Category: Library Event

The Library System was chosen as a participating organization in Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s 11th Annual Designathon!

 

Designathon 2019 Logo

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design Logo

                                            www.pcad.edu/designathon2019

 

 

The Library System was chosen to participate in Pennsylvania College of Art & Design’s 11th annual Designathon, that was held on February 22 and 23, 2019.  During the Designathon’s 24 hours, teams of students and faculty and alumni mentors created all-new pieces for ten non-profits.  Learn more at www.pcad.edu/designathon2019

The design project chosen by the Library System was the graphics for the Be READy Rover new van that delivers early literacy services to daycare providers throughout Lancaster County.

Here is the PCAD Design Team:

Designathon Team

[Left to Right] Joe Montfort, faculty member; Jerico Tulaya, Sophomore, Graphic Design; Kevin Foss, Junior, Graphic Design;
Shelby Young, Senior, Illustration; Mary Benson, Early Literacy Outreach Specialist;
Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, LSLC PR/Community Relations Manager

The Be READy Rover is a bookmobile dedicated to the promotion of reading readiness in young children, lending books, educational toys, materials, and activities, as well as providing training in early literacy practices, to HOME CHILDCARE PROVIDERS. The monthly visits are FREE, and include storytime and access to all library resources.

SAIL: Systems Aligned In Learning United Way of Lancaster County LogoThe Be READy Rover is a new service provided by the Library System of Lancaster County, in conjunction with S.A.I.L. (Systems Aligned In Learning), a Collective Impact Partnership powered by United Way of Lancaster County.  SAIL is made up of Luthercare for Kids, the Library System of Lancaster County, COBYS Family Services and Lancaster General Hospital.

 

About Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design is central Pennsylvania’s only non-profit professional art college offering BFA degrees, certificates, credentials, and curricula that enable students of all ages to pursue art as their life’s work. PCA&D is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and is a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD).

PCA&D also offers credit and noncredit classes, studios and workshops for adults and youth, a professional gallery that features works by regionally- and nationally-acclaimed artists, and artist and author talks, receptions, and community-based activities with visiting artists. For more information, contact PCA&D, PO Box 59, 204 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17608. (717) 396-1032, (800) 689-0379. www.pcad.edu

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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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Community Blood Drive at Milanof-Schock Library

Mark your calendars for Milanof-Schock Library’s first ever community blood drive on Saturday, September 29 from 10am to 2pm at the Library. A blood mobile from the Central PA Blood Bank will be located in the Library’s parking lot. All donors will receive a Papa John’s pizza certificate, a free blood donor t-shirt, and a gift certificate for one free movie rental at the Library. A form of ID is required to donate. For information about blood donation as well as answers to frequently-asked questions, you may visit www.cpbb.org/donorinfo.

Please visit the Library’s website www.mslibrary.org for information about this event and all other Library programs and services. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up-to-date with what’s going on at the Library.

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Columbia Public Library to welcome Pennsylvania Secretary of Education at its Dedication Ceremony

Columbia Public Library New Logo

New Columbia Public Library

Columbia Public Library officials are pleased to announce that the Dedication Ceremony of the newly renovated Library is scheduled for Sunday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the library location on 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512. The Dedication Ceremony culminates the combined efforts of library board members, the capital campaign committee, library staff and numerous volunteers in the community—all who worked together to make the dream of the stunning new library a reality. The event will also feature a special guest—Pedro A. Rivera, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education, who will present a keynote address at the community’s dedication of their new library. As Secretary of Education, Rivera has a strong interest in successful collaborations between school districts and public libraries.

The Columbia Public Library has enjoyed a successful collaboration between the Columbia School District for the past fifteen years. This collaborative success is credited to Lisa Greybill, Library Director, and Mr. John Black, principal at Park Elementary School, which is located next door to the library. “Mr. Black is absolutely wonderful to work with”, said Greybill. “He generously allows us the use of the school gym for Summer Reading programs in order to accommodate all who attend”. In addition, Greybill works in tandem with Mrs. Kelsey Bucks, Park Elementary librarian. Visits to the public library are part of Mrs. Bucks’ curriculum for her students. Greybill also works with superintendent, Tom Strickler and high school librarian, Michael White. “Columbia Borough School District is made up of wonderful people who truly support their public library”, Greybill added.

In today’s ever-changing world, a lot is happening in libraries. Libraries are not just about books; they also provide access to information beyond items that are checked out on a library card.   Libraries act as gateways to information, education, and opportunity — and the Columbia Public Library is no exception.   Not only has the library undergone a major expansion and renovation, but the Columbia Public Library as a whole is now transformed itself into a community and technology hub.  The library is improving the community through access to books and technology that individuals might otherwise be unable to afford.  In addition to books in a number of formats — including e-books, audiobooks, and online resources — there are a number of programs offered that appeal to all ages.

About Pedro Rivera

PA Secretary of Education, Pedro A. RiveraPedro A. Rivera was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf to serve as the Secretary of Education on January 20, 2015, and was confirmed by the state Senate in June 2015. He joined the Wolf Administration after having served as Superintendent of The School District of Lancaster, a position he held from 2008-2015.

Under Rivera’s leadership, The School District of Lancaster developed and implemented a new curriculum, an aggressive professional development plan, and innovative classroom observation tools. These initiatives resulted in an increased graduation rate, notable improvements in math, science and writing proficiency scores, and enhanced the level of participation from high-performing students in programs that help prepare them for college and other post-graduation opportunities. In September 2014, Rivera was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to transform urban education – one of ten recipients nationwide to receive the prestigious honor.

He brings extensive experience in public education to his role as a member of Governor Wolf’s cabinet and has spent his entire career helping students. Prior to serving as superintendent of The School District of Lancaster, he served as a classroom teacher, staff member with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, assistant principal, principal, and executive director for the School District of Philadelphia.

Rivera is a first generation college graduate and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Cheney University, and his Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Arcadia University.

The Columbia Public Library would like to thank all of the contractors and donors who have helped make the newly renovated library a reality. Anyone interested in supporting the library, can make a tax deductible donation online at www.columbiapubliclibrary.org, by mail at 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512, or in person when the library re-opens. For more information or discuss how you can help, call 717-575-9032 or rgamby@columbiapubliclibrary.org.

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Pequea Valley Public Library names new director!

Pequea Valley Public Library logo

The Pequea Valley Public Library’s Board of Directors was pleased to name Catherine O’Sullivan as the new Library Director of the Pequea Valley Public Library. When Margie Perella, Director of the Library announced her retirement after serving as Library Director for the past 27 years, she didn’t have to look very far for her replacement. Catherine O’Sullivan, who has served as the Salisbury Township Branch Library manager, was offered the job as the new PVPL director in June. O’Sullivan knows the value of public libraries since she utilized the library as an excellent resource when homeschooling her own children.

O’Sullivan’s vision for the library includes maintaining Perella’s tradition that made the library a valuable resource for the community located in the heart of Lancaster County’s Amish country. In fact, she noted that approximately half of the library users are from the ‘plain community’. She also credits Perella with creating a library that is a welcoming place, which is run by a fantastic, supportive staff.

Since taking on leadership of the library, she has implemented creative ideas to make the library a place where there is “something for everybody”. For instance, when the recent World Cup Soccer matches began, she set up special screenings where the tournaments were televised for large-group viewing. O’Sullivan loves the challenge of implementing new ideas, “I am a person who likes to ‘think outside the box’ and I enjoy being adaptable—there’s always a way to get from point “A to C”, even if it means going through or around point “B” to get the job done!”

Pequea Valley One-Room School House Class circa 1937
Pequea Valley One-Room School Class ~ 1937
This building became the Public Library in 1975.

She has also unearthed fascinating historical records about the library that she intends to share by creating displays for library visitors to view. One such find is a group photo of school attendees (circa1937) taken outside the old school house, which later became the Pequea Valley Public Library in 1975.

O’Sullivan, who is currently working on her master’s degree in library science, moved to the area nine years ago from New York City. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Chinese language from Michigan State University.

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For more news about the transition of the PVPL Library Director position and the retirement of Margie Perella, visit Ann Mead Ash’s article that appeared in the Penny Saver, June 2, 2018.

 

4th Annual “Hit the Links for the Library” Golf Tournament to Benefit the Adamstown Area Library

Manor Golf Club will host the 4th Annual “Hit the Links for the Library” Golf Tournament on Saturday August 25th to benefit the Adamstown Area Library. Registration for the 4-person scramble begins at 12:30 and the event starts at 1:30 pm.

The registration fee of $80 per person includes golf & cart, driving range, greens fees, complimentary water, tea, beer, soda & snacks, a free future golf round, and dinner by Little Dickee Q. Contests and prizes include: closest to the pin for men, women, and juniors; longest drive for men, women, juniors; and a $10,000 hole in one contest hole.

To register, please contact the Adamstown Area Library at (717) 484-4200 or at www.adamstownarealibrary.org. Please register and pay by August 15th, 2018. For questions, please contact Mitch at mitch@greenlawngarageinc.com. Tee sponsorships are $100 for businesses and individuals. Corporate sponsorships are also available.

Print Registration & Sponsorship Form:

https://tinyurl.com/Hit-the-Links-registration

The Adamstown Area Library is located in Lancaster County serving Adamstown and Denver Boroughs, Brecknock, East & West Cocalico, and Spring (Berks) Townships. It is known as one of the friendliest libraries in the area. While the library holds an abundance of print, audio and video materials, it is also a full service passport agency

and offers an array of children, adult and technology programming. We would love to continue to offer these programs and be able to add more programming that benefits our community in the future. In order to do so, we need additional funding as our government funding has continually decreased over the past few years. Hit the links to help keep the Adamstown Area Library an active part of your community!

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Media Contact:
Mitch Fasnacht
717-598-9558
mitch@greenlawngarageinc.com

Kathy Thren
717-484-4200
kthren@adamstown.lib.pa.us

 

 

Columbia Public Library to showcase local craftsman’s custom work at Dedication Ceremony!

Columbia Public Library New LogoWhen officials of the Columbia Public Library launched the renovation and new addition of the library, they anticipated that the completed project would be a real treasure for the community. With the upcoming grand opening of the new library, their anticipation will be met with a great source of community pride. The grand opening of the new library will be Wednesday, August 1, while a special Dedication Ceremony is slated for Sunday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the library location on 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512.

In today’s ever-changing world, a lot is happening in libraries. Libraries are no longer only the repositories of books, but rather act as gateways to information, education, and opportunity — and the Columbia Public Library is no exception.   Not only is the library undergoing a major expansion and renovation, but the Columbia Public Library as a whole is transforming itself into a community and technology hub.  The library is improving the community through access to books and technology that individuals might otherwise be unable to afford.  Libraries are continually expanding to include information in a variety of formats that meet community requests and needs. Libraries are not just about books; they also provide access to information beyond items that are checked out on a library card.   Library resources in the form of online access to databases and programming now define and expand what is available to the public.   In addition to books in a number of formats — including e-books, audiobooks, and online resources — there are a number of programs offered that appeal to all ages.

A local craftsman enhances the new library…

Just as librarians continue to master their trade, a local craftsman working on the renovated library hones his skills to provide the library with beautiful hand-crafted furniture.   During the upcoming events, the public will notice customized furniture made by local craftsman Greg Pilotti throughout the library.

Greg Pilotti, President
Greg Pilotti, President
GP Furniture Makers

Pilotti is president and owner of GP Furniture Makers and a graduate of Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology. Pilotti has been collaborating with Thaddeus Stevens by hiring skilled craftsmen since the opening of his business in 2013. He employs nine highly-skilled craftsmen — all graduates of Stevens Trade, which is an educational institution that specializes in trade education and apprenticeship. He is dedicated to preserving the art of furniture making as he applauds the tradesmen that he has employed.  He states that he “doesn’t hire — he recruits,” and he relies on Stevens Trade to help him recruit and fill positions.  In the process, he develops relationships that lead to keeping skilled craftsmen. He reflects, We are in a trade that’s a lost art…it’s often hard to find employees.  I rely on Stevens Trade to help me recruit and fill positions.  I continued to grow the business and develop skills to serve clients.  Today we operate in a large, well-equipped modern shop full of young energetic makers.  I believe that we are here to serve our clients to the fullest of our abilities and create a high-quality product.  By using modern technology and traditional techniques we are able to serve our clients and designers with both custom furniture and cabinetry.”

Columbia Public Library’s Executive Director, Lisa Greybill, is excited about the opportunities the new library offers to the community. “Many residents already visit the library on a regular basis and I hope that our expansion will draw in even more. Our new meeting room and terrace are an excellent venue for programming and community gatherings. Our new furnishings, including those made by Mr. Pilotti and his craftsmen, provide practicality, beauty and comfort to an inviting interior.”

The Columbia Public Library would like to thank all of the contractors and donors who have helped make the newly renovated library a reality. Anyone interested in supporting the library, can make a tax deductible donation online at www.columbiapubliclibrary.org, by mail at 24 South Sixth Street, Columbia, PA 17512, or in person when the library re-opens. For more information or discuss how you can help, call 717-575-9032 or rgamby@columbiapubliclibrary.org.

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Public Libraries to host an array of exciting Summer Reading events!

Libraries Rock Summer Reading 2018 Image

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile will be presenting this year’s Summer Reading Program that starts on June 2 and will run until August 11, 2018.  Youth may join anytime during this time period.  Readers of all ages are invited to read all things related to this year’s theme as local public libraries present “Libraries Rock!

The countywide Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages.  The program components include four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19).

The library is the perfect place for children and families to learn and explore this summer as the public libraries present activities and events related to youth literature, STEM, health & wellness, music, physical movement, the arts, and more!

Here is a quick overview of programs sponsored by the Library System!

Cylo, Barnstormer’s Mascot Visits

PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland Visits

Corduroy Story Book Costume Character Visits

Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation Programs

Heads Up Lancaster Drumming & Break Dancing Events

Geologist Jeri Jones “Rocks Are a Blast From the Past” Programs

Mark DeRose Singer & Songwriter Music Performances

Giggle Magic Shows with Marcy Klutchka Programs

Science Explorers Present “Science Matters”

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health: Hank the Health Hero Programs

Center for Aquatic Sciences: “Swamp Songs & Marsh Melodies” Programs

Complete listing of the Summer Reading programs offered by the public libraries!

Find out more about the Summer Reading Program

Please contact library listed to register for programs.
Find Your Local Library

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Public Libraries and the Bookmobile to launch 2018 Summer Reading Program!

Kids listening to music wile holding books, a book stack shaped like a robot plays guitar

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile will be presenting, this year’s Summer Reading Program starting on June 2nd.  Readers of all ages invited to read all things related to this year’s theme as local public libraries present Libraries Rock!” during their Summer Reading Program.  The library is the perfect place for children and families to learn and explore this summer as the public libraries present activities and events related to youth literature, STEM, health & wellness, music, physical movement, the arts, and more!

Programming, materials, and activities for elementary-aged children should be a core part of every library’s offerings year-round. Traditionally, Summer Reading Programs are designed to encourage elementary-aged children to keep reading during summer vacation. Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of Summer Reading Programs. For many families with elementary-aged children, the public library is the only community space available during the summer months where they can access free educational and cultural enrichment activities and programs.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:

  • Children are motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their knowledge and sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

The 2018 countywide reading program begins June 2 and will run until August 11, 2018. Youth may join anytime during this time period. The Summer Reading Library Program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards & PA Early Learning Standards.

The countywide Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages. Program components include four reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19).

In 2017 25,789 youth of all ages participated in the countywide reading program. 15,067 youth completed the program. 41,718 children and parents attended 1,474 summer learning events. Last year, the public libraries offered 1,474 events, where 41,718 where youth and their families attended; and 1,939 new library cards were issued to youth aged 5-19.

Teens are welcome to come to the Library and read for prizes as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer.   Participation of teens in the Summer Reading Program will enhance their literacy and comprehension skills and provide great entertainment.

Educational studies have shown that the Summer Reading Program has positive effects on students in that voluntary reading correlates with high levels of reading achievement, increased comprehension, and prevents a student’s academic ‘summer slide’.

Nurturing basic literacy skills is one of the goals of PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Research shows that a child’s library use raises his or her fourth grade assessment scores. Help us to spark learning in all of our children this summer by supporting and participating in the Summer Library Program.

2018 Summer Entertainment & Educational Events at Local Public Libraries

Cylo Visits Cylo, the Lancaster Barnstormer’s mascot, swings into action this summer at public libraries in Lancaster County!  Libraries will offer baseball-related story times and activities when this lovable, local celebrity visits!
(First event is June 2)

 The PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland Hear Ye, Hear Ye! We are extending an invitation to all Princesses, Princes, Lords and Ladies to attend a royal reading story times! (Ages 3+) (First event is on June 7)

Corduroy Costume Character Visits Lancaster County public libraries will welcome “Corduroy” popular costume character from picture books by Don Freeman. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this published children’s book! (First program is June 9)

Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation – Enjoy and explore any of these programs at one or more of the local libraries: Kindness Rocks (First program starts June 11); Tic Tac Toad (First program starts June 14); Make Some Noise! (First program starts June 18); Bats, Whales and Sound Waves (First program starts June 19); Owl Opera (First program starts June 20); Peter and the Wolf (First program starts June 27); Let It Rain (First program starts June 28); The Body’s Heat (First program starts July 12); Shake, Rock, and Roll: Earthquakes on Earth (First program starts July 19)
Programs run from June 11 through August 9

Heads Up Lancaster (with Jehovanny “Jeo” Ramos) will offer two different programs: “Basic Junkyard Drumming” or “Basic Break Dancing.”  Tweens and teens (ages 8 and up) will enjoy learning the basics of rhythm using everyday objects to create a cohesive whole. This program focuses on active learning and participation and will showcase how with teamwork and cooperation, we can create something exciting! With the “Basic Breakdancing” program, students will learn about the basics of breakdancing through demonstration and participation. This program focuses on the importance of warming up, practicing, and stretching. Students should wear sneakers, and come prepared to move. Some discussion includes health & wellness, breakdance history, and personal growth through competition.  (First program is June 12)

Rocks are a Blast from the Past presented by Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services. Participants will learn how rocks are formed, the difference between rocks and minerals, and how rocks create an earthquake. Samples of rocks, minerals and fossils will be used during the show. Includes a take-away Pennsylvania Fossil. (First program is June 15)

Mark DeRose, Children’s Musician will present a show that combines his love for the visual arts with his love for song writing. The songs and activities complement one another in an effort to communicate his message that encourages young listeners to embrace and enjoy life to its fullest, be creative individuals, and most importantly, confidently be themselves! (First program is June 18)

Science Matters, presented by Science Explorers (Erin Corvaia) Science Explorers will be taking a close look at the states of matter. We will explore with bubbles, a spud launcher, leaf blowers and basketball! We also explore Bernoulli and the different types of air pressure. It’s sure to be an experience for all ages! (First program is June 19)

Giggle Magic Marcy Klutchka to perform “Toolbox Kidz Show”. Audience: Pre-K through 1st graders (of course older siblings could attend). Get ready to laugh and giggle when Puppet, Chicken Patti, drives the show, with lots of eggs and more! The show is silly & fun—know how Kindness is the best tool in our tool belt! (First program is June 19)

“Swamp Songs & Marsh Melodies” presented by Center for Aquatic Sciences: Explore and hear animals that communicate through songs. Live critters – Horseshoe Crab, Amphibian, and maybe even an Owl. (First program is July 10)

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Hank the Health Hero is a champion of healthy choices who inspires Lancaster children to adopt healthy habits.  Hank the Health Hero will present two different programs: Story Time with Hank the Health Hero Puppet: Nutrition and Hank the Health Hero  – Hank’s Quest: Feelings. (First program is July 10)

Local Sponsor Support

In addition to the Library System’s support, this year’s literacy-minded Summer Reading Program sponsors include: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn, Bounce Kraze, Cain’s Lanes, The Castle Roller Skating; Clearview Lanes, The Comic Store, Comics and Paperbacks Plus, Dutch Wonderland ~ It’s Family Time!, Isaac’s Restaurants, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Cupcake, Lancaster Ice Rink, Laserdome, Leisure Bowling & Golf Center, M&T Bank, Magic and Wonder Show, McDonald’s Restaurants, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines;  Rita’s Ices, Rocky Spring Entertainment Center, Scratch Bakes, Sequential Arts Too, Sky Zone Trampoline Park;  Strasburg Rail Road Company, Stoudt Advisors, Sugar Whipped Bakery, and Water’s Edge Miniature Golf & Ice Cream Shop.

Printed event booklets are available for pick up at your local library or bookmobile. Contact your local public library for more information about these summertime happenings!

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Many roles of leadership is the topic for the Library System’s Annual Meeting!

The Library System of Lancaster County is pleased to announce that they will hold their Annual Meeting at the Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Road, Lancaster on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 pm, while the program will begin at 7:00 pm.  This year’s program topic will be “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Library: Lessons in Leadership and Life” presented by Karla Trout, Executive Director of Adams County Library System. This event is also an opportunity for the Public Libraries to recognize their staff, volunteers and trustees with special service awards.  Award winners honored for their service to public libraries exemplify outstanding service and engagement to their library community.

About the Program Presenter…

Karla Trout stumbled and fell, head-first into librarianship almost 17 years ago. For her, it was akin to falling in love—elation, confusion, lesser ability to feel pain… While some of those feelings inevitably wear off, her love affair with libraries and librarianship continues today.

She currently runs the Adams County Library System, headquartered in one of the arguably most historically significant communities in Pennsylvania, but she’s no relic. She’s a well-known geek and gadget girl, and routinely shares her thoughts on such in presentations and webinars. She also advocates actively in support of librarians and libraries through her work with the Pennsylvania Library Association and by co-chairing the Pennsylvania effort for the American Library Association’s National Library Legislative Day, held annually in Washington, DC.

Karla has a passion for creating functional, welcoming library spaces in a sustainable environment. She has designed and built two libraries, and is currently working on the design of two more. She participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Planning and Design of Public Libraries course, and is a US Green Building Council LEED Green Associate. She has also qualified as a Green Advantage Certified Associate, a certification usually reserved for construction tradespeople.

Prior to her present work as the executive director of the Adams County Library System, in Gettysburg, she was President and CEO of Palmyra Public Library in Palmyra, Lebanon County, PA, where she began her library career in 2001. Before becoming a librarian, Karla worked in non-profit management in the health care industry, in information technology, and as a business process redesign consultant. Karla holds an AA in Business Administration from Harrisburg Area Community College and a BS in Management from York College of Pennsylvania. She earned her Master of Science in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where she was the Outstanding Graduate Student in 2005.

 Program Schedule

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration & Refreshments
6:30pm – Regular & Business Meeting
7:00 pm – Program & Award Presentations

The Annual Business meeting starts at 6:30 pm and the Special Program & Awards Presentation begins at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public, so anyone interested in the future of Lancaster County’s public libraries may wish to attend. 

Election and Installation of Board Members

Votes for the Library System’s Board officers for 2017 will take place at the business-meeting portion of the event. The 2018 board members include Diane Tannehill, Christina Diehl, Jeanne Grimsley, Rich Frerichs and G. Kenneth Kohlmaier.

Brandon Danz and Andre Fouchet will be stepping off the board this year since their terms have expired. The County Commissioners will appoint two new board members who will replace Danz and Fouchet next month.

Accolades for Partners and Sponsors

Special accolades will be mentioned for the following Family Museum Pass Program partners: The Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum that marks their 10-year participation and The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania for their 5-year participation in the program. The following businesses have been sponsors of the Summer Reading Program for the past 5 years: The Comic Store; Sequential Arts Too; and Comics and Paperbacks Plus.

Acknowledgments for our Education Partners:

  • Rock Ford Plantation – Family Museum Pass Partner since 2015.
  • Music for Everyone for their grant sponsorship support for the past three years.

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