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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!

 

 

October Newsletter 2017

October is a huge month for publishers and there is a good chance one of your favorite authors has released something new! Here are just some of our new titles:

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly
Origin by Dan Brown
Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers) by John Sandford
Quick and Dirty (Stone Barrington) by Stuart Woods
Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
Mind Game by Iris Johansen
Fairytale by Danielle Steel
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
Pulse by Felix Frances
Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
The Witches’ Tree (Agatha Raisin) by M. C. Beaton
The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
Grant by Ron Chernow
New DVDs for October include:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
Spider-man: Homecoming
War For the Planet of the Apes
The Emoji Movie

A new presenter for the Columbia Public Library community programs (but certainly not new to me!) is Dr. Robert Frick. A retired educator/school superintendent, he now shares historical presentations to keep “education alive and well – and always with a smile”. Dr. Frick will be sharing a presentation featuring Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith. Columbia has a long history of abolitionism, and these two Lancaster abolitionists had considerable influence here in Columbia. If you are interested in Columbia’s history and would like to learn from a really great
teacher, this program is for you. I personally know that Dr. Frick is a super teacher because he was my elementary school, principal. “Thaddeus Stevens” and “Lydia Hamilton Smith” with be presented on Monday, October 2, at 6 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

The Young Adult book club has chosen their titles for the upcoming months. Middle schoolers will be reading The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June for their first selection in October. Three sisters recover special powers from their childhood. April can see the future, May can literally disappear, and June can read minds. These abilities help them navigate the difficulties of high school, but the sisters soon find out they may be able to use

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June for their first selection in October. Three sisters recover special powers from their childhood. April can see the future, May can literally disappear, and June can read minds. These abilities help them navigate the difficulties of high school, but the sisters soon find out they may be able to use
these gifts for a far better purpose.  The high school book club chose a darker title for October: This Is Where It Ends.

The high school book club chose a darker title for October: This Is Where It Ends.
This story unfolds over one horrific morning when a young man with a gun enters an auditorium filled with high school students. Told through the viewpoints of many students (some locked in the auditorium, some are not), everyone tries to a. Survive and b. Figure out what went so horribly wrong and if there was any way of preventing
it. This novel is designed for older students and is definitely not a read to relax by.
Young Adult book clubs will meet on Wednesday, October 25, at 1:55 (middle school) and 2:45 (high school). See Mr. White, high school librarian, for more details.
We are happy to announce that Biggie, our Reading Therapy Cat, and his handler, Steph Weisser, will again be visiting one Wednesday each month this school year. Biggie’s first visit will be on Wednesday, October 18, at 1:30 PM. A private class is schedule for the 1:30 time, but if any individuals would like to meet the big guy, stop by anytime after 1:15 PM

Spencer, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, also has several school class visits scheduled for October – but he and his handler, Kelly, are looking for a monthly time when they can do a READ session for the general public. If you have children ages 5 and older who would like to read aloud to a loveable dog, please let us know your availability – days of the week, time of day, etc. Call 717-684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us. Collecting these
responses will allow us to best determine the times and dates for Spencer’s monthly public visits. We need your help to develop this schedule! Please call 717-684-2255 if you have any questions.

The Columbia Public Library is very excited to host two new year-long programs in conjunction with the
Columbia Borough School District and the Literacy Council of Lancaster Lebanon:  For adults: The Columbia Borough School District’s Rising Tide of Literacy Project is offering free High School Equivalency Preparation Classes. The classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning October 3, 2017, and ending June 5, 2018, time
is 6 to 8 PM. The classes will be held in our downstairs Community Room. These classes are for parents of children in the Columbia School District and for students who have recently dropped out of school and want to get their High School Equivalency Diploma. For more information about these classes, please call Jenny Bair at 717-295-5523 or email Jenny at jenny@getliterate.org.

For children: “Get Sewing In Columbia” is a new program begun by Liane Laskoske. The afterschool program will be held in our downstairs Community Room on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 PM. No sewing knowledge is necessary and all children ages 8 and older are welcome. Next session will be held on October 4 from three to five PM. For more
information, contact Liane at llaskoske@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/sewingcolumbia/

Our friends at CHI Children’s Dental will be providing a free puppet show for ages 3 to 6 on Monday, October 9, at 10:30 AM. “Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth” features an imaginative puppet with heroic healthy habits. Hank’s healthy
attitude is contagious – he spreads his enthusiasm everywhere and makes healthy heroes of everyone he meets. Cheer on Hank as he becomes the champion of healthy choices – learning to brush his teeth for two minutes
twice each day! All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with
an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes!

The Susquehanna Foundation will present a free College Financial Planning workshop on Tuesday, October 10, from 6 to 8 PM. If you or a family member are heading off to college (or seriously thinking about returning and getting your degree) you don’t want to miss this free workshop.  My Pre-School Read Aloud sessions are taking me to OLA

My Pre-School Read Aloud sessions are taking me to OLA preschools (first Wednesday of each month), LutherCare
preschools (third Monday of each month), and Head Start on Tuesdays (schedule varies). Ed Miller and I enjoy our
collaboration on the Bookmobile, where we visit all Head Start classes on the second Tuesday of each month. The children get to hear an interactive story on the bookmobile, then choose a book to keep in their classroom reading corner for the month. Our current Bookmobile is 16 years old and is showing signs of age. A campaign has begun to help purchase a new bookmobile. For more information on Lancaster County’s 75-year history of bookmobile
service, visit https://lancasterlibraries.org/library-services/bookmobile/

PreSchool Pals is in full swing now! Susan Kalas continues her story and craft sessions on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Come out and join the fun. Caregiver must stay with child(ren).

Our Family Movie night for October features Our Family Movie night for October features everyone’s favorite superhero: “Captain Underpants”! Wednesday, October at 6 PM. You may bring snacks and drinks with a lid on them. Held in our Conference Room.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Saturdays, October 14 and October 28 at 9 AM. Mitzi is such a good teacher that this class is growing as well! Please come out and join us. Mitzi will let you know what size crochet hook you will need for your project – she does have hooks you may use in class to get you started. All you need bring is scissors – we even have donated yarn! Experienced crocheters – bring your current project!

As is custom, the Columbia Public Library will be closing early on Thursday, October 26 at 6 PM for the Mardi Gras Parade.  “Sweets for the Mind” will be held during Trick or Treat Night (October 31 from 6 to 8 PM. Please stop by and receive a free children’s book.
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!

September 2017 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – September 2017

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

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Proof of Life by J. A. Jance

Enemy of the State by Vince Flynn

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler

Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

Enigma by Catherine Coulter

Haunted (Michael Bennett) by James Patterson

Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman

Killing England: the Brutal Struggle for America’s Independence by Bill O’Reilly

New DVDs for September:

Wonder Woman

Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie

 

This year, we had 209 children and teens complete reading logs for Summer Reading and nearly 2300 people attended 29 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

Tim Stambaugh, 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 Means

Fred Nell                                                                                     Chief Doug Kemmerly

Chief Jack Brommer                                                                 Tyler Seibert

Mary Ann Schlegel                                                                    Mitzi Sanchez

Marcy from Giggle Magic                                                        Heather Beury

“Princess Brooke” from Dutch Wonderland                        Sharon Negron

Peggy Gernerd (aka “Miss Maggie”)                                      Mike and Roberta Straka

Bricks for Kidz®                                                                       Denise Strawser

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

Summer Reading 2017 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 DeBord’s class from Park

Meg Wagner’s class from Park

Kim Herskowitz’s class – Our Lady of the Angels

Caitlin Peters’ class – Our Lady of the Angels

Head Start Columbia Branch (with Bookmobile Visits)

Our Lady of the Angels PreSchool

Luthercare PreSchool

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

A slide show program for all ages!  Riding the Rails: 175 Years of Passenger Travel brings a favorite subject of many people – trains.  We are used to seeing the freight trains pass by, but what about passenger trains?  Names like the Broadway Limited and the City of New Orleans are part of America’s history.  Why is traveling by train so popular?  This slide show program will take us across our state from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh during several different time periods using several different modes of transportation: stagecoach, canal boat system, passenger trains, and automobiles on the interstates.  Innovations made by railroads that made train travel more comfortable and safe will also be highlighted.  Presented by Troy Grubb of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.  Light refreshments available.  Wednesday, September 20, at 6 PM in our conference room.

The Young Adult book club will once again begin on September 20, 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.  The exact schedule will be determined in conjunction with Mr. White, the high school librarian.  Adult leaders are Patti Fischer, Lisa Greybill, and Michael White.  See Mr. White for more information and to pick up contracts.

Due to traveling and medical appointments, our Reading Education Assistance Dog Spencer’s next public visit will be in October. Please call 717-684-2255 to schedule a time to read with the dog.  Spencer also does read alouds with visiting school classes – these are closed events due to the number of people involved.  We do offer a time each month for public reading sessions but you must call 717-684-2255 to schedule.  Ages 5 and older.  We also host “Biggie”, our Reading Therapy cat, each month.  As with Spencer, there will be both closed classroom sessions and public times made available for Biggie.  It is important that you call and let us know you are coming, so that the animals’ handlers may plan their schedules.  Call 717-684-2255 to schedule or if you have further questions.

PreSchool Pals Returns!  Susan Kalas will begin her story and craft sessions on Monday, September 18, at 10:30 AM.  All preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome for stories and a simple craft.  Caregiver must stay.  Ages 18 months to 4 years.  September’s topics:

September 18:  Welcome Back!

September 25:  Johnny Appleseed

All sessions are Mondays at 10:30 AM.

 

Our Family Movie night for September features “The Boss Baby”!  September 27 at 6 PM.  You may bring snacks and drinks with a lid on them.  Held in our Conference Room.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Saturdays, September 9 and September 23 at 9 AM.  Mitzi is such a good teacher that this class is growing as well!  Please come out and join us.  Mitzi will let you know what size crochet hook you will need for your project – she does have hooks you may use in class to get you started.  All you need bring is scissors – we even have donated yarn!  Experienced crocheters – bring your current project!

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!

August Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – August 2017

Now that the heat and humidity of August is here, stay cool in our air-conditioned library and enjoy some new titles:

Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Milhone) by Sue Grafton

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

The Right Time by Danielle Steel

The Store by James Patterson

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

Barely Legal by Stuart Woods

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli and Isles) by Tess Gerritsen

Exposed (Rosato and DiNunzio) by Lisa Scottoline

Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

Need to Know (the Sisterhood) by Fern Michaels

New DVDs for August:

Before I Fall

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2

The Case for Christ

Baywatch

Summer Reading program is drawing to an end, but we still have programs through August 15! The last day to turn in your reading logs and pick up your tickets is Saturday, August 12. We’ve had over 350 sign up for Summer Reading logs this year and it is always fun to see how many complete their reading challenge.

The first day of August brings the Summer Reading program from Lancaster County Parks Service: “The Lorax” with Mary Ann Schlegel. I read the Lorax every year at Sahd’s Earth Day and have seen the animated feature, but this program takes it a step further. Together we will hang thneeds in a Truffula Tree and talk about what we can do to stop pollution. Each participant will create their own Lorax or Onceler paper bag puppet. Tuesday, August 1, at 10 AM. Park School – all ages.

The fun continues on that same Tuesday evening as National Night Out happens at Glatfelter Field from 6 to 9 PM. All of our heroes come together – one night only! See fire trucks, ambulances, and emergency vehicles. There will be face painting, bounce house, emergency response team activities and the library will have its annual Scavenger Hunt. Treats from Turkey Hill and Herr’s snacks. See if you can help bail Sam and Lisa out of jail! New this year: fireworks! This event will be held at Glatfelter Field (next to Anvil Corporation.) Tues., August 1 from 6 to 9 PM Due to staff participation in this event, the Columbia Public Library will be CLOSED from 5 to 8 PM on August 1! (Family) Sponsored by Columbia Borough Police Department

Al Means and his bloodhounds Heather, Reuben, and Chip return on Monday August 7. It is always amazing to see these dogs in action. Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue Bloodhounds have located many missing people and also have assisted the police in finding fugitives. Al and Patti Means provide this service completely as volunteers – for more information, visit http://www.redrosek9.com/ Monday, August 7, at 10 AM – Park School, all ages.

Our Community Program on Monday, August 7 will be led by Samuel Edmond. “Columbia: Do You Remember When?” is designed for people who grew up in our little town. Sam will share some of his memories from childhood til today and then open it for audience reminiscences. If time allows, Sam will share some Columbia videos. Monday, August 7, at 6 PM in our Conference Room.

Our own Columbia QRS team will visit Tuesday, August 8. Find out what emergency medical technicians and paramedics do (and find out what is the difference!) Check out equipment in the QRS vehicles and learn the RIGHT way to call 911 (a skill everyone should know). Photos ops too! For all ages. Tuesday, August 8, at 10 AM – Park School (inside and play area)

Many folks in Columbia know Fred Nell, who is a Columbia School District alumnus. Fred’s dog, Sadie, has special abilities: she can track all kinds of substances (even dangerous explosives). Sadie has been used by businesses for drug testing employees; she also does school locker searches. Fred works with various social service agencies so that those with substance abuse problems can get the help they need. And when Sadie isn’t working, she LOVES to run and play. Come hear Fred’s inspiring advice about the importance of education and doing your best in school. And don’t forget your sneakers – we’ll be running with Sadie and she WILL wear you out! This is a great program for animal lovers and those who have high energy levels! Monday, August 14, at 10 AM – Park School gym. (May possibly be held in the gazebo and in Locust Street Park if the gym floor is being waxed.) All ages.

Our 2017summer season comes to an end with the Columbia Borough Police Department. This year, their program focuses on the dangers of substance abuse, so it is perfect timing in following the Sadie program. We also will learn safety tips, have a chance to see police equipment, and of course, sit in the cruisers. This important program is for all ages. It may possibly be held in the gazebo and Locust Street Park, due to the gym floor being waxed. Call 684-2255 for more details. Tuesday, August 15, at 10 AM. All ages.

The Young Adult book club holds it second Gazebo meeting on Wednesday, August 16, at 1 PM. We will be discussing Carolyn Mackler’s “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.” With the help of caring friends and a kickboxing class, Virginia Shreves learns to accept both her body image and the behavior of her dysfunctional family. Ages 12 and up. Wednesday, August 16, at 1 PM – park gazebo.

Our Reading Education Assistance Dog Spencer’s next public visit will be Thursday, August 17, at 1 PM. Please call 684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us to reserve a 15 minute time slot to read to the dog. Ages 5 and older.

The Susquehanna Foundation will present a free College Financial Planning workshop on Thursday, August 17, from 6 to 8 PM. If you or a family member are heading off to college (or seriously thinking about returning and getting your degree) you don’t want to miss this free workshop.

Our Family Movie night for August is Wednesday, August 23, at 6 PM. Celebrate the beginning of school with Smurfs: the Lost Village. Non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid are welcome.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Saturdays, August 12 and August 26, from 9 to 10 AM. Mitzi is such a good teacher that this class is growing as well! Please come out and join us. Mitzi will let you know what size crochet hook you will need for your project – she does have hooks you may use in class to get you started. All you need bring is scissors – we even have donated yarn! Experienced crocheters – bring your current project!

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!

July 2017 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – July 2017

Summer Reading programs are heating things up at our library – we have many other activities going on in the month of July as well!

As always, let’s begin with some new books releasing this month:

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Look Behind You by Iris Johansen

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Wired by Julie Garwood

Down a Dark Road: a Kate Burkholder novel by Linda Castillo

New movies for July:

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Fate of the Furious

Kong: Skull Island

The Boss Baby

 

There will be a community program on Monday, July 3, at 6 PM.  Lori Moore will present Life Insurance Basics 101.  As you can tell from the title, this is an introduction to life insurance and why one should consider getting it.

The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.  Happy Independence Day!  There will be no Summer Reading events the mornings of July 3 and July 4.

Calling all lords and ladies – the Princess of Dutch Wonderland will visit on Thursday, July 6, at 10 AM.  Park School (use playground entrance).  In addition to a read aloud, the Princess will pose for photos.  She loves to meet her fellow princesses (and princes), so please feel free to wear princess attire if you wish to.

 

Crochet with Mitzi continues its new Saturday schedule on July 8 and July 22.  The group will meet at 9 AM and finish around 10, leaving the majority of Saturday for family time.  Knitters are welcome as well – however, there is no instruction for knitting.  New crocheters are always welcome.  All you need bring is a pair of scissors.  We have donated yarn and Mitzi will show you the size crochet hook you need.  Mitzi is such an outstanding teacher that you will catch on right away.  Ages 9 and older.

 

Many of you remember Chris Ivey and his daring juggling performance last summer.  Chris will return on Monday, July 10, at 10 AM (Park School – playground entrance).  Chris became interested in this skill by reading a juggling book when he was ten years old!  You never know where a book might lead you.  Enjoy Chris’ amazing talents – this show is for all ages.

Field paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka will take us on a Dinosaur Dig.  Dig for real dinosaur fossils and construct or build a dinosaur with the findings! Program includes a fossil talk and highlights some of Mike and Roberta’s amazing discoveries. This “hands-on” program is special because everyone will handle real dinosaur fossil bones.  The Strakas can host up to 50 children, plus their adult caregivers.  Especially appealing for ages 4-12.  Tuesday, July 11, at 10 AM (Park School – playground entrance)

Even though it is not yet open enrollment time, many seniors who are new to Medicare (or soon to be signing up for it) are confused about what benefits it does and doesn’t offer.  Kate MacJarrett of Highmark Insurance will be here Tuesday evening, July 11, at 6 PM.  You don’t have to register for this program, but it is helpful.  Call 1-888-476-6306.  Please do not call the library.

Family Movie Night is Wednesday, July 12, at 6 PM.  We will be showing “The LEGO Batman Movie”.  Non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid are welcome.

Come read to Biggie the Cat on Thursday, July 13, at 1 PM.  All ages.

Abra-cadabra!  Magician John Andrews is back this year.  John’s shows always include LOTS of audience volunteers, so be prepared to be called on.  Like Chris Ivey, John became interested in his skill by reading books about magic as a child.  He will also have some books and tricks for sale at nominal cost.  Monday, July 17, at 10 AM – for all ages (Park School – playground entrance).

And here comes Jesse Rothacker“Biome Builders” is the title of this year’s reptile show.  A biome is a large area of the earth that is home to many plants and animals. Discover how animals are equipped to build a better world within their biome. Every child in the audience will be empowered to use their own talents and abilities to build a better world within their homes, schools, and communities, and to unleash their abilities through the power of reading!  And, as always, there will be plenty of live reptiles.  This is one of our most popular shows.  Tuesday, July 18, at 10 AM.  (Park School – playground entrance).

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 19 at 5:30 is our Family Fun Night STEM Building contest.  Families will work together to build a structure out of marshmallows and toothpicks.  Small prizes will awarded to the three best structures.  Judges will be members of the CPL Board of Directors.  Limit of 10 families due to space constraints.  Best for ages 5 and older.  Registration will be required because of space limitations.  717-684-2255 or lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us.

 

Spencer, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, will be taking a break from his swimming pool to come by and listen to you read.  Spencer enjoys all kinds of stories and is a very lovable dog!  He was even in a movie about his therapy work.  Spencer recently received the Anvil and Mirko awards from the American Kennel Club.  Thursday, July 20, at 10 AM.  Ages 5 and up.

 

Fire Chief Doug Kemmerly will be bringing the Columbia Borough Fire Department to visit on Monday, July 24.  The children will review fire safety procedures, watch a fireman put on 80 pounds of gear (and find out what it all does!), and have the opportunity to see (and sit inside) the fire trucks.  And, of course, Sparky will be there as well.  Monday, July 24, at 10 AM.  All ages.  (Park School – playground entrance).

 

On July 25, March Klutchka will bring her group “Giggle Magic” to take us on a “Silly Safari”.  Put on your safari hats, adjust your binoculars, and get ready to go on a Silly Safari! Oh, my- has Debra the Zebra lost her stripes? Will Ellie the Elephant’s disappearing act be good enough to get her on America’s Got Talent? There goes Gerry the Giraffe, he’s standing on his head…again! Have the animals GONE WILD??  This show promises plenty of giggles!  For all ages.  Tuesday, July 25, at 10 AM.  (Park School – playground entrance).

 

And finally on July 31, former elementary teacher Matt Dodd will entertain us with a gazebo concert!  Matt shares his talents on the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more.  Lots of dancing and audience participation for all ages!  Part of the 2017 Summer Reading Program.

 

Last month’s Book Fair raised over $400.  Thank you for all who stopped by and purchased books – we do appreciate your support of our library.

 

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!