Category: Library Program

Lancaster County’s Public Libraries and the Bookmobile to launch 2019 Summer Reading Program!

A Universe of Stories--The 2019 Summer Reading theme

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile present this year’s Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories”.   The 2019 countywide reading program begins June 1 and will run until August 10, 2019.   It is open to young people, infants through young adult. Reading 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).   Library events include science and engineering experiments, shows about Charles Lindbergh, 50th Anniversary of the Apollo launch, youth book clubs, live animals, mini-chef activities, music and the arts.

Summer Fitness Quest ~ New This Year!New this year!   Summer Fitness Quest

It’s a Get Outside physical activity program to support and encourage a healthy lifestyle of youth and family members. Beginning Sat. June 1, 2019, Libraries will have Summer Fitness Quest Booklets to extend the 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.

The Summer Fitness Quest instructions are that youth visit at least five (any combination of) parks, trails, or preserve locations listed in the Booklet. While visiting they’re 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!

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

The Summer Reading Program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards & PA Early Learning Standards. Educational studies have shown that a public library’s  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’.

For more information, call your local public library or visit our website,

All programs are free of charge.

In 2018, 25,999 youth of all ages participated in the countywide reading program. 15,467 youth completed the program. 42,431 children and parents attended the 1,736 offered summer learning events. 1,849 new library cards were issued to youth aged 5-19.

2019 Summer Entertainment & Educational Events at Local Public Libraries

Rocking Reptiles with Jesse Rothackeran interactive animal show featuring Jesse Rothacker and his lovable lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. School-age children and grownups at this show will explore the amazing and mysterious universe of reptiles, including opportunities to volunteer in the show, touch real animal artifacts, and win cool prizes. Their armor, invisibility and legless locomotion can make reptiles seem a lot like extra-terrestrials. Come to the show and discover how these curious creatures have a very important mission here on planet Earth! (First program is June 2)


CHI St. Joseph Children’s HealthHank 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 – Food! and Hank’s Sense-sational Story Time! (First program is June 4)


Phredd- Ukulele One Man Band – Phredd’s performance includes interaction, singing, hand-motions, and creative play that inspire imagination, creativity and positive encouragement. Enjoy ukulele strumming, harmonica wailing, suitcase drum kicking, quirky singer-songwriter of unmitigated joy performing original tunes about pirates, electric tricycles, monkeys and more. (First program starts June 4)


Neill Hartley, presents “The Spirit of Lindbergh” – Neill Hartley is Charles Lindbergh in this one-man show about a thrilling adventure based on Mr. Lindbergh’s historic 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Witness “Lucky Lindy” planning his trip, navigating in the cockpit and finally arriving in Paris, France. Experience firsthand the incredible journey that riveted the world and transformed aviation! (First program is June 13)


Pout Pout Fish Costume Character Visits Lancaster County public libraries will welcome “Pout Pout Fish” popular storybook character from picture books by author Deborah Diesen and illustrator, Dan Hanna. (First program is June 15)


That Fabulous Franklin First Stages presents a delightful program full of wit and wisdom of Ben Franklin, an American icon. Two actors recreate important moments in Ben’s story. They also bring to life some of the characters that Ben created in his writings, like Poor Richard Saunders and Silence Dogood. There is great fun for audiences of all ages in this sparkling program. (First program is June 17)


Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation – Enjoy and explore any of these programs at one or more of the local libraries: Lunar Lunacy (First program starts June 18); 13 Moons on a Turtle’s Back (First program starts June 20); There’s No Place Like Space (First program starts June 26); Creating Constellations (First program starts July 2); Planet Power (First program starts July 3); Space on Earth (First program starts July 9); Let’s take the Moon for a Walk (First program starts July 16); Programs run from June 18 through August 6.


North Museum’s Mission to the Moon – Join the North Museum of Nature and Science and get ready for some lunar explorations. Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic mission that landed the first astronauts on the moon through hands-on experiences. Explore the moon’s surface in preparation to designing a lunar lander! (First program is June 24)


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 July 9)

Local Sponsor Support
In addition to the Library System’s support, this year’s literacy-minded Summer Reading Program Sponsors include: Auntie Anne’s Inc., Barnyard Kingdom at Country Barn, Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Smorgasbord, Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Café; Bounce Kraze, Cain’s Lanes, The Castle Roller Skating, Clearview Lanes, The Comic Store, Comics and Paperbacks Plus, Dutch Wonderland ~ Family Entertainment Park, Isaac’s Restaurants, Lancaster Barnstormers, Lancaster Cupcake, Lancaster Ice Rink, Laserdome, Leisure Bowling & Golf Center, Magic and Wonder Show, M&T Bank, , 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.

Please contact library listed to register for program. For a listing of local libraries, visit

To find out more about the Summer Reading Program visit:

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! Visit our website at and click on “Your Local Library” for a complete listing of Public Libraries in Lancaster County. The countywide public library summer reading program is supported in part by the Library System of Lancaster County.

# # #

“It Happened at the Library” Project Expands!

Lancaster Public Library logo

“It Happened at the Library” Project is Expanding to include Countywide submissions!

Lancaster Public Library has extended the deadline to submit writing and artwork to the “It Happened at the Library” project to June 1, 2019. Eligibility has also been expanded to include all Lancaster County students in grades K – 12 attending public, private, parochial, or home schools. Work may now be submitted by individuals or as group projects developed by families, classrooms, clubs, youth groups, and Scouts.  Submitted writing and artwork will be on display at a “Library Happening” scheduled for December 7, 2019, 1 – 4 p.m., at Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke Street, in Lancaster, PA.

Submitted work may also be chosen for inclusion in a book and/or in a performance piece to be created by Lancaster author and playwright Sandy Asher. Both the book and the performance piece will debut at the “Library Happening.” The event will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be offered for sale. Proceeds will benefit Lancaster Public Library.

Submissions are limited to one piece of writing (up to 500 words) or one piece of artwork (up to 8 1/2″ x 11″) per student or group and must relate to the theme, “It Happened at the Library.” The relationship may be serious or humorous, realistic or fantastic, fictional or non-fictional. All genres are welcome: story, article, personal narrative, poem, play, drawing, painting, collage, cartoon, photograph — or any other form or style suitable for wall display and/or book reproduction. Students may submit one individual piece and also participate in group projects.

Artwork submission by 11-year old Gwenn Twilley. Artwork submitted was part of "it Happened at the Library" project hosted by Lancaster Public Library.
Gwenn Twilley, 11 years old

“We’ve already received some wonderful writing and artwork, but we’ve had requests from the public to extend the deadline and expand the eligibility,” says the project’s director, Sandy Asher. “We want to reach as many young people as possible with this opportunity to encourage imagination and creativity and to celebrate the fact that the library really is a happening place, a place where amazing, amusing, surprising, and satisfying things happen all the time.

Individual and group contributors will be acknowledged in the book. It will become an on-going fundraiser for Lancaster Public Library, and we’re very grateful to Fox Chapel Publishing for their support in making that possible.”

All submissions must be accompanied by a signed statement of release. Full guidelines and the required statement of release may be picked up at the Youth Help Desk on the second floor of Lancaster Public Library, or requested by email from

“It Happened at the Library” Submission Guidelines

# # #

The Library System’s Annual Meeting takes to the screen this year!

"The Public" - A Film written, and directed by Emilio Estevez.

The Public, an American film written and directed by Emilio Estevez

The Library System of Lancaster County is pleased to announce this year’s Annual Meeting will be held at the Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road, Lititz, PA on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 pm.   This year’s program will feature the screening of the film, The Public, an American film written and directed by Emilio Estevez. The film, which made its national debut on April 5th, addresses an important issue that impacts public libraries: how to deal with the homeless populations in communities throughout the country.

Light refreshments will be served at 6:00 pm followed by brief announcements at 6:30 pm that will include short recognition of service award honorees. The special screening of the film, The Public, will begin at 7:00 pm. The event is open to the public, so anyone interested in seeing this compelling film, is encouraged to attend!   Seating is limited, thus registration is required. Please RSVP by Friday, April 12th.   Tickets are required for admission. To get your ticket, go to

Penn Ketchum, President and co-owner of Penn Cinema, appreciates the value that libraries bring to the community. He was very enthusiastic when approached with the idea of launching the film at our Annual Meeting. Penn Cinema will be showing the film for a full week starting Friday, April 12th through April 18th.  Standard admission rates will apply to the general public for all shows screened that week.

About the film…

Emilio Estevez also stars in the film along with an ensemble cast that includes Alec Baldwin, Jena Malone, Christian Slater, Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Jacob Vargas, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Jeffrey Wright. For more information about the film, visit

Program Schedule
6:00pm – Refreshments
6:30pm – Brief Remarks
7:00 pm – Screening of the film

Election and Installation of Board Members

Votes for the Library System’s Board officers for 2019 will take place at the business-meeting portion of the event. The 2019 board members include Christina Diehl, Jeanne Grimsley, Rich Frerichs, Dale Hamby, G. Kenneth Kohlmaier, Elizabeth Ann Flaherty, and Shel O. Lundquist.

This event and film screening were sponsored by:

Library System of Lancaster County logo

Penn Cinema Theater Logo


    # # #

Richard Scarry’s Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm to visit public libraries!

Richard Scarry's Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm Costume charactersHuckle Cat and Lowly Worm costume characters, the loveable storybook characters created by popular author/illustrator, Richard Scarry, will visit local public libraries this fall! Children audiences will enjoy hearing and looking at Scarry’s engaging art and stories during the scheduled programs. The visits will take place from November 3 – 17. (See schedule below.)

Parents and adults accompanying the children are encouraged to join in the fun and to bring their cameras to capture a picture with these two loveable characters!

Richard Scarry's Word Book

Richard Scarry, the popular and much-loved American author and illustrator of over 300 children’s books, is known for such classics as Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever released in 1963, Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy World (1965), Richard Scarry’s Storybook Dictionary (1966), and What Do People Do All Day (1968). Selling millions of copies during his lifetime, many Scarry books, though regularly updated and re-issued, have never been out of print. Several have been translated into over 20 languages. Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm appear in many of his books — especially his Word Books and Busytown selections. Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm were first introduced to readers in 1963.

Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm

Huckle Cat & Lowly Worm Story Book Costume Character Visits
November 3 – November 17

Saturday, Nov. 3 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library (Duke Street)

Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 10:30 am
Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 10:30 am
Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 10:15 am
Lancaster Public Library – Mountville Branch

Thursday, Nov. 8 at 6:00 pm
Elizabethtown Public Library

Saturday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 am
Manheim Township Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10:00 am
Adamstown Area Library

Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11:15 am
Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse)

Friday, Nov. 16 at 10:00 am
Manheim Community Library

Friday, Nov. 16 – afternoon/evening
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10:30 am
Columbia Public Library

Please contact library listed to register for program.

Find Your Local Library

# # #






Family Place™ Libraries Announce Their Fall Schedule!

Mothers gather with toddlers at Family Place Library

Attention families with Toddlers ages 1 – 3 years old! Did you know that the following libraries have a special program designed for families and their toddlers?

Family Place™ Libraries are centers for early childhood information, parent education, early literacy, socialization and family support.

Family Place Libraries

Family Place Libraries Logo

Adamstown Area Library

Family Place Parent Child Play and Learn Sessions on Fridays!

Adamstown Area Library

Friday, September 28 @ 10:00 am
Friday, October 5 @ 10:00 am
Friday, October 12 @ 10:00 am
Friday, October 19 @ 10:00 am
Friday, October 26 @ 10:00 am

For more information about Adamstown Area Library’s Family Place programs visit:

Eastern Lancaster County Library

1,2,3 Play with Me!

Elanco Library (New Holland)

Wednesday, August 29 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 5 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 12 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 19 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Wednesday, September 26 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm

For more information about Elanco Library’s Family Place™ Programs visit:

Ephrata Public Library

Family Place Parent Child Play and Learn Sessions on Mondays!

Ephrata Public Library

Monday, November 5 @ 3:30 pm
Monday, November 12 @ 3:30 pm
Monday, November 19 @ 3:30 pm
Monday, November 26 @ 3:30 pm
Monday, December 3 @ 3:30 pm

For more information about Ephrata Public Library’s Family Place™ Programs visit:

Lancaster Public Library

Family Place Parent Child Play, Learn and Grow! Sessions

Lancaster Public Library

Lancaster Public Library will be holding their Play, Learn and Grow programs every Thursday evening (6 PM) and Friday morning (10:30 AM) in October. Here is the schedule:

Early Literacy/Introductions

Thursday, October 4             6:00 pm
Friday, October 5                 10:30 am

Child Development

Thursday, October 11             6:00 pm
Friday, October 12                10:30 am

Speech and Language

Thursday, October 18             6:00 pm
Friday, October 19                 10:30 am


Thursday, October 25             6:00 pm
Friday, October 26                 10:30 am

Quarryville Library

1, 2, 3 Play with Me!

Quarryville Library

Every Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:00 am

Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 am
Wednesday, October 17 at 10:00 am
Wednesday, October 24 at 10:00 am
Wednesday, October 31 at 10:00 am
Wednesday, November 7 at 10:00 am
Wednesday, November 14 at 10:00 am

Funding for Family Place™ at our public libraries was made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

# # #

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and Library System Offer FREE “Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge” for Lancaster Families

Click here to find out more CHI St. Joseph Children's Health


Library System of Lancaster County logo


CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and Library System of Lancaster County Offer FREE “Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge” for Lancaster Families
“Ready, Set, Brush!” improves oral health habits Lancaster County youth

LANCASTER, PA – CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and the Library System of Lancaster County are proud to present the third-annual Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge, a FREE educational program designed to encourage children to create and maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. This 10-week initiative begins Sept. 10, 2018 and runs through Dec. 10, 2018 and is open to all children and families throughout Lancaster County. Families interested in participating may pick up materials at any of the 17 public libraries throughout Lancaster County or visit the library’s Bookmobile.

“The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge is a unique and fun way to help inspire children to take time out for their health leading to a lifetime of healthy habits and smiles,” said Lori McCracken, director of education at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. “This is a great FREE program for children throughout Lancaster County.”

Children who register to participate will receive a free Health Hero Starter Pack. The Health Hero Starter Pack includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, caregiver information and ten “Smile Counter” scratch-off cards designed to help children track brushing progress at home. To locate a participating library, click here.

Hank the Health Hero GraphicFor Hank the Health Hero events happening this fall at your local public library, click here!

Each time the participant brushes in the morning and at night, they can scratch the plaque off a tooth on the card. Completed cards can be placed in specially marked mailboxes in the libraries, which will be mailed to Hank the Health Hero, the lovable and imaginative puppet and champion of the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge. Hank the Health Hero will be making appearances throughout the 10 weeks the program runs at libraries throughout the county.

“As an organization committed to fostering and nurturing the well-being of our community, we are proud to partner again with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to bring the Brushing Challenge to children throughout Lancaster County,” said Bonnie Young, executive director for the Library System of Lancaster County. “This fun and educational program has been a wonderful way to encourage healthy habits for our youngest community members.”

The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge is one of many ways CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health strives to improve the overall health and well-being of children and families in the Lancaster community. The organization’s mission encompasses multiple efforts such as educational programs as well as services including two Dental Centers, a Behavioral Health Center and the recently announced St. John Neumann School for Children and Families planned to open in 2020 – all which serve children regardless of their insurance or ability to pay.

“Our continued partnership with the Library System of Lancaster County allows us to reach the community in a distinctive way who may not otherwise know of our various services and programs,” said Philip Goropoulos, president of CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health. “We thank the Library System of Lancaster County for their continued support in outreach to our community.”

About CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health

A location of Catholic Health Initiatives, CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is a community-based organization dedicated to the health and well-being of children and families in the Lancaster community. The organization works in collaboration with community partners to assure access to appropriate, quality health services and benefits for every child in the Lancaster community. This mission in children’s health includes multiple efforts, programs and services committed to improving the health of children and families throughout the Lancaster community. Most recently, the nonprofit announced plans to open the St. John Neumann School for Children and Families in Columbia, Pennsylvania in 2020. To learn more about CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, visit

About the Library System of Lancaster County
The Library System of Lancaster County is a federated system with 14-member libraries, three branches and a bookmobile, which serves 519,462 residents. Established in April 1987 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Library System provides well-coordinated countywide services and cooperative programs to assist member libraries in meeting the diverse needs of its community residents. The mission of the Library System of Lancaster County is to bring together all 14-member public libraries to plan and create a cost-effective network of technology, facilities and resources to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of all residents of Lancaster County.  The Library System ensures that a network of support services is provided to all public libraries in the county.

# # #



Public Libraries receive Music for Everyone Grant to enhance library programs for youth!

Music For Everyone

The Library System on behalf of public libraries throughout Lancaster County was awarded a grant from Music for Everyone Foundation in the amount of $1,216.00 that will be used to support the acquisition of percussion instruments to enhance library programs.  The musical instrument collection is available to all public youth librarians, Be Ready Rover program coordinator and the Bookmobile staff.  Libraries are hosting “Together We Are Music” events, and other music-oriented programming for youth and families this summer and in the future.

Library programs and library outreach supports children’s learning and creative needs by giving them access to materials (instruments) and opportunities. Using their imagination, children will learn about tempo and volume, creatively express themselves and perform in a non-judgmental atmosphere.

Music for Everyone Fun logoPercussion instruments made available through this grant funding include xylophones, egg shakers, rhythm sticks, log drums, hand drums, and band bongos.

Percussion InstrumentsThe instruments are a resource for year round programs and a welcome addition to supporting the role that a library has in the community–being accessible and fulfilling the needs and interests of residents of the county. In these library settings, coming together socially, a child will delight in making music with others.

Research shows there are many benefits to playing percussion instruments. For the youngest, music builds emergent literacy skills (i.e. phonological). Children develop better verbal memory and reading ability, along with better motor coordination, motor development (exercising hands, fingers, and arms), mood improvement, listening skills, taking turns, happiness in being creative, social skills, and more.

Renee Christiansen, youth services manager, acknowledges the value of the partnership that has been established with MFE over the years, “I applaud the success of Music for Everyone for bringing musical opportunities to many, so that in turn, organizations such as libraries can promote the creative development of our local youth.”

The Music for Everyone Foundation is committed to supporting music as a positive impact in the community by awarding grants to schools and community groups to support music programs. The foundation, through their grant program, is committed to easing the financial difficulties that music programs face due to funding cuts.  The MFE Foundation raises money through live music events, merchandising efforts and donations.  Since April 2006, MFE has awarded over $1.5 Million in grants, scholarships and direct program support to schools and community arts groups in Lancaster County.

For more information about the Music for Everyone program, go to:

# # #



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

# # #

Public Libraries in Lancaster County will celebrate Pennsylvania’s One Book Every Young Child Campaign with Author Visits!


Lancaster County’s public libraries will participate in the 13th annual One Book, Every Young Child statewide early learning initiative, to highlight both the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, ages 3-6 years and specifically the vital role that adults have fostering that development.

Special Story Times will be offered at all of the public libraries in Lancaster County from April 3 through May 29.  There will also be special Author Visits on May 3, 2018.  (See schedules below for Author Visits and Storytimes!)

The initiative is a collaborative effort of Pennsylvania public libraries, museums, early childcare centers and other youth-oriented associations in the Commonwealth. This year’s book selection is My Cousin Momo written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora.  Published in 2015 by Dial Books, this book is for children ages 3 to 5.

Early learning starts in Pennsylvania’s Public Libraries. During story time, youth librarians foster early childhood literacy and school readiness skills. Now in its 13th year, One Book, Every Young Child is a valuable program that highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers and the significance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books.

The program has remained successful in part due to the partnership of collaborating agencies that all support early childhood literacy efforts. They worked together to develop this multifaceted program which is accessible to all areas and populations of the state.

Public Librarians during the reading of the book, engage children in open-ended discussion about the story line and characters, introduce new vocabulary, talk about alphabet letters and make a point that reading books builds a critical foundation of knowledge, readying a child for school. Encouragement is given to parents to “Read to One’s Child Every Day”.

Libraries have additional copies of My Cousin Momo for parents and caregivers to borrow.

picture of squirrel with camera around neck - cover image for "my cousin Momo"About the 2018 Book Selection: My Cousin Momo
When a flying squirrel arrives for a visit with relatives, carrying his suitcase, wearing a camera around his neck, and sporting a pink T-shirt and aqua-and-yellow running shoes, he fails to impress his two cousins and their many forest friends. He’s too shy to fly for them, and he doesn’t know how to play superheroes, hide-and-seek, or acorn-pong. The cousins are frustrated by Momo’s behavior (one cousin kicks a mushroom), but when they follow their parents’ advice to “Give him some time” and “Just make him feel welcome,” they modify the rules of their games so Momo feels included. OHora’s stylized illustrations are humorous (Momo dresses as “Muffin Man” when playing superheroes) and touching (he cries as he packs his suitcase, wanting to go home). VERDICT Many children will relate to Momo’s situation as he faces new surroundings and experiences and will be relieved when his cousins finally accept him for who he is. ~Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada 

The Reviews Are In…

“Picture books with hip, quirky illustrations that are not just funny but also have plenty of heart are hard to find. The stylish My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora has it all.” ~ The Boston Globe

“OHora’s story soars, encouraging acceptance and being true to yourself.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

OHora could paint stones in the street and make them funny.” ~ Publishers Weekly

“Many children will relate to Momo’s situation as he faces new surroundings and experiences and will be relieved when his cousins finally accept him for who he is.” ~ School Library Journal

“Fun details—like Momo’s tiny camera and his cousin’s superhero bat costume—will delight. A fab offering.” ~ Booklist

“Librarians and parents will delight in the lightly played theme of approaching the unfamiliar with an open mind.” ~The Horn Book

One Book, Every Young Child
 Author Visits ~ May 3, 2018

10:30 a.m.
Eastern Lancaster County Library
11 Chestnut Dr., New Holland, PA 17557
To register, visit,
register in person, or call us at 354-0525.

 12:45-1:45 p.m.
H.C. Burgard Elementary
111 S. Penn St., Manheim, PA 17545
Sponsoring Library: Manheim Community Library
(This event is closed to the public)

 6:30 p.m.
ititz Public Library
651 Kissel Hill Rd., Lititz, PA 17545
To register, email at
(Include your name, phone number and number attending.)
You may also register in person or call 717-626-2255.

One Book, Every Young Child is made possible through a collaboration of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Carnegie Science Center, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania’s Promise for Children, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children and The Pennsylvania Child Care Association. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

During the months of April and May, public libraries around the county will host special “My Cousin Momo” story time celebrations that will incorporate reading the selected book along with themed-related concepts and activities and other teaching tools to stretch children’s exploration and learning.  Public Library programs support the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards.

There also will be traveling trunks developed by early childhood educators to help expand upon the concepts in My Cousin Momo. Each trunk is filled with fun book-related activities, games and manipulatives for young children that align with Pennsylvania’s Learning Standards for Early Childhood. 

My Cousin Momo by Zachariah OHora
Story Times/Traveling Trunk Programs @ Public Libraries

List of scheduled events celebrating early literacy; libraries may require registration, please contact your local public library for more information.

Tuesday, April 3
Lancaster Public Library 10:30 am

Thursday, April 5
Lancaster Public Library – Mountville Branch 10:15 am

Wednesday, April 11
Salisbury Township Branch Library 10:00 am
Pequea Valley Public Library 11:15 am

Thursday, April 12
Milanof-Schock Public Library 10:30 am

Monday, April 16
Ephrata Public Library at 10:00 am &  11:00 am

Wednesday, April 18
Manheim Township Public Library 10:00 am

Thursday, April 19
Elizabethtown Public Library 10:30 am

Tuesday, April 24
Lancaster Public Library – Leola Branch 10:30 am

Wednesday, April 25
Moores Memorial Library 10:30 am
Strasburg-Heisler Library 10:30 am

Saturday, May 12
Quarryville Library 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 22
Manheim Community Library 10:00 am

Tuesday, May 29
Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland) 10:30 am

Zachariah OHoraAbout the Author…

Zachariah OHora is the illustrator of The New York Times best-selling book Wolfie the Bunny. He is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning books including No Fits Nilson! – The Huffington Post Best Children’s Book of 2013 – and The Not So Quiet Library.

My Cousin Momo was a Boston Globe Best Children’s Book of 2015. His debut children’s book Stop Snoring Bernard! won the 2011 Society of Illustrators Founder’s Award and was the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child selection in 2012.  Zach lives in Narberth, PA with his wife and two sons.

Visit him online at or on Twitter @ZachariahOHora.

For more information about the One Book, Every Young Child early learning initiative visit:

Previous selections for the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child program are:

  •  2017 – Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
  • 2016 – Kite Day by Will Hillenbrand
  • 2015 – Number One Sam by Greg Pizolli
  • 2014 – Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale
  • 2013 – The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
  • 2012 – Stop Snoring Bernard by Zachariah OHora
  • 2011 – Whose Shoes? A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swinburne
  • 2010 – What a Treasure! by Jane and Will Hillenbrand
  • 2009 – If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
  • 2008 – Up, Down, and Around by author Katherine Ayres and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott
  • 2007 – A Splendid Friend, Indeed by author and illustrator Suzanne Bloom
  • 2006 – Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by author and illustrator Lindsay Barrett George


# # #



Ebook Market: Self-Publishing Workshop

Author, Holly Bush

The Ebook Market: Self-Publishing Workshop
Presented by Holly Bush

Milanof-Schock Library

Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00 pm

So you’ve written your first book!

What do you do now? Is Traditional Publishing the best plan for you
or is Self-Publishing the way to go?

Many authors today are hybrids, publishing traditionally and self-pubbing some of their work. If you’re considering self-publishing for any of your writing, join us as Holly Bush tells you her journey in the self-publishing world, and gives you step-by-step instructions from the last word you write until your book is available to the public and in the hands of consumers.

Learn all about marketing plans, purchasing an ISBN, editorial services, cover art, aggregators, and retail platforms.

Visit or call 717-653-1510 to register.