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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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Library System announces Emergency Preparedness Training Summit for member public libraries

September, 2015 – The Library System on behalf of its member public libraries is pleased to announce that they will host a Public Library Emergency Preparedness Summit on September 23, 2015. The training summit will feature a special panel of experts in the area of disaster preparedness and a visiting trainer from the NN/LM Mid-Atlantic Region to provide a full day of training to prepare public libraries in the development of a customized Service Continuity Plan for their library facility.* Panelists for the morning training include: Randy Gockley, LEMA (Lancaster County Emergency Management); Christopher Doty, American Red Cross; Mike Oster, Paul Davis Restoration; George Giangi, South Central PA Task Force, and Jayne Miller, Mental Health Educator for Philhaven. Afternoon class will feature a Ten-Step Approach to Service Continuity Planning presented by Kate Flewelling, MLS Outreach Coordinator with NN/LM. Continue reading