Month: May 2017

“Giggle Magic” shows to bring fun to public libraries!

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Lancaster County youth will be amazed, as Marcy Klutchka delivers “Giggle Magic” programs at their local library!  Giggle Magic shows slated for this year’s Summer Reading Program will include Silly Safari; Farmyard Fun; and Yum Yum Veggies.  These shows will captivate young audiences and within seconds the children are giggling, engaged, and off on a journey comprised of age-appropriate magic, puppets and slapstick comedy. Then it is time to get up and move to a Kidz-Rock Dance Party! Giggle + Magic = Awesome Entertainment!  Events run from June 8 through August 8.

Program Descriptions

Farmyard Fun


Farmyard Fun: Riley the Rooster forgets to wake up Farmer Fred and the barnyard animals are off on an adventure!




Mango- Silly SafariSilly Safari: Put on your safari hats, adjust your binoculars, and get ready to go on a Silly Safari! Oh, my- has Debra the Zebra lost her stripes? Will Ellie the Elephant’s disappearing act be good enough to get her on America’s Got Talent? There goes Gerry the Giraffe; he is standing on his head…again! Have the animals GONE WILD?



Yum, Yum VeggiesYum Yum Veggies: Little Miss Muffet and Bakery Bear encourage preschoolers to choose healthy food and drinks. So Much Yummy Fun!





Giggle Magic Appearance Schedules



Marcy KlutchkaAbout the Presenter… Marcy Klutchka takes the business of fun, seriously! She is a graduate of Penn State University and the creator of Giggle Magic – themed variety shows that engage, empower, educate and entertain young audiences. Marcy has been generating giggles since 1999—and she is happy to be bringing Giggle Magic to Lancaster County!

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Princess of Dutch Wonderland to visit libraries

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland will present special story times at public libraries throughout Lancaster County during June and July. Join all the lords, ladies, princesses and princes of Lancaster at local public libraries to hear the PRINCESS read her favorite stories!

The first appearances by the PRINCESS start June 9th and run until July 18th.


These public library programs support Pennsylvania Academic Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening: Learning to Read Independently (Word Recognition Skills, Vocabulary Development); Speaking and Listening (Listening Skills). Dutch Wonderland Princess visits are sponsored by Dutch Wonderland.

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Hank the Health Hero returns to public libraries with his health messages!

CHI St. Joseph Children's Health

Hank the Health Hero from CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is returning to the public libraries in Lancaster County as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program! Hank will be sharing his new health messages for youth about how to fight germs.  He will also present a program that gives tips on how to keep teeth healthy. Next event is June 13.  Events began on May 17 and run until August 10.

Hank’s Health Quest – Germs!

Cheer on Hank, as he becomes the champion of healthy choices. Set out on a quest with Hank to fight off germs. All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes!

Hank’s Health Quest – Teeth!

Cheer on Hank, as he becomes the champion of healthy choices. Join Hank in his quest for a healthy smile. All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes!

Hank the Health Hero’s appearance schedule

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Cylo to visit Public Libraries for Storytime Fun this Summer!

Cylo, the Lancaster Barnstormer’s mascot, swings into action this summer at public libraries in Lancaster County!  Libraries will offer baseball-related story times and activities when this lovable, local celebrity visits! Individual programs featuring Cylo may vary, but all events will provide family fun!  All ages are welcome!  Cylo’s library visits begin on June 5 and run until August 9.

Cylo Appearances at Public Libraries

Monday, June 5 at 11:00 am, Lancaster Public Library

Saturday, June 10 at 2:00 pm, Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

Saturday, July 8 at 10:00 am, Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Monday, July 10 at 6:00 pm, Elizabethtown Public Library

Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 pm, Manheim Township Public Library

Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 am, Ephrata Public Library

Thursday, July 27 at 11:00 am, Strasburg-Heisler Library

Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 10:00 am, Manheim Community Library

This public library program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards: Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening: Learning to Read Independently (Word Recognition Skills, Vocabulary Development); Speaking and Listening (Listening Skills); Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (Literary Devices, Poetry).  The Lancaster Barnstormers is a sponsor of the countywide summer reading program, Build a Better World!

Please contact library listed to register for program.
Listing of local libraries

Quarryville Library is awarded Best Practice for Family Programming!

The Quarryville Library’s Artist Trading Card project was awarded an Honorable Mention for Family Programming by the 2017 PA Library Association’s Best Practices Award Committee.  The project that started as a partnership between the Library’s children’s librarian and two art teachers from Solanco School District has had much success with artists of all ages.  The trading cards can be made at the Library or at home and are then displayed and available for trading.  The Library has had people from across the County participate.  The cards have also been a hit on social media and continue to be a fun way to share the talent in our local community.

Quarryville Library receives grant to support summer literacy

The Quarryville Library is pleased to announce that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded the Library a $2,212.00 grant to support summer literacy.  This local grant award is part of more than $7.5 million in grants awarded to nearly 900 schools, nonprofits and organizations across the 44 states that Dollar General serves.

The Dollar General Grant will support the Summer STEM Super Readers Club for early readers mainly between the ages of 5 and 9.  The STEM Super Readers Club will meet at the Library and also at SECA’s summer camp on selected weeks.  The grant allows the Library to purchase non-fiction titles from National Geographic’s Super Reader collection and a number of hands on kits for learning about the book’s theme.  Four of the books will be paired with fiction titles and activities that will be used during the STEM Super Reader Club to help children get excited about informational text and to learn a little more about how they are organized.  The four books chosen for the club read-alouds will be available for the children to keep and share with family members.  To find out how to sign up for the club, please call the Library at 786-1336.

“Dollar General is excited to provide the organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

About the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is proud to support initiatives that help others improve their lives through literacy and education as part of the company’s mission of Serving Others for nearly 25 years.  Since its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $135 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 8.6 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy or continued education. For more information about the Dollar General Literacy Foundation and its grant programs, visit

About Dollar General Corporation

Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for over 75 years through its mission of Serving Others. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With 13,429 stores in 44 states as of March 3, 2017, Dollar General is among the largest discount retailers in the United States. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America’s most-trusted brands such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg’s, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

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Public Libraries and the Bookmobile to Launch 2017 Summer Reading Program!

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile will be presenting, this year’s Summer Reading Program starting on June 3rd.  Readers of all ages invited to READ all things related to this year’s theme as local public libraries present “Build a Better World!” during this year’s summer reading program.

The library is the perfect place for children and families to become empowered to build a better world! This summer’s theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating, re-purposing, and building. Through books, games, and many hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them. They will have the opportunity to challenge themselves, try new things, and work together to make positive change in the world. Activities may include costume creation, group games, physical challenges, art projects, science and engineering experiments, and more!  For each of the age groups the public libraries will offer special stories, events, music, and hands-on learning centered on Building a Better World  theme.

The countywide reading program begins June 3 and will run until August 12, 2017. Youth may join anytime during this time period.  The Summer Reading Library program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards & PA Early Learning Standards.

The 2017 countywide Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages. Program components include four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19).

Last year 23,902 youth of all ages participated in the countywide Summer Reading Program, while the public libraries offered 1,303 events where 31,377 youth and their families attended!

Teens are welcome to come to the Library and read for prizes as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer.   Participation of teens in the summer reading program will enhance their literacy and comprehension skills and provide great entertainment.

Educational studies have shown that the summer reading program has positive effects on students in that voluntary reading correlates with high levels of reading achievement, increased comprehension, and prevents a student’s academic ‘summer slide’.

Here are some additional benefits having students enroll in the summer reading program:

  • Young children will gain self-confidence and a love for reading, books, and the library
  • The groundwork will be laid for children to become lifelong readers and learners
  • Entire families will have the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate summer reading events
  • Completion of the program will give children a sense of accomplishment and belonging
  • Parents and caregivers will gain knowledge about early literacy and learning activities at the library that they can continue at home
  • The library may become a community destination for more families during the summer

Nurturing basic literacy skills is one of the goals of PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Research shows that a child’s library use raises his or her fourth grade assessment scores. Help us to spark learning in all of our children this summer by supporting and participating in the Summer Library Program.

2017 Summer Entertainment & Educational Events
at Local Public Libraries

The PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland Hear Ye, Hear Ye! We are extending an invitation to all Princesses, Princes, Lords and Ladies to attend a royal reading story times! (Ages 3+) Events run from June 9 through July 18.

“Biome Builders” with Jess Rothacker – Jesse returns to feature an interactive animal show featuring Jesse Rothacker and his lovable lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. A biome is a large area of the earth that is home to many plants and animals. Children at this show will discover how each animal is equipped to build a better world within their biome. Every child, as a participant in the program, will be empowered to use their own talents and abilities to build a better world within their homes, schools, and communities, and to unleash their abilities through the power of reading! These events run from July 6 through August 3.

Bricks 4 Kidz®! – These programs provide an atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks! Programs designed around proprietary model plans, designed by engineers and architects, with exciting themes such as space, construction, and amusement parks, will inspire children. Specially designed project kits and theme-based models provide the building blocks for the Bricks 4 Kidz® approach to educational play. At Bricks 4 Kidz®, the presenters believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity. (First event is June 12.)

Dinosaur Dig with Field Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka – Field Paleontologist team—Mike and Roberta Straka — will present their “Dino Dig” program at public libraries this summer!    Their fun-filled show will cover the formation of fossils, herbivores vs. carnivores, basics of geology (rocks and minerals).  The team will discuss their work as field paleontologists and background in geology. There will be an interactive fossil talk to ready the Junior Paleontologists to go on their dig! This “hands-on” program is special because everyone will handle real dinosaur fossil bones – not plastic. Construct a dinosaur dig site right in the library!   Dinosaur Dig programs begin on June 19 and run until August 2.

Giggle Magic!  Marcy Klutchka presents show that will captivate young audiences within seconds, children are giggling, engaged, and off on a journey comprised of age-appropriate magic, puppets and slapstick comedy.  Then it is time to get up and move to a Kidz-Rock Dance Party! Giggle + Magic = Awesome Entertainment! She offers one of the following programs at public libraries: Silly Safari; Farmyard Fun; and Yum Yum Veggies.    Events run from June 8 through August 8.

Ryan Bridge “The BugMan”   This program will focus on the ways insects improve our planet. Clean water, pollination, food for animals and even their unusual defense strategies… This program will offer everyone a close look into the world of insects using incredible displays and lots of neat facts about insects and their related friends. Also expect LIVE Bugs as always! The audience will have a chance to pet harmless, LIVE bugs (or related critters) and get answers to whatever questions they might have.  Events run from June 19 through July 5.

Elephant & Piggie Costume Character Visits Lancaster County public libraries will welcome “Elephant and Piggie”, costume characters from the popular picture book series by Mo Willems.  These visits will begin on June 10 through July 27.

Lancaster County Environmental Center Programs Enjoy and explore any of these programs at one or more of the local libraries:

Animal Architecture (First program starts June 15); The Lorax (First program starts July 17); Spiders and their webs (August 2); Alternative Energy: Hydro Cars (First program starts June 15); Build a Better Environment with the 3 R’s: Recycled Craft Fun (First program starts June 13); Alternative Energy: Catch the Wind (First program starts June 27).

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health

Hank the Health Hero is a champion of healthy choices who inspires Lancaster children to adopt healthy habits.  Hank the Health Hero programs at Public Libraries target two different age groups:  Hank’s Health Quest is designed for children ages 3-8, while Sink Your Teeth into Science is for children ages 8-11.  These events run from May 17 through August 10.

Cylo Visits!  Cylo, the Lancaster Barnstormer’s mascot, swings into action this summer at public libraries in Lancaster County!  Libraries will offer baseball-related story times and activities when this lovable, local celebrity visits!  These visits begin on June 5 and run until August 9.


Local Sponsor Support

In addition to the Library System’s support, this year’s literacy-minded Summer Reading Program Sponsors include: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn, Bounce Kraze, Cain’s Lanes, The Castle Roller Skating; Clearview Lanes, The Comic Store, Comics and Paperbacks Plus, Dutch Wonderland ~ It’s Family Time!, Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Cupcake, Lancaster Ice Rink, Laserdome, Leisure Bowling & Golf Center, M&T Bank, McDonald’s Restaurants, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines;  Rita’s Ices, Rocky Spring Entertainment Center, Scratch Bakes, Sequential Arts Too, Sky Zone Trampoline Park;  Strasburg Rail Road Company, Stoudt Advisors, Sugar Whipped Bakery, and Water’s Edge Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Shop.

Please contact library listed to register for program.
Here is a listing of local libraries

Find out more about the Summer Reading Program!

Printed event booklets will be available for pick up at your local library or bookmobile by May 22.  Contact your local public library for more information about these summertime happenings! The countywide public library summer reading program is supported in part by the Library System of Lancaster County.

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May 6th is Comic Book Day @ local public libraries in Lancaster County!

Lancaster County’s Public libraries will have comic books to give away on Saturday, May 6th from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm compliments of The Comic Store in Lancaster, which is also hosting a day of FREE comic books at their McGovern Avenue location!

Thanks to Joe Miller, owner of The Comic Store, teens and tweens at public libraries in Lancaster County have received free comic books since 2005.  Last year The Comic Store collected over $1300.00 for the local libraries. Each customer who visits the store receives one free comic book. For each additional copy, we request that a donation of 50 cents is collected at the register. All of the donated money will be used to buy graphic novels and books for the Lancaster County libraries.

Two years ago, The Comic Store won the National Award of Best Charity from Diamond Comic Distributors for its efforts in sponsoring this fund-raiser.

Ed Miller, Special Services Manager in charge of Bookmobile services countywide is very enthusiastic about this annual Comic Book Day promotion. He sees the value that graphic novels hold for teens, “For some of the teenagers that we see, graphic novels are the only literature that they will look at — and yes, comic books can be serious literature. We are extremely grateful for the assistance that Joe Miller gives to support library outreach to teens!”

Comic books are an original American art form, fun to read, with diverse story lines that capture the imagination. Public libraries have graphic novels for young readers, middle grades and up. Teens and “tweens’ are encouraged to visit their local public library on May 6th and also to visit The Comic Store to take advantage of this incentive!

For more information about The Comic Store, visit:

Click here for information about your local public library!

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