Month: April 2018

Library System installs new board officers at their Annual Meeting

The Library System of Lancaster County announced their Board Member roster for the coming year at their Annual Meeting that was held at the Manheim Township Public Library, on Wednesday, April 18th.   The installation of the board’s officers took place after the slate of officers for 2018-2019 was voted upon at the business meeting portion of the event.

The 2018 board members include Christina Diehl, Jeanne Grimsley, Elizabeth Ann Flaherty, Rich Frerichs, G. Kenneth Kohlmaier, Shel O. Lundquist and Diane Tannehill.

The elected slate of officers are as follows:

Christina Diehl, President
Jeanne Grimsley, Vice President
G. Kenneth Kohlmaier, Treasurer
Diane Tannehill, Secretary

Brandon Danz and Andre Fouchet stepped off the board this year since their terms have expired.  The County Commissioners appointed two new board members who will replace Danz and Fouchet starting next month.

New Board Members
Elizabeth A. Flaherty, Esquire
Elizabeth A. Flaherty is Deputy Counsel to the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg. She earned her J.D. from Widener University School of Law and her B.S. in Physical Therapy from Ithaca College. Ms. Flaherty serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Judicial Disciplinary Counsel, a national organization, and the Executive Council of the Women in the Profession Commission of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.


Shel O. Lundquist
Shel O. Lundquist is an accountant with Ross Buehler Falk & Company, LLP, a position she has held since 2013.  Her expertise includes tax preparation for individuals and small to medium-sized business and not-for-profit entities, audit and attestation fieldwork, and financial statement preparation.  She communicates with clients and partners to ensure accurate financial representation and also assists in training new team members on workflow, software, and office procedures/policies.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting (May 2012) and a Master of Accounting (2013) from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA.  Her recognition for outstanding professional achievements includes the Calvert Ellis Scholarship for SAT/ACT scores and GPA 2008 – 2012 as well as the Charles M. Rice Accounting Prize for outstanding performance in accounting, April 2012.

LSLC Board Officers
Christina Diehl, President
Christina Diehl has been a Lancaster County resident for her entire life.  Born and raised in Lititz where her family still resides, she now lives in downtown Lancaster City.  After earning a Bachelor degree in Marketing from West Chester University, Christina now works as a Realtor for Banker Residential Brokerage.  She currently serves on the on the CRIZ Authority after being appointed by the Mayor and additionally is on the LCAR board of directors.


Jeanne Grimsley, Vice President
Jeanne Grimsley has been an advocate for public libraries as a member of the Lititz Public Library Friends Group for the past 20 years.  She currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL). As a PCBL board member, she contributed to the establishment of an Annual Friends Institute, which has attracted over 100 PA library friends who share ideas for bringing renewed commitment and vibrancy to the public libraries they serve.  Grimsley’s work as an Independent Writer focuses on writing marketing communications and resumes.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ursinus College as well as an MS Degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola College.  Her additional community service includes serving on the Lititz Borough Civil Service Commission.


G. Kenneth Kohlmaier, Treasurer
G. Kenneth Kohlmaier is a private wealth advisor and franchise owner of The Kohlmaier Muscalus Group.  He has worked as a Certified Financial Planner for over 33 years with a specialty focus on retirement planning, estate planning, investment planning and tax planning strategies.  He is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where he earned dual degrees in Government and Psychology and also has a Juris Doctorate from George Mason University in Washington, D.C.   He is also a member of the Washington D.C. Bar.   He has served his clients and community by providing wealth management services to help people achieve their goals and aspirations in a thoughtful and prudent manner.  His professional affiliations are with Financial Planning Association and The Million Dollar Round Table.   He received the Ameriprise Diamond Ring Club Award in 1993 and was inducted in the Ameriprise Hall of Fame in 2008.


Diane Tannehill, Secretary
Diane Tannehill retired from the U.S. Department of Energy, where as a member of the Senior Executive Service, she served as the Director of the Office of Oil and Gas, Energy Information Administration.  Her responsibility included managing staffs in Washington, D.C. and Dallas, Texas and she worked closely with the U.S. Congress, petroleum trade groups, and oil and gas companies.   In this post she traveled throughout the United States giving statistical presentations and conducting training programs. From 1990 through 1992 she served as the Government Co-chair of the National Petroleum Council for the Committee on Natural Gas.  For her service, she received the Meritorious Award – the second highest civilian award given by the U.S. Government.  She has been a resident of Lancaster since 1996 and since then has served as a community volunteer for a number of nonprofit organizations.

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Public Libraries honor staff, trustees and volunteers with special service awards

Public Libraries in Lancaster County honored staff, trustees and volunteers who have provided outstanding service to their public library during their Annual Meeting held on Wednesday, April 18. The event held at the Manheim Township Public library, had library officials, public library directors, board members and interested citizens in attendance.  The Annual Meeting, held in April each year, marks the installation of Officers who serve on the Library System’s Board of Directors.  The annual event is also an opportunity to honor those who have exemplified excellence in serving their community’s library — as staff, trustees or volunteers.

Service Award Winners

Lisa Greybill presents award to “Spencer” the READ Dog and his Trainer, Kelly Skiptunas

Volunteer, “Spencer, The Reading Dog” and Kelly Skiptunas, Trainer – presented by Lisa Greybill, Director, Columbia Public Library

“I have been working with Kelly Skiptunas and her reading therapy Rottweilers since practically my first day at the Columbia Public Library. These gentle giant dogs are wonderful with adults, teens, and children alike.  When patrons know Spencer is coming, they make special visits just to see him.  Kelly and Spencer work with both individual children and with small groups of school classes, including Park Elementary IU13 and Our Lady of the Angels.  Spencer has become our library “mascot” and is usually present at any library activity, making new friends!  He is a breath of fresh air to many in the Columbia community.”

Trustee and Volunteers, Hugh and Barbara McMaster – presented by Heather Smith, Director, Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Barbara McMaster and Hugh McMaster receive award from Heather Smith (center), Elanco Library Director.

“The ELANCO Library would like to honor Hugh and Barb McMaster for their continued and dedicated service. Hugh is a former board of trustee member who also served as board president. Barb chaired our dinner auction committee for years. Both Hugh and Barb were separately awarded our Eleanor Dissinger Award for service and both are still members of the auction committee helping to raise funds and awareness for the library.”


Bonnie Grater (left) and Penny Talbert, Ephrata Public Library Director

Trustee/Volunteer – Bonnie Grater – presented by Penny Talbert, Ephrata Public Library

Bonnie Grater has been an advocate of Lancaster County libraries for decades. She’s served in a variety of capacities in Lancaster County including volunteer, board member and, for a short time, Interim System Administrator. Her appreciation of the what public libraries do has made her an invaluable asset to all libraries in the county.” 


Volunteer, Joanna Hertzler – presented by Susan Tennant, Lititz Public Library Director.  

Joanna Hertzler (left) and Susan Tennant (right)

“Joanna empties our after-hours book return and pulls the items requested by patrons from other libraries five mornings a week. Over the past year, Joanna has pulled more than 10,000 items for shipment to other libraries—that includes books, movies and audio books requested by people from around the county. Plus, on Monday mornings Joanna stays for a couple more hours to reshelf all the items she took out of the book drop as well as everything patrons return to our library on the busiest day of the week.” 




Lissa Holland (left) and Heather Sharpe (right)

Staff Member, Lissa Holland, Assistant Director at LPL – presented by Heather Sharpe, Lancaster Public Library Director

“After seven years as the Mountville Branch Manager, Lissa was called upon to take over the management of the Leola Branch in addition to her current duties. Without hesitation she stepped up to the challenge. Despite both personal and professional obstacles, she demonstrated initiative and unrelenting commitment. She’s since been promoted to Assistant Director of the Lancaster Public Library and continues to demonstrate exceptional leadership and is an absolute joy to have on the team.”


Jonathan Dunkle (left) and Connie Kelly (right)

Staff Member, Connie Kelly, Circulation Desk Manager at Manheim Community Library – presented by Jonathan Dunkle, Manheim Community Library Director.

Connie is our circulation desk manager and has worked at the library for seven years. In the absence of a director, Connie made sure the library ran smoothly, assisted in completing the state report and made it so that when I was hired, everything transitioned easily. Since then, she has been invaluable in helping me familiarize myself with the library and the community all while providing excellent service to our patrons, cataloging, scheduling and much more. She is well-liked by staff and patrons and is extremely deserving to be recognized for her service.”


Mary Jo Schimaneck, Volunteer – presented by Martha Matt of the Friends of the Manheim Township Public Library

Martha Matt (Left) and Mary Jo Schimaneck (right)

“Mary Jo has been a Library volunteer for 12 years, at the old Oregon Pike location and at the library’s current location on Granite Run Drive. She has chaired or co -chaired the library’s annual Book Sale for the past 10 years. This is a year round task involving not only the extensive preparation for the sale itself, like getting carts, a truck and a massive set up, but also weekly book sorting sessions with the Friends group at the library. Mary Jo is at the Manheim Township Library 2-3 times per week, all year long in preparation for the sale.”

Jan Betty (right) and Barbara Basile (left)

Jan Betty, Youth Services Librarian – presented by Barbara J. Basile, Director, Milanof-Schock Library

“We will be honoring Jan Betty, our amazing youth services coordinator. “Miss Ja-a-a-n” is a refrain we commonly hear. Delighted children and smiling parents affirm what we all know. The heart of our library is Miss Jan’s programs which enthrall children and their grownups alike. For over 12 years, she has engaged families by blending children’s literature, music, art, science, math, dance, and her honest love of life to make reading fun and our library a beloved family destination.”

Bob Stanley (left), Dick Kolb, Jeanette Kolb, Trish Vandenbosch (right)

Volunteers, Jeannette and Richard (Dick) Kolb– presented by Trish Vandenbosch, Library Director,

Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

“Jeanette and Dick have faithfully served at our Friends Read More Bookstore every Wednesday since it opened 2013.  Jeannette has come up with one of our most popular fundraisers, our Annual Princess Ball.  Jeannette also has taken over as President of our Friends Group for several years.  She was instrumental in having the Bookstore included in the Best Kept Secrets Tour in 2015.  Dick is our DVD and CD expert in the book store.  He cleans each one that has been donated or sent from the library. He has helped us in so many ways behind the scenes, and even donned a tuxedo for our yearly tea.  These valued volunteers are so important to our success!”

Margie Perella and Jason Graybill

Library Director, Margie Perella – presented by Jason Greybill, Library Board President, Pequea Valley Library (Intercourse)

Margaret Perella has directed the Pequea Valley Public Library since the year 2000 and was the local library coordinator at the Intercourse Lions Club Reading Center, located in our one-room schoolhouse, from 1975-1984.   She spearheaded the campaign to build a new Pequea Valley Public Library that was completed in 2007.  In 2008 she managed the expansion of a new branch library in the PVPL service area with the opening of the Salisbury Branch Library in Gap, PA.   In 2013 she organized the addition of a replica of the original Schoolhouse to the main library. She is a visionary and a leader for the Pequea Valley Community and we recognize and honor Margie on her retirement, June 1, 2018, for 27 years of loyal service to our library.”

Sylvia Drennen (left) and Becky McClure (right)

Volunteer with Friends Group, Becky McClure presented by Sylvia Drennen, Library Director, Quarryville Library

“We are pleased to honor Becky McClure, who is a member of our Friends Group. Becky is a dedicated volunteer who goes above and beyond the call of duty in all that she does for the library. She enthusiastically donates many hours of her time as the manager of the donation department and is always a pleasure and a joy to work with.”



JJ Landis (left) and Kristin Fernitz (right)

Staff Member- Children’s Librarian, JJ Landis – Award presented by Kristin Fernitz, Library Director, Strasburg-Heisler Library

“JJ is a terrific Children’s Librarian and all things PR. She picked up the PR piece as something fun to learn and has made it our “star”. She designed a modern fresh logo, boost our Facebook presence, and keeps our website eye-catching and interesting.



Outstanding Volunteer Award

Diane Tannehill,
Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Diane Tannehill, current LSLC Board President and charter member of The Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries.

“Diane exemplifies all of the best qualities one hopes for in a volunteer. With passion and vision she has served on The Council of Friends of Lancaster Public Libraries since the group was created in 2000.   Now 18 years later, she can claim eighteen successful Author Luncheons to her vast array of volunteer projects.  She has served as President of the Library System’s Board of Directors for the past three years where she brings her wisdom and years of experience to her leadership role.”  

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May 5th is FREE Comic Book Day…and local public libraries benefit!

The Comic Store Logo

The Comic Store in Lancaster is hosting a day of FREE comic books at their McGovern Avenue location on Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm compliments of the store owner, Joe Miller.

The Vader’s Fifth 501 Legion Garrison Carida was such a huge hit last year that they are returning this year with even more Star Wars characters! We expect a whole plethora of cosplay characters to be visiting our store and parking lot, including Batman, Batgirl, and Steampunk Wonder Woman.  Make plans now to visit our store May 6th!!

As always, each customer receives one free comic book. For each additional copy we request that a donation of 50 cents be collected at the register. All of the donated money will be used to buy graphic novels and books for the Lancaster County libraries.

Last year The Comic Store collected over $1300.00 for the local libraries. Three years ago, The Comic Store won the National Award of Best Charity from Diamond Comic Distributors for its efforts in sponsoring this fund-raiser.

Lancaster County’s Public libraries will also have comic books to give away to
Teens and tweens at public libraries in Lancaster County have received free comic books since 2005.

Ed Miller, Special Services Manager in charge of Bookmobile services countywide is very enthusiastic about this annual Comic Book Day promotion. He sees the value that graphic novels hold for teens, “For some of the teenagers that we see, graphic novels are the only literature that they will look at — and yes, comic books can be serious literature. We are extremely grateful for the assistance that Joe Miller gives to support library outreach to teens!”

The Comic Store
28 McGovern Ave.
Lancaster, Pa. 17602
(717) 397-8737
cell (717) 808-5207

For more information about The Comic Store, visit:

For information about the public libraries in Lancaster County, visit:

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The new Bookmobile unveiled at Donor Appreciation Celebration!

New Bookmobile ~ The Possibility Machine

The Library System proudly unveiled the arrival of their brand new Bookmobile – The Possibility Machine – on Sunday, April 8th at a special donor appreciation event held at the Manheim Township Public Library!  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.

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.

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.

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!”

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 storytimes for younger patrons.

Special roll-out carts will allow access to books inside facilities visited by the Bookmobile.


Outreach Librarians: Ed Miller and Meredith Hendrix-Jackson serve communities throughout Lancaster County.











Several guests recounted their memories of the bookmobile and the importance of having the service available to them!


Terry Kauffman, former Lancaster County Commissioner
Terry Kauffman, former Lancaster County Commissioner, shares his early memories of the Bookmobile.


Ethan Demme, President & CEO of Demme Learning, values the impact on children’s learning that the Bookmobile provides.


Ann Adams has high praise for the service as she recounts her bookmobile memories!




Many roles of leadership is the topic for the Library System’s Annual Meeting!

The Library System of Lancaster County is pleased to announce that they will hold their Annual Meeting at the Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Road, Lancaster on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 pm, while the program will begin at 7:00 pm.  This year’s program topic will be “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library: Lessons in Leadership and Life” presented by Karla Trout, Executive Director of Adams County Library System. This event is also an opportunity for the Public Libraries to recognize their staff, volunteers and trustees with special service awards.  Award winners honored for their service to public libraries exemplify outstanding service and engagement to their library community.

About the Program Presenter…

Karla Trout stumbled and fell, head-first into librarianship almost 17 years ago. For her, it was akin to falling in love—elation, confusion, lesser ability to feel pain… While some of those feelings inevitably wear off, her love affair with libraries and librarianship continues today.

She currently runs the Adams County Library System, headquartered in one of the arguably most historically significant communities in Pennsylvania, but she’s no relic. She’s a well-known geek and gadget girl, and routinely shares her thoughts on such in presentations and webinars. She also advocates actively in support of librarians and libraries through her work with the Pennsylvania Library Association and by co-chairing the Pennsylvania effort for the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day, held annually in Washington, DC.

Karla has a passion for creating functional, welcoming library spaces in a sustainable environment. She has designed and built two libraries, and is currently working on the design of two more. She participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Planning and Design of Public Libraries course, and is a US Green Building Council LEED Green Associate. She has also qualified as a Green Advantage Certified Associate, a certification usually reserved for construction tradespeople.

Prior to her present work as the executive director of the Adams County Library System, in Gettysburg, she was President and CEO of Palmyra Public Library in Palmyra, Lebanon County, PA, where she began her library career in 2001. Before becoming a librarian, Karla worked in non-profit management in the health care industry, in information technology, and as a business process redesign consultant. Karla holds an AA in Business Administration from Harrisburg Area Community College and a BS in Management from York College of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Outstanding Graduate Student in 2005.

 Program Schedule

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration & Refreshments
6:30pm – Regular & Business Meeting
7:00 pm – Program & Award Presentations

The Annual Business meeting starts at 6:30 pm and the Special Program & Awards Presentation begins at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public, so anyone interested in the future of Lancaster County’s public libraries may wish to attend. 

Election and Installation of Board Members

Votes for the Library System’s Board officers for 2017 will take place at the business-meeting portion of the event. The 2018 board members include Diane Tannehill, Christina Diehl, Jeanne Grimsley, Rich Frerichs and G. Kenneth Kohlmaier.

Brandon Danz and Andre Fouchet will be stepping off the board this year since their terms have expired. The County Commissioners will appoint two new board members who will replace Danz and Fouchet next month.

Accolades for Partners and Sponsors

Special accolades will be mentioned for the following Family Museum Pass Program partners: The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum that marks their 10-year participation and The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for their 5-year participation in the program. The following businesses have been sponsors of the Summer Reading Program for the past 5 years: The Comic Store; Sequential Arts Too; and Comics and Paperbacks Plus.

Acknowledgments for our Education Partners:

  • Rock Ford Plantation – Family Museum Pass Partner since 2015.
  • Music for Everyone for their grant sponsorship support for the past three years.

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