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April Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – April 2019

 

April showers bring pretty flowers and new library books bring many hours of reading enjoyment.

New titles coming for the month of April:

The 18th Abduction by James Patterson

Neon Prey by John Sandford

Redemption by David Baldacci

Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline

The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis

The View From Alameda Island by Robyn Carr

Willing to Die by Lisa Jackson

The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes

Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury

Far and Away by Fern Michaels

The A List by J. A. Jance

 

New DVDs coming for April:

Glass

Holmes and Watson

Bumblebee

A Dog’s Way Home

 

April is an important month in the world of libraries.  National Library Week occurs this year between April 7-13.  This year’s theme perfectly coincides with Columbia’s renaissance: “Libraries Build Strong Communities”.  Community involvement is a core value of the Columbia Public Library.  Stop in the library any time this week (April 8-12) for special surprises!

April 12 is National Bookmobile Day!  I join my friend Ed  Miller on the second Tuesday of each month at the Bookmobile’s visit to the Head Start on Wright Street.  The Bookmobile also makes the following stops in Columbia:

First Tuesday of each month:  1:00 PM at St. John’s Herr

First Tuesday of each month:  2:00 PM at Trinity House Apartments

Be sure to visit your bookmobile, as it provides a valuable service throughout Lancaster County.  Many people (including myself) have fond memories of the bookmobile beginning in childhood.

 

It’s appropriate that National Library Week falls on the same week as National Volunteer Week – because libraries could not function without their volunteers!  We extend our thanks and gratitude to:  Coni Haas, Joe Eshleman, Susan Kalas, Kelly Skiptunas, Mary Ellen Donat, Tess Leberfinger, Gregg Dubbs, Sylvia Powell, Sandy Gable, Tom Mimnall, Kasey Patterson, Cathy Rideaux, Brenda Paxson, Gaile Morrison, Adalie Burgard, Roseann Nikolaus, Dorie Conlin, Moe McFarland, Bobbie Thomas, and Steve Sherk.  Each volunteer will receive a “lottery” scratch-off ticket this year:  prizes being a clipboard, a duffle bag, travel tumbler, or tote bag – depending on what your ticket reveals!

 

Pre-School Pals for April will be held Mondays at 10:30 AM, with the exception of April 22 (Easter Monday).

I will once again be reading “The Lorax” for children of all ages at Sahd’s annual Earth Day celebration held this year on Saturday, April 27, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Children who visit at least ten “stations” and have their passport initialed at each will receive a free Rita’s Ice.  In addition to stories, there are games, exhibits, contests, and a tour of the facility in this fun free event for the entire family.  Meet Lisa Landis from the WJTL Kids’ Cookie Break and visit the food vendors – proceeds benefit the Columbia Food Bank

Young Adult Book Clubs will meet at the Columbia High School Library on Wednesday, April 19.  Middle schoolers are reading “The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall” while high school is discussing “P.S. I Still Love You”.

“The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall” has been read several times now by different groups of middle schoolers and is actually one of the better written ghost stories Patti and I have read.  It also shows some of the restrictions placed upon women and girls during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

“P.S. I Still Love You” is the second novel the high school students have read about Laura Jean Covey and her sisters.  After Laura Jean’s letters to “all the boys she’s loved before” (the first book in the series) have been sent, she begins receiving responses and must learn to differentiate between friendship and love – and also finds out that love can ruin friendships.

Our Community Programs begin once again on Monday, April 1.  This program needs the input of the entire community.  A comprehensive plan is being developed for Columbia.  The first session will focus on three areas:  what is liked best about Columbia, what challenges is Columbia facing, and what opportunities could be developed.  Please attend – and give your honest opinions!  Change cannot happen until we know what we are working toward. Speak up and make your voice count!  Moderated by Jeff Helm.  Monday, April 1, at 6 PM in our conference room.

 

Many people complete school feeling unprepared about how to manage their finances. Trial and error mistakes can take years to fix.  Kris Nice, of BB and T Bank, is offering a three-part series called “Banking 101” here at the library.  The first session is “Banking Basics” and it covers balancing your checking account, tips and tools to help you save, and establishing credit.  The session will be held in our conference room on Tuesday, April 23, at 6:30 PM and is designed for ages 16 and up.

Prime Timers will be meeting on Wednesday, April 24, at 1:30 PM.  Our topic is “Stress Reduction”.  Learn some physical and mental techniques for relieving stress from Sue Tushingham, peer educator of Mental Health America of Lancaster County.  Embrace a healthy lifestyle by focusing on your mental and spiritual facets as well as physical.  Anyone aged 50 or older is welcome!  Light refreshments served.

Yarn Arts Crafting is going full swing. Crocheters meet every Tuesday night at 6:30.  For our April class we will begin our CAL (crochet along). We will be making this simple ribbed hat! This is a great project for any beginner and can make a great addition to your winter scarf sets. Yes, it is spring but this is a great project to make in preparation for Christmas or to donate to your favorite local charity or organization or hospitals.

For this project you can chose any favorite yarn. Worsted or chunky yarn are recommended. Of course you will need the appropriate hook size depending on the yarn you choose (see label on yarn). PLEASE NOTE you will need at least 250-300 yards of yarn.  Other supplies needed are: crochet hook, scissors, and measuring tape.  Crochet instructors are Kasey Patterson and Randi Clark, assisted by Cathy Rideaux.

Our plarn project (sleeping mats for the homeless) continues with Cathy Rideaux every Thursday at 1 PM.  It is very easy to learn to prepare the plastic grocery bags to make plarn for crocheting.  All are welcome to help fold and cut bags – no crochet experience is necessary.

Knitting classes are every Thursday night at 7 PM with the exception of April 18 (Maundy Thursday).  Anyone is welcome and NO EXPERIENCE is needed for any of these classes! Knitting instructor is Gaile Morrison

 Don’t forget our Puzzle Swap located in our Community Room!  Feel free to both bring and take puzzles for any age: children and adults.  Please make sure puzzles are in good condition with no missing pieces.

The Library System of Lancaster County’s Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 17, at 7 PM.  This year’s Volunteer of the Year from Columbia is Jeanette Sherk (posthumous award)

Jeanette has done so much for our board – and the library was Jeanette’s passion.  Her dream was to see it expanded and renovated to keep up with our community’s needs.  Thankfully, she was able to see her dream come to fruition.  Receiving the award on behalf of Jeanette is her husband Steve Sherk (our current board vice president) and her children

 Family Film Night for April will feature “Mary Poppins Returns”.  This film is appropriate for all ages.  Date is Wednesday, April 24, at 6 PM  

 Summer Reading is fast approaching!  This year’s theme – timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing – is “A Universe of Stories”.   Children aged birth through 19 may pick up reading logs beginning Saturday, June 1.  Programs kick off on Tuesday, June 11, this year with a kick-off concert by “Phredd” McNaughton.  Refreshments and prize drawings on the terrace!  Logs may also be picked up at this program as well.  Our Scavenger Hunt of space-related posters at Columbia business establishments returns this summer.  New performers this summer include Neill Hartley (portraying Charles Lindbergh), Family Stages, and the North Museum (“Mission to the Moon”). 

 Returning presenters are:  Ryan Bridge and the bugs; Jesse Rothacker and the reptiles; character juggler Chris Ivey; magician John Andrews; illusion and mind reading with Ran’D Shine; singer Mark DeRose, singer Maggie Spike, singer Matt Dodd, Columbia Borough police, Columbia Borough fire company, Columbia QRS, Al and Patti Means and their search-and-rescue bloodhounds, Fred Nell with Sadie and Piper, Lancaster County Parks, CHI Children’s Health with Hank the Healthy Hero puppet, and tour of Sahd’s Metal Recycling.

Last day to turn completed logs in is Saturday, August 10.

Thank you to all who contributed to Food for Fines….by the end of March we have collected 201 items.  Thank you for helping your neighbors!  We will be offering this program again next year.

The Columbia Public Library is located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church) Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbiapubliclibrary.org.  Find us on Facebook!  Please visit and find out what new worlds await for you!

 

March Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – March 2019

 

“Irish” you would come into the library and check out some of these great new books:

Run Away by Harlan Coben

The First Lady by James Patterson

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

The Last Second by Catherine Coulter

Wolf Pack by C. J. Box

Silent Night by Danielle Steel

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

Wild Card by Stuart Woods

Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen

Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler

The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich

Deep Harbor by Fern Michaels

The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg

When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson

 

New on DVD for March:

“Instant Family”

“Creed 2”

“Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald”

“Spiderman:  Into the Spider-verse”

“Aquaman”

 

Our March newsletter begins on a sad note – we are mourning the passing of our beloved board president Jeanette Sherk.  Under Jeanette’s leadership, our board aspired to a united mission:  to better our library services for all in the community.  This is most visible in our remodeling and addition – however, our community involvement and programming are also part of our library’s growth to serve everyone.  Jeanette continues her legacy of support even beyond her passing – she has requested all memorial gifts go to our building expansion fund.  Signage will be placed in the library in honor of Jeanette, as well as Bob McCarthy, another long-time board president.

Dates for our Yarn arts classes in March are:

March 5 and 19 – Crocheting

March 7, 21, and 28 – Knitting (no class March 14)

Those with no knitting or crochet experience are welcome and all you need to bring is yourself!  Yarn has been donated and you will receive guidance as to what size hook or needles to use.

One of our Crochet class members came up with a very worthwhile project:  turning all those used grocery bags into “Plarn” (plastic yarn) that can be used to crochet mats to provide homeless folks with a comfortable place to sleep.  We need:  Plastic Grocery Bags!

The bags also need to be prepared into large “balls” in order for the crocheters to crochet the mats.  A new Thursday afternoon group, “Project Plarn Mats”, will meet in the library’s Community Room.  There, Cathy will teach you how to straighten, fold, cut, and connect the plastic bags into “plarn” balls for the crocheters.

If you are interested in helping prepare bags for this worthwhile project, just show up at the Columbia Public Library on Thursdays beginning March 7 at 1 PM!!

Young Adult Book Club meets on Wednesday, March 6 at the Columbia High School library.  Middle school at 1:50, high school at 2:45.    Middle school readers will be discussing “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, while high school readers focus on “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds.

About “City of Bones”:  15 year old Clary discovers a secret her mother has kept from her.  She is a “shadowhunter” – a part angel, part-human meant to protect humans from those out to destroy them.  When Clary discovers a hidden group of other shadowhunters, they reluctantly teach her what her new responsibilities are – and the sacrifices she must make.

About “Long Way Down”: When Will’s older brother, Shawn, is killed in a shooting all Will can think about are the “rules” of his neighborhood – getting revenge.  Will swipes a handgun and heads for the elevator determined to avenge his brother.  But during his 60-second trip to the ground floor of his building, Will meets seven surprising figures who board the elevator at each floor – and provide advice about what the rules – and being a man – really mean.

For more information on the Young Adult book clubs, stop by the high school library and talk to Mr. White.

Friday, March 1, is Read Across America day – in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  I will be participating in activities at our local schools to celebrate this beloved children’s author.

Monday, March 11, is a day off for our students, so the County Parks and Recreation staff are bringing a program for ages 3 to 12.  In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, the program is titled “The Science of Seuss”.  It features the book Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

To accompany the reading of this Seuss classic we will introduce some animal sounds and why they are made.  Animals make all sorts of sounds for many different reasons.  We will also play a rousing game of “Animal Sounds Jeopardy”.   The fun begins at 10:30 AM on Monday, March 11.

PreSchool Pals will be meeting for stories and fun on March 4, March 18, and March 25 at 10:30 AM.  Children ages 2 to 5 and their adult caregivers are welcome for stories and an easy craft.  No sign-up is needed; adults must stay with their child(ren).

The Prime Timers, for ages 50 and older, will feature Anne Kempsell with the program: “Mythbusters:  Health Care’s Best Kept Secret”.  “Hospice” is often “the h word” in the minds of many people…..let’s not go there!  The reality is hospice services are all about life and living it as fully as possible in the manner you choose to.  Many myths – such as cost and in-patient only treatment – will be busted in this encouraging and informative program.  Join us at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 27.  Light refreshments provided.

Our monthly community programs held the first Monday of the month at 6 PM will begin again on April 1 (no fooling!)  The first two programs will invite input from the community, so please come out and join us.  Upcoming presenters are Dr. Bob Frick, Chris Vera, and an art project with Diana Thomas.

Our Family Movie for March will be “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.  Date is the first day of spring – Wednesday, March 20!  Time is 6 PM.  The movie is rated PG and is for all ages.

Our Food for Fines collection runs through the end of March.  Thus far we have collected 143 nonperishable food items.  Donations are applicable toward Columbia fines only and are not to be used as payment for lost items.  People without fines are welcome to donate as well.  Thank you for helping your neighbors!

The Columbia Public Library is located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church) Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbiapubliclibrary.org.  Find us on Facebook!  Please visit and find out what new worlds await for you!

 

 

 

February 2019 Newsletter

             Columbia Public Library Newsletter – February 2019

 

Warm your heart and build your mind with a good book from the Columbia Public Library!   Here are some titles releasing in February:

The Chef by James Patterson

Connections in Death by J. D. Robb

The Wedding Guest by Jonathan Kellerman

Never Tell by Lisa Gardner

I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

California Girls by Susan Mallery

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

New DVDs releasing in February:

 

Ralph Breaks the Internet

The Grinch (Illuminations)

A Star is Born (2018)

Bohemian Rhapsody

Next to reading, many folks enjoy tackling a jigsaw puzzle during long winter evenings.  It’s a great family activity as well.  The Columbia Public Library is introducing a “Puzzle Swap” area.  You will find this area in our downstairs Community Room.  Feel free to come in, take a puzzle, leave a puzzle, or both!  We ask that all puzzles have all the pieces.  We are accepting puzzle donations for ALL ages – please bring no more than three at a time.  Please make sure that puzzles are in good condition to allow solvers to easily fit them together.  If this becomes popular enough, we are going to try to find space to have a puzzle assembly area here in the library.

The Columbia Public Library continues its very worthwhile and popular outreach for the first three months of the year.  “Food For Fines” involves bringing in nonperishable food items for the Columbia Food Bank and winter shelters.  Personal hygiene items will also be collected.   This year, the campaign began January 2 and ends March 31.  Each item donated will allow the donor to have $1.00 removed from their outstanding library fines.  Maximum amount waived will be $10.00 per month.  This program is good for fines on COLUMBIA items only – no other libraries’.  Of course, people who have no fines are certainly welcome to donate as well!  A reminder:  the program is NOT to pay for LOST items – only late fees.

According to Pastor David Powers, items needed include any nonperishable foods – specifically, peanut butter, jelly (strawberry and grape), canned soups (any flavors) and canned stews – along with shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, socks, and mouthwash for the winter shelter.  Items will be collected until Thursday, March 31.  The food bank and shelters will be collecting the items from the library periodically as they are needed

Family Film Night will be held on Wednesday, February 20, at 6 PM.  Our film for February is “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown” and will be shown in our conference room.

“PreSchool Pals” continues on Mondays at 10:30 AM.  Dates for February are February 4, 11, and 25.  No session February 18.  Preschoolers aged two to five and their adult caregivers are invited for stories and a simple craft.  There is no charge for the program and caregiver must stay.

Our Young Adult Book Clubs meet Wednesday February 6, at Columbia High School library.   Middle School club meets at 1:50 PM and is reading “Angel” by James Patterson.  High School meets at 2:45 and is reading “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” by Jenny Han.

About “Angel”: In this dystopian series titled “Maximum Ride”, Angel is the youngest of a group of children, aged 6 to 14, who are mostly human but part bird.  They were genetically altered in a lab after being separated from their parents.  Though they want nothing more to return home and live as normal children, they must battle dangerous hybrid creatures called “Erasers” who are out to destroy them.  Can Angel and her friends survive and ever return to normal?  The Maximum Ride series contains 9 novels, of which “Angel” is seventh.

About “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”:  Author Jenny Han was inspired to write this book based on her own habit of writing long letters to boys she had crushes on as a teenager.  When her secret love letters accidently get mailed to each of her five crushes, Lara Jean finds her life in high school turned upside down!  The novel was followed by two sequels and was also a movie on Netflix.

Many people who were planning on joining the crochet and knitting classes after the holidays are in luck.  The “Hooked On Crochet” class will be held on three Tuesdays this month: February 5, February 12, and February 19.  Instructors are Kasey and Randi – the actual instruction begins at 7 PM.  Those who know how to crochet and want to get in some extra time are welcome to come at 6:30!

Knitters, take note:  classes for February will be held on February 7, 21, and 28.  No class on Valentine’s Day.  Start time is also at 7 PM and instructors are Gaile and Molly.  You are welcome to come weekly, bi-weekly, or however often you can make it.  No materials are needed for your first visit; Gaile and Molly will let you know what you need to bring.

Since we are now in February, there are times when the library will close or open late due to bad weather.  Please check the library’s Facebook Page and WGAL.  There is also a Facebook page just for the crochet class:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/2194399507465447/.

Tax filing season begins on January 18 for online filers.  Sam Edmond will once again offer one on one tax assistance beginning January 28.  PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT:  717-681-4401.  You will need to bring your W2 forms and social security numbers of all family reported.  Sam will also offer assistance for state and local taxes.  If you have any other questions or want to know about bringing other materials, please call Sam at 717-681-4401.  Please do not call the library.

The “Prime Timers” – our new monthly group for ages 50 and older – continues with something which is a part of many new year’s resolutions – exercise.  “Chair Yoga and Pilates” will be led by Debbie Balzarini on Wednesday, February 27, at 1:30 PM in our Community Room.

Chair yoga and pilates modifies many basic moves of both disciplines to allow them to be done sitting in a chair.  And it’s for all ages:  people recovering from medical procedures or anyone who should not be putting weight on their legs or feet can benefit from exercise while they recuperate.

Yoga and pilates benefits the body in many ways:  stretching and muscle tone, balance, breathing, stress release, better sleeping habits, and an improved sense of well-being.  If you already do yoga, come out and join us!  Or, if you’ve never tried yoga before, now is your perfect opportunity!  The program is free.

And of course seniors are always welcome at our current events scheduled for adults of all ages:

  • Community Bible Study – Mondays at 1:30 PM.  ALL are welcome.  Call Marilyn for more info:  717-341-5062
  • Nifty Needles Knitting Classes – Thursday evenings at 7 PM.  Call the library for more info.
  • Hooked on Crochet Classes alternate Tuesday evenings at 7 PM.  Call the library for more info.

Another important program for adults, sponsored by Career Link of Lancaster County, is a Job Fair to be held at Columbia High School from 5 to 8 PM on Thursday, February 28.  A wide variety of industries and fields are included:

Industries Hiring:                                                                    Position Types:

Mars Wrigley Confectionery                                                  Manufacturing and General Labor

Engle Printing and Publishing                                                Skilled Labor / Trades

York County School of Technology                                       Restaurant and Food Services

Excentia                                                                                  Human Services/Social Services

Abraxas Academy                                                                  Child Care

Traffic Plan                                                                             Transportation and Logistics

Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health                              Health Care

Mount Hope Nazarene Retirement Community                     Health Care

The High Corporation                                                             Construction

Pennsylvania State Police                                                       Law Enforcement

Stauffers of Kissel Hill                                                           Retail

Community Services Group                                                   Government

Fulton Financial                                                                      Hospitality

Cardinal Senior Management

If you have questions about the Job Fair, please contact Amber Mirza, Recruiter Supervisor, at

(717) 509-5613 x277 or amirza@jobs4lancaster.com

Our public computers are being upgraded to Windows 10.  These computers will not be available on Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 5.

The Columbia Public Library is located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church) Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbiapubliclibrary.org.  Find us on Facebook!  Please visit and find out what new worlds await for you!

 

January 2019 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – January 2019

The decorations have been put away and the cheery Christmas lights have gone out. Why not brighten your long winter evenings with a good book from the Columbia Public Library? Here are some titles releasing in January:

Letters from Peaceful Lane by Janet Dailey

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz

Turning Point by Danielle Steel

Liar, Liar by James Patterson

The Best of Us by Robyn Carr

Crucible by James Rollins

Out of the Dark by Gregg Hurwitz

 

New DVDs releasing in January:

“The First Man”

“Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween”

“Bohemian Rhapsody” (Queen)

“Halloween” – Jamie Lee Curtis, 40 years later

 

At the end of December, our Library Board bid farewell to two very instrumental members:

Jeanette Sherk ended her term as our Board President on December 31. Jeanette was instrumental in many positive changes for our library, including the reconstruction project. The board accomplished much under her leadership. She is well known throughout Columbia as a long-time resident here and member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Jeanette’s husband, Steve, has been nominated as a potential new member to be determined by board vote.

Clarissa Wolcott also ended her board membership on December 31. Clarissa was our social committee chair and made certain that all staff, volunteers, and board members received birthday and Christmas cards every year! A retired kindergarten teacher, Clarissa is very vivacious and is enjoying her many new friends and activities at St. Anne’s.

Jeanette and Clarissa will both be very much missed – we thank them for their faithful service to the library over the years.

 

The Columbia Public Library continues its very worthwhile and popular outreach for the first three months of the year. “Food For Fines” involves bringing in nonperishable food items for the Columbia Food Bank and winter shelters. Personal hygiene items will also be collected. This year, the campaign begins January 2 and ends March 31. Each item donated will allow the donor to have $1.00 removed from their outstanding library fines. Maximum amount waived will be $10.00 per month. This program is good for fines on COLUMBIA items only – no other libraries’. Of course, people who have no fines are certainly welcome to donate as well!

According to Pastor David Powers, items needed include any nonperishable foods – specifically, peanut butter, jelly (strawberry and grape), canned soups (any flavors) and canned stews – along with shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, socks, and mouthwash for the winter shelter. Items will be collected between Monday, January 4 and Thursday, March 31. The food bank and shelters will be collecting the items from the library periodically as they are needed

 

Family Film Night will be held on Wednesday, January 13 at 6 PM. Our film for January is “Frozen” and will be shown in our conference room.

 

“PreSchool Pals” continues on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Dates for January are January 14, January 21, and January 28. Preschoolers aged two to five and their adult caregivers are invited for stories and a simple craft. There is no charge for the program and caregiver must stay.

 

Our Young Adult Book Clubs meet Wednesday, January 9. Middle School club meets at 1:50 PM and is reading “Twilight” (the first in the series). High School meets at 2:45 and is reading “Rebel of the Sands”.

“Twilight” is somewhat of a modern classic in teen literature; the paranormal love story has been unfolded in a series of four books and accompanying feature films. “Rebel of the Sands” features Amani – a young woman with no money or family, who wishes to leave behind the mythical desert of Miraji. When she meets Jin, a handsome foreigner, she believes she may have found her escape route – but at what cost? With the sultan’s army in hot pursuit, Amani and Jin face one deadly adventure after another in this exciting fantasy.

 

Many people who were planning on joining the crochet and knitting classes after the holidays are in luck. The “Hooked On Crochet” class will be held on Tuesday, January 8 and Tuesday, January 22. Instructors are Kasey and Randi – the actual instruction begins at 7 PM. Those who know how to crochet and want to get in some extra time are welcome to come at 6:30!

Knitters, take note: classes will resume on Thursday, January 3 and continue on the 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st. Start time is also at 7 PM and instructors are Gaile and Molly. You are welcome to come weekly, bi-weekly, or however often you can make it. No materials are needed for your first visit; Gaile and Molly will let you know what you need to bring.

Since we are now in January, both yarn classes may be canceled at times due to inclement weather. Please check the library’s Facebook Page and WGAL. There is also a Facebook page for the crochet class: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2194399507465447/.

Thank you to all who donated hats, scarves, and gloves for our Mitten Tree in December. 490 items were collected and taken to Columbia Borough School District and Visions Columbia shelter. Thank you for helping your neighbors!

Tax filing season begins on January 18 for online filers. Sam Edmond will once again offer one on one tax assistance beginning January 25. PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT: 717-681-4401. Please do not call the library. You will need to bring your W2 forms, social security numbers of all family reported, 1099R forms, and 1098-EDU if applicable. Sam will also offer assistance for state and local taxes – as well as rent rebate applications. Please remember that rent rebate applications for 2018 will NOT be released by the state until late January.

 

The Columbia Public Library is happy to announce new programs for SENIORS – “The Prime Timers” – beginning in January!

The last Wednesday of each month at 1:30 will feature a program geared towards those 50 plus. Assisting me in developing these programs is Elaine Glatfelter Carrigan. Ms. Carrigan is Director of Community Relations & Development at Susquehanna Valley Rehabilitation Center. She truly has a “heart” for seniors and wants to get every citizen of Columbia involved regardless of age. We felt the perfect place to do this is our remodeled library!

The first program will be Wednesday, January 30, at 1:30 PM. Titled “Am I Just Forgetful? Or Is It Something More?”, this presentation will answer a recurring question in the minds of many. Seniors, caregivers, families, and friends – all are welcome! Light refreshments in the Community Room afterward.

Ms. Carrigan and I are also thinking of future programs for the community: a caregivers’ support group, intergenerational read-aloud sessions, and perhaps even a roundtable for all of the pastors of our community. And of course seniors are always welcome at our current events scheduled for adults of all ages:

* Community Bible Study – Mondays at 1:30 PM. ALL are welcome. Call Marilyn for more info: 717-341-5062

* Nifty Needles Knitting Classes – Thursday evenings at 7 PM. Call the library for more info.

* Hooked on Crochet Classes alternate Tuesday evenings at 7 PM. Call the library for more info.

Finally, the Columbia Public Library is excited to announce our newest collection of fiction titles: “The Great American Read”, sponsored by PBS. These titles will be displayed in the “Criswell Corner” of our new entrance area beginning in mid-January.

Many of us faithful readers were wondering how these titles were chosen. A poll put out by PBS received responses from readers, who named their favorite fiction books. Nonfiction books were not included on the list (my apologies to our nonfiction readers!) There were a few surprises – however, many of the titles have indeed stood the test of great literature. I’ve discovered as I get older, it is nice to read those classics we were “forced” to read in high school and college. Aging gives one a whole new perspective on their message. Please come in and check out our “Great American Read” display! For more info and a list of the books: https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/

The Columbia Public Library is located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church) Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbiapubliclibrary.org. Find us on Facebook! Please visit and find out what new worlds await for you

December Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – December 2018

At this exceptionally busy time of year, be sure to take some time for yourself and enjoy some of our new books coming out in December:

When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury

A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

The Boy by Tami Hoag

Pandemic by Robin Cook

Verses for the Dead by Douglas Preston

Watching You by Lisa Jewell

In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin

New DVDs coming in December:

“Mission Impossible: Fallout”

“The House With a Clock In Its Walls”

“Sergeant Stubby: an American Hero”

One of our most exciting events this month is hosting Santa Claus on Saturday, December 8! Santa will begin his fire truck parade at 9:30 AM from the fire station on Union Street – he will come across Fourth Street and up Locust to arrive at the library at about 10:15 AM. Visitors with Santa will enter from our front door and travel to the new wing staying to the left of the computers. Santa will be visiting with families in our new wing by the large bow windows. Exit instructions: Families with Strollers – go out the door in the Children’s room (it will be unlocked) and proceed down back ramp. Families with no strollers – exit through Terrace door. Santa will be our guest from 10:15 until 1 PM. Special thanks goes to Steven Henry, Jr. for his assistance in preparing for and coordinating Santa’s visit and to Chief Doug Kemmerly for setting up the parade of fire trucks.

Public Computers will be shut down during Santa’s visiting hours. Thank you for understanding!

Our Young Adult Book Clubs meet early in December this month: Wednesday, December 5. The middle school club meets at 1:50-2:35 and the high school club meets at 2:45 to 3:30. This month’s titles are “Upside Down In the Middle of Nowhere” (middle school) and “The Well’s End” (high school)

“Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere” is an extremely realistic account of Hurricane Katrina as told through the eyes of 10-year-old Armani, who lives in the ninth ward of New Orleans. I must say that this is a book that adults would find interesting as well. Reading it inspired me to do further research into the events of August 2005 and I was shocked at the true amount of damage, as well as the survival conditions inside the Super Dome. Readers will develop a connection with Armani and her family as they struggle to keep their home – and further, for their own survival.

Many of you remember the news story of Baby Jessica who was rescued from a well. “The Well’s End” is a fictional version of a sixteen-year-old, Mia, who was also rescued from a well as a baby and as a result, has a deathly fear of the dark. Mia’s father is working on a top-secret project at his plant deep in the Colorado mountains. When Mia’s prep school classmates begin rapidly aging – and dying – within hours, Mia realizes a terrible virus has been released and her father may play a role in it. Mia must confront her fears and discover the truth about her father, her new friend Brayden, and the mysterious Blake Sutton who is not at all who he claims to be. Both science fiction, mystery, and thriller this book is author Seth Fishman’s first novel and is followed by a sequel, “The Dark Water”.

We need to thank all of our very generous donors who made the Extra-Ordinary Give such a success once again for the Columbia Public Library! This year we raised over $7,000. We appreciate all of our donors: whether it is money, time, or materials – all of you make our library and community special! Thank you also to those who stopped by Café Garth on Friday evening, November 16, to mingle and support Columbia non-profits.

Webmaster Sam Edmond is still busy even before tax season arrives! Two popular applications he is assisting people with right now: LIHEAP and Pennsylvania Medicaid insurance coverage.

It is best to call 717-681-4401 to set up an appointment with Sam. Please indicate which application you need help with. LIHEAP applicants will need to know the name of their heat supplier and their account number. If you received a card in the mail from LIHEAP, please bring it with you. Pennsylvania Medicaid applicants will need to know their Social Security number; documents required will vary as the application does not list them until it is completed for each individual. Affordable Care Act applicants: If you have had a lifestyle change (marriage or having a child), want to change your coverage, if your plan was discontinued, or if you need to sign up for initial insurance coverage, please call Sam for an individual appointment.

Once again, it is time for our annual Mitten Tree! This year’s campaign began on Monday, November 19 and continues through Friday, December 21. We welcome donations of mittens, scarves, hats, gloves, and socks. Items can be store-bought or, if you’re handy, can be hand knitted or crocheted. Some folks work throughout the year preparing items for this community service activity. One of these people is “Connie” who spent this past year crocheting numerous beautiful gloves, hats, and scarves. Some of her creations are shown on the photo on the right. All donations stay here in Columbia: they are taken to the Columbia Clothing Bank (which, in turn, supplies the winter shelters.) Our community always responds with great kindness to this campaign – each year, our library is near the top of the list for total items donated. And I am sure with our new crochet and knitting classes, we will continue to have many more warm-weather necessities for those in need.

Dates for December’s crochet and knitting classes: Crochet: Tuesday, December 4 and December 18 at 7 PM. Knitting: Thursday, December 6 and 27 also at 7 PM. New crocheters and knitters are always welcome – all you need to bring is yourself! We have donated yarn and there are crochet hooks you can use until you determine which size(s) are right for you.

Even Santa likes to relax with a good book after his busy night! If there are book-lovers of any age on your Christmas list, we have books in next to new condition priced between $1 and $3 in our annual Christmas book sale! Most are by best-selling authors and are duplicates of books we already own. They are available to purchase

at the library every day during our regular hours. Books make great gifts – and these are in great condition for gift-giving!

“Preschool Pals” story and craft time continues on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Preschoolers are welcome to bring their favorite grown-up and enjoy stories with Miss Susan and a simple holiday craft. Pre-registration is not needed. December’s Schedule is:

Monday: December 3

Monday, December 10

Monday: December 17

Also coming in January: Food for Fines is back! Details are coming soon.

Our Community Programs go on hiatus for the winter months of December, January, and February – but they will be returning in March. Stay tuned!

Family Movie Night for December will feature “The Muppets Christmas Carol” – a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale as portrayed by the Muppets! Date is Wednesday, December 19, at 6 PM in our upstairs conference room.

Coming in January 2019: programming for senior citizens and caregivers! These monthly programs will be coordinated by Mrs. Elaine Glatfelter Cunningham, a Columbia native who works at a senior care center. The January program kicks off with the topic: “Am I Just Forgetful? Or Is It Something More?” Senior program will be held last Wednesday of each month at 1 PM to match the schedules of our local senior living centers and high rises. More details are coming in the January newsletter.

The Columbia Public Library will close at 2 PM on Monday, December 24. We are closed Christmas Day. Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, December 26: 10 AM to 8 PM.

We will close at 2 PM on Monday, December 31. We are closed New Year’s Day. Regular hours resume Wednesday, January 2: 10 AM to 8 PM. Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year in 2019!

The Columbia Public Library is located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church) Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbiapubliclibrary.org. Please visit and discover the new worlds that await for you!

November Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – November 2018

“Fall” into a good book during the month of November!  Here are some new titles releasing this month:

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Past Tense: a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

Look Alive, Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson

You Don’t Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark

Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin

Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel

Sea of Greed by Clive Cussler

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Master of His Fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford

New DVDs for November include:

 

“The Incredibles 2”

“The Meg”

“Christopher Robin”

“Crazy Rich Asians”

 

Crochet classes are returning and knitting classes are beginning!  I know many folks have been wanting to know about when they were starting, but I needed to get everything organized.

CROCHET classes are Tuesday nights from 7 PM until 7:45.  Instructors are Kasey Patterson and Randi Clark.  These classes begin on Tuesday, November 6thParticipants should bring scissors, a skein of yarn (you choice), and any crochet hooks they might have.  Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/crochetgirl717/

KNITTING classes are Thursday nights:  again, 7 PM until 7:45.  Instructors are Molly Caldwell and Gaile Morrison.  These classes begin on Thursday, November 8th.  Participants should bring scissors, a skein of yarn (again, your choice), and any knitting needles you may have. Gaile is a member of the Red Rows Knitting Guild (https://redrowsknitting.com/) and has lots of resources for beginners!

Both classes will be held in the Workroom of the Columbia Public Library.  Table space and seating provided.  There is no charge and the classes are for all skill levels.  We hope to see you at either (or both!) of these events.

We have been getting a great group of students for our Young Adult book clubs which meet monthly in the Columbia High School Library.  Our next meeting date is Wednesday, December 5.  Middle school students meet at 1:55 PM and high school students at 2:45.  Books to be read for this session are “Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere” (a young New Orleans girl’s experiences during Hurricane Katrina) for the middle school and “The Well’s End” for high school.

“The Well’s End” deals with teenage Mia Kish and her father’s secretive work at Fenton Electronics.  When Mia’s classmates begin aging (and dying) within a matter of hours, Mia decides to break quarantine and face armed soldiers in order to uncover the truth.

For more information on the Young Adult book clubs, please see Mr. White, the high school librarian.

The library has been donated a new book by local author Jennifer Madaras.  Titled “Rock Bottom Bomoseen”, it is Ms. Madaras’ first novel and is geared for both teens and adults who are music lovers.  Here’s what an Amazon reviewer had to say:

“Jennifer C. Madaras and her debut book, Rock Bottom Bomoseen, deserves pride of place on the bookshelf right along with any other high-quality piece of writing.

I’m far from a young adult but I found it pretty cool being transported back to my younger years, my love of music and all that went with those years. The characters are engaging, relatable, surprising and never boring. You watch them grow, feel their pain, cheer them on and then tackle their biggest fears! It ends with you wanting more in one way or another which in my opinion is the sign of an awesome book. Aside from the bullies, I loved all the characters but my favorite would have to be Janine, a strong, unique, smart and confident young woman.
This authors talent is rare and versatile, Rock Bottom Bomoseen is a must-read! I’m looking forward to more work from this gifted writer!  Rock on!”

Thank you, Jennifer, for donating a copy of your book to the library.  We hope to see more of your writing!

PreSchool Pals is in full swing now!  Susan Kalas continues her story and craft sessions on Mondays at 10:30 AM.  Caregivers must stay with their children.  Any newcomers from ages 2 to 5 and their grown-up pals are always welcome.  The Pals will meet every Monday in November – November 26 (starting 30 minutes earlier at 10 AM) will feature Lancaster Macaroni Kid stories and crafts.  All Columbia children and their caregivers are welcome on November 26.

Our Lady of the Angels PreSchool classes are visiting the library on Wednesday, November 7.  The children will hear a story, tour the library, and watch a Tumblebooks story on video.  We are always happy to see our youngest visitors get started on their lifetime love of reading!

Richard Scarry characters “Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm” will be visiting our children’s room on Saturday, November 17, at 10 AM.  Enjoy stories, photo opportunities, coloring, and a simple apple craft.

Our Family Movie night, held on November 14, will be showing “Facing the Giants”.  Start time is 6 PM in our downstairs Community Room.  “Facing the Giants” is an inspirational live-action football movie suitable for all ages.  It is rated PG.

And our High School Equivalency classes continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 PM in our Community Room.  Classes are free to anyone with a relative attending Columbia Borough Schools.  Sponsored by Columbia Borough School District and the Lancaster-Lebanon Literacy Council.  Please call Jenny at 717-295-5523 or email jenny@getliterate.org for more information.

Once again it is time for our annual Mitten Tree!  This year’s campaign began on Monday, November 19 and continues through Friday, December 21.  We welcome donations of mittens, scarves, hats, gloves, and socks.  Items can be store-bought or, if you’re handy, can be hand knitted or crocheted.  Some folks work throughout the year preparing items for this community service activity.  All donations stay here in Columbia: they are taken to the Columbia Clothing Bank (which, in turn, supplies the winter shelters.)  Our community always responds with great kindness to this campaign – each year, our library is near the top of the list for total items donated.

Webmaster Sam Edmond is still busy even before tax season arrives!  Two popular applications he is assisting people with right now:  LIHEAP and Pennsylvania Medicaid insurance coverage.

It is best to call 717-681-4401 to set up an appointment with Sam.  Please indicate which application you need help with.  LIHEAP applicants will need to know the name of their heat supplier and their account number.  If you received a card in the mail from LIHEAP, please bring it with you.  Pennsylvania Medicaid applicants will need to know their Social Security number; documents required will vary as the application does not list them until it is completed for each individual.  Affordable Care Act applicants:  If you have had a lifestyle change (marriage or having a child), want to change your coverage, if your plan was discontinued, or if you need to sign up for initial insurance coverage, please call Sam for an individual appointment.

Royer’s Flowers “Bouquets for Books” annual children’s book drive returns this year from October 28 to November 10.  Bring a NEW children’s book to the Lancaster Avenue Royers and receive a free bouquet!  All books collected will be donated to Columbia Public Library.  Suggested topics:  Magic Treehouse series, Star Wars, Berenstain Bears, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Fancy Nancy, look and find books, Dr. Seuss books, and animal books (both pets and wild animals).  Both Royer’s and the Columbia Public Library thank you for your support!

Once again, our library will be participating in the “Extraordinary Give” – Lancaster County’s largest online day of giving. This year is special – every penny donated is going toward our Capital Campaign to finance our building project.  On Friday, November 16, for 24 hours only, visit ExtraGive.org to make a donation (min. $25) to our library – along with many other deserving nonprofits!  AND this year, come join us at Café Garth from 7 PM to midnight on November 16 for an extraordinary celebration of many of Columbia’s nonprofits.  Thanks to Cle Bernthiezel for his kind invitation and willingness to host this event.  For more information about the Extraordinary Give, visit https://extragive.org/

We are also beginning a shirt and tote sale with our new logo just in time for Christmas gifts!  Get some Christmas shopping done and help our building project at the same time.  Visit http://columbialibrary.deco-apparel.com for more information and to see item samples.

The Columbia Public Library – where New Worlds­­­­­­­­­­­ Await – for you.  We are located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church). Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbiapubliclibrary.org  Find us on Facebook!  Please stop by and visit often!

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – October 2018

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – October 2018

Sadly, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer – but on the bright side, that means more time to curl up on the sofa or recliner and read! New titles arriving in October:

The Reckoning by John Grisham

Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks

Ambush (Michael Bennett) by James Patterson

A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

Holy Ghost by John Sandford

Elevation by Stephen King

Desperate Measures by Stuart Woods

Winter in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

The Next Person You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber

Vendetta by Iris Johansen

 

New DVDs for October:

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Skyscraper

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again!

Ant Man and the Wasp

 

Read Aloud sessions have been scheduled at Luthercare’s Marietta facility (first Monday of the month), Our Lady of the Angels preschools (first Wednesday of the month), and Mrs. Hogan’s class at Park School (first Friday of the month). Other classrooms are still being scheduled. Teachers wishing to bring their class for a tour of the new library: please call 717-684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbiapubliclibrary.org. We will be happy to host you and your class!

We also continue our Reading Education Assistance Programs with two new therapy dogs.

Since Spencer’s sad passage to the rainbow bridge, his housemates Tommy and Jaeger have picked up his duties. Tommy has visited both Memorial Hospital and the Lebanon VA hospital, as well as assisted living facilities. He enjoys meeting people of all ages and has a very calm demeanor. Jaeger, while just out of puppyhood, also is very social and often accompanies his “big brother” Tommy on hospital visits. Both dogs are certified with Reading Education Assistance Dogs and the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

Jaeger and Tommy will be visiting on Monday, October 29, at 3:15 PM right when school is out, so be sure to stop by and meet them!

The Young Adult book clubs meet on Thursday, October 25, in the high school library. Books selected for this session are Among the Hidden (middle school) and One of Us Is Lying (high school). Middle school club begins at 1:50 and continues until 2:35 dismissal. High school club meets 2:45 to 3:30 PM. Adult leaders are Patti Fischer, Lisa Greybill, and Michael White. See Mr. White for more information and to pick up contracts.

About, Among the Hidden: in a dystopian society where families are only allowed two children, Luke is a “third” child. He lives his entire life in hiding, not even able to go outside. When Luke sees a face in the window of a house where two children already live, he learns of another “shadow child” like himself. Is Luke brave enough to go along with her dangerous plan? First of the “Shadow Children” series.

About, One of Us Is Lying: Simon Kelleher has lots of enemies. Most likely because he is always disparaging his fellow students with his cruel gossip blog. So when Simon, along with four other students, is sent to after school detention, no one thinks much of it – until Simon dies before the period is up. The four students: the jock, the prom queen, the brain, and the “criminal” (no, this is nothing like the Breakfast Club!) are all suspects – and Simon has concealed secrets he planned to reveal about all of them. So who really killed Simon Kelleher? This book has twists and turns every which way until its surprising conclusion.

PreSchool Pals sessions for October:

October 1: “Fall Is Here”

October 8 and October 15: no pre-school pals, Mrs. K is away.

October 22: “Shine On, Harvest Moon”

October 29: “Happy Halloween”

All preschoolers ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers are welcome on the above Mondays at 10:30 for stories and a simple craft. There is no charge for the program and caregivers must stay.

We are bringing back our Family Movie Night on Wednesday, October 17, with the film Halloweentown. Movies will now be shown in our downstairs Community Room beginning at 6 PM. The only change – no food or drink is now allowed due to the new construction materials. Sorry!

A program is being offered  by Macaroni Kid of Lancaster. Called “Kindness Rocks”, it involves decorating an orange-painted rock with a jack-o-lantern design. Macaroni Kid also will offer stories, songs and art activities. The program lists the location as being both the library and the Gazebo. Please meet at the library and we will be able to guide you from there once we know the logistics. Date is Monday, October 15, at 10 AM. The event is open to preschoolers, homeschoolers, cyber students, or anyone who is interested. For more information, visit https:// lancaster.macaronikid.com/ or email valenel@macaronikid.com

For adults, we are working in conjunction with the Columbia Borough School District and the Lancaster Lebanon Literacy Council to off FREE adult learning/high school equivalency (HSE) preparation courses. Orientation will be on Tuesday, October 2 and Thursday October 4 at 6 PM. Classes will continue every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 8 PM in our Community Room until December 13. The classes are free to any parent or family member of a CBSD student who would like to earn a high school equivalency degree. For more information, please call Jenny at 717-295-5523 or jenny@getliterate.org.

Our library will be participating in this year’s Mardi Gras parade. The theme is “Storybook Characters”, so it is a perfect match. Some of the characters you’ll see handing out candy:

* Harry Potter

* The Cat In the Hat

* Thing One and Thing Two

* Mary Poppins

* Geoffrey the Giraffe

We will be closing the library at 4:30 on Thursday, October 25, in order to prepare for the parade. Parade begins at 7 PM on Thursday, October 25.

Sweets for the Mind also returns on Trick or Treat night, Wednesday, October 31. Hours are from 6 to 8 PM. Children stopping by our front steps will receive a free children’s book.

Finally, Mitzi Sanchez will no longer be able to offer her crochet club due to her current work schedule. Any other crocheters (or knitters) interested? You should have enough experience to be able to assist beginners. Please call 717-684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbiapubliclibrary.org if interested. We would like to continue this program and I am sure Mitzi would be glad to hear that it is still going strong!

The Columbia Public Library is located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church) Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbiapubliclibrary.org. Find us on Facebook! Please stop by and visit often

September 2018 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – September 2018

Wednesday, August 1, was a red letter day for the Columbia Public Library.  It was our reopening to the public after 7 months of closure.  As people observed the new facility, inside and out, it was agreed that the construction inconvenience was well worth the wait.  If you haven’t visited in August, please do stop in soon – it is indeed a place where “new worlds await”.

It would be impossible for me to thank each and every person involved with this project.  There were literally hundreds of people involved in planning, construction, furniture design, and logistics.  I would like to highlight the following people:

  • Gregg Dubbs: as our board treasurer, Gregg had the task of responding to hundreds of calls, emails, and texts as the project progressed.  He also was involved with Capital Campaign and construction meetings – as well as writing out all the checks needed for everyone involved.
  • Paul Nikolaus and RLPS Architects: Paul created the blueprints for the initial building structure – he and his team revised, problem-solved, and dealt with everything from soil testing to code compliance.  RLPS made regular onsite visits to ensure everything was proceeding smoothly.  They also had to solve unexpected problems – such as huge rocks in the ground where the addition went.
  • Ron Miller and CH & E Construction: Ron was the project superintendent.  He would be the man you saw here every day from 7 AM on.  Ron was tasked with bringing Paul’s plans to life and working with all subcontractors to ensure that plans were followed.  The building underwent rigorous inspections before we even moved our materials back in to make certain of its safety and user-friendliness.  Ron not only went above and beyond for us, he did so with a smile and we are very much appreciative!
  • Greg Pilotti: is the owner of a small furniture crafting company which uses graduates of Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology. Our tables, wooden chairs, and book shelf ends were all handmade by Greg Pilotti craftsmen.  Greg grew up in a town similar to Columbia and wanted to give back to the community, along with letting young people know about the opportunities which Thaddeus Stevens can offer them.

And of course a thank you to all subcontractors, Capital Campaign team, community members, and ALL who donated both large and small to this ambitious undertaking.  This library is YOUR library – please utilize it often and thank you for caring about your community.

Wednesday, August 1, brought sadness as well – our beloved board member Robert McCarthy passed away.  Bob had been involved as a face and a voice for the Columbia Public Library since the 1950’s.  Just about everyone who came in regularly remembers seeing Bob at some point.  His diligence and stewardship as board treasurer allowed us to take the big step of the remodeling project.  Bob did get to see the interior of the finished library before he passed.  I know he was pleased at the library’s renovations and was happy that library services would continue for Columbia in an upgraded, more user friendly environment.  All of us here at the library will certainly miss Bob and plan to honor the legacy he left us.

September means back to school – and more time to read!   The month of September brings some great new titles to enjoy:

Juror # 3 by James Patterson

The Forbidden Door by Dean Koontz

Leverage in Death by J. D. Robb

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

Walking Shadows by Faye Kellerman

Field of Bones by J. A. Jance

In His Father’s Footsteps by Danielle Steel

Shadow Tyrants by Clive Cussler

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

 

New DVDs for September:

Book Club

Ocean’s 8

Jurassic World: the Fallen Kingdom

Solo: a Star Wars Story

 

 

This year, we had 142 children and teens complete reading logs for Summer Reading and over 1100 people attended 25 programs this summer.  But, outside of the statistics, the most important part is the fun and learning gained from reading and from interacting with the wealth of talent in our community.  Special thanks and kudos to:

John Black, Park Elementary principal

Travis Kinser, Park School custodian, and his staff

Jack Gamby and the Lions Club                 Jesse Rothacker

Ryan Bridge                                                   Fred McNaughton

Chris Ivey                                                              John Andrews

Matthew Dodd                                              Al and Patti Means

Fred Nell                                                   Chief Doug Kemmerly

                              Chief Jack Brommer                                    Peggy Gernerd (aka “Miss Maggie”)

Mary Ann Schlegel                                                      Jeo Ramos

Officer Holly Oster                                      Officer Drew Snyder

Officer Ed Mann                                      Illusionist Ran D Shine

Jeri Jones                                                                            Dan Sahd

Mark DeRose                                                                  Erin Corveia

Marci Klutchka                           Beth Putt, Park School secretary

Renee Christiansen, Youth Services Manager, Library System of Lancaster County

Summer Reading 2018 could not have happened without you!

 

September means back to school and that means I shift my focus from Summer Reading to my classroom read alouds.  Some of the groups I plan to work with this year:

Kim Herskowitz’s students  – Our Lady of the Angels

Head Start Columbia Branch (with Bookmobile Visits)

Our Lady of the Angels PreSchool classes

Luthercare PreSchool classes

I have also begun tours of the library with Park School classes!

Teachers who are interested in visiting the library with their class are encouraged to contact me at 717-684-2255.

Is there a first grader in your life?  September is the month for Mission Grade One (“Mission GO”) where first graders may receive their first library card.  If your child is in first grade at Park School or Our Lady of the Angels, a packet will be coming home in September if you would like your child to have a library card.  Just fill out the form and we will get your child’s card ready!  If you child already has a card or you don’t want them having their own card, there’s a spot to note that as well.  Applications will be coming home with your child and the MUST have a caregiver’s signature to process the cards.  Cards will be taken to Mrs. Bucks or Mrs. Williams for distribution.  Thanks to Kelsey Bucks, Park librarian, and Marie Williams, Our Lady of the Angels first grade teacher for their assistance with this important milestone.

You don’t have to be a first grader to get a library card.  September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!  Anyone over five years old can get one and there is no charge for your first card.  All you need to bring is a photo ID with your current address and we’ll take care of the rest.  Lost cards do incur a $1.00 replacement charge.  With your library card you can:

  • Check out books, music CDs, audiobooks, and movies
  • Use our public access computers
  • Use our wi-fi
  • Access Tumblebooks and Tutor.com for your children
  • Read e-books on your tablet or other device (e-book downloads are also free of charge!)
  • Access free databases, ranging on subjects from test preparation through the Learning Express Library to health information from Consumer Health Complete.
  • Order books from across the state at no charge

 

The Young Adult book club will once again begin in September 19, meeting in the high school library.  There will be two discussions: one for middle school and one for high school.  The first meeting is usually spent suggesting books to read for the upcoming year.  Students must sign a behavior contract and also inform their last period teacher (middle school only) that they are attending book club.  Middle school club begins at 1:50 and continues until 2:35 dismissal.  High school club meets 2:45 to 3:30 PM.  Exact schedule will be determined in conjunction with Mr. White, high school librarian.  Adult leaders are Patti Fischer, Lisa Greybill, and Michael White.  See Mr. White for more information and to pick up contracts.

More sad news:  Spencer, our Reading Education Assistance dog, passed away from cancer at age 13.  Kelly Skiptunas, Spencer’s handler, is planning on continuing the READ program with her dog Tommy.  She plans to resume visits in October after adjusting to Spencer’s passing and getting Tommy adjusted for more frequent visitations.

PreSchool Pals Returns!  A special puppet show with Hank the Health Hero will kick off the series on Monday, September 24, at 10:30 AM.  Hank the puppet LOVES to eat – but are his snacks always healthy?  Hank and his friend find out through an interactive story time – then a simple craft for the children and their caregivers.  Susan Kalas continues the program through the school year.  Join us all Mondays in October, with the exception of October 8 – Columbus Day.  All preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome for stories and a simple craft.  Caregiver must     stay.  Ages 18 months to 4 years.

A Community Program will be held on Wednesday, September 12, at 6:30 PM.  “Understanding Medicare” is led by Stephanie Yarberough of the Discover Medicare consortium.  This program offers state-approved, accurate info on many aspects of Medicare, including:

  • Enrollment Timelines and Special Election Periods
  • How to Enroll in Medicare
  • What do Parts A, B, C & D mean and what do they cover?
  • What if I am Still Working?
  • Avoiding Future Penalties
  • Advantage Plan vs Supplement
  • Rx Coverage and the Donut Hole
  • Government Assistance Programs

Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome too.  Call 717-271-2326 to register or register online at www.discovermedicare.com.

Weekly deliveries of books to the high-rises begins again on September 6.

Finally, Mitzi Sanchez will no longer be able to offer her crochet club due to her current work schedule.  Any other crocheters (or knitters) interested?  You should have enough experience to be able to assist beginners.  Please call 717-684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbiapubliclibrary.org if interested.  We would like to continue this program and I am sure Mitzi would be glad to hear that it is still going strong!

The Columbia Public Library is located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church) Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbia.lib.pa.us.  Find us on Facebook!  Please stop by and visit often!

December Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – December 2017

 

I’ll get right to the heart of the matter. December 31 brings us to a critical point in our construction.  Due to our total remodel, our collection will be packed and stored.  We will need to completely close the library for approximately four months.  This is necessary for the safety of everyone.

As you can imagine, this was a very hard decision for our Board of Directors to make. But it is the safest, most expeditious way to get our new library up and running by next summer.

The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has granted us a closure period from January 2 through May 19.  If construction personnel are permitted unrestricted access during this time period, our new building should be ready to go by summer!

Thank you for your understanding during this period. We will indeed reap the rewards of our beautiful new library (with expanded children’s wing, children’s computers, and a reading terrace) when this is all behind us!

Of course, we want to provide as much library service as possible during this time period. Here are the logistics:

The Bookmobile will be visiting twice a month beginning January 9. It will be staffed by Miss Lisa and Mr. Ed.  The Bookmobile will be parked in front of St. John’s Church on Sixth Street on Tuesday, January 9.  Hours are 11 AM to 1 PM.  These hours allow us to also visit Head Start and St. Anne’s.

On Saturday, January 27, the Bookmobile will be in front of the Columbia Public Library from 9 AM until noon. I’ll be working as needed from an office at the Library System of Lancaster County,  processing new items as they come in and providing some (not all!) bestsellers via the Bookmobile Stops twice a month.

Bookmobile Hours: Second Tuesday of Each Month, 11 AM to 1 PM

Fourth Saturday of each month from 9 AM to noon.

No Bookmobile visits in inclement weather.

Other options if the Bookmobile doesn’t work out for you:

Visit Mountville Library (717-285-3231) or Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy (717-653-1510).

Circulations here at CPL Building

Last day for checkouts from this building will be December 15.

Last day NEW books will be delivered to this building will be December 10.

I will be able to provide a limited number of new bestsellers on both monthly Bookmobile stops

What’s going to happen to the books?

They will be packed and put into a new storage unit until construction is complete.

Where will the computers go?

They will be stored at the LSLC System offices.

Are you weeding out unused books?

YES! Unused books take up packing time and space.  Please visit during our regular hours in December and let us know you would like to “browse our weeds.”  They are FREE for the taking! There are books for both children and adults.

What about the Book Drop?

It will be checked regularly. Anything in it will be taken to the Mountville Library for check in.  After check in, it will be sent back to the owning library.  Columbia items will be sent to me at LSLC to be stored.

How do I place holds?

Remember, Columbia items will be in storage. Lisa will transfer as many as possible to other libraries.  Please do NOT choose “Columbia” as your pick-up location! You may either choose another library nearby OR pick them up from the Bookmobile.  Please remember, the Bookmobile is only here second Tuesday over lunch hour and fourth Saturday morning.  You may need to wait a bit longer to get your item.  We appreciate your patience.  During my hours at LSLC, I’ll be calling or emailing those who have placed holds regarding where to pick them up.

Are there computers on the Bookmobile?

No.

Will your wi-fi be running?

No. Remember, Burger King and McDonalds provide free wi-fi.

What about Summer Reading 2018?

It is ON!! I’ll be working on planning programming for the summer, and distribution of reading logs happens AFTER we re-open.

We truly appreciate your patience in all of this. The payoff will be a beautiful improved library this summer!

I am sure that many other questions will arise. Please let me know of them and I will do my best to find the answer.

But we still have the month of December!

New books releasing this month. December is traditionally a slow month for book releases.  Please remember our last check-out day is December 15 and last day for new book delivery is December 10!

You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Year One by Nora Roberts

The Wanted by Robert Crais

Enchantress of Numbers: a Novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini

Death at Nuremberg by WEB Griffin

Firefly Cove by Davis Bunn

 

The Mitten Tree continues through December 22.  Items can be handmade or bought.  Thank you for helping your neighbors!

Crochet with Mitzi will be held December 9 and 23 at 9 AM

GED Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6 to 7:45.  Call Jenny at 717-295-5523 for more information.  ESL classes are also available – contact the same phone number.

The Susquehanna Foundation will be holding a College Financial Aid seminar on Thursday, December 7, from 6 to 8 PM.  If you have a student heading for college soon, don’t miss this FREE program.

Second-graders from Park Elementary School will be visiting in December for their library instruction lesson “What Can I Do With My Public Library Card.” They will hear a story, get a tour of the library, and watch a Tumblebooks video.

One of my favorite activities here is Food for Fines. Sadly, we will be unable to do that this year.  It will definitely return in January, February, and March of 2019.

Taxes with Sam. If you want Sam to help you with your taxes, please call 717-406-8143 or email: sedmond@columbia.lib.pa.us.  He will arrange with you a time and place to accomplish this.  If you need help with Social Security, unemployment, LIHEAP, etc. – call the above number and Sam will arrange a time and place to meet with you

Santa Claus will visit the library again this December! Saturday, December 9, from 10 AM to 1 PM.  There will NOT be an Enchanted Forest OR parade this year.  Be sure to bring your children / grandchildren on Saturday, December 9, between 10 AM and 1 PM.  Mrs. Claus and the elves will be here too.

I will be reading Christmas stories at 4 PM at Geltz Gotz Goodeze (430 Locust Street) as part of the Old Fashioned Christmas celebration on Sunday, December 10.  The day’s activities will also feature a train display at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society, carriage rides, and cookie decorating with Miss Daisy at Perfect Settings (must have ticket for cookie decorating).  Free children’s books (including Glenn Banner’s “Flames Across the Susquehanna”) will be available at Geltz Gotz Goodeze from 11 AM until 5 PM.  My read aloud time is 4 PM.

And finally, Biggie the Cat will visit on Wednesday, December 13, at 3 PM (when school lets out).  Stop by on your way home and visit with our gentle giant Maine Coon.

All of us at the Columbia Library wish you a blessed holiday season. We so appreciate your patience with this project.  I will continue to send monthly updates from my temporary office at LSLC – reminding everyone of the twice-a- month Bookmobile visit dates and, from time to time, construction photos.

We will all reap the rewards this coming summer with our improved, inviting, and dynamic “new” library!

Lisa Greybill, Administrator

Columbia Public Library Staff and Board of Directors

November Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – November 2017

“Fall” into a good book during the month of November! Here are some new titles releasing this month::

The Midnight Line (a Jack Reacher novel) by Lee Child

Hardcore Twenty-Four (a Stephanie Plum novel) by Janet Evanovich

End Game by David Baldacci

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark

The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson

Past Perfect by Danielle Steel

The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler

Tom Clancy’s Power and Empire (Jack Ryan) by Marc Cameron

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans

In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury

Sleep No More by P. D. James

New DVDs for November include:

 

Cars 3

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

The Glass Castle (based on the best-selling book by Jeanette Walls)

Our Community Programs for teens and adults are going on hiatus during the construction project – as are Family Fun Nights. Some of you have already found that there are times we must close altogether.  At other times, only sections of the library will be available.  Safety of our patrons and staff is paramount. I will try to let the community know as soon as possible when closures are necessary.  I know many in the community are excited about our remodeled and expanded library – so are we!  But a necessary evil of remodeling is closures and some inconvenience.  We owe a huge thank you to our patrons with vehicles for parking on the St. John’s side of Sixth Street.  The area in front of the library is for teachers now, because our construction team has their staging area in a section of the teachers’ parking lot.  We also thank Pastor Beth Costlow for her kindness in allowing parking in front of the church for our patrons and also providing parking for our staff and volunteers.

Many Pennies! The students at Park Elementary, Our Lady of the Angels, and Taylor Elementary raised $370.00 in pennies for our construction project! Yes, you read that right – $370.00 in pennies. The CHS student council spent an afternoon wrapping the pennies and celebrating afterward with pizza. Thank you also to Denise Strawser for additional penny wrapping. Thanks to Robin Gamby for setting up this fundraiser. And of course, thanks to all who donated pennies!!

The Columbia Public Library is hosting a new community forum for the cold weather months. “Columbia PA Crime Watch” was developed by Rick Fisher last summer. This forum is to allow Columbia’s citizenry to share concerns of crime in their neighborhoods and to also get involved in a neighborhood crime watch program. Studies have shown neighborhood crime watches can decrease crime by up to 16 percent.   Please come out and get involved in this community endeavor. All are welcome. For more information, contact parapa109@gmail.com.

We have been getting a great group of students for our Young Adult book clubs which meet monthly in the Columbia High School Library.  November’s date is Wednesday, November 29. Middle school students meet at 1:55 PM and high school students at 2:45.  Our books for November are “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio (middle school) and “Note to Self” by Connor Franta (high school).

Many of you have probably heard of the New York Times bestseller Wonder.  It is the story of Auggie Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school.  But in the fifth grade, Auggie decides he wants to attend a regular school with other kids.  Auggie wants to be treated as an ordinary kid, but his classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face.  Auggie’s struggle for acceptance leads him – and his classmates – to discover that God made all of us wonders in our own way.  This story is a bright spot in the bullying epidemic sweeping our nation. It is the foundation for the Choose Kind movement.  Learn more at http://choosekind.tumblr.com/

If you don’t have teens in your household, you probably have never heard of Connor Franta. Connor Franta is known as a “YouTuber” – which means he has his own channel on YouTube. He posts weekly videos (called video logs or vlogs) Note to Self, which Connor describes as a look into his interior life, deals with his struggles with anxiety, depression, and self acceptance.  It includes many of his poems and photography. In today’s stressful world, Connor’s discoveries hold true for many adults as well as teens.

For more information on the Young Adult book clubs, please see Mr. White, high school librarian.

Therapy Pet schedule for November:

Biggie, the Maine Coon cat, will be visiting on Wednesday, November 15, at 1:30 PM.  Biggie visits nursing homes, dementia units, schools, and daycares.  This cat is incredibly relaxed.  Just spending a few minutes with the big guy always makes me feel better!  In addition to listening to you read, Biggie is perfectly happy just to let you pet him and visit for a while.  Biggie and his owner, Steph, are part of the K-Pets program.

Our Reading Education Assistance Dog, Spencer, is back from his time off and is eager for readers! His public visit will be ___________. Please call 717-684-2255 to schedule your appointment.  Spencer will also be doing some READ sessions with individual school classes (these sessions are closed to public).

PreSchool Pals is in full swing now! Susan Kalas continues her story and craft sessions on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Caregivers must stay with their children.  Any newcomers from ages 2 to 5 and their grown-up pals are always welcome.  The Pals will meet every Monday in November with the exception of November 27.

Our Lady of the Angels PreSchool classes are visiting the library on Wednesday, November 8.  The children will hear a story, tour the library, and watch a Tumblebooks story on video.  We are always happy to see our youngest visitors get started on their lifetime love of reading!

Our Family Movie night for November will be Wednesday, the 29th, at 6 PM.  Cars 3 will be shown. Feel free to bring non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Saturdays, November 11 and November 25 at 9 AM.  This is the month of preparing for the Mitten Tree, which is put up after Thanksgiving.  The crochet class last year thoroughly decorated our tree with their handcrafted scarves, gloves, mittens, and hats.  Novice, beginner, and advanced crocheters are all welcome.

As mentioned above, once again it is time for our annual Mitten Tree!  This year’s campaign began on Monday, November 20 and continues through Friday, December 22.  We welcome donations of mittens, scarves, hats, gloves, and socks.  Items can be store-bought or, if you’re handy, can be hand knitted or crocheted.  Some folks work throughout the year preparing items for this community service activity.  All donations stay here in Columbia: they are taken to the Columbia Clothing Bank (which, in turn, supplies the winter shelters.)  Our community always responds with great kindness to this campaign – each year, our library is near the top of the list for total items donated.  Special thanks to Mitzi Sanchez and her dedicated band of crocheters who meet here every other Saturday morning – we appreciate all of their donations for the community.

Webmaster Sam Edmond is still busy even before tax season arrives! Two popular applications he is assisting people with right now:  LIHEAP and Pennsylvania Medicaid insurance coverage.

It is best to call 717-686-7096 to set up an appointment with Sam. Please indicate which application you need help with.  LIHEAP applicants will need to know the name of their heat supplier and their account number.  If you received a card in the mail from LIHEAP, please bring it with you.  Pennsylvania Medicaid applicants will need to know their Social Security number; documents required will vary as the application does not list them until it is completed for each individual.  Affordable Care Act applicants:  If you have had a lifestyle change (marriage or having a child), want to change your coverage, if your plan was discontinued, or if you need to sign up for initial insurance coverage, please call Sam for an individual appointment.

Royer’s Flowers “Bouquets for Books” is trying something new this year.  Purchases of books can be made at Barnes and Noble during a special Book Fair.  Date of the fair is Tuesday, October 28.  If you can’t make this date in person, you can visit bn.com/bookfairs and make an online purchase any time from October 28 through November 2.  You MUST share the following ID at Checkout:   12191193

A portion of all sales made with this code will benefit Children’s services at the Library System of Lancaster County. Both Royer’s and the Columbia Public Library thank you for your support!

Once again, our library will be participating in the “Extraordinary Give” – Lancaster County’s largest online day of giving. This year is special – every penny donated is going toward our Capital Campaign to finance our building project. On Friday, November 17, for 24 hours only, visit ExtraGive.org to make a donation (min. $25) to our library – along with many other deserving nonprofits! AND this year, come join us at Café Garth from 7 PM to midnight on November 17 for an extraordinary celebration of many of Columbia’s nonprofits.  Thanks to Cle Bernthiezel for his kind invitation and willingness to host this event.  For more information about the Extraordinary Give, visit https://extragive.org/

 Did you know you can also help our library simply by eating out? The Park City Diner has a program called Sharing Our Success. Every time you eat at the Park City Diner, the Columbia Public Library receives 10 percent of your total check. Simply clip the card below and put it in your wallet to begin saving! Forget the card? No worries. Just say “Columbia Public Library” when you pay your bill. The cashier can pull up our account that way.

 

The Columbia Public Library – where New Worlds­­­­­­­­­­­ Await.  We are located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church). Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbia.lib.pa.us. Find us on Facebook!  Please stop by and visit often!