Month: May 2018

Public Libraries to host an array of exciting Summer Reading events!

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Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile will be presenting this year’s Summer Reading Program that starts on June 2 and will run until August 11, 2018.  Youth may join anytime during this time period.  Readers of all ages are invited to read all things related to this year’s theme as local public libraries present “Libraries Rock!

The countywide Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages.  The program components include four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19).

The library is the perfect place for children and families to learn and explore this summer as the public libraries present activities and events related to youth literature, STEM, health & wellness, music, physical movement, the arts, and more!

Here is a quick overview of programs sponsored by the Library System!

Cylo, Barnstormer’s Mascot Visits

PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland Visits

Corduroy Story Book Costume Character Visits

Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation Programs

Heads Up Lancaster Drumming & Break Dancing Events

Geologist Jeri Jones “Rocks Are a Blast From the Past” Programs

Mark DeRose Singer & Songwriter Music Performances

Giggle Magic Shows with Marcy Klutchka Programs

Science Explorers Present “Science Matters”

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health: Hank the Health Hero Programs

Center for Aquatic Sciences: “Swamp Songs & Marsh Melodies” Programs

Complete listing of the Summer Reading programs offered by the public libraries!

Find out more about the Summer Reading Program

Please contact library listed to register for programs.
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Local Public Libraries receive $1,300 from The Comic Store!

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The Library System is pleased to announce that The Comic Store in Lancaster raised $1,300 to benefit Lancaster County’s Public Libraries as a result of hosting this year’s Free Comic Book day!  The event took place on Saturday, May 5th at their McGovern Avenue location.  The public libraries will use the funds to purchase graphic novels for their collections.

When visiting The Comic Store that day, each customer received one free comic book. For each additional copy Joe Miller, store owner, requested 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 also gave away comic books to Teens and Tweens at public libraries in Lancaster County that have received free comic books since 2005.

Joe Miller, Owner of The Comic Store enjoys participating in this annual Comic Book Day promotion.  He sees the value that graphic novels hold for teens,  “All of the technical and critical evaluative skills needed for comprehension of the written word comes into play when one reads a graphic novel or comic book. I am extremely proud of my customers who unselfishly paid a fifty cents for each extra comic bought on Free Comic Book Day!   Some of them added several dollars.  Thanks to them!”

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

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To connect with the public libraries in Lancaster County, visit Find a Library

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Join in The Great American Read!


The Great American ReadThe community is invited to join in The Great American Read, which is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The Great American Read runs from May 22 through October 18, 2018. Find out how you can be involved in this national initiative and vote for your favorite book!

Meet the host, Meredith Vieira  Meredith Vieira
Meredith Vieira is a 14-time Emmy Award-winning host, executive producer and anchor. Most recently, she served as executive producer on the award-winning documentary TOWER. Vieira hosted and served as executive producer on her own nationally syndicated daytime talk show, titled The Meredith Vieira Show, which premiered in September 2014 and ran for two seasons. She has served as host for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, The Today Show, and The View. Early in her career, Vieira spent more than a decade at CBS News, garnering five Emmy Awards for her work as an editor on the news magazines 60 Minutes and West 57th.

Below is the list of America’s 100 most-loved books brought to you by The Great American Read. Explore the book list and visit the book pages to learn more. You can also Print a checklist of the books

To check out any of the books on this list, be sure to visit your local public library!

Which novel has had the biggest impact on your life?

You can also share your story!

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Public Libraries and the Bookmobile to launch 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Kids listening to music wile holding books, a book stack shaped like a robot plays guitar

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile will be presenting, this year’s Summer Reading Program starting on June 2nd.  Readers of all ages invited to read all things related to this year’s theme as local public libraries present Libraries Rock!” during their Summer Reading Program.  The library is the perfect place for children and families to learn and explore this summer as the public libraries present activities and events related to youth literature, STEM, health & wellness, music, physical movement, the arts, and more!

Programming, materials, and activities for elementary-aged children should be a core part of every library’s offerings year-round. Traditionally, Summer Reading Programs are designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of Summer Reading Programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:

  • Children are motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their knowledge and sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

The 2018 countywide reading program begins June 2 and will run until August 11, 2018. Youth may join anytime during this time period. The Summer Reading Library Program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards & PA Early Learning Standards.

The countywide Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages. Program components include four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19).

In 2017 25,789 youth of all ages participated in the countywide reading program. 15,067 youth completed the program. 41,718 children and parents attended 1,474 summer learning events. Last year, the public libraries offered 1,474 events, where 41,718 where youth and their families attended; and 1,939 new library cards were issued to youth aged 5-19.

Teens are welcome to come to the Library and read for prizes as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer.   Participation of teens in the Summer Reading Program will enhance their literacy and comprehension skills and provide great entertainment.

Educational studies have shown that the Summer Reading Program has positive effects on students in that voluntary reading correlates with high levels of reading achievement, increased comprehension, and prevents a student’s academic ‘summer slide’.

Nurturing basic literacy skills is one of the goals of PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Research shows that a child’s library use raises his or her fourth grade assessment scores. Help us to spark learning in all of our children this summer by supporting and participating in the Summer Library Program.

2018 Summer Entertainment & Educational Events at Local Public Libraries

Cylo Visits Cylo, the Lancaster Barnstormer’s mascot, swings into action this summer at public libraries in Lancaster County!  Libraries will offer baseball-related story times and activities when this lovable, local celebrity visits!
(First event is June 2)

 The PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland Hear Ye, Hear Ye! We are extending an invitation to all Princesses, Princes, Lords and Ladies to attend a royal reading story times! (Ages 3+) (First event is on June 7)

Corduroy Costume Character Visits Lancaster County public libraries will welcome “Corduroy” popular costume character from picture books by Don Freeman. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this published children’s book! (First program is June 9)

Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation – Enjoy and explore any of these programs at one or more of the local libraries: Kindness Rocks (First program starts June 11); Tic Tac Toad (First program starts June 14); Make Some Noise! (First program starts June 18); Bats, Whales and Sound Waves (First program starts June 19); Owl Opera (First program starts June 20); Peter and the Wolf (First program starts June 27); Let It Rain (First program starts June 28); The Body’s Heat (First program starts July 12); Shake, Rock, and Roll: Earthquakes on Earth (First program starts July 19)
Programs run from June 11 through August 9

Heads Up Lancaster (with Jehovanny “Jeo” Ramos) will offer two different programs: “Basic Junkyard Drumming” or “Basic Break Dancing.”  Tweens and teens (ages 8 and up) will enjoy learning the basics of rhythm using everyday objects to create a cohesive whole. This program focuses on active learning and participation and will showcase how with teamwork and cooperation, we can create something exciting! With the “Basic Breakdancing” program, students will learn about the basics of breakdancing through demonstration and participation. This program focuses on the importance of warming up, practicing, and stretching. Students should wear sneakers, and come prepared to move. Some discussion includes health & wellness, breakdance history, and personal growth through competition.  (First program is June 12)

Rocks are a Blast from the Past presented by Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services. Participants will learn how rocks are formed, the difference between rocks and minerals, and how rocks create an earthquake. Samples of rocks, minerals and fossils will be used during the show. Includes a take-away Pennsylvania Fossil. (First program is June 15)

Mark DeRose, Children’s Musician will present a show that combines his love for the visual arts with his love for song writing. The songs and activities complement one another in an effort to communicate his message that encourages young listeners to embrace and enjoy life to its fullest, be creative individuals, and most importantly, confidently be themselves! (First program is June 18)

Science Matters, presented by Science Explorers (Erin Corvaia) Science Explorers will be taking a close look at the states of matter. We will explore with bubbles, a spud launcher, leaf blowers and basketball! We also explore Bernoulli and the different types of air pressure. It’s sure to be an experience for all ages! (First program is June 19)

Giggle Magic Marcy Klutchka to perform “Toolbox Kidz Show”. Audience: Pre-K through 1st graders (of course older siblings could attend). Get ready to laugh and giggle when Puppet, Chicken Patti, drives the show, with lots of eggs and more! The show is silly & fun—know how Kindness is the best tool in our tool belt! (First program is June 19)

“Swamp Songs & Marsh Melodies” presented by Center for Aquatic Sciences: Explore and hear animals that communicate through songs. Live critters – Horseshoe Crab, Amphibian, and maybe even an Owl. (First program is July 10)

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Hank the Health Hero is a champion of healthy choices who inspires Lancaster children to adopt healthy habits.  Hank the Health Hero will present two different programs: Story Time with Hank the Health Hero Puppet: Nutrition and Hank the Health Hero  – Hank’s Quest: Feelings. (First program is July 10)

Local Sponsor Support

In addition to the Library System’s support, this year’s literacy-minded Summer Reading Program sponsors include: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn, Bounce Kraze, Cain’s Lanes, The Castle Roller Skating; Clearview Lanes, The Comic Store, Comics and Paperbacks Plus, Dutch Wonderland ~ It’s Family Time!, Isaac’s Restaurants, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Cupcake, Lancaster Ice Rink, Laserdome, Leisure Bowling & Golf Center, M&T Bank, Magic and Wonder Show, McDonald’s Restaurants, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines;  Rita’s Ices, Rocky Spring Entertainment Center, Scratch Bakes, Sequential Arts Too, Sky Zone Trampoline Park;  Strasburg Rail Road Company, Stoudt Advisors, Sugar Whipped Bakery, and Water’s Edge Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Shop.

Printed event booklets are available for pick up at your local library or bookmobile. Contact your local public library for more information about these summertime happenings!

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NEA Big Read Author to visit Lancaster!

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Author, Luis Alberto Urrea
Luis Alberto Urrea is an award-winning writer, who uses his dual-culture life experiences to explore greater themes of love, loss and triumph.


Lancaster Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Lancaster County are thrilled to welcome Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the NEA Big Read’s “Into the Beautiful North” to Lancaster for two engagements in May!

Mr. Urrea will discuss his novel and answer questions for an intimate gathering at JP McCaskey High School (445 N. Reservoir Street) on Friday, May 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. The following day, Mr. Urrea will discuss his novel, answer questions, and sign books for a larger audience at the Ware Center (42 N. Prince Street) on Saturday, May 19 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Space is limited, and registration is required for both programs. Visit  for details.

Into the Beautiful North“We are delighted to bring Luis Alberto Urrea to Lancaster for this once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Lancaster Public Library Executive Director Heather Sharpe. “We’ve engaged in a lot of meaningful conversations with our book discussions over the last six months, and look forward to an illuminating dialogue with Mr. Urrea.”

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. The Lancaster Public Library was one of 75 nonprofit organizations nationwide, and the only organization in Pennsylvania, to receive an NEA Big Read grant. The author visit in May will be the culmination of the community-reading program.

As one of the oldest public libraries in the country, Lancaster Public Library has earned the reputation of a dynamic center of knowledge and a cornerstone of a thriving Lancaster community. After more than two and a half centuries, LPL continues to inspire, empower, and strengthen our community by connecting people with information, ideas, and enriching experiences. For more information about the library, please visit

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.

Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership, and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, please visit

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Contact: Leigh Kaliss
Phone: 717-394-2651 Ext. 101


Strasburg-Heisler Library has new custom bookcases

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Thanks to the donors of the Lancaster County Community Foundation Extraordinary Give in November 2017, the children’s area at the Strasburg-Heisler Library now has new shelving for children’s picture books!

Strasburg_Heisler New Bookcases
New Bookcases

The new seven separate bookcases were custom made by Hilltop Furniture in Gordonville. They are mobile for easy arrangement and have two levels of separate compartments that keep the books neat and forward-facing. The top portion is recessed to allow more light onto the books housed in the lower compartments.

Old metal bookcases
Old metal bookcases

The old steel shelves that displayed children’s books during the past 22 years, werewarped from excessive weight and also had exposed edges. Most of the books had to be stored on-edge, which made browsing very awkward for children and adults.
It was also very difficult for staff to find a particular book when it was requested.

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he Strasburg-Heisler Library has participated in the Lancaster County Community Foundation Extra Give for the past three years. This year was the first time that the Board of Trustees designated replacing storage furnishings from Extraordinary Give proceeds. This decision delighted JJ Landis, Children’s Librarian, “Picture books take a beating! Storing them forward facing saves on wear & tear and makes browsing easy for our young patrons as well as adults.”

Kristin Fernitz, Library Director, is thankful for the community support, “The generous result from the Extraordinary Give told us that our community members value their library and this project was important enough to fund it. For this depth of understanding and level of support, we are truly grateful.”

For more information about the Strasburg-Heisler Library, visit:

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