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Library System Executive Director announces retirement

Photo of Bonnie YoungThe Board of Directors of the Library System announced that Bonnie Young, Executive Director, will retire from her post on December 31, 2018.   Young has served as Executive Director since January 2016 and has provided leadership for the library system staff and operations during the past three years.

During her tenure as Director, Young achieved breakthrough results with her fundraising efforts in support of Bookmobile services and the Be READy Rover early literacy program*.  Shortly after taking the post, she was able to bring a spirit of collaboration among the public libraries and the Library System staff.   She skillfully streamlined the operation of the organization that has best served the public libraries in Lancaster County since her arrival in 2016.

Young worked closely with the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners in representing the public libraries in the county. Commissioner Dennis Stuckey expressed gratitude for her leadership by stating, “Bonnie Young has had a significantly positive impact on the Library System of Lancaster County and its member libraries. Her calm and collaborative approach to leadership was extremely effective in solving problems, building coalitions, and strengthening relationships between organizations and individuals. She is a friend and dedicated professional to many of us and we all wish her well as she retires from the Library System of Lancaster County organization.”

Library System Board member and past President, Diane Tannehill, has high praise for Young’s term as leader of the organization. “Since Bonnie has taken the helm as Executive Director of the Library System, she has focused on implementing the system’s strategic plan and streamlined processes while inspiring the library system staff with enthusiasm and passion for libraries. Her experience and expertise has created an organization marked with efficiency.”

Young had served as Head of Public Libraries and Professional Development for the Office of Commonwealth Libraries from 2004-2014. She has led public libraries across the state by developing and implementing strategies for improving library service, especially in the areas of professional development, programming, marketing, technology and trustee leadership training.

Prior to her position at Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Young served as Director of the Lititz Public Library (2000-2004) and Director of the Adamstown Area Library (1989-2000). She received a BA from Millersville University and her Masters in Library Science from Clarion University in 2001.

*Be READy Rover—In conjunction with S.A.I.L (Systems Aligned In Learning) a Collective Impact Partnership with United Way of Lancaster County.

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Royer’s Annual Book Drive Collects New Children’s Books for Public Libraries

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ROYER’S ANNUAL BOOK DRIVE COLLECTS MORE THAN 800 NEW CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR PUBLIC LIBRARIES 
Nearly 19,000 in event’s 13-year history

Renee Christiansen and Jill Williams at Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ From left, Renee Christiansen, youth services manager, Library System of Lancaster County, and Jill Williams, store manager of Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ Lancaster West store. The books were collected at Royer’s Lancaster West, Lancaster North, Ephrata and Columbia stores.

 Royer’s Flowers & Gifts’ annual book drive over 800 new children’s titles for public libraries in the seven counties where the company operates.  Bouquets for Books, which ran Oct. 28-Nov. 10, has yielded nearly 19,000 books in its 13-year history.

Anyone who donated a new children’s book was eligible to receive a free bouquet. Here are the libraries and the number of books presented to them this year:

  • Berks County Public Libraries: 94
  • Cumberland County Library System: 58
  • Dauphin County Library System: 142
  • Franklin County Library System: 39
  • Lebanon County Libraries: 91
  • Library System of Lancaster County: 266
  • York County Library System: 163

Based in Lebanon, Royer’s (royers.com) has 15 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Sister company Stephenson’s Flowers & Gifts has one store in Harrisburg.

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Bookmobile expands services due to greater demand!

Design located on the New Bookmobile

The Library System is pleased to announce the expansion of their popular Bookmobile service! During the past year, the bookmobile significantly increased their service by adding an additional 8 Head Start stops and 4 stops to other communities: Country Meadows Assisted Living Facility; Woodcrest Villa Retirement Village; Manor Heights (Mountville); and Pleasant Valley Amish Store (Kirkwood). Last year the bookmobile had 51 stops on its monthly schedule. Since the arrival of the new bookmobile in the spring of 2018, the schedule now includes 63 stops to Head Starts, preschools and Senior Communities. That is a 23.5% increase over the previous year, while requests for service from Lancaster County communities is still in high demand.

In addition to the popularity of the new bookmobile, the expansion of services can be credited to a newly-formed partnership between the Library System and The Shalom Project. This partnership resulted in the placement of Kaitlin Abrahams as a new intern on the bookmobile. The Shalom Project is a one year voluntary service experience for recent college graduates. Participants live together in a house in Lancaster city, serve the community through full-time, professional internships, and participate in seminars focused on Christian spiritual formation and personal growth. They cover all of our participants’ living expenses, including housing, transportation, and food.

Kaitlin Abrahams, Intern Since Kaitlin’s arrival, she has developed enthusiasm for the communities that receive Bookmobile service, “Serving the patrons of the Bookmobile has reminded me of how much I love helping people, especially when it’s helping people gain free access to something that has made my life so much better―books!”

Kaitlin Abrahams grew up in Kansas and recently graduated from EMU with a degree in English and Writing Studies. She is interning with the Lancaster Public Library Bookmobile. Kaitlin is looking forward to sharing her love of reading with patrons and becoming acquainted with the Lancaster area.

Public Libraries encourage giving with their Annual Mitten Tree Project!

Mitten Tree 19th Annual Campaign

Public Libraries throughout Lancaster County will hold their 19th annual Mitten Tree Campaign beginning on Monday, November 19. Librarians from the county’s public libraries, in the spirit of holiday giving, will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, earmuffs and umbrellas that will benefit children & families in need living in Lancaster County. Several of the public libraries in Lancaster County will participate in this year’s project. Items will also be collected on the Bookmobile.

Donations may be made from Monday, November 19 – Friday, December 14, 2018.

The Mitten Tree project has been hugely successful during the past eighteen years. Each year the project has netted between 4000-5000 donations, many of which are hand-knitted items!  Distribution of the donations will benefit children and families in churches and service agencies located in local library communities.

Amy M. Campbell, Children & Youth Director of Quality Assurance, said of the project, “Lancaster County Children and Youth is blessed to be in a community that cares about others. The Mitten Tree project reaches many of the families we serve, meeting a need that some may take for granted–warmth. Families come into our office for assistance and are able to leave with hats, gloves and scarfs to fend off the harsh temperatures of winter. All thanks to the generosity of the Mitten Tree Project.”

Individuals interested in participating should bring new, unwrapped mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, umbrellas and earmuffs to any of the public library locations during their hours of operation. Call your local public library at the following locations [see list below].

Mitten Tree Snowman

Lancaster County’s Public Libraries
Participating in the Mitten Tree Project 2018

  • Adamstown Area Library-  3000 North Reading Road Adamstown
  • Columbia Public Library – 24 South 6th Street, Columbia
  • Eastern Lancaster County Library -11 Chestnut Derive, New Holland
  • Elizabethtown Public Library – 10 South Market Street, Elizabethtown
  • Ephrata Public Library – 550 South Reading Road, Ephrata
  • Lancaster Public Library – 125 South Duke Street, Lancaster
  • LPL East – Leola Branch – 46 Hillcrest Road, Leola
  • LPL West – Mountville Branch – 120 College Avenue, Mountville
  • Lititz Public Library – 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz
  • Manheim Community Library – 15 East high Street, Manheim
  • Manheim Township Public Library – 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster
  • Milanof-Schock Library – 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy
  • Moores Memorial Library – 9 West Slokum Avenue, Christiana
  • Pequea Valley Public Library  – 13 Center Street, Intercourse
  • Quarryville Library – 357 Buck Hill Road, Quarryville
  • Salisbury Township Branch Library – 855 Houston Run Drive, Suite 220, Gap

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Richard Scarry’s Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm to visit public libraries!

Richard Scarry's Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm Costume charactersHuckle Cat and Lowly Worm costume characters, the loveable storybook characters created by popular author/illustrator, Richard Scarry, will visit local public libraries this fall! Children audiences will enjoy hearing and looking at Scarry’s engaging art and stories during the scheduled programs. The visits will take place from November 3 – 17. (See schedule below.)

Parents and adults accompanying the children are encouraged to join in the fun and to bring their cameras to capture a picture with these two loveable characters!

Richard Scarry's Word Book

Richard Scarry, the popular and much-loved American author and illustrator of over 300 children’s books, is known for such classics as Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever released in 1963, Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy World (1965), Richard Scarry’s Storybook Dictionary (1966), and What Do People Do All Day (1968). Selling millions of copies during his lifetime, many Scarry books, though regularly updated and re-issued, have never been out of print. Several have been translated into over 20 languages. Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm appear in many of his books — especially his Word Books and Busytown selections. Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm were first introduced to readers in 1963.

Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm

Huckle Cat & Lowly Worm Story Book Costume Character Visits
November 3 – November 17

Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library (Duke Street)

Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 am
Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10:30 am
Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10:15 am
Lancaster Public Library – Mountville Branch

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:00 pm
Elizabethtown Public Library

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 am
Manheim Township Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10:00 am
Adamstown Area Library

Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11:15 am
Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse)

Friday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 am
Manheim Community Library

Friday, Nov. 16 – afternoon/evening
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 am
Columbia Public Library

Please contact library listed to register for program.

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Bookmobile receives funding to add STEM resources for Head Start and preschool youth!

Design located on the New Bookmobile

The Library System is pleased to announce that the Bookmobile will be promoting STEM throughout Lancaster County in the coming years.   Currently, the Bookmobile sees as many as 41 Head Start class rooms around the county each month, plus an additional 11 pre-school and childcare classes at other locations such as the Wonder Club and San Juan Bautista Learning Center.  They also see several after-school clubs and 4 Amish Schools each month.

Children with STEM activity

The newly-acquired STEM resources are made possible through our partnership with the Lancaster County STEM Alliance and the High Foundation.

Ed Miller, Special Services Manager and Bookmobile driver, sees real value in reaching youth with these resources and he is planning to expand the program to add CAP Head Start. They are currently in the planning process to develop a 5-year plan for the Bookmobile to promote STEM in their classrooms.  This new STEM education program has four essential components:

  1. Preschool STEM collection: The Bookmobile will create a STEM collection suitable for preschoolers. The collection will consist of books, tech toys (like little robots for coding, blocks and construction sets) and kits for exploration (such as magnifying glasses to explore the natural world and other kits) covering a wide range of STEM related themes.  The collection will be kept on special STEM themed carts that teachers or centers can request.
  2. Professional STEM collection: The Bookmobile and LSLC will be investing in professional resources for teachers and librarians to use to promote STEM.
  3. Training: CAP Head Start, the Bookmobile and LSLC will plan co-training events focused on STEM education for preschoolers. The trainings will be for Head Start staff and for youth librarians throughout Lancaster County.
  4. STEM programing: The Bookmobile will be making STEM education one of its primary focus areas for storytimes.  Storytimes are book based, but also designed to introduce materials to teachers and children in a way that promotes growth of literacy and learning.

STEM learning activity with Legos

Sandy Strunk, Executive Director of the Lancaster County STEM Alliance, shares her enthusiasm for the Library System’s vision to bring STEM resources to the youth of Lancaster County, “The STEM Alliance is excited to partner with the Library System of Lancaster County in bringing these high-quality STEM resources to all parts of our county. The new Bookmobile is a wonderful vehicle for introducing young people to the magic of STEM learning.”

Robin Stauffer, Director of the High Foundation, has high praise for how their support will benefit children who are served by the Bookmobile. “The early years of a child’s life are the foundation upon which they can build future success, and Head Start and preschool programs across the County are an important component of Kindergarten readiness.  The High Foundation Board felt it was important to see this service continue and expand. Funding for the new bookmobile ensures that books and programs are made available to children in need of these services throughout Lancaster County.”

The new bookmobile will facilitate these efforts by giving the Bookmobile staff the flexibility to carefully curate the collection of materials of items we take to each location visit.  Taking these resources and programs into the classrooms will allow the staff to engage the children in an environment more suitable for learning and also allow for effective use of time and resources.

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Library Telephone Renewal service will discontinue

Telephone Renewal DiscontinuedThe Library System is discontinuing the Telephone Renewal Service that allows library users to renew their books and other library items by a designated telephone number. The service will discontinue on December 31, 2018. The decision to terminate the service was made due to outdated software and decline in usage.

Despite the discontinuation of this service, library borrowers still have three ways to renew their items:

  1. Renew items through their Online Library Account (See below)
  2. Ask at any of the libraries’ circulation desks
  3. Call any local public library in Lancaster County https://lancasterlibraries.org/find-a-library/

 Setting up an Online Account

  1. Go to search.lancasterlibraries.org
  2. Click on “My Account
  3. Follow the directions on the screen
  • Type your last name and then
  • Your library card barcode number
  1. Scroll down and click “submit
  2. Then, create a PIN you’ll remember
  3. Manage your account (Renew Items here)
  4. When finished, Click “Log Out” for privacy

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Royer’s Bouquets for Books Drive Returns to Benefit Public Libraries!

Bouquets for Books 2018 Campaign sponsored by Royer's Flowers

Customers receive free bouquet for donating!

Royer’s Flowers and Gifts’ annual children’s book drive returns Oct. 28-Nov. 10 to benefit area public libraries!  This exciting initiative is now in its 12th year.  For each new book, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last. Used books will not be accepted.

How to participate?  Bring a new children’s book to any Royer’s Flowers & Gift store and receive a free bouquet of flowers.  Collected books will then be donated to your local Public Library in Lancaster County.

Here is the 2018 Wish List based on the needs from Local Library staff members in Lancaster County.

Participating Royer’s Store locations in Lancaster County

  • Columbia – 902 Lancaster Ave., Columbia
  • Ephrata – 165 South Reading Rd., Ephrata
  • Lancaster West – 201 Rohrerstown Rd, Lancaster
  • Lancaster North – 873 N. Queen St., Lancaster city.

In its 12-year history, Bouquets for Books has collected over 17,000 books. Based in Lebanon, Royer’s (royers.com) has 15 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Sister company Stephenson’s Flowers & Gifts has one store in Harrisburg.

Royer's Flowers & Gifts Logo

For more information, including library wish lists, visit www.royers.com/bouquetsforbooks

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Adamstown Area Library announces new design for the final stage of their “Room to Grow” Capital Campaign!

ADM New logoAdamstown Library New Design - Front view

New Design ~ Front View

The Adamstown Area Library Board of Directors are pleased to announce that they approved a redesign for their new library plan. A rendering of the new design has been completed as library officials are embarking on the final leg of their “Room to Grow” capital campaign.

Over $960,000 has been raised during the capital campaign—the goal is $1,500,000. The Library Board is optimistic that the Adamstown Area Library’s community will help them get close to their goal so that construction can begin soon.  The AAL serves over 30,000 residents in five municipalities: Adamstown Borough, Brecknock Township, Denver Borough, East Cocalico Township and West Cocalico Township.

A Town Meeting has been scheduled for Monday, November 12th from
6:30 – 7:30 pm at the library. Coffee and dessert will be served.

 

Adamstown Library New Design - Parking Lot view

New Design ~ Parking Lot View

The new design represents a collaboration between Heck Construction and Olsen Design Architects who evaluated the existing VFW multi-story building that was purchased by the library in 2016.   Upon assessing the building code, they discovered that the upper three floors of the building were deemed ‘unusable’—even for storage—without the installation of fire prevention measures, a costly stairwell and substantial structural steel. Despite this discouraging news, the ‘footprint’ of the older structure will be used while the library’s new front design will fit into the neighborhood. The new design of the building will better accommodate the circulation desk, offices and the children’s area.

According to Marjorie Hyrb, Library Board President, “Our work with the construction firm and the architect was extremely valuable in making this determination. The goal for the new library has always been to provide more space, better access and meetings rooms that will best serve the public at the most reasonable cost. We believe that these new plans will achieve these goals!”

 Adamstown Area Library ~ Brief History

First Adamstown Library Location was a tool shed.
First Adamstown Library was housed in a chicken coop. (1945)

The Adamstown Area Library was founded in the mid-1940s by the Adamstown Woman’s Club. The initial collection was approximately 100 books. In 1954, the library moved into 400 square feet of space in the basement of the Adamstown YMCA. In 1988, it became evident to the Woman’s Club that growth in the area and increased library usage warranted hiring their first library staff person. In February 1990, the Adamstown Woman’s Club founded the Friends of the Adamstown Library in an effort to raise funds for the library. Also in the early 1990s, the Lancaster County Library System established geographical areas to be served by specific library locations.

This became the basis for the allocation of state, county and municipal funds for the library. A further change occurred in 1995 as Adamstown became a member library of the Library System of Lancaster County. It was at that time the library established a Board of Trustees to act in a fiduciary capacity and to ensure ownership of the library was in the hands of the Board of Trustees and the local boroughs and municipalities it served. In 1997, the library applied and was granted 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization. In 1998, the library moved from the YMCA location to its present location at 3000 North Reading Road. The Adamstown Borough leases the space to the library for one dollar

Complete History of the Adamstown Area Library

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Brad Rutter, all-time Jeopardy! Champion, funds online catalog enhancements for better searching!

Brad Rutter, All-Time Jeopardy ChampionWe have exciting news for Public Library users thanks to Brad Rutter, all-time Jeopardy Champion! Rutter has donated funds that have been used to support Syndetics Unbound, which is an online catalog enhancement tool that is now available. The Lancaster County native has been contributing funds for the past eight years through his Lancaster County Community Foundation donor-advised fund to benefit the Public Libraries in Lancaster County. The only stipulation by Rutter is that the funds he donates be used to support technology-based services that will benefit many library users throughout the county.

Our previous Content Enrichment package was very text heavy and did not include the special features listed below. Lancaster County is a fast growing, tech savvy community that expects these features from their modern library. In fact, these enhancements are also available on mobile devices. Many of our neighboring counties offer these enrichments already.

 

 

 

Syndetics Unbound Logo
Syndetics Unbound Catalog Enhancement Features

  • More Cover Art: Library users will see the cover pictures for items such as books, DVDs and CDs. This way, customers will know exactly what they are requesting.
  • Readers’ Advisory: This add-on service will give “tell me more” information such as recommendations, what books are in a series, other formats available, related titles and more about items the library user might like to borrow. This will help our customers to find more items that they love from the library.
  • Reading levels: Are now listed by age, grade and Lexile® level **
  • Awards – Click on the award and see additional award winning titles and their availability

**Lexile® Measure: A popular method used by schools to measure a student reader’s ability. Lexile measure is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, and students. It serves two unique functions: it is the measure of how difficult a text is OR a student’s reading ability level.

Brad Rutter’s story…

Brad Rutter is a Lancaster County PA native and long-time public library user who earned the distinction as All-time Jeopardy! Champion in 2005. He credits his record-breaking success on the popular game show to a passion for reading that started with his early visits to the public library. It is no surprise that Brad decided to name public libraries in his hometown as beneficiaries of his success. In 2005 Brad set up a donor-advised fund with the Lancaster County Community Foundation. His intention was to have the fund support public libraries in the purchase of technology that would enhance library services countywide. Rutter who is passionate about libraries sees the funding of library services as a way to give back to the community that will benefit readers and library users, “I am proud to have the benefit of ever-changing, improving technology to assist readers of all ages at the libraries.” He foresees technology programs as keeping libraries on the cutting edges as essential community resources. About his generosity to public libraries, he states, “I want to experience the impact of my giving now, while I’m young and while I can see the results.”

In 2013, Rutter’s funds were used to develop the Lancaster County Libraries Mobile App — another popular resource for library users to access the online catalog and other electronic resources from their iPhones and other mobile devices. During the past several years (2014 – 2017), he generously funded the Public Libraries e-Book collection that is accessible online to all Lancaster County residents who have a library card.

Lancaster County Community Foundation Logo

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