Month: June 2019

Manheim Community Library Welcomes Summer Interns

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The Manheim Community Library is pleased to announce the appointment of three interns to assist in programming and events this summer at the Library. The interns will contribute to helping our community learn, connect, and grow through their own unique projects. They will gain valuable experience and a broad understanding of library work under the mentorship of Library staff.

2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories Youth Services Intern: Nina BonannoNina Bonanno - MCL Summer Intern

The Youth Services Intern will assist youth librarian Colleen Gergely with the Library’s popular Summer Reading program. More than 900 children participate each year. Enthusiastic, creative and tireless, the Youth Services intern supervises, executes and cleans-up after most of the Library’s summer programs and activities for youth, promoting reading, library use, and curiosity. Responsibilities also include enhancing the children’s area of the library to create a welcoming destination for families.

A rising senior at Manheim Central High School, Nina Bonanno is very active in the community and is passionate about theatre. Recently, she starred in the High School’s production of The Pajama Game.

Caden McMahan ~ MCL Digital Creation InternDigital Creation Intern – Caden McMahan

The Digital Creation Intern is a new internship designed to promote digital learning with technologies purchased for the Library through a grant from Williams Company. The Digital Creation Intern will design and lead Library programs on podcasting and digital music production.

A graduate of Hempfield High School, Caden McMahan just completed his freshman year at American University in Washington, D.C. where he is studying audio technology. Caden is an experienced music production teacher and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position.


Public Library Association (PLA) Inclusivity Internship Initiative (III) Intern – Eva HainEva Hain - MCL PLA III Summer Intern

Manheim Community Library will participate in a connected learning internship program this summer sponsored by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Through its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III), PLA is sponsoring paid, mentored public library internships for 50 high school juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds. With individual guidance from a mentor, each intern will engage with multiple facets of library life, from administration to programming to user services. Over the course of the summer, interns and mentors will develop and complete a connected-learning project that reflect the intern’s personal interests and the library’s goals.

A rising senior at Linden Hall, Eva Hain has been chosen to represent Manheim Community Library in this program. Eva will work under the mentorship of Library Director Jonathan Dunkle. She will travel to Chicago later this month for III’s summer kick-off event where III interns will come together for master class sessions on common library programs and services, practice good intern and mentor skills, and network with one another. Eva will also attend a wrap-up event in September in Washington, DC where she will make a 5-minute presentation on her III experience and will have the opportunity to explore career and college readiness resources.

This program is funded by PLA with support from a pre-professional Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant (grant RE-00-17-0129-17) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The Manheim Community Library provides a place for our community (Manheim Borough, Penn Township and Rapho Township) to turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information. We strive to maintain a varied collection of resources to benefit persons of all ages and abilities.



A Summer Read Launches A Mother’s Reckoning



2019 A Summer READ

Join the Conversation on Mental Health with A Mother’s Reckoning

What is A Summer Read?

  • Now in its seventh year, the Summer Read program is a partnership between WITF’s Transforming Health, Aligning Forces for Quality, and South Central Pennsylvania Libraries in nine counties. Every year, Summer Read partners choose a community health topic and book, which they promote throughout the summer. An author’s speaking event typically occurs in September to close the program.

What is the 2019 title?

  • This year, the partners chose the book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, by Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, who was one of the two Columbine High School shooters. Summer Read partners chose the book because they recognized the need to raise awareness about mental health and the need for increased access to care and resources.

Why should we read this book?

  • The book uses the tragedy at Columbine as a launching point to directly address mental health issues – including broader awareness of mental health needs, and greater resources to address them. Book discussions and related events will be planned for readers to meet and discuss the book. A speaking event with the author is planned for September 16 at a location to be determined.

Why choose such a difficult subject?

  • We recognize that this book and author may be controversial to some, and we respect and welcome the views of all community stakeholders in these important issues. We believe mental health awareness is a pressing community health need, and we encourage our neighbors to help us break the stigma around mental health so that we can have these important conversations.

Our commitment:

  • WITF’s Transforming Health, Aligning Forces for Quality, South Central Pennsylvania Libraries and Capital BlueCross believe strongly that health care should focus on the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Through Philhaven, WellSpan works to promote healing, hope and wholeness through a comprehensive range of behavioral health services and programs offered at more than two dozen care locations across the region. Organizers believe conversations about pressing health issues, including mental health, can help create and sustain healthy Central Pennsylvania communities. That is why we partner to present the Summer Read program.

Discussion Questions – A Mother’s Reckoning

30 winners will be chosen to meet the author and receive an autographed book from readers who fill out the survey.

Download the Survey:  2019 Survey A Mother’s Reckoning

When completed, please give your survey to the Librarian at your Local Library who will enter your information on transforming site to be eligible for the August 31 drawing.

For more information, visit:


Milanof-Schock Library Celebrates 20 Years with a Birthday Bash!

Milanof-Schock Library's Birthday Bash

And the community is invited!

Milanof-Schock Library is celebrating 20 years of community service at its current location, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road in Mount Joy. The success of the Library would not be possible without the need shown by residents of Mount Joy and the surrounding communities, so as a big thank you, this 20th Birthday Bash will be free to the public!   The event will be held on the Library’s grounds on Saturday, June 22 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, rain or shine.

The festivities of the day will be sponsored by Lanco Federal Credit Union and will include a variety of games, entertainment, and activities for all ages. There will be arcade-style games, raffles, live music & shows, balloon animals & face-painting!  Take a short ride in a vintage Model A, touch-a-truck or two, and enjoy live demonstrations of twirlers from Paula’s School of Baton and martial arts students from REYS! There will be a variety of food vendors offering treats from snow cones to burgers and fries; there is a cost for food from individual vendors, but everything else at the event is free.

Other event sponsors are J. B. Hostetter’s True Value, Giant Food Stores, the Friends of the Library and the Boy Scouts of Troup 39.

Milanof-Schock Library was dedicated in May of 1999.  It was named “Milanof-Schock” after devoted library volunteer Anne Milanof, who donated a substantial amount of money to the Library’s building fund after her death, and Clarence Schock, Mount Joy resident and founder of The SICO Company, whose foundation awarded the Library a generous amount of money in his honor.   Members of the 1999 Library Board of Directors and members of the Building Committee have been invited to the Birthday Bash and will be recognized during the event kickoff. Sandy Heisey, who performed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, will also be at the celebration to sing for the community.

When Milanof-Schock Library opened its door in 1999, they offered approximately 12,000 items for circulation.   Today, the Library offers more than 50,000 items, including books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, music, and early-learning resources for children.   Library card holders (cards are free!) can also access thousands of Ebooks online!   The Library has 6 public computers and free wifi service, and it offers a photocopy and scanning center for a small fee per page.   Need a passport?   The Library offers services by appointment.

After 20 years, the Library remains, as Director Barbara Basile likes to say, “the community’s living room.”   It’s still as relevant today as it was back then. As long as there are communities, there will be libraries. And spread the word…the Library is more than just books!

Please visit the Library’s website for information.

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Manheim Community Library Brings Back Popular Teen Chopped Challenge

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Food Chopped

The Manheim Community Library is pleased to announce the return of Teen Chopped Challenge. Introduced last year as part of the Summer Reading Program, the program was an instant hit.

On June 25 and August 6, teens ages 11-18 will compete in a food preparation challenge similar to the popular Food Network television show. Each participant (or team) will be given a paper bag full of food items. They will be given an hour to prepare an appetizer, main course, or dessert. A panel of judges will then taste and rate each dish. Bring a bowl, measuring cup, mixing spoon and your culinary creativity! Spectators are welcome.

“It’s time to get creative with some very odd ingredients. Last year’s Spam and Jolly Rancher entrees were very tasty!” said Youth Librarian Colleen Gergely. “I can’t wait to see what our teens cook up this summer.”

Teen Central at 15 S. Wolf Street is once again hosting the challenge.  This year, Manheim Community Library is pleased to partner with Giant Food Stores as sponsor of the program.

Teens can register online at  Space is limited.

For more information, contact:
Alissa Booth, Community Relations Coordinator

The Manheim Community Library provides a place for our community (Manheim Borough, Penn township and Rapho Township) to turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information. We strive to maintain a varied collection of resources to benefit persons of all ages and abilities.


Lititz Public Library ~ 20th Anniversary Celebration


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Lititz Library exterior

Lititz Public Library ~ 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 8th
Children’s Activities: 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon
Community Celebration: 12:00 Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Come help us celebrate the library’s 20th anniversary! Lots of fun activities!
Children’s Activities:  Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balloon artist, face painting and popcorn.
Community Activities: Opening of the time capsule, library history photo display

Anniversary Concert: Moonlighters Big Band
1:00 – 2:30 pm
(Please pre-register for this free concert)

The Moonlighters Big Band is based in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Most band members are from Lititz and the surrounding communities and range in age from their 20s to their 80s. The ensemble’s library includes tunes from the great big band leaders of the 1930s, 1940s, and other eras—such as Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Les Brown, Harry James, and many more—and has adopted Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” as its signature theme song.       Must Pre-Register.   Call the Library 717-626-2255!

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The Manheim Township Public Library to open their “Children’s Discovery Patio”!

Manheim Township Public Library

Public is invited to attend!

The Manheim Township Public Library will hold a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of their new “Children’s Discovery Patio”.  The public is invited to attend the event that will take place on June 22 at 12:00 noon at the Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Donor representatives for the new resource will assist in officiating the grand opening.  The generosity of the following donors is appreciated: Lois Morgan, Luci Steele, The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, Manheim Township Lions Club, Four Seasons Gardening Club, and Dallas Data Systems.

The addition of a fence along the patio outside the Children’s Library make it an ideal location for a Children’s Discovery Patio.  This is a space for families to explore nature through hands-on activities.  The Children’s Discovery Patio will have various equipment and materials that allow children to explore and learn about their natural surroundings.  There is a sorting table where children learn to sort items based on size, shape, or color, for example.  Additionally, the library will include a picnic table and places for parents to sit and watch their children.

Library Director Joyce Sands, who is very enthusiastic about the project, states, “To make our library even more exciting for the children, we want to offer programs and learning opportunities not only inside the library – but outside too!”

Youth librarians are developing “Discovery Boxes and Nature Explorer Bags” with learning materials that can be brought out to the patio to support children’s learning.  The boxes will contain books about nature and other programming supplies.  The bags are for the children and will contain a small magnifying glass, a bug jar, bird and insect identification books, etc. to support children’s learning about nature.

Finally, there are plans to offer some story hours outdoors in the Children’s Discovery Patio in the summer and fall.  The Library has a naturalist on staff in the Library’s Youth Services Department who will be presenting these children’s programs.

Those planning to attend, please RSVP to Bonnie Young, 717-560-6441 ext. 320 or


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