Month: April 2017

Jane Austen Society Tea to Benefit Lititz Public Library

The Jane Austen Society of Lancaster County is hosting a tea as a fundraiser for the library. Enjoy tea with savories and sweets. Jane Austen Society members, dressed in period costume, will elegantly serve you as you enjoy music and more. Tickets are $22 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Lititz Public Library. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of many delightful items. Tickets may be purchased at the library.

The Jane Austen Society Tea will feature a silent auction of some quality items that you won’t want to miss:

Brandywine River Museum of Art (4 Complimentary Admission Tickets)
Bully’s Restaurant in Columbia ($30 Gift Certificate)
Chadds Ford Winery (4 Complimentary Wine Tasting Certificates)
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre ($50 Gift Certificate)
Lancaster History.Org  (Family pass Wheatland)
Mount Vernon (George Washington’s home – 4 Complimentary Daytime Admissions)
National Watch & Clock Museum (4 Museum Tickets)
Railroad Museum of PA (2 Complimentary Passes to RR Museum)
Rock Ford Plantation (1 Year Family Membership)
Strasburg Rail Road Co. (2 Complimentary “Coach ride” Tickets)
Winterthur (2 General Admissions Passes)
Jane Austen Society Members (Baskets and other items)

Tickets may be purchased at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road. For more information, visit our website at or call 626-2255.

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Community Engagement will be the topic for the Library System’s Annual Meeting!

The Library System of Lancaster County is pleased to announce that they will hold their Annual Meeting at the Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Road, Lancaster on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 pm, while the program will begin at 7:00 pm.  This year’s program topic will be “Community Engagement” presented by Douglas Knight. Keeping with the theme of community engagement, this event is an opportunity for the Public Libraries to recognize their staff, volunteers and trustees with special service awards.  Award winners honored for their service to public libraries exemplify outstanding service and engagement to their library community.

 About the Program Presenter…

Douglas Knight is returning this year as our program speaker to follow up on the timely suggestions for empowering public library leaders that he presented last year!  He is a coach and consultant who works with non-profits, government leaders, and education institutions who are seeking a better way to connect to their communities’ assets and resources.  He has presented at conferences, seminars and workshops all across the country.



Program Schedule
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration & Refreshments
6:30pm – Regular & Business Meeting
7:00 pm – Award Presentations & Program

The Annual Business meeting starts at 6:30 pm and the Special Program & Awards Presentation begins at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public, so anyone interested in the future of Lancaster County’s public libraries may wish to attend.

Election and Installation of Board Members

Votes for the Library System’s Board officers for 2017 will take place at the business-meeting portion of the event. The 2017 board members include Diane Tannehill, Brandon Danz, Andre Fouchet, Christina Diehl, Rich Frerichs and G. Kenneth Kohlmaier.

Russell H. Miller will be stepping off the board this year since his term has expired. The County Commissioners appointed Jeanne Grimsley as the new board member who will replace Russ Miller next month.  Ms. Grimsley’s term will run from April 30, 2017 through April 30, 2020.

New Board Member Bio

Jeanne Grimsley has been an advocate for public libraries as a member of the Lititz Public Library Friends Group for the past 20 years. She currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL). As a PCBL board member, she contributed to the establishment of an Annual Friends Institute, which has attracted over 100 PA library friends who share ideas for bringing renewed commitment and vibrancy to the public libraries they serve.  Grimsley’s work as an Independent Writer focuses on writing marketing communications and resumes.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ursinus College as well as an MS Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College.  Her additional community service includes serving on the Lititz Borough Civil Service Commission.

Accolades for Partners and Sponsors

Special mention of The Lancaster Ice Rink as a Summer Reading sponsor for the past 10 years will occur at the event.  The National Watch & Clock Museum will also receive honors for their 10-year participation in the Family Museum Pass Program, while the Lancaster Science Factory will mark their 5-year partnership.  New Education Partners: Make717 Innovation Center: STEM Maker Pass and CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health will be acknowledged for their contributions to public libraries in the County.  Water’s Edge Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Shop has come on board as a 2017 SRP partner.

Special praise will go to Joe Miller, owner of The Comic Store in Lancaster for raising funds to support Local Libraries and the Bookmobile Graphic Novel Collections during his annual Free Comic Book Day that takes place on the first Saturday in May.  He also generously participated in the 2016 Extra Give campaign by hosting the Bookmobile at his store location while offering free comics to those who visited and donated to the Bookmobile during the November 18th campaign date. 

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Strasburg-Heisler Library will host seminars

 I enrolled, did you?

The Strasburg-Heisler Library is not just about the books! It is a place to Get Informed, Get Involved, and Get Connected! The library will be hosting free informative presentations facilitated by local professionals to offer clarity to seniors on the topic of Medicare, and to veterans about the Veterans Affairs services they could be entitled to that are often over-looked as well as the advantages of early enrollment.  On April 25 at 6:30 PM the library will host an informative seminar for those approaching Medicare age or are already using Medicare.

Subjects that will be discussed include:

Enrollment Timelines and Special Election Periods
How to Enroll in Medicare
What do Parts A, B, C & D mean and what do they cover?
What if I am Still Working?
Avoiding Future Penalties
Advantage Plan vs Supplement
Rx Coverage and the Donut Hole
Government Assistance Programs

On May 4, at 6:30 PM, two representatives from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, will be at the library to explain:

Advantages of early enrollment in the VA system
Benefits that are often not taken advantage of
Why some Veterans get some benefits while others may not
How your eligibility for benefits can change
What a family member needs to know

There will be time allotted at the end of both sessions for questions. Space is limited therefor registration for these seminars is requested by logging on to the library’s website, choosing the calendar tab, and clicking on the highlighted event. Or call the library at 717 687 8969 and a staff member will make your registration for you.

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Manheim Township Public Library’s First Annual Maker Fest!

Join us for an all-day event at Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive Lancaster, PA, on Saturday, April 15th from 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM!   Our entire library will be devoted to “making.” There will be a variety of high and low tech skills demonstrated for our visitors as well as many opportunities to get some hands-on experience. Registration is not required so come in, browse and sign up at individual tables for what you would like to do! Staff and volunteers will be stationed all around the library with lots of great maker technology like 3D printing, Arduino, textiles, ceramics, mini-robots and more.  There will be maker activities for the younger folks as well in our Lapp Story Time Silo. A few activities, such as soldering, will be restricted to teens and adults.  If these events are in high demand, signing up for a time slot to train with our professional volunteers may be required.

While you’re here, find out about our new relationship with make717, a place where you can learn to use high-end tools and software.  Making can be a pastime or a profession.  Our STEM-Maker passes will allow you to access this facility to be trained on the equipment of your choice.  You might take it further by manufacturing your own designs using their facility!

In addition to make717, we are excited to welcome Jen Switch from Jen’s Pottery Den who will lead a community-built project. A group of master carvers from the Manheim Township Wood Carvers will guide patrons in soap carving, while also teaching the techniques that would be applied in wood carving.  Our ranks of volunteers include a dedicated group of teens from the community, as well as adult volunteers from nonprofit organizations such as Lancaster Coder Dojo, and individuals employed by area businesses, including Industrial Resolution and Listrak, who also frequently contribute their time and talent to our children’s tech programming.

If you’re hungry while you are visiting the Maker Fest, we encourage you to patronize Primo’s Hoagies right down the road. When you place your order, mention Manheim Township Public Library. They will support our Maker Fest by contributing 10% of proceeds to all of our sales that day (11 AM to 5 PM).  Or for convenience, visit the Tell Cafe right on the Library’s premises (11:30 AM to 2 PM).

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