Month: February 2018

Adamstown Area Library hires new Youth Services Librarian


Andrea BlackThe Adamstown Area Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Black as the new Youth Services Librarian/Assistant Director for Adamstown Area Library (AAL). In her role as Youth Services Librarian, she will provide comprehensive library services for children from birth through teen years. Andrea will present story times, develop new programs, serve as liaison to schools and community organizations, and continue AAL’s history of quality library services to children and their families. Andrea received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked in public libraries for 6 years in several capacities—as Youth Services Librarian at Middletown Public Library, as the Branch Manager at East Pennsboro Library, and as the Library Director at Dillsburg Area Public Library. “We are very happy to have Andrea on board and are looking forward to all of the new and creative ways she will service the community by administering literacy-based story times & crafts and STEAM & STEM programming,” said Library Director Kathy Thren.


Carol Hinrichs, who has been the Children’s Librarian/Assistant Director at AAL for the past 17 years, will go into partial retirement when Andrea Black begins her work as the new Youth Services Librarian. Carol started working at AAL on August 13, 2001. When she started, Carol worked here with one other full-time employee and several library volunteers. Since then, Carol says, Adamstown has grown and so has library usage. In 2002, about 200 children participated in the Summer Reading Program. In 2017, the Adamstown Area Library realized a significant increase in their Summer Reading participation with attendance of nearly 1300 children.  AAL has also been designated as a Family Place Library. Hinrichs will continue working with families at Family Place workshops. Family Place™ Libraries are centers for early childhood information, parent education, early literacy, socialization and family support. “Carol did a fabulous job in her work with children by enriching their lives, making reading fun and winning their affection by serving in her role as our Family Place Workshop Librarian. Because of her notable accomplishments, we are pleased to offer her a part time Librarian position of 10 hours/week,” said Kathy Thren.


Ebook Market: Self-Publishing Workshop

Author, Holly Bush

The Ebook Market: Self-Publishing Workshop
Presented by Holly Bush

Milanof-Schock Library

Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00 pm

So you’ve written your first book!

What do you do now? Is Traditional Publishing the best plan for you
or is Self-Publishing the way to go?

Many authors today are hybrids, publishing traditionally and self-pubbing some of their work. If you’re considering self-publishing for any of your writing, join us as Holly Bush tells you her journey in the self-publishing world, and gives you step-by-step instructions from the last word you write until your book is available to the public and in the hands of consumers.

Learn all about marketing plans, purchasing an ISBN, editorial services, cover art, aggregators, and retail platforms.

Visit or call 717-653-1510 to register.

Columbia Public Library announces their new building “Topping Off” event!

Columbia Public Library New Logo

The Board of the Columbia Public Library is pleased to announce that they are ready to mark the halfway point of the library’s expansion project with a “Topping Off” ceremony. The community is invited to attend the event on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Columbia Public Library, 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512. In addition to celebrating progress made with the project, those attending the event will have the opportunity to sign one of the roof trusses before it is placed on the building. The event will also serve as an update on progress that has been made with the construction done by CH&E Construction Company and the Capital Campaign.

Once the trusses are placed, the next portion of the project will focus on Columbia Public Library Framingfinishing the interior of the library. It is also a time for the community to reflect on the progress made with this $2.5 million expansion and to head into the final phase of the construction.

The expansion marks the first major update to the library since 1973. When this latest round of renovations is complete, patrons will enjoy a library that is a vibrant center for community gatherings, with features such as an expanded children’s area, an enlarged circulation area, improved handicap accessibility, and 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.

“The Board eagerly anticipates this exciting milestone in our renovation project. We encourage our donors and patrons to attend this event to add their names to the roof trusses and become a permanent part of the Columbia Public Library now and for years to come,” said Columbia Library Board Treasurer Gregg Dubbs.

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

Robin Gamby

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The Library System of Lancaster County Announces online access to Practice Driving Tests!

Free DMV Practice Tests logo

The Library System, on behalf of The Public Libraries of Lancaster County, is pleased to announce a partnership with, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The practice tests are based on the state’s actual DMV materials. is one of the nation’s premier sites for driver’s license practice tests. The creators of have emphasized availability and accessibility to help new drivers study state manuals and take driving practice tests.

For direct access to this new resource visit:

Additionally, is the only site of its kind to provide accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, convert them to MP3, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the driving practice tests.

With this partnership, the Public Libraries in Lancaster County will be able to offer these specialized practice exams that will turn new drivers into safer drivers. Our new program will work as an outreach to several valued groups of patrons, including teens, those with disabilities, and seniors who need to take a renewal exam, as well as patrons at every other stage of life.

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Public Libraries offer STEM and Beyond @ the Library!

The Public Libraries of Lancaster County are pleased to offer an entire week of STEM programs entitled, “STEM and Beyond @ the Library!” These special events will be held at public libraries throughout the county from February 19-24, 2018.


STEM learning has propelled since reports were published that not enough students in the U.S. were mastering science, technology, engineering, and math skills.   STEM programs in public libraries give audiences of all ages more opportunities to learn, experiment, and follow individual interests. Library STEM activities and events happen in grade-free zones where youth can explore and make mistakes without judgment.

Libraries also have a unique position to engage diverse populations in STEM, and by doing so, they broaden the participation of under-represented populations. STEM Library programs offered include individual exploration, and small group involvement. Librarians are intentionally teaching STEM and encouraging scientific inquiry.

Research shows that STEM learning experiences that occur across informal environments, such as, public libraries, positively influence science learning in school, attitudes toward science, pursuit of science-related occupations, and engagement in lifelong science learning.

Early Learning Experiences

The foundation of STEM education begins in a child’s early years. Preschool and kindergarten children are capable of learning science.  An approach to these early learners may focus on a single concept, about such topics as “color”, “plant science”, and “weather.”

 Hands-On Workstations

In Libraries, where multiple STEM hands-on workstations are set up, children explore and discover while becoming their own teachers. Children may then teach others the skills that they’ve learned and mastered. Youth will strengthen their independent learning skills, and engage in the scientific process, and practices.   For older STEM programs, the format may encourage youth to “learn-build-test.” For example, a library program about catapults would look like this: learn (concept exploration) about catapults, see some examples, build one, and then time to test it out. Naturally, all the participants watch to see how everyone’s catapult does, and then discuss the outcomes.

Role of Parents and Caregivers

Parents and adult caregivers are also encouraged to participate in hands-on programs with their children. Through the process, the adults learn first-hand how to foster their child’s growing curiosity about the world.  The active engagement of parents reinforces and encourages STEM learning for their children.

STEM and Beyond @ the Library! Events

Adamstown Area Library
3000 N. Reading Rd, Adamstown, PA 17501

Preschool Storytime with hands-on STEM activities
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 20 & 21 at 10:00 am.
For ages 2-6 with caregiver. Please register.

MakeIT AAL- Bricks for Kids
Saturday February 24 from 10am to 12pm. (For ages 7 through middle school.)
This hands-on program will introduce your child to some of the components of STEM. With the help from STEM educators, students will brainstorm and create a vehicle that moves. We will be building all types of vehicles including trucks, buses, cars and more using Legos plans. Kids will get a chance to test the movement of their chosen vehicle during a race between builders. Registration is required.

Eastern Lancaster County Library
11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, PA

STEM Story Time Registration is requested; walk-ins welcome! Best for Ages 3-5. Preschoolers are invited to hear stories about Curious George and space travel, then build and launch their own air-powered rockets!

Marvelous Math-Grades 5-8- Registration is requested; walk-ins welcome. Description: “Come and explore math at the library! We will do some math related projects.”

Teen Chopped– Grades 7-8. Registration is required for this event. Description: “Come and enter in this food competition. Teens will be paired up and use only three ingredients to create an appetizer and dessert. Ingredients are included. No cooking required!”

Elizabethtown Public Library
10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown, PA 17022

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8’s
February 20 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This is a recreational after-school math club that helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities! We need 12-16 kids who are currently in Kindergarten through 2nd grade to join us for Crazy 8’s! The club will run 1 hour weekly.

Ephrata Public Library
500 South Reading Rd, Ephrata, PA 17522

Preschool Tech Time: Swamps and Erosion
February 21, 2018 – 10:00 am 

What is a marsh or wetland? Conduct experiments in water absorption this week in our weekly STEM series for preschoolers. Caregivers are encouraged to participate with their children. Ages 2-5. For more information and to register, visit or call 717-738-9291.

Baking Club for Kids
February 21, 2018–5:00 pm

Explore the science of baking using household ingredients and simple recipes. Focus on measurements, simple chemical and thermal reactions and kitchen safety. Caregivers must stay for the duration of the program. Please alert us of food allergies upon registration. Ages 5-8.  For more information and to register, visit call 717-738-9291.

Lancaster Public Library
125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, PA 17602

STEM and Beyond
Saturday, February 24, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at the library for a day of STEM activities! Try your hand at mini-science projects, learn about new technologies, test your engineering skills, and have FUN doing math! There will be multiple activities for each of the STEM categories, and a little bit of art too. This is a drop-in program, so feel free to stop by anytime between 11 am and 2 pm, and stay as long as you like! Ages 5-12œ

Lititz Public Library
651 Kissel Hill Rd, Lititz, PA 17543

Week of February 19-24, 2018

Stop in and experience some hands-on STEM in the Children’s area all week long.  There will also be some “Take and Make” activities for families to do at home.œ

Manheim Community Library
15 E. High St., Manheim PA 17545

“Simple Machines”
Tuesday Feb. 20 from 6pm-7pm.

Kids will be constructing and using simple machines with kits provided by the library as well as materials that can be found at home. Registrations will be online for this family program. Ages 5+ are encouraged to attend. (siblings are always welcome) Limit of 30 children.

Story Times will also be incorporating simple machines into each program.

Manheim Township Public Library
595 Granite Run Road, Lancaster, PA

Design Challenge – Build a Ball Launcher! Session 1
Tuesday, February 20th

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm (Registration required)

We’re participating in the annual Fluor engineering challenge to get as many kids engineering as possible! Come to one of our sessions or all three!  Build it here, or at home and bring it in to test and submit your entries!  We will have the following opportunities for your team or student:

  • Opening session for building, testing and formal scoring if completed:
    February 20th 4:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Mid-contest session for building, testing and formal scoring if completed:
    February 28th 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Final session for building, testing, and formal scoring:
    March 15th 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Download complete details and rules for Design Challenge Contest

Milanof-Schock Library
1184 Anderson Ferry Rd., Mount Joy, PA

All activities during the week of Feb 19 – 24 will be celebrating the theme of

Monday 10am – 1:00 pm: Wee Build, Free Build drop in and practice your building skills (engineering) with our materials

Tuesday 1:00 pm: weights and balance are key in this mobile art project

Wednesday and Thursday 10:30 am: Sing, Shake & Sway use rhythm instruments & wave those silky scarves to count it out & keep the beat in this preschool story time

Thursday 6:00 pm: STEM Club Candy Math and Science it’s a sweet month, so we’ll use candy to conduct science experiments, graph, pie charts, calculate percentages and much more!

Friday 10:30 am: Rhythm and Rhyme Storytime for Children with Special Needs and their Families This Storytime is geared toward children at the preschool level with autism or other developmental disabilities

Saturday 4:00 -6:00 pm: Rock Your Socks Off Party is the end of our “STEM and Beyond” week. Join us for a pizza & dance party. Tickets are $3 and there will be raffles and a souvenir shop!

Moores Memorial Library
9 West Slokum Avenue, Christiana, PA

LEGO Club on Thursday Feb. 22 at 6:00 pm
Ages 6-12. Focus on Engineering!
Week of February 19-24, 2018.

Pequea Valley Public Library/Salisbury Township Branch
835 Houston Run Drive, Gap, PA 17527

STEM and Beyond @ PVPL

Saturday, Feb. 24 from 10 AM-12 noon.   Freestyle design with Legos and magnetic tiles, try coding with Code-a-pillar and Cubetto, design, make and take a button pin, and more.  For ages 5 and older.  Space is limited. Registration is required by calling

Quarryville Library
357 Buck Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566

February 20 – 23: It’s a county-wide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Art, and Reading at your public library!

We’ll have interactive stations out each day, plus a display about STEM education and activities for the whole family. Stop by the display during your visit and see what it’s all about! (For all ages)

Strasburg-Heisler Library
143 Precision Ave, Strasburg, PA

Construction Zone Friday, February 23, from 10:00 am – 12:00, for ages 2-5.
Duplos, MagnaTiles, and other building toys!

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