, Main Building, Room 222 on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm.  HACC Lancaster Campus is located at 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, PA 17602. Admission is free. A free will offering will help offset expenses.

Rik Palieri lives in Vermont and has traveled the world to educate people with his storytelling and music. His mother is Polish and he shared how he developed an interest in Polish music and culture. “One day in the late 70’s, I came across a photo of a Polish Bagpiper in an old National Geographic. After a long search I found a set of Polish pipes and was later invited to perform at the 1980 Rzeszow world festival in Poland.” At the festival, Rik won a contest, met Polish piper Jozef Broda, and was awarded the title of “Outstanding Solo Musician”.

Rik later received a fellowship to study the Polish Bagpipe. He lived high up on the mountains in the village of Istebna, a folk community in southern Poland. In Istebna, he learned the secrets of piping from Broda and the last remaining pipers. He also learned to play the wooden flute, clay ocarina and long wooden trumpet.

Rik will also perform at the Wyomissing Public Library, 9 Reading Blvd, Wyomissing, PA 19610 on Wednesday, March 22 at 1:30 pm; Redland Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, PA 17319 on March 22 at 6:30 pm; and at Muhlenberg Community Library, 3612 Kutztown Rd, Laureldale, PA 19605 on Thursday, March 23 at 1:30 pm.

About One Book, One Community:

Public libraries in Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties and community partners are collaborating to present the 14th title, Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice, a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War, and the “Polish Rabbits” – young girls who were experimented on by the Nazis. Their cry to Rose, please tell our story! Tell the world! Visit for details.

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