Category: News Release

Request for Proposals for Internet and WAN Services

The Library System of Lancaster County (LSLC) is soliciting competitive sealed proposals from Service Providers to provide high speed Wide Area Networking (WAN) to sixteen library locations in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. LSLC is also seeking high speed Internet access service connecting the LSLC WAN to the Internet.  Interested E rate eligible Service Providers may download LSLC’s Request for Proposals from the USAC website.

Jeopardy Champion Brad Rutter funds new eResource Brainfuse!

We are excited to announce the release of brand new resources BrainFuse JobNow and Brainfuse HelpNow.  Brainfuse is an award winning service, building career and academic skills through tutoring/coaching, interactive lessons, providing collaborative space and other means.

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This was made possible in part through generous donations from Lancaster’s own Jeopardy Champion – Brad Rutter. Rutter has been contributing funds for the past nine years through his Lancaster County Community Foundation donor-advised fund to benefit the Public Libraries in Lancaster County.

To learn more about what BrainFuse has to offer see the links below.

BrainFuse JobNow:

Click here to learn more about JobNow

Click here to access JobNow

BrainFuse HelpNow:

Click here to learn more about HelpNow

Click here to access HelpNow

Manheim Township Public Library Announces Annual “Buy the Book” Fundraiser!


Buy The Book Fundraiser at Manheim Township Public Library

Join the Manheim Township Public Library for their 2nd Annual Buy the Book Fundraiser!

Manheim Township Public Library is hosting the Buy the Book fundraiser for the second year in a row. This year’s Buy the Book event will take place on Friday, October 4th from 6-8pm. The theme is “A great book can take you around the world.”

During the event, patrons will be able to travel around the world as the Library provides hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, and, of course, great books! Those who attend the fundraiser will have the opportunity to purchase preselected books that the Library will add to the Children’s, Young Adult, and Adult collections. A book plate will be placed inside each purchased book. The book plate can include the name of the purchaser or can be in memory of someone dear to the purchaser.

Manheim Township Public Library is committed to this fundraiser because it aligns perfectly with the Library’s mission and values.

Executive Director, Joyce Sands had this to say about the Buy the Book fundraiser, “Last year’s Buy the Book fundraiser was such a hit! We heard such great feedback from everyone involved that we decided to host it again. We can’t wait to see how the Buy the Book does this year!”

If you are unable to attend the event, but you would still like to support the Library, checks are welcome. Please make checks payable to The Manheim Township Public Library Foundation. You can also visit the Library the week following the event and browse the books that are still available for purchase.

Manheim Township Public Library is also looking for sponsors to help support the event. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring this event or other events hosted by Manheim Township Public Library, please contact the Library’s Executive Director, Joyce Sands at

Those planning to attend, please RSVP by Monday, September 30th to 717-509-4604 ext. 320 or

For more information on this event go to:

For other Library happenings, please visit the Library’s website at:

Vision Statement: The Manheim Township Public Library provides to its community a vibrant community center where people connect and have access to what they need to achieve their greatest potential. In 2018, patrons visited the library over 202,000 times and borrowed over 550,000 items. There were more than 36,000 attendees at the Library’s more than 1,300 programs. Demand for the Library’s materials, resources, and services has increased dramatically in recent years and is expected to continue to grow.



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Adamstown Area Library Announces New Director

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Carolyn Reiste, Adamstown Area Library New Director

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

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

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

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

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CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to Offer Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge

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CHI St. Joseph Children's Health Brush /twice-a-Day ChallengeBrush Twice-A-Day Challenge: “Back to School, Back to Brushing” improves oral health habits of youth in Lancaster County

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health and the Library System of Lancaster County are proud to announce the return of their partnership to offer the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge to children throughout Lancaster County, which begins Monday, September 9, 2019 and ends December 9, 2019.   The challenge is a 10-week initiative for Tots to Tweens.

The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge 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. Children and their caregivers can join the program at any of the 17 local library locations or the bookmobile.

“We’re pleased to partner again with CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health to help our Lancaster County youth to ‘brush up’ on their dental habits through the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge,” said Karla Trout, Executive Director for the Library System of Lancaster County. “We look forward to continuing to connect families with the tools they need to build their health literacy through our libraries.”

Children participating in the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge can visit their local library to pick up a free Health Hero Starter Pack to begin the fun. Included in the pack is a toothbrush, toothpaste and a set of Smile Counter scratch-off cards to track their brushing progress at home. Completed cards can be returned to specially marked mailboxes in the libraries. Those completed cards will be mailed to Hank the Health Hero, the lovable and imaginative puppet and champion of the Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge.

Story Time with Hank: Teeth! ; Story Time with Hank: Food! ; and Hank’s Sense-sational Story Time! with Hank the Health Hero Puppet events presented by CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Education Department staff will be at local public libraries this Fall. Check with your local library for registration information on these events.

“The Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge inspires kids to brush their teeth. They can see the progress they are making week after week using the Smile Counter cards – and the healthy habits they practice today will lead to a lifetime of healthy smiles,” said Lori McCracken, Director of Education at CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health.”

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Hank the Health Hero ~ Brush Twice-A-Day Challenge Fall Events 

Story Time with Hank—Teeth!
Did Hank forget to brush his teeth? Join us for Story Time with Hank the Health Hero and find out! The lovable puppet Hank and his friend will be reading a special book all about teeth. After the story, you get to do a couple of activities all about teeth.

September 6th at 10:30 – Quarryville Library
September 9th at 11:00 – Ephrata Public Library
September 10th at 10:30 – Lancaster Public Library Leola Branch
September 12th at 10:30 – Lititz Public Library
September 16th at 10:45 – Manheim Township Public Library
September 17that 10:45 – Manheim Township Public Library
September 18th at 10:00 – Adamstown Area Library
September 19th at 10:30 – Salisbury Township Branch Library
September 23rd at 10:30 – Columbia Public Library
September 24th at 10:30 – Lancaster Public Library
September 25th at 10:30 – Moores Memorial Library
September 26th at 10:30 – Elizabethtown Public Library
September 30th at 10:30 – Lancaster Public Library Mountville Branch October 2nd at 11:15 – Pequea Valley Public Library

Story Time with Hank –Food!

What happens if you give Hank a box of cookies? Is a cookie a healthy snack? Join us for Story Time with Hank the Health Hero and find out! The lovable puppet Hank and his friend will be reading a special book all about healthy habits. After the story, you get to make a craft to take home.

  • September 4th at 10:30 – Moores Memorial Library

Hank’s Sense-sational Story Time!

Hank the Health Hero helps you learn about your body as you look, listen, touch, and smell your way through one sense-sational day!  Feel all the feels during Hank’s hands-on story time at your local library!

  • September 11th at 10:30 – Moores Memorial Library

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

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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Adamstown Area Library to hold 4th Annual Golf Tournament!

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

Manor Golf Club will host the 4th Annual “Hit the Links for the Library” Golf Tournament on Saturday August 25th to benefit the Adamstown Area Library. Registration for the 4-person scramble begins at 12:30 and the event starts at 1:30 pm.   The registration fee of $80 per person includes golf & cart, driving range, greens fees, complimentary water, tea, soda & snacks, a free future golf round, and dinner by Little Dickee Q. Contests and prizes include: closest to the pin for men, women, and juniors; longest drive for men, women, juniors; and a $10,000 hole in one contest hole.

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

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

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


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

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

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Summer Intern creates Oral History Moon Landing Project

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Caden McMahan, Summer Intern at the Manheim Community Library, interviews Manheim residents in his Oral History Moon Landing Project!

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

Congratulations to Caden McMahan for a job well done!

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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North Museum’s Mission to the Moon

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


Manheim Community Library Summer Interns Lead New July Programs!

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

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

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

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

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

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


Learn more about these Summer Interns

Job Fair at the Adamstown Area Library!

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

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

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

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

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