Category: Library Program

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:

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.

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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

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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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:

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

Libraries Rock Summer Reading 2018 Image

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

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

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

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

Cylo, Barnstormer’s Mascot Visits

PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland Visits

Corduroy Story Book Costume Character Visits

Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation Programs

Heads Up Lancaster Drumming & Break Dancing Events

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

Mark DeRose Singer & Songwriter Music Performances

Giggle Magic Shows with Marcy Klutchka Programs

Science Explorers Present “Science Matters”

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

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

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

Find out more about the Summer Reading Program

Please contact library listed to register for programs.
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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


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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.

Rock Your Socks Off at the Milanof-Schock Library!

Rock Your Socks Off Fundraiser

Looking for a local event that will be fun for the whole family?

The Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy is throwing a super-fun, music-inspired, family-friendly, dance-party fundraiser in the library on Saturday, February 24 from 4 – 6pm.

Local DJ Stan Tucker will be spinning tunes of the decades and testing parents’ rock music memories with music trivia! The Library invites attendees to dress in costume to represent a favorite music era (optional) and jump in the costume parade! Enter the Limbo contest and get goofy with sing-a-longs! Anyone interested in attending can brush up on music trivia, do some stretching to get ready for a little limbo (optional), practice your dance moves, and mark your calendars for some family fun!

Tickets can be pre-purchased and are available at the Library’s front desk for $3 each that includes all of the previously mentioned entertainment (and MORE!) as well as a slice of pizza and a drink. Additional food will be available at the event for an additional cost (while supplies last). Bring a little extra spending money to participate in raffles or to purchase something from the souvenir shop! All proceeds from the event help the Library!


Please visit the Library’s website for more information about its services, calendar of events, and news.


Hank the Health Hero to present healthy choices programs at local public libraries!


Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth and Health Hero Training Camp Programs for Youth!

The Public Libraries in Lancaster County in partnership with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health are proud to announce that Hank the Health Hero will be appearing at public libraries this fall to offer healthy choices programs for children of all ages!  The two program offerings are “Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth” and “Health Hero Training Camp”.

St. Joseph's Children's Health Hank the Health Hero puppet

Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth

Hank the Health Hero believes he is a superhero whose healthy habits make him heroic! An energetic and imaginative 8-year-old puppet, Hank journeys on adventures that test his willpower. Cheer on Hank as he becomes the champion of healthy choices – learning to brush his teeth for two minutes twice each day!

Hank’s healthy attitude is contagious and he spreads it far and wide, making health heroes of all the friends he meets. All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes! Hank programs are ideal for children ages 3-6.



Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth Program Schedule

October 2 at 10:00 AM – Strasburg-Heisler Library

October 4 at 11:15 AM – Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse)

October 9 at 10:30 AM – Columbia Public Library

October 12 at 10:00 AM – Manheim Community Library

October 26 at 10:30 am – Elizabethtown Public Library

Nov. 2 at 10:15 AM – Lancaster Public Library WEST – Mountville Branch

Nov. 7 at 10:30 AM – Lancaster Public Library EAST- Leola Branch, Leola

November 9 at 6:00 PM – Lancaster Public Library

October 11 — Manheim Farm Show Parade – see HANK at the Parade!!



Health Hero Training Camp Health Hero Training Camp

Germs don’t stand a chance against a trained health hero! Take aim on tooth decay, launch an attack on plaque, run the MyPlate relay, and toss around all sorts of healthy ideas with this action-packed program. The Health Hero Training Camp is an active approach to oral health and nutrition education; helping kids learn about their bodies with their bodies and inspiring a bit of healthy competition. Ideal for your library, recreation center or school, the Health Hero Training Camp is an experience ideal for children ages 5-12.


Health Hero Training Camp Program Schedule

October 19 at 6:00 PM – Quarryville Library

October 21 at 10:30 AM – Manheim Township Library

October 24 at 6:30 PM – Lititz Public Library

October 25 at 6:30 PM – Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

October 26 at 6:00 PM – Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

October 28 at 10:00 AM – Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

November 1 at 4:00 PM – Adamstown Area Library

Families are also encouraged to visit their local public library to join the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge!  This initiative runs from September 11 – December 11, 2017.  It is a free educational program designed to help kids start and stick to the healthy habit of brushing their teeth at least two times each day.  The challenge is a 10-week initiative for Tots to Tweens.  Children and their caregivers can join the program at any of the 17 local library locations or the bookmobile.


About CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health

A part 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. To learn more about CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, visit

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Four Lancaster County’s public libraries will hold Solar Eclipse programs

Solar Eclipse

In preparation for the upcoming Solar Eclipse that’s happening on Monday, August 21, only several public libraries will be holding related programming.   The much-sought-after special viewing glasses will be available ONLY for those who are registered to attend the programs that will be held at the public libraries listed below. The public should be aware that not all eclipse-viewing glasses are safe for use.

Visit to find out which Solar Eclipse glasses are safe and approved. NASA recommends buying eclipse viewing glasses from any one of just five companies: American Paper Optics, Baader Planetarium, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical and TSE 17.


Public Library Programs

Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Eastern Lancaster County Library is having a program on Monday, August 21 at 2:00 pm. Librarians at the library have set aside solar eclipse viewing glasses from STAR-Net (NASA approved); so there will be glasses for those who attend the program to participate. The library does have viewing glasses that will be distributed on a “first come first serve basis”. Once the glasses run out, there will be no more.

Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Bring your lunch, lawn chairs, shade umbrellas or just a blanket to setup on our big front lawn to get a good view of the “Great American Solar Eclipse.” According to LNP “In Pennsylvania, the partial eclipse begins after 1 p.m. and will end by 4 p.m. The middle of the eclipse, when the maximum amount of sun is covered, will be around 2:30 to 2:45 p.m.” In Lancaster County we will see nearly 75% of the sun covered by the moon’s shadow. No sign-up required.   Special glasses available while supplies last (donation requested)

Ephrata Public Library

VR glasses available to those attending our solar eclipse programs. 

Join the Eclipse Revolution
Wednesday, August 9
3:00 pm

Explore rotational movements of the sun, moon and our planet Earth through art and physical activity to prepare for the solar eclipse! Bring a smock or wear old clothing. Weather permitting, activities will take place outdoors. Ages 7-11.

Solar Eclipse Party with NASA Solar System Ambassador Ed Pinero
Monday, August 21
2:00 pm

Join us for educational activities, interpretive dance, a live stream of the solar eclipse across the nation, and enjoy light solar themed refreshments as we safely view the Solar Eclipse! Viewing glasses provided to registrants. The maximum partial eclipse at 76% obscuration occurs at 2:42p.m. EST for our geographic coordinates. Viewing glasses provided to those who register.

Lancaster Public Library

Leap into Science: So You See What I See?
Thursday, August 17

6:00 pm

Come to the library in August for a workshop focused on LIGHT. Families will play with light by shining it through objects, bouncing it off of shiny surfaces, and blocking it to create shadows. This workshop will feature a station on the Solar Eclipse in which the moon will block the light from the sun! This Eclipse will be visible Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2017. Feel free to drop in, and stay as long as you like.

Leap into Science: So You See What I See?
Monday, August 21
10:30 am

According to Coreena Byrnes, Lancaster Public Library’s Youth Librarian, “We are holding a solar eclipse program on August 21st as part of the Leap into Science grant. We also have viewing glasses. We have been distributing them to the public, but we’re running out quickly. We plan to save a set amount (maybe 250) for the two programs we’re doing (one on Thursday 8/17 and one the morning of the eclipse), and we’re giving out the rest on a “first come, first served” basis.

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Join in this year’s Summer Read!


Join the Conversation! Read Daphne Miller’s Farmacology:  Total Health from the Ground Up

For the fifth year in a row WITF’s Transforming Health teams up with Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA and the Central PA library systems to present the “Summer Read”. The goal is to engage readers across Central PA in a conversation about the surprising connections between what we eat, how it’s grown and our personal wellness.  Throughout the book Miller seeks out the perspective of noted scientists ad weaves their insight into the story. The result is a whole new approach to health and healing combined with practical advice for how to treat disease and maintain wellness.

Public Libraries in Lancaster County have copies available for checkout. The title is also available as an e-book through OverDrive.

Participants in “A Summer Read” will have the chance to win a free copy of the book, meet Miller during a private book signing, and hear her speak on September 18, 2017, in Lancaster.  Thirty winners will be chosen from completed surveys.  More details to follow.

Complete the survey online!


Download the printed survey now.

This reading initiative for adults through September, 2017 is sponsored by WITF, Transforming Health, WellSpan Health, and Penn State Health.

For complete details, visit WITF’s Transforming Health/Summer Read

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