Category: Library Event

Adamstown Area Library Announces New Director

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Carolyn Reiste, Adamstown Area Library New Director

Adamstown, PA – The Adamstown Area Library Board is pleased to announce that Carolyn Reiste has been appointed as their new library director.  Her position was recently vacated by Kathy Thren who retired at the end of July.

Reiste is very excited to accept the position as library director. She realizes that the Adamstown community really needs a new building—one with ample room in providing a variety of welcoming spaces for all ages. “Libraries must follow the trends that are happening in many areas of the country where people of all ages have access to customer-oriented community spaces. The public library should be a place that feels like home to them.” She cites a sampling of needs that a library can accommodate: parents looking for a place to meet with other families; children finding the library as an extension of their school experience to enhance learning achievement; and entrepreneurs looking for information to grow and best manage their businesses. She reflects, “As I grow as a librarian, I look forward to growing the library!”

Before coming to Adamstown, Carolyn served as Head of Circulation at the Bala Cynwyd Library where she had been on staff since December 2015.  In this position her responsibilities included collection development as well as managing 26 staff members.  Her duties as Head of Circulation also in involved scheduling, dispute resolution, and patron assistance. During her time there, she implemented Library Management System procedures that enhanced patron experiences, which included processing materials using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification).

In 2015 she held a position at the Wissahickon Valley Public Library in Blue Bell, PA where she helped develop a Picture Book Collection.   Reiste holds an MSLS degree in Library and Information Science, which she earned at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. She received a BA in English at Grove City College before pursuing her Master’s Degree.

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Adamstown Area Library to hold 4th Annual Golf Tournament!

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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, 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.

Adamstown Area Golf Tournament Organizers[Left to Right]: Jane Lesher (Board Member, Friends’ group), Kerry Wolfe (former board member),
Tom Martin (Secretary, Board of Trustees)

To register, please contact the Adamstown Area Library at (717) 484-4200 or at Please register and pay by August 15th, 2018.

For questions, please contact Mitch at
Tee sponsorships are $100 for businesses and individuals. Corporate sponsorships are also available.


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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Programs to Celebrate NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Historic Moon Landing!


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Programs to Celebrate NASA’s 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11’s Historic Moon Landing!

Milanof-Schock Library LogoMilanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will offer two special programs to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 Moon Landing.

A Historic Moon Landing Webinar will be presented on Monday, July 15 @ 4:00 pm  and Hubble Space Telescope will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 6:30 pm. Both programs are free to the public and are geared toward adults, teens, and families with children old enough to sit through a presentation.  Registration is required.


Historic Moon Landing Webinar is a live webcast presented by the American Museum of Natural History that will feature a guided recreation of the Apollo 11 voyage – the space-flight that landed the first two astronauts on the Moon. Apollo 11’s first landing on the Moon was humanity’s first step onto another world, an exciting climax to the space race, and the world’s largest rocket at the time. It was a classic story of American ingenuity — leaving our home planet a mere one hundred years after connecting the transcontinental railroad, and only sixty-six years after the Wright Brothers’ first powered flight. Commander Neil Armstrong spoke eloquently about what an honor it was for him and fellow crew members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, to accomplish President Kennedy’s goal of reaching the Moon, supported by the combined efforts of four hundred thousand Americans, by the year 1969. This July 20th, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of that accomplishment.

Hubble Space Telescope will provide an introduction to the Hubble Telescope, review its history and future, and view some of the best photographs taken by the telescope with an explanation of content of each. The program will be presented by Ann Strauss, a naturalist from the Lancaster Department of Parks and Recreation.

Please visit the Library’s website for information about these programs.

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North Museum’s Mission to the Moon

These Mission to the Moon events will be held at public libraries throughout Lancaster County throughout July
as part of this year’s Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories!


Manheim Community Library Summer Interns Lead New July Programs!

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The Manheim Community Library is pleased to announce new July programs created by their Summer Interns!  The three newly appointed interns have created the following programs by utilizing their own unique talents.  These events will help the community learn, connect and grow, as the interns gain valuable experience and a broad understanding of library work under the mentorship of Library staff.

2019 Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories Youth Services Intern: Nina Bonanno
The Youth Services Intern will assist youth librarian Colleen Gergely with the Library’s popular Summer Reading program. More than 900 children participate each year.  Enthusiastic, creative and tireless, the Youth Services intern supervises, executes and cleans-up after most of the Library’s summer programs and activities for youth, promoting reading, library use, and curiosity. Responsibilities also include enhancing the children’s area of the library to create a welcoming destination for families.

Apollo 11 Oral History Project – July 6, 8, and 9 between 2:00 and 5:00 PM
July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  To commemorate the historic event, Manheim Community Library has created an oral history project under the direction of Digital Creation Intern Caden McMahan.  The community is invited to share their memories of this historic event. Brief personal interviews will be conducted on July 6th, 8th, and 9th between 2 and 5 PM at the Library. Recorded memories will be compiled into a presentation, featured in social media, as well as archived. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins will be welcome as space allows.  The Library welcomes interest from outside organizations for possible collaborations for this memory project.

Electronic Music Class – Class Tuesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 PM and Open Workshop Thursdays from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, July 16 through August 8
Join us for a 4 week basic introduction to the creation of music using only an online computer program called Audiotool. We will learn about synthesizing sounds, creating beats, and utilizing samples to create an entire electronic track from scratch. Audiotool is free and accessible from any computer, so you can continue to work on your tracks at home once the class is finished. If you like both technology and music, then this is the right class for you! Bring headphones and a laptop if possible, but if necessary we can provide you with these. This class is taught by Digital Creation Intern Caden McMahan. Ages 10+. This program will run from July 16 to August 8. There will be 2-hour class sessions each Tuesday from 3 to 5 PM and an open workshop for individual assistance each Thursday from 2 to 5 PM. You can get caught up on any classes you miss in these workshops.

Gender and Sexuality Alliance – July 22 @ 6:00 PM
Manheim Community Library invites teens and interested supporters to join us in kicking off our new Gender and Sexuality Alliance on Monday, July 22nd at 6 PM. Snacks will be provided. Registration is appreciated to help us plan but walk-ins are welcome!
GSA is a popular club among schools around the country which serves as a support system for LGBTQ+ teens, and is a platform for them to incite change in their communities.  LGBTQ+ Allies are also encouraged to join and learn more about proper terminology and acceptance.  The club will be a fun, safe space for teens to get to know each other and talk about social issues related to the LGBTQ+ community.  Members will get to decide what they want the focus of the club to be and to organize projects based on the club’s goals.  The kickoff for the Library’s GSA will be run by intern Eva Hain as part of the Library’s participation in the Public Library Association’s Inclusive Internship Initiative. So please stop by, bring a friend, and be ready to brainstorm!

This program is funded by PLA with support from a pre-professional Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program Grant (grant RE-00-17-0129-17) from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Learn more about these Summer Interns

Job Fair at the Adamstown Area Library!

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The Adamstown Area Library will host a Job Fair on Friday, July 12th from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in the library at 3000 N. Reading Road, Adamstown.   Job seekers can speak directly to recruiters from several local employers and agencies, learn about current job openings, and apply for available jobs with on the spot interviews.

Employers from the Adamstown/Denver community will participate at the event!

Gage Personnel is hiring for a variety of professional roles and industries; the new TRU by Hilton Denver will interview for all hotel positions, with a special need for Front Desk and Housekeeping; and Home Instead Senior Care needs part time and full time Caregivers in our immediate area.   Additional employers may be added as the event date approaches.

To make the most out of a job fair, come prepared. Hiring managers suggest that you wear your interview attire or at least ‘business casual’ clothing, bring several copies of your resume if you have one, and be prepared to answer common interview questions.   The library provides free public computers for those who need to update their resumes, as well as one-on-one technology appointments to help with resume preparation, online job applications and other digital skills.

For more information or assistance, contact the Adamstown Area Library at 717-484-4200.  To register for the event, go to:


Milanof-Schock Library Celebrates 20 Years with a Birthday Bash!

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And the community is invited!

Milanof-Schock Library is celebrating 20 years of community service at its current location, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road in Mount Joy. The success of the Library would not be possible without the need shown by residents of Mount Joy and the surrounding communities, so as a big thank you, this 20th Birthday Bash will be free to the public!   The event will be held on the Library’s grounds on Saturday, June 22 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm, rain or shine.

The festivities of the day will be sponsored by Lanco Federal Credit Union and will include a variety of games, entertainment, and activities for all ages. There will be arcade-style games, raffles, live music & shows, balloon animals & face-painting!  Take a short ride in a vintage Model A, touch-a-truck or two, and enjoy live demonstrations of twirlers from Paula’s School of Baton and martial arts students from REYS! There will be a variety of food vendors offering treats from snow cones to burgers and fries; there is a cost for food from individual vendors, but everything else at the event is free.

Other event sponsors are J. B. Hostetter’s True Value, Giant Food Stores, the Friends of the Library and the Boy Scouts of Troup 39.

Milanof-Schock Library was dedicated in May of 1999.  It was named “Milanof-Schock” after devoted library volunteer Anne Milanof, who donated a substantial amount of money to the Library’s building fund after her death, and Clarence Schock, Mount Joy resident and founder of The SICO Company, whose foundation awarded the Library a generous amount of money in his honor.   Members of the 1999 Library Board of Directors and members of the Building Committee have been invited to the Birthday Bash and will be recognized during the event kickoff. Sandy Heisey, who performed at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, will also be at the celebration to sing for the community.

When Milanof-Schock Library opened its door in 1999, they offered approximately 12,000 items for circulation.   Today, the Library offers more than 50,000 items, including books, audiobooks, magazines, DVDs, music, and early-learning resources for children.   Library card holders (cards are free!) can also access thousands of Ebooks online!   The Library has 6 public computers and free wifi service, and it offers a photocopy and scanning center for a small fee per page.   Need a passport?   The Library offers services by appointment.

After 20 years, the Library remains, as Director Barbara Basile likes to say, “the community’s living room.”   It’s still as relevant today as it was back then. As long as there are communities, there will be libraries. And spread the word…the Library is more than just books!

Please visit the Library’s website for information.

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Manheim Community Library Brings Back Popular Teen Chopped Challenge

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Food Chopped

The Manheim Community Library is pleased to announce the return of Teen Chopped Challenge. Introduced last year as part of the Summer Reading Program, the program was an instant hit.

On June 25 and August 6, teens ages 11-18 will compete in a food preparation challenge similar to the popular Food Network television show. Each participant (or team) will be given a paper bag full of food items. They will be given an hour to prepare an appetizer, main course, or dessert. A panel of judges will then taste and rate each dish. Bring a bowl, measuring cup, mixing spoon and your culinary creativity! Spectators are welcome.

“It’s time to get creative with some very odd ingredients. Last year’s Spam and Jolly Rancher entrees were very tasty!” said Youth Librarian Colleen Gergely. “I can’t wait to see what our teens cook up this summer.”

Teen Central at 15 S. Wolf Street is once again hosting the challenge.  This year, Manheim Community Library is pleased to partner with Giant Food Stores as sponsor of the program.

Teens can register online at  Space is limited.

For more information, contact:
Alissa Booth, Community Relations Coordinator

The Manheim Community Library provides a place for our community (Manheim Borough, Penn township and Rapho Township) to turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information. We strive to maintain a varied collection of resources to benefit persons of all ages and abilities.


Lititz Public Library ~ 20th Anniversary Celebration


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Lititz Public Library ~ 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, June 8th
Children’s Activities: 10:00 am – 12:00 Noon
Community Celebration: 12:00 Noon – 2:30 p.m.

Come help us celebrate the library’s 20th anniversary! Lots of fun activities!
Children’s Activities:  Sidewalk chalk, bubbles, balloon artist, face painting and popcorn.
Community Activities: Opening of the time capsule, library history photo display

Anniversary Concert: Moonlighters Big Band
1:00 – 2:30 pm
(Please pre-register for this free concert)

The Moonlighters Big Band is based in Lititz, Pennsylvania. Most band members are from Lititz and the surrounding communities and range in age from their 20s to their 80s. The ensemble’s library includes tunes from the great big band leaders of the 1930s, 1940s, and other eras—such as Glenn Miller, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Les Brown, Harry James, and many more—and has adopted Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” as its signature theme song.       Must Pre-Register.   Call the Library 717-626-2255!

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The Manheim Township Public Library to open their “Children’s Discovery Patio”!

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Public is invited to attend!

The Manheim Township Public Library will hold a special ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of their new “Children’s Discovery Patio”.  The public is invited to attend the event that will take place on June 22 at 12:00 noon at the Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Donor representatives for the new resource will assist in officiating the grand opening.  The generosity of the following donors is appreciated: Lois Morgan, Luci Steele, The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation, Manheim Township Lions Club, Four Seasons Gardening Club, and Dallas Data Systems.

The addition of a fence along the patio outside the Children’s Library make it an ideal location for a Children’s Discovery Patio.  This is a space for families to explore nature through hands-on activities.  The Children’s Discovery Patio will have various equipment and materials that allow children to explore and learn about their natural surroundings.  There is a sorting table where children learn to sort items based on size, shape, or color, for example.  Additionally, the library will include a picnic table and places for parents to sit and watch their children.

Library Director Joyce Sands, who is very enthusiastic about the project, states, “To make our library even more exciting for the children, we want to offer programs and learning opportunities not only inside the library – but outside too!”

Youth librarians are developing “Discovery Boxes and Nature Explorer Bags” with learning materials that can be brought out to the patio to support children’s learning.  The boxes will contain books about nature and other programming supplies.  The bags are for the children and will contain a small magnifying glass, a bug jar, bird and insect identification books, etc. to support children’s learning about nature.

Finally, there are plans to offer some story hours outdoors in the Children’s Discovery Patio in the summer and fall.  The Library has a naturalist on staff in the Library’s Youth Services Department who will be presenting these children’s programs.

Those planning to attend, please RSVP to Bonnie Young, 717-560-6441 ext. 320 or


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Public Libraries of Lancaster County announce Summer Fitness Quest!

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New Initiative for Junior Readers Ages 5 – 9

Each summer Lancaster County’s youth are invited to participate in their Public Library’s Summer Reading program that will enhance their summer learning through reading and attending special events. This year Public Librarians are offering an extra component for young children ages 5-9 to extend their learning beyond the library by participating in the Summer Fitness Quest!

Summer Fitness Quest is a get outside physical activity program to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle of youth and family members. Beginning Saturday June 1, 2019, Libraries will have Summer Fitness Quest Booklets to extend learning and instill young children (ages 5-9) with an appreciation for the outdoors.  The program supports free opportunities for children and adults to visit and enjoy the natural beauty of Lancaster County parks, trails, and Conservancy Nature Preserves.  Locations of these outdoor places are divided into 5 areas: Central, Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western areas of the County.

To participate in The Summer Fitness Quest, youth are instructed to visit any combination of at least five parks, trails, or preserve locations listed in the Booklet.  While visiting the locations, they are encouraged to try healthy yoga poses, and stay nutritionally fueled! Children, youth, and adults will benefit with a healthy “nature prescription” of being outdoors and moving around!

Booklets are available until supplies last.  The Summer Fitness Quest runs until Saturday, August 10, 2019.  Prizes for participating are available until supplies last.

To instill one’s appreciation of nature, and support a youth’s curiosity about the natural world, local public libraries will have Nature Explorer Bags for loan. Take one on a hike, look for bugs or identify trees with the helpful guides inside the bags. Discover and learn more while enjoying the beauty of our local habitats.

Partners in the program include Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Giant Food Stores, Lancaster County Conservation District, Lancaster County Conservancy, and the Lancaster Recreation Commission.



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