Category: Author Events

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 www.mslibrary.org 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 http://www.loiskathrynherr.com/

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Dr. Amanda Kemp – Author, Advocate, Professor and Poet – to speak about Racial Justice

Say the wrong thing amanda kemp sm photoDr. Amanda Kemp —advocate, author, professor, and poet-performer— will present a timely and relevant mini-workshop and dramatic reading from her book “Say the Wrong Thing,” a searing and tender commentary about life within her interracial family. The event is happening at the Lancaster Public Library on Thursday, September 8th at 6:00 pm.  Dr. Kemp will share insight and strategies for creating racial justice and a strong sense of shared community.

A survivor of New YorSay The Wrong Thing Bookcoverk City’s foster care system, Amanda Kemp grew up in poverty in a predominantly African American and Latino neighborhood and went on to earn a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University. A life-long advocate of racial justice and equality, Dr. Kemp has taught at Cornell University, Dickinson College, Millersville University, the University of the Arts, and Franklin & Marshall College where she chaired Africana Studies.

Seating is limited so sign up today!  https://lpl-saythewrongthing.eventbrite.com

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The Council of Friends and Aaron’s Books to host best-selling mystery writer, Susan Elia MacNeal!

Susan Elia Macneal_croppedThe Council of Friends of Lancaster County Public Libraries and Aaron’s Books are pleased to announce that Susan Elia MacNeal will be visiting Lancaster County on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30 pm the Bent Creek Country Club at 640 Bent Creek Drive, Lititz, PA for an evening author appearance.  The event is a fundraiser for Lancaster County Public Libraries.  MacNeal is the author of The New York Times– and USA Today-bestselling Maggie Hope mystery series, starting with the Edgar Award-nominated and Barry Award-winning Mr. Churchill’s Secretary.   Tickets are $25 and include author presentation and refreshments.  Tickets may be purchased at Aaron’s Books, 35 East Main St, Lititz or by going online at www.aaronsbooks.com    Ticket order forms are also available at all local public libraries.

Click here to download Ticket Order Form

Queen coverThe event is in celebration of the release of the SIXTH book in the Maggie Hope Series. The Queen’s Accomplice is her most captivating story to date in her award-winning series. Blending thoroughly researched WWII historical facts with one-of-kind storytelling and a resourceful, daring heroine, The Queen’s Accomplice is an unforgettable read.

England, 1942. Great Britain and the U.S. have joined forces to fight the Nazis. The relentless Blitz may have paused, but London’s nightly blackouts continue. Under the cover of darkness, a madman is killing young women in eerie and exact re-creations of Jack the Ripper’s crimes. What’s more, he’s targeting women about to serve as Winston Churchill’s spies and saboteurs abroad. The officers at MI-5 quickly realize they need the help of special agent Maggie Hope to find the killer dubbed “the Blackout Beast.” A trap is set. But once the murderer has his sights on Maggie, not even Buckingham Palace can protect the resourceful spy from her fate.

The Maggie Hope novels have been nominated for the ITW Thriller Award, the Dilys Award, the Sue Federer Historical Fiction Award, and the Bruce Alexander Historical Fiction Award. A former book and magazine editor whose first job was assistant to novelist John Irving, Susan graduated cum laude and with departmental honors from Wellesley College, cross-registered for courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and attended the Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard University.

About the author…

SUSAN MACNEAL is the Barry Award–winning and Edgar, ITW Thriller, Dilys, Agatha, Macavity, and Lefty Award–nominated author of the New York Times bestselling Maggie Hope mysteries, including Mr. Churchill’s Secretary, Princess Elizabeth’s Spy, His Majesty’s Hope, The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent, and Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn, with her husband and child.

For more information visit susaneliamacneal.com | Twitter: @SusanMacNeal | Instagram: susaneliamacneal | Blog: susaneliamacneal

YA Author Visit at Manheim Township Public Library!

Jennifer Rose, YA Author
Jennifer Rose, YA Author

Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive Lancaster, PA, is hosting local author Jennifer Rose on Saturday, July 9th at 2:00 PM. Jennifer visits us to talk about her book, It’s Not a Perfect World, but I’ll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me Who Are Kind of (You Know) Autistic.

Jennifer Rose has autism. She’s also a published author, and a college student who loves reading, writes fan fiction, and wants to be on TV someday. She likes watching old movies with her family, listening to classic rock, deconstructing pop culture, Japanese animation, Jewish stuff, Dr. Who, and sushi.  However, she sees the world a little differently than most people around her. She’s had trouble coping with school, has struggled with bullies and mean girls and struggling with her own feelings of bitterness and inferiority, but she has also achieved much in the face of adversity. Through it all, with the help of her parents, Jennifer’s learned a few lessons.  Outlined in her book, Jennifer’s wisdom covers a wide breadth of topics, including:

#5: There are many ways to make a difference.

#20: You won’t be perfect at everything, not even the things you do best.

#22: Down times will be bouncing up soon . . .

#23: . . . but meanwhile, try to enjoy what you have.

#44: Talk about your feelings, even when it’s hard.

#45: Learn to take jokes, even your dad’s.

It's Not a Perfect World_Jennifer_Rose_BookcoverIt’s Not a Perfect World, but I’ll Take It is an uplifting ode to being different. Told with irresistible honesty and humor, Jennifer’s fifty bite-sized stories will have teens and adults nodding in recognition and discovering new things about themselves.

She will also talk about the process of writing and getting published, and about what it’s like growing up with autism. Bring your questions. A book signing session will follow. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. ($12.95 + tax, cash or check only)

Please register for this FREE program by visiting our website at www.mtpl.info/events, by calling the library at (717) 560-6441 or when you visit the library. Drop-ins also welcome.

“Celebrate Libraries” Gala Event at the Ware Center!

Library CakeThe public is invited to join the Public Libraries in Lancaster County and Sandy Asher, Lancaster County’s Children’s Laureate, at a special gala event that will celebrate libraries!  The event is happening at the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster on Friday April 1 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  The celebration, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Atrium on the 3rd floor of the center.  The gala is the culmination of public library visits by Sandy Asher during the months of February and March that resulted in the creation of projects by children and their families that celebrate libraries!  Those creations will also be on display during the event.

Come and meet representatives from the public libraries in Lancaster County and learn about new and exciting resources that will enhance the library experience!   Learn about the Library’s new Mobile App; OverDrive downloadable audiobooks, e-Books; and more!

Guests will also be able to participate in a special Public Library Scavenger Hunt during the event to win a Kindle™.  They will be asked to answer questions like “Which library has a bank vault in the middle of its main floor?” or “Which library is in a town designated as a ‘great place to visit’ by Smithsonian Magazine?”  There will also be a Kids’ Craft activity and a special Minecraft™ demonstration by the Manheim Township Public Library.  Take advantage of this opportunity to find out more about the programs, resources and services at your public library!

Sandy AsherAbout Sandy Asher

Sandy 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 is a collaboration between Asher, The Public Libraries of Lancaster County, and staff from the Library System of Lancaster County.  For more information about Sandy Asher and her work, visit www.sandyasher.com  or  http://usawrites4kids.blogspot.com

Author Luncheon Tickets SOLD OUT! ‘Speaker Only’ Tickets available!

Anna Quinlin pictureAnna Quindlen is coming to Lancaster County! 

Update Luncheon Tickets are now SOLD OUT, however, we do have ‘Speaker Only” Tickets available for $25.00.   Speaker Only ticket holders may also use their tickets as coupon for a 10% discount on the purchase of Anna Quindlen’s new book, Millers Valley at the event. 

Contact Cathy Doremus at 717-627-3772 or email at cdoremus@ptd.net to purchase “Speaker Only’ tickets.  Checks should be made payable to The Council of Friends.

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.  Tickets are still only $45 and that includes lunch and a free hardback copy of Anna’s new book!

For more information about Anna Quindlen, visit http://annaquindlen.net

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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 https://mtpl.info/events/  or by calling the library at 560-6441, but walk-ins welcome.  For more information about the author, go to www.sandyasher.com .

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.

Contact
Emily Neff
Manheim Township Public Library
eneff@mtpl.info
Phone (717) 509-4604 Ext 304       FAX  (717) 560-0570

 

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 Reads.co

“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: http://annaquindlen.net

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 cdoremus@ptd.net 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 www.lancasterlibraries.org 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 www.sandyasher.com

Visit her blog at http://usawrites4kids.blogspot.com