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Jeopardy Champion Brad Rutter funds new eResource Brainfuse!

We are excited to announce the release of brand new resources BrainFuse JobNow and Brainfuse HelpNow.  Brainfuse is an award winning service, building career and academic skills through tutoring/coaching, interactive lessons, providing collaborative space and other means.

Photo of Brad Rutter, All-Time Jeopardy Champion

This was made possible in part through generous donations from Lancaster’s own Jeopardy Champion – Brad Rutter. Rutter has been contributing funds for the past nine years through his Lancaster County Community Foundation donor-advised fund to benefit the Public Libraries in Lancaster County.

To learn more about what BrainFuse has to offer see the links below.

BrainFuse JobNow:

Click here to learn more about JobNow

Click here to access JobNow

BrainFuse HelpNow:

Click here to learn more about HelpNow

Click here to access HelpNow

Public Libraries Host Story Book Character Amelia Bedelia!

The first book about this character was published over 55 years ago, and still delights plenty of young children and early elementary students as well as adults. A New York Times Book Review reads, “No child can resist Amelia Bedelia and her literal trips through the minefield of the English language—and no adult can fail to notice that she’s usually right when she’s wrong.”


Enjoy Amelia in picture books, beginner readers, and chapter books!


Delight in meeting her and hearing her silly stories at these libraries.
Please contact the library listed to register for the program.


Checkout these Amelia Bedelia Stories!

Amelia Bedelia Story Book Costume Character Visits

Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy
Saturday, November 2 at 2:00 pm

Ephrata Public Library
Monday, November 4 at 10:00 am and 11:00 am

Eastern Lancaster County Library, New Holland
Tuesday, November 5 at 10:03 am

Pequea Valley Public Library, Intercourse
Tuesday, November 5 at 4:00 pm

Moores Memorial Library, Christiana
Wednesday, November 6 at 10:30 am

Manheim Township Public Library
Friday, November 8 at 10:30 am

Columbia Public Library
Tuesday, November 12 at 3:00 pm

Adamstown Area Library
Wednesday, November 13 at 10:00 am

Lancaster Public Library Mountville Branch
Thursday, November 14 at 10:15 am

Quarryville Library
Friday, November 15 from 10:30 am


For more information about Amelia Bedelia

For a listing of the local public libraries, click here.

Columbia Launches Lancaster County’s First Library Podcast

The Columbia Public Library just launched their new podcast, the first library podcast in Lancaster county! The podcast debuted with “Story Time with Ms. Lisa,” a collection of classic children’s tales read by the Columbia Public Library’s Library Administrator, Lisa Greybill!

The idea was first conceived by Jeffrey Beck, as part of the library’s fall marketing / fundraising campaign. Mr. Beck formed a small podcast committee made up of board members Robin Gamby, Brenda Paxson, and Coni Haas, along with Greybill. Beck provided the technical recording expertise and Haas did extensive research into copyright legalities. The podcast was introduced at a Stuffed Animal Sleepover led by Heather Beury.

The podcast is now on the library website, with new stories expected to be uploaded on a regular basis. It is hoped that different members of the community will reach out to read for the podcast.

Greybill remarked, “We’re very happy to offer this free community service. it’s a great opportunity for the children and families here – and all over the world – to hear these classic stories.”

Click the link here to listen the podcast yourself






Thanks to the Zerbe for the Rock-A-Thon Fundraiser for the Bookmobile

The residents at the Zerbe Retirement Community love the Bookmobile! When they learned that the current Bookmobile was in need of replacement, they immediately went to work in planning an event that would help the cause and give special meaning to their residents.   They organized a Rock-A-Thon that raised $1,600 toward the purchase of a new Bookmobile.  Participating residents and staff rocked in rocking chairs for 30-minute intervals.  The ‘rockers’ found sponsors that helped to raise much-needed funds for the new Bookmobile.

Cheryl Heineman, Activities Director, headed the project with the same level of enthusiasm as the residents. She said, “We really love our Bookmobile and want to support it any way we can!”

Sandy Asher “Verses” the Birds Family Program on January 26,2016

Manheim Township Public Library hosts a fun, family program by local award-winning author, Sandy Asher, on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m.  The interactive presentation entitled Sandy Asher “Verses” the Birds, has a special focus on “our feathered friends” that also relates to the current “Crow Art Exhibit” at the library.  Join in on an evening of poems, puppets, fables and fun.  Take wing with words: write a poem of your own. (For ages 8 and up.)  Registration requested at  or by calling the library at 560-6441, but walk-ins welcome.  For more information about the author, go to .

Asher has written dozens of books and plays and was named Lancaster County’s Children’s Laureate in December 2014 by the Lancaster Literary Guild.  She quickly saw this honor as an opportunity to promote literacy and libraries, so the Celebrate Libraries project was born.  The project took shape with the help of the Literary Guild, Millersville University, the Public Libraries of Lancaster County, and staff from the Library System of Lancaster County.

Emily Neff
Manheim Township Public Library
Phone (717) 509-4604 Ext 304       FAX  (717) 560-0570


Quarryville Library Names New Director

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The Quarryville Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Cheri Crow will become Director of Quarryville Library Center beginning Monday, February 1, 2016.

Ms. Crow received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Kutztown University and Master of Library Science from Rutgers University and brings over 20 years of experience as a librarian. Since 2010 she has worked as Youth Services District Consultant for Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Previously she worked as a college librarian, library director, children’s librarian and media specialist and is an enthusiastic advocate for childhood literacy. Throughout her career, Ms. Crow has demonstrated her ability to collaborate effectively with library users, staffs, and community organizations to provide meaningful programs and improve services. We believe that Quarryville Library with her leadership will become an increasingly essential center for resources and learning for our communities.


The Board of Trustees, led by President Linda Walter, commends the entire staff of the library for their excellent work during this transition. Special thanks are directed especially to Maribeth McMullen, our capable and tireless Interim Director, and to Frances Annis, the previous Library Director whose preparations for this transition were remarkably thorough and helpful.


The Board of Trustees will formally introduce Ms. Crow at a reception in her honor at the Library on Saturday, February 20, from 3 to 4 pm. Community members are invited and encouraged to attend.


For additional information, email

357 Buck Road, Quarryville, PA 17566

Telephone: 717-786-9220


Best-selling, Pulitzer-Prize winning author, Anna Quindlen to speak at Library Author Luncheon on April 14, 2016

Anna Quinlin pictureAnna Quindlen is coming to Lancaster County!  This award-winning author will appear at the 2016 Spring Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:00 noon at the Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA.   Her appearance coincides with the April 5th release of her latest book, Miller’s Valley.  The  Council of Friends of Public Libraries, Aaron’s Books and the Library System of Lancaster County will host the luncheon, which is a fundraising event for public libraries in Lancaster County.

Click here for Ticket Order Form

About the Author

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of eight novels: Object Lessons (1997), One True Thing (2006), Black and Blue (2000), Blessings (2003), Rise and Shine (2007), Every Last One (2010), Still Life with Bread Crumbs (2014), and Miller’s Valley (2016). Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a number one New York Times bestseller.  Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud (1994) and Thinking Out Loud (1994). Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear (2005)

About Miller’s Valley

Quindlen’s newest work of fiction is filled with the remMillers Valley Coverarkable insight that is the hallmark of Anna Quindlen’s beloved bestsellers, this extraordinary novel that begins in the 1960s is about Mimi, a woman coming of age as she unearths surprising secrets about her family, and unexpected truths about herself.  As the years go by, the unthinkable starts to seem inevitable. Anna Quindlen’s novel takes us through the changing eras of Mimi and her family, as secrets are revealed, and the heartbreaks of growing up and falling in love with the wrong man are overcome.  A deeply moving, inspiring story of a young woman learning to love and leave, the place and family from which she comes.

Advance praise for Miller’s Valley

“Miller’s Valley is a moving exploration of family and notions of home…Quindlen’s prose is crisp and her insights resonant. This coming-of-age story is driven as much by the fully realized characters as it is by the astute ideas about progress and place.
– Publishers Weekly

“Miller’s Valley reads like a companion to Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge. I always wondered what a book from the perspective of Olive’s daughter would be like. Now, thanks to Anna Quindlen, I know.”
-Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens

“A deeply moving, inspiring story of a young woman learning to love and leave, the place and family from which she comes.”
– Good

“Anna Quindlen’s stunning new novel is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery and finding home. Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.”
– Amazon

For more information about Anna Quindlen, visit her website:

About The Council of Friends

Established in 2000, the award-winning Council of Friends of Public Libraries is made up of volunteers who are avid readers and are committed to promoting reading countywide.  The group has organized and hosted author events that have featured best-selling authors for the past 15 years.  In 2010, they formed a partnership with Independent Bookstore, Aaron’s Books in Lititz that brought authors to Lancaster County while they were traveling on their national book tours.


Tickets for the 2016 luncheon will go on sale February 1st.  Cost is $45 per ticket, which includes lunch and the author presentation.

Contact Cathy Doremus at 717-627-3772 or email at to purchase tickets.  Checks should be made payable to The Council of Friends.

Click here for the ticket order form


For more information, including library hours, visit the Library System of Lancaster County’s website at to access system-wide events as well as your local library’s web page!

Youth are invited by Lancaster County’s Children’s Laureate to “Celebrate Libraries”!

Sandy AsherSandy Asher, Lancaster County’s Children’s Laureate, is passionate about libraries and from this passion she will lead a special project happening at public libraries that encourages children to “Celebrate Libraries”.  This first-time initiative slated to begin January 14 and run until March 30 (See schedule below), will culminate with a special Exhibit at the Ware Center, Lancaster on April 1st.

Asher was named Lancaster County’s Children’s Laureate in December 2014 by the Lancaster Literary Guild.  She quickly saw this honor as an opportunity to promote literacy and libraries.  She states, “There was no job description, other than a general charge to promote literacy and creativity among young people, county-wide.  I figured the best way to reach as many of those young people as possible would be through their libraries.  And so the Celebrate Libraries project was born.”  The project took shape with the help of the Literary Guild, Millersville University, the Public Libraries of Lancaster County, and staff from the Library System of Lancaster County.

The Celebrate Libraries programs offered in collaboration with Sandy Asher and the Librarians at Lancaster County’s public libraries will include an array of activities.  For example, Manheim Township Public Library will offer a program entitled Sandy Asher “Verses” the Birds with a special focus on “our feathered friends” that also relates to the current “Crow Art Exhibit” at their library.  Columbia Public Library will focus on creating posters that celebrate libraries and writing Haiku poems; while the Adamstown Area Library program will give youth the chance to do simple research treasure hunts for information at their library. The Moores Memorial Library that houses a National Collection of the Christiana Resistance of 1851 will utilize old historic photographs as a springboard to story writing.  The librarian at the Strasburg-Heisler Library will encourage youth to create “Black Out Poetry” — a creative exercise that utilizes pages froLibrary Cakem discarded books.  Manheim Library’s program will include a guided poetry exercise and also encouragement for participants to illustrate their writing.

Asher sees the project as a wonderful way to ignite young people’s creative expression.  The Celebrate Libraries initiative will culminate at The Ware Center Gala on April 1st, an open-house event held in the Atrium from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm on First Friday.  The Gala event will give the public libraries an opportunity to showcase any projects created by youth during the initiative and also what resources and services they have to offer.

Schedule of Sandy Asher’s “Celebrate Libraries!” Appearances at Public Libraries

Manheim Community Library
January 23, 10 a.m.

Manheim Township Public Library
January 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Columbia Public Library
February 3, 1:30 p.m.

Strasburg-Heisler Library
February 11, 6:30 p.m.

Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)
March 3, 6:30 p.m.

Lancaster Public Library
Friday, March 4, 5:30 pm

Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)
March 17, 6 p.m.

Adamstown Area Library
March 30, 4 p.m.

All above programs are free and open to the public, but please contact your local library in case registration is required.  Visit your local public library to inquire about the variety of programs for all ages!

About Sandy Asher

As an auChicken story time coverthor of dozens of books and plays, Asher will also share her library-inspired writings during her appearances at the public libraries.  She will also give a ‘sneak preview’ her latest picture book, Chicken Story Time, which is set in a library. The book is scheduled for publication November 2016 (Dial Books for Young Readers).

For more information about Sandy Asher and her work, visit

Visit her blog at