Public Libraries encourage giving with the 16th Annual Mitten Tree Project!

Public Libraries throughout Lancaster County will hold their 16th annual Mitten Tree Campaign beginning on Monday, November 16. Librarians from the county’s public libraries, in the spirit of holiday giving, will be collecting new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, earmuffs and umbrellas that will benefit children & families served by Lancaster County Children & Youth Services. The public libraries in Lancaster County will participate in this year’s project. Items will also be collected on the Bookmobile. Donations may be made from Monday, November 16 – Friday, December 18, 2015.

The Mitten Tree project has been hugely successful during the past thirteen years. Last year the project netted 4,715 donations. Lancaster County’s Children and Youth Social Service Agency will oversee a portion of the distribution to children throughout the county, while most of the items will be given to churches and service agencies in local library communities.

Children & Youth Director of Quality Assurance, Amy M. Campbell, said of the project, ““The Mitten Tree Project touches the lives of some of the most neediest of families in Lancaster County and thanks to efforts of this project, many children will have warm hands and protected heads as we head into the coldest months of the year.”

Lancaster County’s Children and Youth Social Service Agency serves over 4,000 children throughout Lancaster County. Individuals interested in participating should bring new, unwrapped mittens, gloves, hats, scarves, umbrellas and earmuffs to any of the public library locations during their hours of operation. Call your local public library at the following locations [see list below].

Participating Libraries

Adamstown Area Library 3000 North Reading Rd, Adamstown 717-484-4200
Columbia Public Library 24 South 6th Street, Columbia 717-684-2255
Eastern Lancaster County Library 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland 717-354-0525
Elizabethtown Public Library 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown 717-367-7467
Ephrata Public Library 550 South Reading Road, Ephrata 717-738-9291
Lancaster Public Library 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster 717-394-2651
LPL East-Leola Branch 46 Hillcrest Rd., Leola 717-656-7920
LPL West – Mountville Branch 120 College Ave, Mountville 717-285-3231
Lititz Public Library 651 Kissel Hill Rd, Lititz 717-626-2255
Manheim Community Library** 15 East High St, Manheim 717-656-6700
Manheim Township Public Library 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster 717-560-6441
Milanof-Schock Public Library 1184 Anderson Ferry Rd., Mt. Joy 717-653-1510
Moores Memorial Library 9 W. Slokum Ave, Christiana 610-593-6683
Pequea Valley Public Library 13 Center Street, Intercourse 717-768-3160
Quarryville Library 357 Buck Road, Quarryville 717-786-1336
Salisbury Twp. Branch Library 835 Houston Run Dr., Suite 220 Gap 717-442-3304