Category: Library Program

Manheim Community Library Welcomes Summer Interns

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The Manheim Community Library is pleased to announce the appointment of three interns to assist in programming and events this summer at the Library. The interns will contribute to helping our community learn, connect, and grow through their own unique projects. They will 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 BonannoNina Bonanno - MCL Summer Intern

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.

A rising senior at Manheim Central High School, Nina Bonanno is very active in the community and is passionate about theatre. Recently, she starred in the High School’s production of The Pajama Game.

Caden McMahan ~ MCL Digital Creation InternDigital Creation Intern – Caden McMahan

The Digital Creation Intern is a new internship designed to promote digital learning with technologies purchased for the Library through a grant from Williams Company. The Digital Creation Intern will design and lead Library programs on podcasting and digital music production.

A graduate of Hempfield High School, Caden McMahan just completed his freshman year at American University in Washington, D.C. where he is studying audio technology. Caden is an experienced music production teacher and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position.

 

Public Library Association (PLA) Inclusivity Internship Initiative (III) Intern – Eva HainEva Hain - MCL PLA III Summer Intern

Manheim Community Library will participate in a connected learning internship program this summer sponsored by the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Through its Inclusive Internship Initiative (III), PLA is sponsoring paid, mentored public library internships for 50 high school juniors and seniors from diverse backgrounds. With individual guidance from a mentor, each intern will engage with multiple facets of library life, from administration to programming to user services. Over the course of the summer, interns and mentors will develop and complete a connected-learning project that reflect the intern’s personal interests and the library’s goals.

A rising senior at Linden Hall, Eva Hain has been chosen to represent Manheim Community Library in this program. Eva will work under the mentorship of Library Director Jonathan Dunkle. She will travel to Chicago later this month for III’s summer kick-off event where III interns will come together for master class sessions on common library programs and services, practice good intern and mentor skills, and network with one another. Eva will also attend a wrap-up event in September in Washington, DC where she will make a 5-minute presentation on her III experience and will have the opportunity to explore career and college readiness resources.

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.

ABOUT MANHEIM COMMUNITY LIBRARY
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.

 

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A Summer Read Launches A Mother’s Reckoning

 

 

2019 A Summer READ

Join the Conversation on Mental Health with A Mother’s Reckoning

What is A Summer Read?

  • Now in its seventh year, the Summer Read program is a partnership between WITF’s Transforming Health, Aligning Forces for Quality, and South Central Pennsylvania Libraries in nine counties. Every year, Summer Read partners choose a community health topic and book, which they promote throughout the summer. An author’s speaking event typically occurs in September to close the program.

What is the 2019 title?

  • This year, the partners chose the book, A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy, by Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, who was one of the two Columbine High School shooters. Summer Read partners chose the book because they recognized the need to raise awareness about mental health and the need for increased access to care and resources.

Why should we read this book?

  • The book uses the tragedy at Columbine as a launching point to directly address mental health issues – including broader awareness of mental health needs, and greater resources to address them. Book discussions and related events will be planned for readers to meet and discuss the book. A speaking event with the author is planned for September 16 at a location to be determined.

Why choose such a difficult subject?

  • We recognize that this book and author may be controversial to some, and we respect and welcome the views of all community stakeholders in these important issues. We believe mental health awareness is a pressing community health need, and we encourage our neighbors to help us break the stigma around mental health so that we can have these important conversations.

Our commitment:

  • WITF’s Transforming Health, Aligning Forces for Quality, South Central Pennsylvania Libraries and Capital BlueCross believe strongly that health care should focus on the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Through Philhaven, WellSpan works to promote healing, hope and wholeness through a comprehensive range of behavioral health services and programs offered at more than two dozen care locations across the region. Organizers believe conversations about pressing health issues, including mental health, can help create and sustain healthy Central Pennsylvania communities. That is why we partner to present the Summer Read program.

Discussion Questions – A Mother’s Reckoning

30 winners will be chosen to meet the author and receive an autographed book from readers who fill out the survey.

Download the Survey:  2019 Survey A Mother’s Reckoning

When completed, please give your survey to the Librarian at your Local Library who will enter your information on transforming health.org site to be eligible for the August 31 drawing.

For more information, visit:
http://www.transforminghealth.org/stories/2019/06/summer-read-launches-conversation-on-mental-health-with-a-mothers-reckoning.php

 

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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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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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 LogoNew 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,
http://lancasterlibraries.org/library-services/youth/summer-reading-program/

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 www.lancasterlibraries.org

To find out more about the Summer Reading Program visit:
http://lancasterlibraries.org/library-services/youth/summer-reading-program/

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 www.lancasterlibraries.org 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.

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“It Happened at the Library” Project Expands!

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“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 cbyrnes@lancasterpubliclibrary.org.

“It Happened at the Library” Submission Guidelines

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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 https://tinyurl.com/LSLC2019

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 https://tinyurl.com/The-Public-Film

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:



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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.

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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

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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:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-place-parent-child-play-and-learn-sessions-tickets-48712495385


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:
https://elancolibrary.org/event/123-play-with-me-2018/?sd=1536105600&ed=1536105600&ad=n


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:
http://libcalendar.org/View-Event-Details.aspx?SiteID=1&EventID=2978


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

Nutrition

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.

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

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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 www.CHIstjosephchildrenshealth.org.

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.

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