Month: August 2019

Adamstown Area Library Announces New Director

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Carolyn Reiste, Adamstown Area Library New Director

Adamstown, PA – The Adamstown Area Library Board is pleased to announce that Carolyn Reiste has been appointed as their new library director.  Her position was recently vacated by Kathy Thren who retired at the end of July.

Reiste is very excited to accept the position as library director. She realizes that the Adamstown community really needs a new building—one with ample room in providing a variety of welcoming spaces for all ages. “Libraries must follow the trends that are happening in many areas of the country where people of all ages have access to customer-oriented community spaces. The public library should be a place that feels like home to them.” She cites a sampling of needs that a library can accommodate: parents looking for a place to meet with other families; children finding the library as an extension of their school experience to enhance learning achievement; and entrepreneurs looking for information to grow and best manage their businesses. She reflects, “As I grow as a librarian, I look forward to growing the library!”

Before coming to Adamstown, Carolyn served as Head of Circulation at the Bala Cynwyd Library where she had been on staff since December 2015.  In this position her responsibilities included collection development as well as managing 26 staff members.  Her duties as Head of Circulation also in involved scheduling, dispute resolution, and patron assistance. During her time there, she implemented Library Management System procedures that enhanced patron experiences, which included processing materials using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).

In 2015 she held a position at the Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Blue Bell, PA where she helped develop a Picture Book Collection.   Reiste holds an MSLS degree in Library and Information Science, which she earned at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She received a BA in English at Grove City College before pursuing her Master’s Degree.

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CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to Offer Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge

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CHI St. Joseph Children's Health Brush /twice-a-Day ChallengeBrush Twice-A-Day Challenge: “Back to School, Back to Brushing” improves oral health habits of youth in Lancaster County

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and the Library System of Lancaster County are proud to announce the return of their partnership to offer the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge to children throughout Lancaster County, which begins Monday, September 9, 2019 and ends December 9, 2019.   The challenge is a 10-week initiative for Tots to Tweens.

The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge is a free educational program designed to help kids start and stick to the healthy habit of brushing their teeth at least two times each day. Children and their caregivers can join the program at any of the 17 local library locations or the bookmobile.

“We’re pleased to partner again with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to help our Lancaster County youth to ‘brush up’ on their dental habits through the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge,” said Karla Trout, Executive Director for the Library System of Lancaster County. “We look forward to continuing to connect families with the tools they need to build their health literacy through our libraries.”

Children participating in the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge can visit their local library to pick up a free Health Hero Starter Pack to begin the fun. Included in the pack is a toothbrush, toothpaste and a set of Smile Counter scratch-off cards to track their brushing progress at home. Completed cards can be returned to specially marked mailboxes in the libraries. Those completed cards will be mailed to Hank the Health Hero, the lovable and imaginative puppet and champion of the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge.

Story Time with Hank: Teeth! ; Story Time with Hank: Food! ; and Hank’s Sense-sational Story Time! with Hank the Health Hero Puppet events presented by CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Education Department staff will be at local public libraries this Fall. Check with your local library for registration information on these events.

“The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge inspires kids to brush their teeth. They can see the progress they are making week after week using the Smile Counter cards – and the healthy habits they practice today will lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles,” said Lori McCracken, Director of Education at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health.”

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Hank the Health Hero ~ Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge Fall Events 

Story Time with Hank—Teeth!
Did Hank forget to brush his teeth? Join us for Story Time with Hank the Health Hero and find out! The lovable puppet Hank and his friend will be reading a special book all about teeth. After the story, you get to do a couple of activities all about teeth.

September 6th at 10:30 – Quarryville Library
September 9th at 11:00 – Ephrata Public Library
September 10th at 10:30 – Lancaster Public Library Leola Branch
September 12th at 10:30 – Lititz Public Library
September 16th at 10:45 – Manheim Township Public Library
September 17that 10:45 – Manheim Township Public Library
September 18th at 10:00 – Adamstown Area Library
September 19th at 10:30 – Salisbury Township Branch Library
September 23rd at 10:30 – Columbia Public Library
September 24th at 10:30 – Lancaster Public Library
September 25th at 10:30 – Moores Memorial Library
September 26th at 10:30 – Elizabethtown Public Library
September 30th at 10:30 – Lancaster Public Library Mountville Branch October 2nd at 11:15 – Pequea Valley Public Library

Story Time with Hank –Food!

What happens if you give Hank a box of cookies? Is a cookie a healthy snack? Join us for Story Time with Hank the Health Hero and find out! The lovable puppet Hank and his friend will be reading a special book all about healthy habits. After the story, you get to make a craft to take home.

  • September 4th at 10:30 – Moores Memorial Library

Hank’s Sense-sational Story Time!

Hank the Health Hero helps you learn about your body as you look, listen, touch, and smell your way through one sense-sational day!  Feel all the feels during Hank’s hands-on story time at your local library!

  • September 11th at 10:30 – Moores Memorial Library

About CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health

A part of Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is a community-based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families in the Lancaster Community. The organization works in collaboration with community partners to assure access to appropriate, quality health services and benefits for every child in the Lancaster community. This mission in children’s health includes multiple efforts, programs and services committed to improving the health of children and families throughout the Lancaster community. To learn more about CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, visit

The Library System of Lancaster County is a federated system with 14 member libraries, three branches and a bookmobile, which serves 519,462 residents. Established in April 1987 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Library System provides well-coordinated countywide services and cooperative programs to assist member libraries in meeting the diverse needs of its community residents. The mission of the Library System of Lancaster County is to bring together all 14 member public libraries to plan and create a cost-effective network of technology, facilities and resources to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of all residents of Lancaster County.  The Library System ensures that a network of support services is provided to all public libraries in the county.

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