Month: March 2018

Library System to unveil its NEW Bookmobile: The Possibility Machine!


The Library System proudly announces the arrival of their brand new Bookmobile – The Possibility Machine! The new Bookmobile has been in production for the past several months and will replace the current bookmobile that has served Lancaster County residents for the past 17 years.  Purchase of the new vehicle was made possible by the generous support of foundations, local businesses, Extra Give donations, the System Board, and individual contributions from the community at large.  The funds of $165,000, acquired during the year-long Capital Campaign, will pay for the bookmobile, vehicle graphics, and special book carts.  The campaign goal was reached in time for the March delivery date.

There will be an official unveiling of the new Bookmobile
at a Donor Appreciation Celebration on
Sunday, April 8th 2:00 pm
at the Manheim Township Public Library.

The County Commissioners have given their endorsement of the purchase via a signed Memorandum of Understanding between the Library System and the County. This support allowed the System to move ahead with the acquisition.  Commissioner Dennis Stuckey was very pleased to learn that the capital campaign goal was met, “On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, I thank all who donated towards the new Bookmobile.  Congratulations to the Library System and Executive Director Bonnie Young for taking on the task of raising the funds.  Well done!”

Kim Smith and her design team of TCGAD Advertising & Design created the whimsical elements in the new design, which incorporates the communities that are served by the Bookmobile.  There are also book titles in the design that relate to bookmobiles.

In 2016 the Bookmobile celebrated its 75th anniversary. During those many years, the Bookmobile provided library services to persons who have trouble accessing libraries.  The acquisition of the new bookmobile will insure that this valuable service will continue and it will be delivered more efficiently.  The new vehicle is a smaller, more-efficient model that has better fuel efficiency, as well as being more reliable with less downtime and maintenance costs.

Ed Miller, Bookmobile and Special Services Manager for the Library System, is delighted with the expanded capabilities of the new Bookmobile. “The new design will allow the capability of taking our collection, which will be on book carts, inside of the facilities that we visit.”  In the past, patrons would have to come aboard the Bookmobile, either climbing steps or riding a wheelchair lift, making for precarious situations for seniors and cramped story times for younger patrons.

“We’ve nicknamed the future vehicle ‘The Possibility Machine,’” says Meredith Hendrix-Jackson, Outreach Librarian and fellow Bookmobile driver, “The obvious possibilities that it will open for us are better access and more flexibility on how we get materials out to the community.” Expansion of the service to Head Start Centers with the new design’s rolling carts will allow Bookmobile Librarians to get inside the Head Start classrooms for story times.  Also, the provision of curriculum-based materials located on the movable carts will enrich the service to teachers and students.

In addition to expanding services to youth that are served by the Bookmobile, the new design will benefit seniors residing in retirement facilities around the county. By bringing specifically curated carts of books and movies to retirement home lobbies, more people can peruse extra items.  Hendrix-Jackson anticipates great benefit with the new bookmobile design, “It is anyone’s guess what services we could bring to the community once we’ve knocked back these barriers.”

Although the capital campaign goal for the purchase and design of the new vehicle was reached in time for the March delivery date, the community is invited to subscribe to the “Books on the Go!” Club. The club allows subscribers to donate monthly contributions at affordable levels, which will support the Bookmobile service to the community.

Books on the Go Club


“Books on the Go!” Club


Monthly Donation



Book Lover 


Book Connoisseur


 Honorary Bookmobile Driver 


For more information about the Bookmobile’s past, present and future visit click here

Bookmobile’s Mission

Our highest priorities are to serve low and moderate-income neighborhoods and organizations that serve this population. The Bookmobile stops at over 58 locations in Lancaster County, which include 22 stops at Head Start Centers, preschools, and daycare centers and Amish Schools; 37 monthly stops for Seniors at assisted living facilities, personal care homes, retirement communities and low-income senior apartment buildings. Bookmobile staff offer story times and early literacy programs at the Head Start, preschool and daycare centers during their visits.  At the Bookmobile, you can find high quality fiction and nonfiction for all ages, large print materials, audio books and DVDs.

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Public Libraries in Lancaster County will celebrate Pennsylvania’s One Book Every Young Child Campaign with Author Visits!


Lancaster County’s public libraries will participate in the 13th annual One Book, Every Young Child statewide early learning initiative, to highlight both the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, ages 3-6 years and specifically the vital role that adults have fostering that development.

Special Story Times will be offered at all of the public libraries in Lancaster County from April 3 through May 29.  There will also be special Author Visits on May 3, 2018.  (See schedules below for Author Visits and Storytimes!)

The initiative is a collaborative effort of Pennsylvania public libraries, museums, early childcare centers and other youth-oriented associations in the Commonwealth. This year’s book selection is My Cousin Momo written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora.  Published in 2015 by Dial Books, this book is for children ages 3 to 5.

Early learning starts in Pennsylvania’s Public Libraries. During story time, youth librarians foster early childhood literacy and school readiness skills. Now in its 13th year, One Book, Every Young Child is a valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers and the significance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books.

The program has remained successful in part due to the partnership of collaborating agencies that all support early childhood literacy efforts. They worked together to develop this multifaceted program which is accessible to all areas and populations of the state.

Public Librarians during the reading of the book, engage children in open-ended discussion about the story line and characters, introduce new vocabulary, talk about alphabet letters and make a point that reading books builds a critical foundation of knowledge, readying a child for school. Encouragement is given to parents to “Read to One’s Child Every Day”.

Libraries have additional copies of My Cousin Momo for parents and caregivers to borrow.

picture of squirrel with camera around neck - cover image for "my cousin Momo"About the 2018 Book Selection: My Cousin Momo
When a flying squirrel arrives for a visit with relatives, carrying his suitcase, wearing a camera around his neck, and sporting a pink T-shirt and aqua-and-yellow running shoes, he fails to impress his two cousins and their many forest friends. He’s too shy to fly for them, and he doesn’t know how to play superheroes, hide-and-seek, or acorn-pong. The cousins are frustrated by Momo’s behavior (one cousin kicks a mushroom), but when they follow their parents’ advice to “Give him some time” and “Just make him feel welcome,” they modify the rules of their games so Momo feels included. OHora’s stylized illustrations are humorous (Momo dresses as “Muffin Man” when playing superheroes) and touching (he cries as he packs his suitcase, wanting to go home). VERDICT Many children will relate to Momo’s situation as he faces new surroundings and experiences and will be relieved when his cousins finally accept him for who he is. ~Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada 

The Reviews Are In…

“Picture books with hip, quirky illustrations that are not just funny but also have plenty of heart are hard to find. The stylish My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora has it all.” ~ The Boston Globe

“OHora’s story soars, encouraging acceptance and being true to yourself.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

OHora could paint stones in the street and make them funny.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Many children will relate to Momo’s situation as he faces new surroundings and experiences and will be relieved when his cousins finally accept him for who he is.” ~ School Library Journal

“Fun details—like Momo’s tiny camera and his cousin’s superhero bat costume—will delight. A fab offering.” ~ Booklist

“Librarians and parents will delight in the lightly played theme of approaching the unfamiliar with an open mind.” ~The Horn Book

One Book, Every Young Child
 Author Visits ~ May 3, 2018

10:30 a.m.
Eastern Lancaster County Library
11 Chestnut Dr., New Holland, PA 17557
To register, visit,
register in person, or call us at 354-0525.

 12:45-1:45 p.m.
H.C. Burgard Elementary
111 S. Penn St., Manheim, PA 17545
Sponsoring Library: Manheim Community Library
(This event is closed to the public)

 6:30 p.m.
ititz Public Library
651 Kissel Hill Rd., Lititz, PA 17545
To register, email at
(Include your name, phone number and number attending.)
You may also register in person or call 717-626-2255.

One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Carnegie Science Center, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children and The Pennsylvania Child Care Association. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

During the months of April and May, public libraries around the county will host special “My Cousin Momo” story time celebrations that will incorporate reading the selected book along with themed-related concepts and activities and other teaching tools to stretch children’s exploration and learning.  Public Library programs support the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.

There also will be traveling trunks developed by early childhood educators to help expand upon the concepts in My Cousin Momo. Each trunk is filled with fun book-related activities, games and manipulatives for young children that align with Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood. 

My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora
Story Times/Traveling Trunk Programs @ Public Libraries

List of scheduled events celebrating early literacy; libraries may require registration, please contact your local public library for more information.

Tuesday, April 3
Lancaster Public Library 10:30 am

Thursday, April 5
Lancaster Public Library – Mountville Branch 10:15 am

Wednesday, April 11
Salisbury Township Branch Library 10:00 am
Pequea Valley Public Library 11:15 am

Thursday, April 12
Milanof-Schock Public Library 10:30 am

Monday, April 16
Ephrata Public Library at 10:00 am &  11:00 am

Wednesday, April 18
Manheim Township Public Library 10:00 am

Thursday, April 19
Elizabethtown Public Library 10:30 am

Tuesday, April 24
Lancaster Public Library – Leola Branch 10:30 am

Wednesday, April 25
Moores Memorial Library 10:30 am
Strasburg-Heisler Library 10:30 am

Saturday, May 12
Quarryville Library 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 22
Manheim Community Library 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 29
Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland) 10:30 am

Zachariah OHoraAbout the Author…

Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of The New York Times best-selling book Wolfie the Bunny. He is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning books including No Fits Nilson! – The Huffington Post Best Children’s Book of 2013 – and The Not So Quiet Library.

My Cousin Momo was a Boston Globe Best Children’s Book of 2015. His debut children’s book Stop Snoring Bernard! won the 2011 Society of Illustrators Founder’s Award and was the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child selection in 2012.  Zach lives in Narberth, PA with his wife and two sons.

Visit him online at or on Twitter @ZachariahOHora.

For more information about the One Book, Every Young Child early learning initiative visit:

Previous selections for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program are:

  •  2017 – Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
  • 2016 – Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand
  • 2015 – Number One Sam by Greg Pizolli
  • 2014 – Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale
  • 2013 – The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
  • 2012 – Stop Snoring Bernard by Zachariah OHora
  • 2011 – Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
  • 2010 – What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
  • 2009 – If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
  • 2008 – Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
  • 2007 – A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom
  • 2006 – Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George


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Public Libraries in Lancaster County invite you to Meet Libby!


The App that gives access to Digital eBooks and Audiobooks
Best-selling and classic titles available anytime, anywhere

 Meet Libby, the innovative and fun new reading app from the Public Libraries in Lancaster County that’s getting rave reviews from readers and librarians. The Libby app is a friendly guide to help people search and borrow eBooks and audiobooks from their local library. Warm, personal and friendly, Libby is easy to use and provides a unique reading experience for readers of all ages – always one tap away from the library, their bookshelf and their next great read.

Libby App imageFree to download, Libby is available now in the Apple App StoreGoogle Play and Windows store.

“Libby is fast, fun and friendly,” said Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, LSLC Community Relations manager, “Readers love Libby because of its user-friendliness and the fact that they’re always one tap away from the book they’re reading, other books they’ve checked out, or the extensive catalog at their library.”

Libby guides readers to find a local library and remember their library card number. If a user doesn’t have a library card, Libby directs the user to the library.

Libby was built upon OverDrive’s best-in-class OverDrive Read technology, which allows Libby to present any eBook or audiobook in a simple, beautiful format regardless if the title is a novel, comic or graphic novel, reference material, cookbook or Read-Along. Please note that there may be a wait for popular titles.

Libby features everyone can enjoy:

  • Download eBooks and audiobooks for offline reading, or stream them to save space
  • Sample any eBook or audiobook with a tap – nothing to download or delete
  • Kindle® users can send library eBooks to their device or app (U.S. only)
  • Libby remembers a reader’s place in a book as well as what notes and bookmarks that were created across all devices, allowing for a synced reading experience
  • Keeps track of reading history in the activity tab.

Since its launch, Libby has received positive reviews by both readers and librarians. With more than half a million installs and over 700 five-star reviews, the user-friendly app is quickly becoming a favorite to discover, borrow and enjoy eBooks and audiobooks for free. It’s a library aide available 24/7, anytime and anywhere.

OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for libraries, serves 38,000 libraries and schools worldwide, including 90 percent of U.S. public libraries.

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Elizabeth Strout’s ‘Anything Is Possible’ Wins The Story Prize

Author Elizabeth StroutPulitzer prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout was awarded The Story Prize and a cash award of $20,000 for her short story collection,  Anything is Possible!  Strout will be the speaker at the 18th Annual Author Luncheon on April 19, 2018.  The event is a fundraiser for public libraries and is hosted by The Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries, Aaron’s Books, and the Library System.

Strout is also the author of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning Olive Kitteridge, a collection of interconnected short stories, in addition to the novels, My Name is Lucy Barton (2016)The Burgess Boys(2013) and Amy and Isabelle (2000).

Read the Publishers Weekly article 

To find out more about attending this year’s Author Luncheon, visit:

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