Month: September 2017

Ephrata Public Library to host “Ephrata Unexpected” Fundraiser!

Ephrata Unexpected Event Logo

Ephrata Public Library and Downtown Ephrata to host Unexpected Event Fundraiser!

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Downtown Ephrata will come alive with the smells, sights and sounds of the world at Ephrata Unexpected, an international nighttime bazaar and communal dinner to benefit the Ephrata Public Library and Downtown Ephrata, Inc.. The Whistle Stop Plaza, located on Main Street, will come alive as guests embrace the diverse cultures and heritages represented in Lancaster County.

$25.00 per ticket, which looks like a passport, allows a guest access to the night market, music and a seat at the community table. Children 12 and under are free.  Tables and chairs will be provided, but guests bring their own complete table setting.

Ephrata Unexpected Press Release

Register at:

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Hank the Health Hero to present healthy choices programs at local public libraries!


Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth and Health Hero Training Camp Programs for Youth!

The Public Libraries in Lancaster County in partnership with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health are proud to announce that Hank the Health Hero will be appearing at public libraries this fall to offer healthy choices programs for children of all ages!  The two program offerings are “Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth” and “Health Hero Training Camp”.

St. Joseph's Children's Health Hank the Health Hero puppet

Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth

Hank the Health Hero believes he is a superhero whose healthy habits make him heroic! An energetic and imaginative 8-year-old puppet, Hank journeys on adventures that test his willpower. Cheer on Hank as he becomes the champion of healthy choices – learning to brush his teeth for two minutes twice each day!

Hank’s healthy attitude is contagious and he spreads it far and wide, making health heroes of all the friends he meets. 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 programs are ideal for children ages 3-6.



Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth Program Schedule

October 2 at 10:00 AM – Strasburg-Heisler Library

October 4 at 11:15 AM – Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse)

October 9 at 10:30 AM – Columbia Public Library

October 12 at 10:00 AM – Manheim Community Library

October 26 at 10:30 am – Elizabethtown Public Library

Nov. 2 at 10:15 AM – Lancaster Public Library WEST – Mountville Branch

Nov. 7 at 10:30 AM – Lancaster Public Library EAST- Leola Branch, Leola

November 9 at 6:00 PM – Lancaster Public Library

October 11 — Manheim Farm Show Parade – see HANK at the Parade!!



Health Hero Training Camp Health Hero Training Camp

Germs don’t stand a chance against a trained health hero! Take aim on tooth decay, launch an attack on plaque, run the MyPlate relay, and toss around all sorts of healthy ideas with this action-packed program. The Health Hero Training Camp is an active approach to oral health and nutrition education; helping kids learn about their bodies with their bodies and inspiring a bit of healthy competition. Ideal for your library, recreation center or school, the Health Hero Training Camp is an experience ideal for children ages 5-12.


Health Hero Training Camp Program Schedule

October 19 at 6:00 PM – Quarryville Library

October 21 at 10:30 AM – Manheim Township Library

October 24 at 6:30 PM – Lititz Public Library

October 25 at 6:30 PM – Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

October 26 at 6:00 PM – Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

October 28 at 10:00 AM – Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

November 1 at 4:00 PM – Adamstown Area Library

Families are also encouraged to visit their local public library to join the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge!  This initiative runs from September 11 – December 11, 2017.  It 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.  The challenge is a 10-week initiative for Tots to Tweens.  Children and their caregivers can join the program at any of the 17 local library locations or the bookmobile.


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

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Manheim Township Public Library Names Joyce Sands as New Executive Director!

Manheim Township Public Library

The Manheim Township Board of Commissioners has named Joyce Sands Executive Director of the Manheim Township Public Library.  She replaces Katrina Anderson who retired earlier this year.  A nationwide search was conducted and Ms. Sands was selected by a committee comprised of Manheim Township Public Library employees, Library foundation Board members, and Library staff.  She will join Manheim Township Public Library as its Executive Director on September 18, 2017.

Ms. Sands earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Master of Science degree in Library Science.  She states, “I chose librarianship as a profession because of my belief in the power of public libraries to elevate individuals and communities.”  Ms. Sands has served in various capacities throughout her career including Youth Services Librarian Reference Librarian, District Consultant, Deputy Director and, most recently, Director of Public Services.  She has extensive management, administrative, and financial experience.  Ms. Sands was responsible for implementation of innovative library services including a business center and an autism resource center. Her experience and record of accomplishments made her ideally suited to lead Manheim Township Public Library into the future.

“Understanding the community and responding to its needs will be a top priority” said Ms. Sands, who is looking forward to her first day on the job.  “Working with the Township Commissioners, Library Board, and staff, we will ensure that the Library continues to be a vital part of, as well as a source of pride for, the Manheim Township community.”

About the Manheim Township Public Library

Vision:  The Manheim Township Public Library provides to its community a vibrant community center where people connect and have access to what they need to achieve their greatest potential.

Mission:  Provide library resources, services and expertise in a friendly and profession manner to the residents of Manheim Township and the greater community.

The Manheim Township Public Library at Overlook Community Campus opened its doors in 2010.  It quickly became a destination for members of the Manheim Township community and beyond.  Manheim Township Public Library is a stellar example of a modern, 21st Century library.  It is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, books, movies & music, research databases, welcoming public spaces, a café & bookstore, and meeting rooms for library programs and public events.

For more information, call 717.560.6441.

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Columbia Public Library Set to Break Ground for New Expansion!

Columbia Public Library New Logo

Columbia Public Library

The Board of the Columbia Public Library is pleased to announce that they are set to break ground for the expansion of the Library that marks the official kick-off of a $2.5 million expansion project.  The community is invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, October 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library, 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.  The public is also invited to remain after the ceremony for light refreshments, tours of the existing library, and interactions with the project team.

Since its humble beginnings on Second Street in Columbia, to the existing building that was built in 1960 on South Sixth Street, the Library has been an integral part of the community.  The last expansion occurred nearly fifty years ago in 1973. Patrons have long enjoyed an array of programs and services including children’s programs, job fairs, GED tutors, computer instruction, and family fun nights. Steady patronage of these and other programs has created a need for increased and updated library space and services.  The expansion will allow the Library to re-position itself for the next 50 years while respecting the rich heritage of the community.

Library Board President, Jeanette Sherk, reflects the unanimous enthusiasm of the Board in moving forward with the expansion, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a positive impact on the community while providing renewed and expanded resources for our patrons!”

Columbia Public Library - New Addition
Columbia Public Library – New Addition View


Libraries of today are multidimensional, incorporating flexible spaces for community gatherings, meeting rooms with integrated technology, high-speed internet access for patrons who prefer the use of e-readers, and traditional book access for those who prefer a hands-on experience or need access to special collections available only in hard copy.  The project will provide for an expanded children’s area, enlarged circulation area, vibrant center for community gatherings, handicap accessibility, enlarged areas for new books, as well as additional space for increased program growth, enhanced support facilities for staff, defined spaces for treasured artwork displays, and a reading terrace overlooking the neighboring Locust Street Park.

Columbia Public Library - Terrace View
Columbia Public Library – Terrace View

The expansion project has generated spirited support from the community.  According to Leo Lutz, Mayor of Columbia, “A Free Public Library serves as a cornerstone to the educational and informational needs of every successful community. The Columbia Free Public Library offers many educational and informational services for residents of all ages. The Library is truly a valuable resource in Columbia.”

For more information on how to support this exciting venture, contact:
Robin Gamby

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Public Libraries announce NEW catalog search to find what you’re looking for fast!

New Search...Fast It Fast! 

The Library System is pleased to announce that searching within the library catalog is now easier with the addition of an upgraded search tool!

What does this mean for the public wanting to search the catalog?  The new upgrade allows for enhanced Keyword searching that makes the process faster.  The upgrade also gives access to the last three searches and additional suggestions for related searches.  Searchers also have the ability to filter their search results by item type (book, audio, DVD, etc.), availability, language and more by making a selection on the left hand side of the search screen.  Quick links to library resources are also at your fingertips with this new search tool!

This new resource will go live on September 27th!

To access the NEW search:

  1. Open your web browser
  2. Click into the Address Bar
  3. Type
  4. Press ‘enter’ to get started!

My Account

  • Access to your patron record online at any time.
  • Manage items currently checked out.
  • Check status of your Holds.
  • Keeping a list of material you’ve read by using “Reading History”.
  • Ability to create Reading Lists.
  • Ability to pay your fees and fines online.
  • Add or modify your email address.


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Public Libraries announce NEW Mobile App to access your library resources from your phone or tablet!

MyLibrary! Mobile App

Public Libraries in Lancaster County are pleased to announce a NEW Mobile App to make access to your library’s resources easier!  MyLibrary! is our new mobile app created by Innovative Interfaces, Inc. that will allow you to do the following from your phone or tablet:

  • Scan Book:Simply scan the barcode on any book’s cover to see if it is available at the library, and in what formats.
  • Search Catalog: Searching the catalog and placing holds on MyLibrary! is now easier than ever!
  • Access My Account:Allows you to access your patron record online at any time; this includes managing your current checkouts, holds, basic profile information and reading history. The app will also scan a library card and place it on your mobile device, making it easy for first-time users to sign-in to the app.  You will need your PIN to complete the login. If you do not have a PIN visit, click My Account and set up your PIN.
  • Use a digital version of your library card number available in My Account and is readable by library scanners.
  • Access Social Media: Provides direct access to the LSLC (Library System of Lancaster County) Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

* When you install the app, you will be prompted for your library.  Enter “Lancaster County PA Libraries”.

The MyLibrary! app is free to download for Android and iOS Mobile Devices.

To install MyLibrary! go to:

Our old mobile app (Connect) is no longer available.  To uninstall, visit for directions.

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CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to Hold FREE Family Workshop: “Children and Mindfulness: A World of Pausabilities”

Dr. Frank Sileo, psychologist and author of “A World of Pausabilities!,” to join families at Manheim Township Public Library on Sept. 30 from 10 to 11 a.m.

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, in partnership with the Library System of Lancaster County, is pleased to present a FREE family workshop, Children and Mindfulness: A World of Pausabilities, by Dr. Frank J. Sileo, licensed psychologist and author, on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, Pa. 17601.

During the interactive workshop, families with children of all ages will be introduced to mindfulness, a way of living in the present – without worrying about the past or future. Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably and parents will be invited to join their children in a variety of mindfulness activities. The first 100 families to register for the event and attend will receive a copy of Sileo’s autographed book A World of Pausabilities. To register and reserve your FREE BOOK go to:

“We’re extremely excited to offer families access to a renowned expert about such an incredibly important topic,” said Philip Goropoulos, president of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. “This free event is ideal for any family who is looking to help their child find a healthy mindset in the midst of the hectic and sometimes stressful world around them.”

Sileo’s book, A World of Pausabilities, is a rhyming guide that introduces children to mindfulness and shows Pausibiilities book written by Dr. Frank Sileothem how to live mindfully by taking pauses in their lives. The book teaches children “pausabilities” encouraging them to take a breath and be present and pay attention to their thoughts, feelings, sensations and the world around them. A World of Pausabilities reminds children that everyone can be mindful and that there is no wrong way to take a pause.

The announcement of this family workshop is just one more way CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, a community-based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families, is attempting to change the course of child and adolescent behavioral health in the Lancaster community. In July, the nonprofit, which provides multiple efforts, programs and services, announced the opening of the organization’s first Behavioral Health Center. The new Center provides Behavioral Health services to children regardless of insurance or their ability to pay.

“Behavioral Health and mindfulness are topics that are top-of-mind for many parents in our community who are dealing with busy schedules and an ever-growing list of activities for their children beginning at a young age,” said Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, community relations manager for the Library System of Lancaster County. “We’re proud to partner with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to provide local families access to such a unique and powerful experience.”

Dr/ Frank Sileo, Author of PausibilitiesAbout Dr. Sileo

Dr. Frank J. Sileo is a New Jersey licensed psychologist, and is the founder and executive director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement, LLC located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his doctorate in psychology from Fordham University in New York City. He received his master’s degree from Fordham University and his bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. Sileo has been in private practice in Ridgewood, New Jersey since 1995. Since 2010, he has been consistently voted one of New Jersey’s Favorite Kids’ Docs by readers of New Jersey Family magazine. Sileo has worked with children, adolescents and adults in inpatient and outpatient settings. He has served as site administrator to three different residential treatment facilities for children, adolescents and young adults. He has taught counseling and psychology courses at Fordham University and Saint Thomas Aquinas College, and is currently a supervisor of doctoral students in the clinical psychology program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.  For more information about Sileo, visit

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

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