Month: January 2018

Library System of Lancaster County receives Five-Star status award by Library Journal!

Library Journal Star LibrariesThe Library System is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a Five Star Status by Library Journal.  Each year the professional publication looks at national statistics from Annual Reports submitted by each state and then selects distinguished libraries and Library Systems. The Library System is the only system in Pennsylvania that received the 2017 award.  Only one library, Corry Public Library in Erie County received a Five-Star rating.  Three other public libraries in PA received Three-Star ratings:  Baden Memorial Library (Beaver County); Chester County Library (Chester County); and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

The LJ Index compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on per capita measures of service output.  The 2017 Index derives from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for FY15.

Member libraries in Lancaster County collectively reported outstanding statistics of 16.8 visits per capita and program attendance of 15.5 people per capita during 2015.

This year marks the tenth edition of the Star Library Ratings and the LJ Index of Public Library Service. LJ Index compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on per capita measures of service output.  This year, 7,409 U.S. public libraries qualified to be rated in the Index. In this edition, there are 259 Star Libraries, each receiving Three-Star, Four-Star, or Five-Star designations.

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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Pulitzer Prize winning author to speak at the 2018 Spring Author Luncheon!

Author Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout is coming to Lancaster County! The award-winning author will appear at the 2018 Spring Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 12:00 noon at the Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA.   The Council of Friends of Public Libraries, Aaron’s Books and the Library System of Lancaster County will host the luncheon, which is a fundraising event for public libraries in Lancaster County.

“Being able to host renowned authors such as Elizabeth Strout has been the highlight of our luncheons for the past 17 years. Strout will be no exception to the high-caliper writers that we seek for this special event.” says Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, public relations manager for the Library System and committee member on The Council of Friends.

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About the Author

Elizabeth Strout was born in Portland, Maine, and grew up in small towns in Maine and New Hampshire. From a young age she was drawn to writing things down, keeping notebooks that recorded the quotidian details of her days.  She was also drawn to books, and spent hours of her youth in the local library lingering among the stacks of fiction.  During the summer months of her childhood she played outdoors, either with her brother, or, more often, alone, and this is where she developed her deep and abiding love of the physical world: the seaweed covered rocks along the coast of Maine, and the woods of New Hampshire with its hidden wildflowers.

During her adolescent years, Strout continued writing avidly, having conceived of herself as a writer from early on. She read biographies of writers, and was already studying – on her own – the way American writers, in particular, told their stories.  Poetry was something she read and memorized; by the age of sixteen was sending out stories to magazines.  Her first story was published when she was twenty-six.

Strout attended Bates College, graduating with a degree in English in 1977. Two years later, she went to Syracuse University College of Law, where she received a law degree along with a Certificate in Gerontology.  She worked briefly for Legal Services, before moving to New York City, where she became an adjunct in the English Department of Borough of Manhattan Community College.  By this time, she was publishing more stories in literary magazines and Redbook and Seventeen.  Juggling the needs that came with raising a family and her teaching schedule, she found a few hours each day to work on her writing.

To learn more about Elizabeth Strout, visit her website: www.elizabethstrout.com

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth StroutAbout Anything is Possible

Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others. Here are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness in a foreign country; and the adult Lucy Barton (the heroine of My Name Is Lucy Barton, the author’s celebrated New York Times bestseller) returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

Reverberating with the deep bonds of family, and the hope that comes with reconciliation, Anything Is Possible again underscores Elizabeth Strout’s place as one of America’s most respected and cherished authors. (Taken from Publisher)
About The Council of Friends

Established in 2000, the award-winning Council of Friends of Public Libraries is made up of volunteers who are avid readers and are committed to promoting reading countywide. The group has organized and hosted author events that have featured best-selling authors for the past 16 years.  In 2010, they formed a partnership with Independent Bookstore Aaron’s Books in Lititz that brings authors to Lancaster County while they travel on their national book tours.

Tickets for the 2018 luncheon are on sale now. Cost is $50 per ticket, which includes luncheon, author presentation and a paperback copy of Elizabeth Strout’s latest book, Anything Is Possible.

Ticket Order Form

Contact Cathy Doremus at 717-627-3772 or email at cdoremus@ptd.net to purchase tickets.  Checks should be made payable to The Council of FriendsPlease be sure to include a SASE (Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope) with your ticket order! 

For more information, including library hours, visit the Library System of Lancaster County’s website at www.lancasterlibraries.org to access system-wide events as well as your local library’s web page!

Aaron's Books - Independent Bookstore in Lititz PA      Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries 

Brighten the Winter Doldrums with our Book Lover’s Author Event!

Susan Meissner, best-selling author

The Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries and Aaron’s Books will host best-selling author, Susan Meissner on Tuesday, February 6th at 6:30 pm at the Bent Creek Country Club, Lancaster County.   Meissner is making a repeat appearance since her 2017 visit proved to be so popular with readers.  Her current visit celebrates the launch of her latest book, As Bright As Heaven. Tickets are $30.00To purchase tickets, visit Aaron’s Books, 35 East Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543. Tickets may also be ordered online at AaronsBooks.com.   Aaron’s Books will offer a $10 discount on the purchase of her NEW book if purchased at the event.   Proceeds from this event will raise funds for the Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries.

Library Fundraiser

As Bright as Heaven

It was during Fall 1918 when Pauline Bright’s husband is made heir to his uncle’s very As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissnersuccessful Philadelphia funeral home, they move to the city optimistic that they can now give their three daughters—Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa—a wonderful, carefree life. Just months later, however, the Spanish Flu descends, turning their lives and the world around them upside down. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst tragedy and challenges, Pauline and her daughters learn what they cannot live without—and what they are willing to do about it.

“Strong, resilient, and determined to make their way in a changing world, Meissner’s characters step off the page and into history.”—Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

“With stunning prose and keen detail, Meissner has deftly created a heady mix of love, politics and survival…A must read!”—Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan’s Tale

About the Author

Susan Meissner is the critically-acclaimed author of 20 novels. Her engaging stories feature memorable characters facing unique and complex circumstances, often against a backdrop of historical significance. A multi-award winning author, her books have earned starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and BookList. Prior to her writing career, she was a managing editor of a weekly newspaper in southwestern Minnesota.  Her novels include A Bridge Across the Ocean; Secrets of Charmed Life, a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015; and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University.

She enjoys teaching workshops on writing, spending time with her family, reading great books and traveling. Susan makes her home in the San Diego area with her husband Bob, a pastor and chaplain in the Air Force Reserves. They are the parents of four adult children.

When she’s not working on a novel, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. Visit Susan at susanlmeissner.com, on Twitter at @SusanMeissner, or at facebook.com/susan.meissner.

The Council of Friends

Established in 2000, the award-winning Council of Friends of Public Libraries is made up of volunteers who are avid readers and are committed to promoting reading countywide. The group has organized and hosted author events that have featured best-selling authors for the past 16 years.  In 2010, they formed a partnership with Independent Bookstore Aaron’s Books in Lititz that brings authors to Lancaster County while they travel on their national book tours.

Visit AaronsBooks.com to order tickets!

$30 Ticket includes author presentation and light refreshments.

Susan Meissner’s new book and her previous titles will be available for sale by Aaron’s Books at the event!

Aaron’s Books will offer a $10 discount on the purchase of her NEW book if purchased at the event.   Proceeds from this event will raise funds for the Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries.

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Aaron's Books - Independent Bookstore in Lititz PA               Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries