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Royer’s Flowers “Bouquets for Books” returns!

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Visit local Royer’s Flowers locations from October 22 – November 5 to Benefit Public Libraries!

Royer’s Flowers and Gifts’ annual children’s book drive returns Oct. 22-Nov. 5 to benefit area public libraries. For each book, donors will receive a free bouquet, up to three per family per visit, while supplies last. Used books will not be accepted.

Participating Royer’s Locations:

  • Columbia:902 Lancaster Ave., Columbia
  • Ephrata: 165 S. Reading Rd., Ephrata
  • Lancaster West: 201 Rohrerstown Rd., Lancaster
  • Lancaster North: 873 N. Queen St., Lancaster City

In its first 10 years, Bouquets for Books has collected more than 15,000 books in the following counties: Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties. Sister company Stephenson’s Flowers & Gifts has one store in Harrisburg.

Click here for the Public Libraries of Lancaster County’s Wish List

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Ukuleles are now ready for check-out at your public library!

MFE_logo (1)Good News!  Ukuleles are now available for lending at the public libraries in Lancaster County!  The libraries also have extended learning resource materials such as, ukulele “how-to-play” books, DVD’s and songbooks for lending to the public.   The addition of the special Ukulele Lending at our public libraries was made possible by grant funds from Music for Everyone.

The ukulele is a great tool to spark creativity and is easy to learn how to play. Having access to borrow the Ukuleles will give children and adults alike hands-on opportunities to practice positive self-expression and have fun.  Research shows that when a child plays a musical instrument their brain has an improved ability to process language and speech sounds. Academically, this phonological awareness makes them better readers and learners.  The benefits for adults are also impressive—studies at Northwestern University found that musical training can benefit adults by offsetting some of the effects of aging by improving brain activity.  Awareness about music and the important role that music has in people’s lives is an important goal of Music for Everyone—it’s also a goal that public libraries can support by promoting this new service.

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An array of exciting Summer Reading Programs at Public Libraries will Educate and Entertain Youth!

Public Libraries of Lancaster County and the Bookmobile kicked off this year’s Summer Reading Program on June 4th. Readers of all ages are invited to READ all things related to this year’s theme as local public libraries present Get on Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” during their summer reading program, while Get in the Game…Read” is the teen slogan.   The themes for this year’s program for each of the age groups are: physical health, mind & body health, nutrition, exercise, physical sports, and exercising the brain. The public libraries will offer special stories, events, music, and hands-on learning centered on these themes and much more!

The countywide reading program begins June 4 and will run until August 13, 2016. Youth may join anytime during this time frame. The 2016 Summer Reading Program supports Pennsylvania Academic Standards & PA Early Learning Standards and is open to children and teens of all ages. Program  components include 4 reading levels: Read Aloud (birth-4 years), Elementary (ages 5-9), Tween (ages 10-12) and the Teen level (ages 13-19).

Here is a full list of highlighted programs sponsored by the Library System at Public Libraries

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Individual Program Schedules …Simply click on each link to access a particular program description and full schedule!

 CHI – St. Joseph Children’s Health with Hank the Health Hero

Rockford Plantation Colonial Programs

Dutch Wonderland Princess Appearances

Very Hungry Caterpillar Visits

Bushels of Fun – Magic of Erik

Toni Albert Nature Specialist

Lancaster County Environmental Center Programs

Jesse the Reptile Guy from Forgotten Friends Reptile Sanctuary

Lancaster Conservation District Programs

Heads Up Lancaster – Introduction to Junkyard Drumming

Bright Star Touring Theatre

North Museum of Nature & Science

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Library System receives Music for Everyone Grant to fund a Public Library Collection of Ukuleles!

MFE_logo (1)The Library System of Lancaster County on behalf of Lancaster County Public Libraries is pleased to announce that they were awarded grant funds from Music for Everyone to start a special Ukulele Lending Library.  The grant presentation of the ukuleles will take place at Edward Hand Middle School gymnasium (431 S. Ann St. Lancaster, PA) on May 24th from 4:30pm – 6:30 pm. The Ukuleles will be available for lending at the public libraries in Lancaster County.  The libraries will also have extended learning resource materials such as, ukulele “how-to-play” books, DVD’s and songbooks for lending to the public.

The ukulele is a great tool to spark creativity and is easy to learn how to play. Having access to borrow the Ukuleles will give children and adults alike hands-on opportunities to practice positive self-expression and have fun. Research shows that when a child plays a musical instrument their brain has an improved ability to process language and speech sounds. Academically, this phonological awareness makes them better readers and learners.  The benefits for adults are also impressive—studies at Northwestern University found that musical training can benefit adults by offsetting some of the effects of aging by improving brain activity.

Awareness about music and the important role that music has in people’s lives is an important goal of Music for Everyone—it’s also a goal that public libraries can support by promoting this new service.

The grant funding allowed for the purchase of 30 ukuleles. Local libraries will have ukuleles to lend out for public use, while 10 ukuleles will serve as a set for local library programming use and establishing “Youth and Other Age Ukulele Clubs” at the libraries.  Plans are underway for librarians to learn the basics and how to play the ukulele so they may transfer the knowledge to patrons.

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Library shares fundraiser proceeds to benefit tornado-damaged One Room Schools!

The Pequea Valley Public Library held their 5th Annual Lunch/Sandwich fundraiser on March 22.  All funds during past Lunch/Sandwich fundraisers benefited the library; however, this year 10% of the profits will be donated to the one-room schools that were damaged in the tornado in Salisbury Township on February 24th.  The National Weather Service had reported that the 100-mph-wind tornado left a 5-mile path where dozens of buildings were damaged and an Amish schoolhouse was leveled.

Amish help repair roof damage after the tornadoAmish clean up in the aftermath of a storm with high winds Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in Narvon, Pa. Crews in central and eastern Pennsylvania are working to restore electricity after strong storms moved across the state and possibly caused some tornadoes. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Preparation of the sandwiches and lunches took place at the Leacock PVPL volunteers prepare over 3000 sandwiches for the sale!Presbyterian Church in Paradise.  The Library Board of Directors prepared the sandwiches along with the Paradise Lions Club volunteers.  The Lions Club volunteers delivered the order forms, collected the orders prior to the sale, and delivered the lunches to nearly 100 schools.  This year 3,000 sandwiches were prepared and sold!

Elanco Library Honors Volunteers who helped with flood repairs!

The Eastern Lancaster County Library in New Holland has officially opened after extensive flood damages were repaired thanks to a concerted effort by community volunteers!  A special reception to honor the volunteers that made re-opening possible was held on Friday, March 4 at the Library.  Read about LNP Newspaper Coverage: http://tinyurl.com/Elanco-Library-Now-Open