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Programs to Celebrate NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Historic Moon Landing!


First Moon Lancing - July 1969

Programs to Celebrate NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Historic Moon Landing!

Milanof-Schock Library LogoMilanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will offer two special programs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

A Historic Moon Landing Webinar will be presented on Monday, July 15 @ 4:00 pm  and Hubble Space Telescope will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 pm. Both programs are free to the public and are geared toward adults, teens, and families with children old enough to sit through a presentation.  Registration is required.


Historic Moon Landing Webinar is a live webcast presented by the American Museum of Natural History that will feature a guided recreation of the Apollo 11 voyage – the space-flight that landed the first two astronauts on the Moon. Apollo 11’s first landing on the Moon was humanity’s first step onto another world, an exciting climax to the space race, and the world’s largest rocket at the time. It was a classic story of American ingenuity — leaving our home planet a mere one hundred years after connecting the transcontinental railroad, and only sixty-six years after the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight. Commander Neil Armstrong spoke eloquently about what an honor it was for him and fellow crew members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, to accomplish President Kennedy’s goal of reaching the Moon, supported by the combined efforts of four hundred thousand Americans, by the year 1969. This July 20th, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that accomplishment.

Hubble Space Telescope will provide an introduction to the Hubble Telescope, review its history and future, and view some of the best photographs taken by the telescope with an explanation of content of each. The program will be presented by Ann Strauss, a naturalist from the Lancaster Department of Parks and Recreation.

Please visit the Library’s website for information about these programs.

North Museum of Nature and Science Logo

North Museum’s Mission to the Moon

These Mission to the Moon events will be held at public libraries throughout Lancaster County throughout July
as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories!


Columbia Public Library to showcase local craftsman’s custom work at Dedication Ceremony!

Columbia Public Library New LogoWhen officials of the Columbia Public Library launched the renovation and new addition of the library, they anticipated that the completed project would be a real treasure for the community. With the upcoming grand opening of the new library, their anticipation will be met with a great source of community pride. The grand opening of the new library will be Wednesday, August 1, while a special Dedication Ceremony is slated for Sunday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the library location on 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.

In today’s ever-changing world, a lot is happening in libraries. Libraries are no longer only the repositories of books, but rather act as gateways to information, education, and opportunity — and the Columbia Public Library is no exception.   Not only is the library undergoing a major expansion and renovation, but the Columbia Public Library as a whole is transforming itself into a community and technology hub.  The library is improving the community through access to books and technology that individuals might otherwise be unable to afford.  Libraries are continually expanding to include information in a variety of formats that meet community requests and needs. Libraries are not just about books; they also provide access to information beyond items that are checked out on a library card.   Library resources in the form of online access to databases and programming now define and expand what is available to the public.   In addition to books in a number of formats — including e-books, audiobooks, and online resources — there are a number of programs offered that appeal to all ages.

A local craftsman enhances the new library…

Just as librarians continue to master their trade, a local craftsman working on the renovated library hones his skills to provide the library with beautiful hand-crafted furniture.   During the upcoming events, the public will notice customized furniture made by local craftsman Greg Pilotti throughout the library.

Greg Pilotti, President
Greg Pilotti, President
GP Furniture Makers

Pilotti is president and owner of GP Furniture Makers and a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology. Pilotti has been collaborating with Thaddeus Stevens by hiring skilled craftsmen since the opening of his business in 2013. He employs nine highly-skilled craftsmen — all graduates of Stevens Trade, which is an educational institution that specializes in trade education and apprenticeship. He is dedicated to preserving the art of furniture making as he applauds the tradesmen that he has employed.  He states that he “doesn’t hire — he recruits,” and he relies on Stevens Trade to help him recruit and fill positions.  In the process, he develops relationships that lead to keeping skilled craftsmen. He reflects, We are in a trade that’s a lost art…it’s often hard to find employees.  I rely on Stevens Trade to help me recruit and fill positions.  I continued to grow the business and develop skills to serve clients.  Today we operate in a large, well-equipped modern shop full of young energetic makers.  I believe that we are here to serve our clients to the fullest of our abilities and create a high-quality product.  By using modern technology and traditional techniques we are able to serve our clients and designers with both custom furniture and cabinetry.”

Columbia Public Library’s Executive Director, Lisa Greybill, is excited about the opportunities the new library offers to the community. “Many residents already visit the library on a regular basis and I hope that our expansion will draw in even more. Our new meeting room and terrace are an excellent venue for programming and community gatherings. Our new furnishings, including those made by Mr. Pilotti and his craftsmen, provide practicality, beauty and comfort to an inviting interior.”

The Columbia Public Library would like to thank all of the contractors and donors who have helped make the newly renovated library a reality. Anyone interested in supporting the library, can make a tax deductible donation online at, by mail at 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512, or in person when the library re-opens. For more information or discuss how you can help, call 717-575-9032 or

GP Furniture Makers: 

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Author Lois Kathryn Herr to Visit Milanof-Schock Library!

Lois Kathryn Herr

On Thursday, September 8 at 6:30 p.m., the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will host local author Lois Kathryn Herr who will talk about her book “Dear Woman of My Dreams.” Please visit the Library’s website to register for this program or call 653-1510.

Herr has released the first in a new book series in which she gives voice to three generations of women and the struggles and successes that shaped them. An eye-opening portrait of the journey of the modern woman, “Dear Woman of My Dreams” is real-life fiction, creatively rendered and based on extensive family archives which include letters, journals, pictures and other memorabilia.

Dear Woman of My Dreams bookcoverThis book is the first in a series of stories that chart the experiences of the women in Herr’s family. With photographs and diary entries, the book follows the author’s mother, Kathryn Nisley Herr, and her experiences as a young woman in 1923. This coming-of-age story is told in Kathryn’s own words as she goes about her daily life at Lebanon Valley College with her friends and with her mother and grandmother at home in Harrisburg as well as on a cross-country train trip. She writes to the woman that she sees as herself in later years, and the book closes with a brief chapter based on letters and the diary Kathryn wrote when she was 100 years old.

People in the area will know Kathryn from her adult years in Elizabethtown – teaching at the Elizabethtown High School and Elizabethtown College, serving as president of the Elizabeth Hughes Society, and partnering with her husband Ira in growing the Elizabethtown Public Library. Active in her church (the Evangelical United Brethren, later St. Paul’s Methodist), she established their church library.

For more information about the author, visit

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