Rocks Are a Blast from the Past


Geologist Jeri Jones to present “Rocks Are a Blast from the Past” program at Public Libraries as part of this year’s Summer Reading theme: Libraries Rock!

Geologist Jeri Jones will share his passion and knowledge about rocks and minerals at events happening at public libraries during in this year’s Summer Reading program! Jeri has been fascinated with rocks and minerals for over 40 years; has done extensive research in geology through his travels around the United States; and has conducted numerous field trips and programs for all ages.  Programs run from June 15 through August 15.

“Rocks Are a Blast from the Past”
What is a rock and how are they formed? Participants will learn the difference between a rock and mineral, and how rocks create an earthquake. See how an earthquake appears on a seismograph. See how toothpaste is made from rocks. Samples of rocks, minerals and fossils are used during the show. Includes a take-away Pennsylvania Fossil! Bring camera, and take a picture of yourself with replica of a real T-Rex footprint.

Jeri Jones / Jones Geological Services Presentation Schedule 2018

To register for these programs, click on the library name to access the local library’s webpage.

Thursday, June 15 at 10:30 am
Strasburg-Heisler Library

Tuesday, June 19 at 2:00 pm
Elizabethtown Public Library

Thursday, June 21 at 10:30 am
Quarryville Library

Wednesday, June 27 at 2:00 pm
Manheim Township Public Library

Tuesday, July 10 at 1:00 pm
Lititz Public Library

Wednesday, July 11 at 6:00 pm
Lancaster Public Library – Lancaster City

Thursday, July 12 at 10:00 am
Columbia Public Library
[EVENT Location: Park Elementary School GYM located at 50 S 6th St, Columbia]

Tuesday, July 17 at 10:30 am
Adamstown Area Library

Tuesday, July 17 at 2:00 pm
Eastern Lancaster County Library (New Holland)

Thursday, July 19 at 1:00 pm
Pequea Valley Public Library (Intercourse)

Tuesday, July 24 at 3:00 pm
Ephrata Public Library

Monday, July 30 at 10:30 am
Lancaster Public Library – Mountville Branch Library

Monday, July 30 at 2:00 pm
Lancaster Public Library-Leola Branch Library

Tuesday, July 31 at 2:00 pm
Moores Memorial Library (Christiana)

Tuesday, July 31 at 6:00 pm
Milanof-Schock Library (Mount Joy)

Wednesday, August 8 at 10:00 am
Salisbury Township Branch Library (Gap)

Wednesday, August 15 at 10:00 am
Manheim Community Library

Jeri Jones, Geologist

About the Presenter…
Jeri Jones, a native of York, attended Catawba College in North Carolina and earned his degree in Geoarchaeology. Jeri owns Jones Geological Services in Spring Grove, PA where he studies the geology of southeastern Pennsylvania.  In his 38 years of research Jeri leads groups on field trips and acts as a consultant to several area quarries.  He has traveled throughout the country conducting field trips and programs for all ages.  He conducts classes on a regular basis for the OLLI program at Penn State-York.  He previously taught at HACC-Gettysburg, York College of Pennsylvania and Messiah College.  He received the Digman Award for Geologic Excellence from the Eastern Chapter of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. His interests include the mining history, geologic history, groundwater resources and southeastern Pennsylvania earthquakes.  He has authored four books, narrated a geologic education video series and written numerous articles.  He, along with fellow geologist Dennis Low, is writing a “Kids Guide to Pennsylvania Geology” book.  Jeri is also a contributor for a publication “World Book of Slate.”  Jeri also is a guest columnist for the York Daily Record where he writes about local earth science.

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