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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

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Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child


“One Book, Every Young Child” is Pennsylvania’s first collaborative project highlighting the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers. The participating agencies share a mission to foster early childhood literacy and show preschoolers how much fun reading can be. The early learning initiative brings attention to the ways that children develop six early literacy skill and what parents and educators may do to encourage children’s acquisition of the skills.Libraries will have multiple copies of the book for check out. And of special interest to our partners in early childhood education, there is an activity-filled Traveling Trunk which they may borrow from their local public library!  Please contact your local public library or the bookmobile to learn more or reserve use of the Traveling Trunk.

This Year’s Winner!

Number One Sam, written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. It is the story of Sam who is always number one–number one in speed, in turns and in finishing races. He was number one until one day when his bet friend, Maggie finished first. Before the next race Sam could not sleep and was very nervous. He was so nervous he got off to a bad start, but he picks up speed and soon passes all the other drivers. Then Sam finds out there are things in life that are more important than being number one.
Number one Sam book cover

Public Libraries encourage giving with the 16th Annual Mitten Tree Project!

Public Libraries throughout Lancaster County will hold their 16th annual Mitten Tree Campaign beginning on Monday, November 16. 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 served by Lancaster County Children & Youth Services. 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 16 – Friday, December 18, 2015. Continue reading

Friends of the Lititz Public Library receive state recognition

At the Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries (PCBL) Friends Institute on October 24, Jeanne Grimsley and Maryann Richmond presented a program on “What to Do with Book Sale Leftovers.” They presented at the Hershey-Grantville Hilton Hotel and their message was to carefully manage the book sale process before, during, and after the sale. About ninety participants from Friends groups across Pennsylvania attended the Institute and exchanged ideas for fundraising and energizing Friends groups. Jeanne and Maryann represented the Lititz Library Friends and brought back ideas to share. Additionally, the PCBL awarded the Friends of the Lititz Public Library for their newsletter, Friends Features, as Newsletter of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania.

The first issue of Friends Features newsletter appeared in May 1994, as a bi-annual, black and white publication. It became a quarterly, two-color publication in 1999, when the new library was built. In 2014, recognizing that photographs tell the library’s story best, the Friends of the Library adopted a modern, full-color, glossy format which required – for financial reasons – a return to bi-annual editions.

Friends Features has evolved since inception over twenty years ago. In 1994, the newsletter was used as a tool to build support for a new, purpose-built library building. After 1999, with the new library in full swing, Friends Features became a primary way to let supporters know about Friends of the Library initiatives and the programs and services our library could begin to offer the community. Today, Friends Features is a tool that allows the Friends of the Library and Board of Trustees to “touch” donors twice each year; the winter/spring issue recognizes our donors’ generosity and the fall issue provides highlights of how their gifts have benefited individuals, families and our community as a whole. In addition to promoting Friends of the Library events, each issue of Friends Features gives the library’s director an opportunity to speak directly to donors, sharing triumphs, voicing concerns and keeping everyone up-to-date on what’s happening at their library.

Friends Features is mailed to about 1,200 Friends of the Lititz Public Library. The current issue and archive of past issues are available online through the library’s website at

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Media Contact:
Sallie Rihn
Community Relations Coordinator
Lititz Public Library

2014 Summer Reading Program registrations at local public libraries top all-time records!

Summer Reading Program registrations at Lancaster Public Libraries broke last year’s totals.  This year’s children’s theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read” and the teen theme, “Spark a Reaction”” have drawn record-breaking registrations for all levels of participation.  The following statistics reflect participation over the Summer Reading Program’s ten-week period:

  •  24,333 youth signed up for the reading program.
  •  14,304 youth completed the reading program.
  •  38,009 children and parents attended 1,314 summer learning events.
  •  121,290 books read by youth
  •  6,808,895 minutes read by youth

Public Libraries in the county experienced a 17% increase in youth signing up in 2014 vs. 2013.   They also experienced a 25% increase in youth completing the program in 2014 vs. 2013.

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Glenn Miller named Deputy Secretary/Commissioner for Libraries /State Librarian

Officials from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries announced that Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera and Governor Tom Wolf have appointed Glenn Miller as Deputy Secretary/Commissioner for Libraries/State Librarian. Glenn will assume his position on September 8, 2015.

As the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) for 20 years, Glenn has grown the organization in significant ways, making it a credible voice and a force in PA for libraries and the services they provide. He articulately advocates for and communicates about libraries to a myriad of audiences, and is a skillful, respected leader in the library community and in the government of PA. Glenn has a thorough understanding of the fiscal environment, as well as the complexity of library and government structures in Pennsylvania.

Glenn’s mix of experience and skills are exceptional. As Deputy Secretary / Commissioner for Libraries / State Librarian, Glenn will be able to effectively lead the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, strengthening our state’s libraries and taking them into the future; support the goals and priorities of the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and make a difference—through libraries—in the lives of Pennsylvania residents. He has a clear, compelling vision for libraries as an integral part of the education and economic infrastructure of the Commonwealth, as contributors to society and in the quality of life for all PA residents.

“I’m grateful to Governor Wolf and Secretary Rivera for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Glenn said after he was appointed. “After 20 years with PaLA, it’s a great blessing and a real joy to continue working with Pennsylvania’s libraries in what for me will be a new and exciting role. My goal is for all Pennsylvania libraries—public, school, academic, and special—to be more fully integrated into our state’s educational and economic future. To the best of my ability, I will pursue every opportunity to advance library services as educational and community assets, vital cogs in an overall strategy to improve literacy and move PA forward.”

During the five months prior to Miller’s appointment, Alice Lubrecht and Brian Dawson served as acting deputy secretaries. Lubrecht has returned to her position as director of the Bureau of State Library, and Dawson has returned to his position as director of the Bureau of Library Development.

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Media Contact
Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer
717.207.0500 x1222
Cell: 717.341.9808

Strasburg-Heisler Library to hold “Handbag BINGO”!

The Strasburg-Heisler Library is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a NEW fundraiser —“Handbag BINGO” that will be held on Sunday, October 18 at 12:30 pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1575 New Danville Pike, Lancaster. This first-time fundraiser will feature Coach and Vera Bradley handbags as prizes. The event, which is open to the public, will also include food, beverages and opportunities to win valuable prizes. Tickets are available at the Strasburg-Heisler Library for $20.00 each.
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