Month: August 2017

Forbidden Art Comes to Ephrata Public Library!

Ephrata Public Library Logo550 South Reading Road • Ephrata, PA 17522

Penny Talbert, Executive Director
717-738-9291 ext. 100
Cell 610-823-2707

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The Ephrata Public Library, located at 550 South Reading Road, Ephrata, will be featuring an exhibition, “Forbidden Art,” a collection of images of artwork created by concentration camp prisoners while imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II.

The Exhibit will be on display from September 2 through October 26.

The Forbidden Art educational program is a cooperative initiative undertaken by the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (Poland) and The Polish Mission of The Orchard Lake Schools (Orchard Lake, Michigan). Exhibition hours are: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Group tours are welcome during exhibition hours and by appointment on Sundays.

The Forbidden Art exhibition is an artfully rendered series of twenty depictions of the most fragile and rare examples of art created by prisoners during the camps’ operational history from 1940-1945. The works of art were made illegally in the camp, under grave penalties. They document the reality of the camp, but several examples of art reveal an escape from the cruelty of Auschwitz. Caricatures, albums containing greetings, and even fairy tales written by prisoners for their children, are among the examples in this category.

The artists featured in the exhibition include Zofia Stępień, Halina Ołomucka, Józef Szajna, Franciszek Jaźwiecki, Włodzimierz Siwierski, Mieczysław Kościelniak, Peter Edel, Josef Sapcaru and others whose names are unknown. Each of the depictions are presented within large illuminated panels, created by Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum exhibit designers to artfully relate to the shape, texture, and color of the barracks at Auschwitz II – Birkenau.

Each of the pieces were chosen specifically from the over 2,000 pieces of artwork in the collections of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum to invite guests to experience a degree of intimacy with not only the imprisoned people who created the objects, but also with the horrific concentration camp experience itself. The exhibited artwork allowed their creators to mentally and emotionally escape, albeit briefly, from the horrors of life in a concentration camp. Forbidden Art allows American audiences to see up-close depictions of original items, several of which that are not on public display at the Auschwitz museum due to their fragile nature.

The exhibition is made possible by financial assistance from Thomas A. & Georgina Russo, the Winters Leadership Memorial, KneadIt Massage & Bodyworks, Lanco Federal Credit Union, Penny L. Talbert and the Jewish Community Alliance of Lancaster.

To compliment the exhibition, the Ephrata Public Library is offering Holocaust remembrance program opportunities for children, teens and adults. For more information or to register for programs, visit the Library’s website at

For questions regarding the Forbidden Art exhibition, contact Rebecca Lawrence, Manager of Public & Outreach Programs at 717-738-9291 or


CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and Library System of Lancaster County Partner to Offer Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge

Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge: “Back to School, Back to Brushing”
improves oral health habits of youth in Lancaster County

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and the Library System of Lancaster County are proud to announce a partnership to offer the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge to children throughout Lancaster County, which begins September 11, 2017 and ends December 11, 2017.  The challenge is a 10-week initiative for Tots to Tweens.

The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge is a free educational program designed to help kids start and stick to the healthy habit of brushing their teeth at least two times each day.  Children and their caregivers can join the program at any of the 17 local library locations or the bookmobile.

“We’re extremely excited to partner again with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to bring the Brushing Challenge to children throughout all of Lancaster County,” said Bonnie Young, Executive Director for the Library System of Lancaster County. “We look forward to connecting families with the tools they need to build healthy habits from a young age.”

Children participating in the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge can visit their local library to pick up a free Health Hero Starter Pack to begin the fun.  Included in the pack is a toothbrush, toothpaste and a set of Smile Counter scratch-off cards to track their brushing progress at home. Completed cards can be returned to specially marked mailboxes in the libraries. Those completed cards will be mailed to Hank the Health Hero, the lovable and imaginative puppet and champion of the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge.

CHI St. Joseph Children's HealthHank the Health Hero will also be appearing at libraries this Fall to promote the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge and other healthy choices for children of all ages. Check with your local library for his appearance schedule.

“The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge inspires kids to brush their teeth. They can see the progress they are making week after week using the Smile Counter cards – and the healthy habits they practice today will lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles,” said Lori McCracken, Director of Education at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health.”

As a local nonprofit, the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge is just one way CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health strives to improve the overall health and well-being of children and families throughout the Lancaster community. The organization’s mission includes multiple efforts, educational programs and services including two Dental Centers and a recently opened Behavioral Health Center – all which serve children regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.

“This partnership will allow us to reach more families throughout the community who may be in need of our various services and programs,” said Philip Goropoulos, president of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. “We’re honored to partner with the Library System of Lancaster County.”


About CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health

A part of Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is a community-based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families in the Lancaster Community. The organization works in collaboration with community partners to assure access to appropriate, quality health services and benefits for every child in the Lancaster community. This mission in children’s health includes multiple efforts, programs and services committed to improving the health of children and families throughout the Lancaster community. To learn more about CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, visit

About the Library System of Lancaster County

The Library System of Lancaster County is a federated system with 14 member libraries, three branches and a bookmobile, which serves 519,462 residents. Established in April 1987 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Library System provides well-coordinated countywide services and cooperative programs to assist member libraries in meeting the diverse needs of its community residents. The mission of the Library System of Lancaster County is to bring together all 14 member public libraries to plan and create a cost-effective network of technology, facilities and resources to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of all residents of Lancaster County.  The Library System ensures that a network of support services is provided to all public libraries in the county.

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Four Lancaster County’s public libraries will hold Solar Eclipse programs

Solar Eclipse

In preparation for the upcoming Solar Eclipse that’s happening on Monday, August 21, only several public libraries will be holding related programming.   The much-sought-after special viewing glasses will be available ONLY for those who are registered to attend the programs that will be held at the public libraries listed below. The public should be aware that not all eclipse-viewing glasses are safe for use.

Visit to find out which Solar Eclipse glasses are safe and approved. NASA recommends buying eclipse viewing glasses from any one of just five companies: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.


Public Library Programs

Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Eastern Lancaster County Library is having a program on Monday, August 21 at 2:00 pm. Librarians at the library have set aside solar eclipse viewing glasses from STAR-Net (NASA approved); so there will be glasses for those who attend the program to participate. The library does have viewing glasses that will be distributed on a “first come first serve basis”. Once the glasses run out, there will be no more.

Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Bring your lunch, lawn chairs, shade umbrellas or just a blanket to setup on our big front lawn to get a good view of the “Great American Solar Eclipse.” According to LNP “In Pennsylvania, the partial eclipse begins after 1 p.m. and will end by 4 p.m. The middle of the eclipse, when the maximum amount of sun is covered, will be around 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.” In Lancaster County we will see nearly 75% of the sun covered by the moon’s shadow. No sign-up required.   Special glasses available while supplies last (donation requested)

Ephrata Public Library

VR glasses available to those attending our solar eclipse programs. 

Join the Eclipse Revolution
Wednesday, August 9
3:00 pm

Explore rotational movements of the sun, moon and our planet Earth through art and physical activity to prepare for the solar eclipse! Bring a smock or wear old clothing. Weather permitting, activities will take place outdoors. Ages 7-11.

Solar Eclipse Party with NASA Solar System Ambassador Ed Pinero
Monday, August 21
2:00 pm

Join us for educational activities, interpretive dance, a live stream of the solar eclipse across the nation, and enjoy light solar themed refreshments as we safely view the Solar Eclipse! Viewing glasses provided to registrants. The maximum partial eclipse at 76% obscuration occurs at 2:42p.m. EST for our geographic coordinates. Viewing glasses provided to those who register.

Lancaster Public Library

Leap into Science: So You See What I See?
Thursday, August 17

6:00 pm

Come to the library in August for a workshop focused on LIGHT. Families will play with light by shining it through objects, bouncing it off of shiny surfaces, and blocking it to create shadows. This workshop will feature a station on the Solar Eclipse in which the moon will block the light from the sun! This Eclipse will be visible Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2017. Feel free to drop in, and stay as long as you like.

Leap into Science: So You See What I See?
Monday, August 21
10:30 am

According to Coreena Byrnes, Lancaster Public Library’s Youth Librarian, “We are holding a solar eclipse program on August 21st as part of the Leap into Science grant. We also have viewing glasses. We have been distributing them to the public, but we’re running out quickly. We plan to save a set amount (maybe 250) for the two programs we’re doing (one on Thursday 8/17 and one the morning of the eclipse), and we’re giving out the rest on a “first come, first served” basis.

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