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August Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – August 2019

It’s hard to imagine that one year ago on August 1st, we re-opened the doors to our newly remodeled library!  I hope everyone is enjoying the new facility and all it has to offer.  Summer Reading continues to be in full swing for the first weeks of August.  But first, let’s have a look at some new books releasing this month:

The Oysterville Sewing Circle by Susan Wiggs

Old Bones by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Outfox by Sandra Brown

Tidelands by Phillippa Gregory

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

The Warning by James Patterson

The Dark Side by Danielle Steel

Contraband by Stuart Woods

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

New DVDs for August:

“Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame”

“Godzilla, King of the Monsters”

“Secret Life of Pets 2”

“Pokemon: Detective Pikachu”

Our community program for August is a Summer Reading program that is always a hit with all ages.  Jesse Rothacker (with his assistant Kenny) will present “Rocketing Reptiles”.  In the mysterious universe of reptiles, it seems their armor, invisibility & locomotion makes them a lot like extra terrestrials.  Has a reptile ever gone into space?  Find out on Monday, August 5, at 6 PM in Locust Street Park next to the gazebo.  All children must be accompanied by caregiver.  Opportunities to pet / hold the reptiles will be provided for those who choose to do so.  Sponsored in part by Thrivent Financial.

Other Summer Reading Programs for August:

Thursday, August 1, at 10 AM brings Mark DeRose to the Park Elementary cafeteria.  Mark’s band, the Dreadnought Birigade, has played with popular artists and even at a Baltimore Ravens halftime show.  Mark has recently started focusing more on children’s music.  His show combines his love for the visual arts with his love for songwriting. Mark’s songs, art work, videos and the show’s activities all complement one another in an effort to communicate his message that encourages his young listeners to embrace and enjoy life to its fullest, be creative individuals, and most importantly, confidently be themselves.  For more information visit http://markderosemusicandart.com/

Be sure to stay and read aloud to Tommy on Thursday, August 1, at 11 AM!  Our Reading Education Assistance Dog is loving your summer visits.  Tommy is a big sweet boy who loves to hear just about any story you want to read – he likes superheroes and princesses just the same!  Bring your favorite books to read aloud or use one from the library.  In the Park cafeteria at 11 AM, right after the Mark DeRose concert.

A serious traffic tie-up on route 272 prevented “Miss Maggie” (Peggy Gernerd) from visiting in June.  She is rescheduled for Friday, August 2, at 1 PM in the Park Elementary Cafeteria (it may be too hot for the gazebo in August) when “Miss Maggie Sings a Universe of Songs and Stories”.  Miss Maggie is back with Spaghetti Head Fred and more crazy fun as we celebrate the wonder of our solar system.  Lots of silliness, dancing, and audience participation.  For all ages.

Ran’D Shine is an illusionist who first visited us last year.  Ran’D’s show is a bit different from many magicians’.  For one, he involves all ages in his show – adults as well as children.  Secondly, he has a truly uncanny ability to read your mind!  Ran’D’s responses will not only put chills down your back, but also bring tears to your eyes – as he did to me last year!  Find out for yourself on Thursday, August 8, at 10 AM in the Park cafeteria.  For more information on this truly amazing talent, visit https://www.randyshine.com/

Our final program for the summer of 2019 will be Matthew Dodd’s concert “Songs and Stories of Space”.  Matthew’s previous concerts guarantee your kids will jump, move, dance, and even do the limbo!  We’re hoping for cooler weather to use the Gazebo but may have to settle for the Park cafeteria if it’s too hot.  Please call or check for signage a day or two prior to event!  Tuesday, August 13, at 10 AM.

Tommy, the Reading Therapy Rottie, will make his second visit after the Matt Dodd program.  As with August 1st, you may bring your own books to read aloud to Tommy or use one of ours.  If the concert is in the Gazebo, read aloud sessions will be held in our Children’s Room at the library.  If the concert is at Park Cafeteria, read aloud sessions will take place there.  Tuesday, August 13, at 11 AM.

Our Summer Reading Programming would not be a success without the help of the following people:

Jerry Bachman, Park Elementary School custodian

Beth Putt, Park Elementary School secretary

Liz Landis, Park Elementary School principal

The Columbia Lions Club, for use of the Gazebo

Renee Christiansen, Library System of Lancaster County

Kelly Skiptunas and Tommy

Our desk staff, for checking out all of those books after programs

And of course, all of our wonderful performers and presenters.  Some have been doing shows for us for years.  We appreciate each and every one of you.

 

Yarn arts groups for August:

Crochet along with Kasey will be held August 6 and August 20 – no class on August 13 and 27.  Our project for the month is dishcloths.  Kasey will be showing us some new stitch designs!

Knitting with Gaile will be held August 8, 15, 22, and 29 – no class on August 1.

Absolute beginners are welcome at both of our yarn arts classes – Gaile and Kasey are delighted to help you learn!

Prime Timers!  Is your iPhone driving you iCrazy?  Tortured by your tablet?  Then this program is for you!  Basic help with your iPhone, Android, or tablet devices will be offered on Wednesday, August 28, at 1:30 PM here at the library.  Please call ahead (717-684-2255) and let us know you will be coming and what kind of device(s) you will be bringing.  Program led by our operations manager Heather.

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.  Come in and see what new worlds await for YOU!

 

 

 

July Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – July 2019

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:

One Good Deed by David Baldacci

Under Currents by Nora Roberts

The New Girl by Daniel Silva

Window on the Bay by Debbie Macomber

Lady In the Lake by Laura Lippman

Surfside Sisters by Nancy Thayer

Labyrinth by Catherine Coulter

Smokescreen by Iris Johansen

Sophia, Princess Among Beasts by James Patterson

Shamed: a Kate Burkholder novel by Linda Castillo

New DVDs for July:

“Shazam”

“Breakthrough”

“A Place to Call Home”, season 6

“Endeavour”, season 6

 

Our community program for July is “What’s Happening in Columbia” with Mayor Leo Lutz.  Formerly known as “Community Update”, this annual program informs Columbia’s citizens of future plans for the borough.  Open to all in the community – please come with comments and questions!  Monday, July 1, at 6 PM in our conference room.

Columbia Public Library bid farewell to three long-time friends in May and early June.

Gladys Negron volunteered at the front desk of the Columbia Library from 2002-2006.  She had a strong Christian faith which she instilled in her entire family.  She also passed her love of the library onto her children and grandchildren.  Daughter Sharon is part of our staff, daughter Hannah uses the library on a regular basis, granddaughter Shawna is part of our Young Adult book club, and second grader Ezekiel is busy completing his Summer Reading log.  Although I never had the pleasure of knowing Gladys personally, I see many of her fine qualities in Sharon.  The library is so grateful for Gladys’ contributions through the generations.

Charlie Duncan passed away unexpectedly on Memorial Day.  You may remember him as the tall man reading the paper or working on the computer in late afternoons.  He is also Sam Edmond’s brother.  Charlie always brightened everyone’s day when he came in.  He has the distinction of being one of the first African American linemen for PP&L and and a highly ranked member of the Masons.

Clarissa Wolcott was a board member of the Columbia Library for over 30 years.  A former kindergarten teacher for the School District of Lancaster, she faithfully served on our board until December 2018.  A lifelong resident of Locust Street, Clarissa spent the last few months of her well-lived life at St. Anne’s. The library, along with her many friends, will miss Clarissa’s presence.  She was especially excited about our expansion of the library.

You may continue picking up Summer Reading logs through the month of July.  Reading requirements to receive tickets vary according to age:

Preschoolers – have 35 books read aloud and complete 10 simple activities.

Ages 5 through 9:  read a total of 720 minutes (20 minutes per day for 36 days, one hour per day for 12 days, or any other combination).  The 10 activities listed may count as a 20 minute “block”

Ages 10 through 12:  Read 1200 minutes total (30 minutes per day for 40 days, 1 hour for 20 days, or any other combination).  The 10 activities listed may count as a 30 minute “block”

Teens:  Read a total of 28 hours.  The 10 activities listed count as a 1 hour “block”

Library Summer Reading programs are now held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a few afternoon exceptions.  We want to be sure children can also participate in the fun of “The Edible Classroom” by growing (and eating) their own healthy foods!  Edible Classroom runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning at 9 AM.  Library Summer Reading is Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 10 AM.

Our first July Summer Reading program takes place at Sahd’s Metal Recycling.  Dan Sahd will be giving us a tour of the entire facility including the cranes, shearing, and welding areas.  You MUST wear closed toed shoes to participate in the tour – no flip-flops, sandals, or crocs.  Tuesday, July 2, at 10 AM at Sahd’s (1045 Lancaster Avenue).

There will be no program on Thursday, July 4 – the library will be closed.  Happy Independence Day!

Tuesday, July 9, takes us on a journey “Apollo Mission to the Moon” with the North Museum of Nature and Science.  Get ready for some lunar explorations!  Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the historic mission that landed the first astronauts on the moon through hands-on experiences.  Explore the moon’s surface in preparation to designing a lunar lander.  This program is designed for grades 1 to 6.  It involves cocoa powder, so PLEASE wear old clothing or bring an old t-shirt.  Tuesday, July 9, at 10:30 AM in Park Gym (note time change).

CHI Dental Health services returns on Thursday, July 11 with Hank’s Sense-sational Story Time!   Hank the Health Hero helps you learn about your body as you look, listen, touch, and smell your way through one sense-sational day!  Tommy, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, will be here today so that you can read aloud to him after the puppet show.  Books will be provided or you can bring your own.  Thursday, July 11, at 10 AM in Park gym.  Ages 3 to 9. 

 The bloodhound program scheduled for July 12 has been cancelled due to health issues of the presenter.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Monday, July 15, brings one of our best loved performers – juggler Chris Ivey.  The date has been changed for this show.  The gym floor is being waxed in August, when Chris was originally scheduled.  Since juggling cannot be done outdoors in sunlight, Chris agreed to come on Monday, July 15 instead.  If you have never seen Chris perform, prepare to be amazed as he juggles everything from plates to knives – and even a sword and an axe!  For all ages.  Monday, July 15, at 1 PM (again after Edible Classroom) – Park gym.

A Columbia native and his drug sniffing dogs visit Tuesday, July 16.  Fred Nell has been bringing “Sadie”, his rescue mixed breed for several years now.  As a result of her many hours of training, Sadie is able to differentiate between various types of illegal drugs and also can locate explosives.  Sadie now has a sister, “Piper”, a German Shepherd who is also being trained in searches.  See how Sadie and Piper locate dangerous substances and also take the time to play some ball with them!  This program is listed as in the Park gym, but it may be held in Locust Street Park at the gazebo if the weather is nice.  For all ages – Tuesday, July 16, at 10 AM.

 Abracadabra!  Magician John Andrews joins us on Thursday, July 18 at 10 AM.  John’s shows are highly interactive and involve lots of audience participation.  Show is for all ages.

The Columbia Borough Fire Department leads off a first responder series in our Summer Reading program line-up.  Chief Doug Kemmerly will be bringing his firefighters from Station 80 on Tuesday, July 23, at 10 AM.  There will be a read aloud story, safety demonstrations, and a look at firefighters’ gear and the fire trucks.  Sparky will be there too!  Be sure to bring a camera, as the children have the opportunity to sit in the fire trucks.  Tuesday, July 23, at 10 AM.  Park gym and playground

Following the firefighters on Thursday, July 25, are the Columbia Borough Police Department.  Officer Amy, Officer Ed, and Officer Justin will provide opportunities to look at gear such as handcuffs and Kevlar vests.  Children will also be able to sit in the cruisers.  Important safety tips and a story will be shared with the children as well.  For all ages.  Thursday, July 25, at 10 AM – Park gym and playground.

Our young adult book club members voted to meet on July 25 at 1 PM on the library terrace to discuss the book “Gone” by Michael Grant.  In this dystopian society, everyone over age 15 vanishes.  Animals are mutating and bullies have free reign.  Sam and Astrid must figure out a way to survive the nightmare and somehow return to a more normal world.  If you would like to join us and need a copy of the book, please stop in the library and let Lisa or Patti know.

 Summer reading programs will now take place in the Park cafeteria or gazebo as the gym floor waxing begins July 29.

Our last group of first responders are the Columbia Q R S.  This provides a unique opportunity to see first hand the medical equipment used before an ambulance even arrives.  Learn the difference between a paramedic and an emergency medical technician.  The importance of children knowing their correct address and phone number, as well as proper use of 911 will also be emphasized.  Children will be permitted to try on gear and get in the vehicles, time permitting.  All ages.  Tuesday, July 30, at 10 AM – Park cafeteria and playground.

Our yarn arts classes are continuing in July.  Crochet will be held July 2 and 9 beginning at 6:30 PM.  The crochet-along project for July is dishcloths.  There will be a hiatus on July 16 and 23, and Kasey will return with a special program on July 30.

Knitting will be held July 11 and 25 at 7 PM, with no class on July 4 or 18.  Absolute beginners are welcome at both of our yarn arts classes – Gaile and Kasey are delighted to help you learn!

The Prime Timers have returned for July!  This will be the first time for taking the program “on the road” to St. Peter’s Apartments and Trinity House Apartments.  Join Lisa Greybill (me) and Steve Bergey as we feature the Northwest River Trail and how Prime Timers can enjoy its hiking and bicycling opportunities.  We are so fortunate to have this beautiful trail so close by – get outside and enjoy it, regardless of your fitness level!  The program will be held at the following dates and times:

Monday, July 22:  St Peter’s Apartments at 10 AM

Monday, July 22:  Trinity House Apartments at 11:30 AM

Stop in at a session and find out how you can make the most of this paved and ADA-accessible trail.

On July 30 at 6:30 PM, Kasey Patterson will present a “Financial Wellness Workshop”.  A major cause of stress and anxiety are money issues.   This free event, sponsored through Primerica, is designed to help you learn to manage your money and alleviate some of the stress about planning for your future.  This is NOT a sales pitch nor is it designed to sell products or services.  It is simply a free informative session.  For more information, visit http://www.primericaworkshops.com/

July 31st presents the river trail hike and bike program again, with some special guests.  Scott Barrows, of Lancaster Recumbent, and Jeremy Hunter, of Lancaster Velo, will be joining usThis program will be held in the evening at 6:30 PM in Locust Street Park.  Recumbent bikes are the bikes with a larger seat (and often three wheels) that sit closer to the ground.   If you have been thinking about getting a bike or starting trail riding, this would be a good time to get your questions answered.  Both Scott and Jeremy feel that all people should be able to enjoy the sport of cycling and can even custom design or make alterations for any special needs you may have.  For more information, visit https://lancasterrecumbent.com/ or https://www.lancastervelo.com/.

We are hoping the evening programming time will allow many people to attend.  This event is for all ages, including children.

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.  Come in and see what new worlds await for YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

 

June Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – June 2019

June is a busy time:  graduations, weddings, vacations, and the kids are out of school.  And of course we must have summer beach reads!

Summer of ’69 by Elin Hilderbrand

The Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer of Sunshine and Margot by Susan Mallery

Lost and Found by Danielle Steel

The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda

Unsolved by James Patterson

Paranoid by Lisa Jackson

The Favorite Daughter by Patti Callahan Henry

The Friends We Keep by Jane Green

 

New DVDs for June:

Captain Marvel

Wonder Park

Five Feet Apart

 

Our community program for June features my former elementary school principal!  Dr. Bob Frick will present a program on “Lancaster’s Merchants:  Watt & Shand and Woolworth’s”.  Many of you remember the Woolworth’s here in Columbia and of course traveling to Lancaster to visit Watt & Shand.  From buying 45 rpm records to Santa landing on the roof to window displays, these Lancaster icons bring back fond memories.  Join us on Monday, June 3, at 6 PM.  Light refreshments on the terrace.

Summer Reading program registration packs may be picked up beginning June 1.  This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories”.  Again, there will be four levels:  Read Aloud (ages four and younger), Junior (ages five to nine), Tween (ages 10 to 12), and Teen (ages 13 through 19).  If your child(ren) are at the preschool or junior levels of SRP, be sure to check your packet for a special challenge from Hank the Health Hero of Children’s Dental Health Services.

Thanks to Kelsey Bucks of Park & Taylor for her assistance with promotion, to Renee Christiansen for all of her hard work in scheduling and set-up, to Mr. Tom Strickler and the Columbia School Board for allowing the use of school facilities for programs, to our presenters for their time and expertise, to Jack Gamby and the Lions Club for allowing us to use the gazebo for concerts, and of course to our sponsors:  McDonald’s, Strasburg Rail Road, Country Barn, Lancaster Barnstormers, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Rita’s Ice, Leisure Lanes, Lancaster Ice Rink, the Comic Store, Bounce Kraze (formerly That Bounce House), Skyzone Trampoline Park, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines,  Dutch Wonderland, Water’s Edge Miniature Golf, and the Laser Dome.  Welcome to our new sponsor:  Bird In Hand Bakery and Café.

Our first summer program is the first day of Summer Vacation for Columbia students – “Phredd” McNaughton will be presenting a live concert in the Gazebo at 10:30 AM!  All ages are welcome, please bring lawn chairs or blankets!  We will have treats on the terrace and there will be a prize drawing for both children and adults.  Meet Tommy, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, too!  This is a perfect time to sign up for Summer Reading logs and prizes if you haven’t already done so! All ages welcome.  Tuesday, June 4, at 10:30 AM.

Library Summer Reading programs are now held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with a few afternoon exceptions.  We want to be sure children can also participate in the fun of “The Edible Classroom” by growing (and eating) their own healthy foods!  Edible Classroom runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays beginning at 9 AM.  Library Summer Reading is Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 10 AM.

There will be no programs the week of June 10, due to the new Summer Drama Camp.

The Pout Pout Fish costume character will be joining the Thunder On the River Car Show at 10:30 AM on Saturday, June 15.  Come to the library terrace at 10:30 to meet the Pout Pout Fish!  Even though the fish appearance will not last the duration of the car show, Miss Lisa will be reading stories on the terrace through the day.  Come out and join the fun at the Thunder on the River Car Show on Saturday, June 15, 10 AM to 2 PM.

Neill Hartley portrays Charles Lindbergh in The Spirit of Lindbergh, an exciting adventure based on his historic 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  See “Lucky Lindy” planning his trip, navigating in the cockpit, and arriving in Paris. Experience first hand the incredible journey that riveted the world and transformed aviation forever!  This trip is designed for ages 7 and older.  Tuesday, June 18, at 10 AM – Park gym.

Lancaster County Parks’ Lisa Sanchez will present “Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: a Native American Year”.  After reading the book by by Joseph Bruchac and Jonathan London, we will learn more about the full moons of the year. Turtle shells and their unique features will also be explored. We will end with making a turtle shell craft calendar.   Ages 5 and older.  Thursday, June 20, at 10 AM – Park gym.

“Miss Maggie Sings a Universe of Songs and Stories”.  Miss Maggie is back with Spaghetti Head Fred and more crazy fun as we celebrate the wonder of our solar system.  Lots of silliness, dancing, and audience participation.  For all ages.  Monday, June 24, at 1 PM (note time change).  Gazebo (Park gym if rain or heat)

“That Fabulous Franklin” by Family Stages is a delightful presentation of the wit and wisdom of the American icon Benjamin Franklin. Two actors recreate important moments in Ben’s story. They also bring to life some of the characters that Ben created in his writings, like Poor Richard Saunders and Silence Dogood. There is great fun for audiences of all ages in this sparkling, forty-five minute program!  Tuesday, June 25, at 10 AM – Park gym.

Ryan Bridge, the “Bugman”.  The bugs are back!  Join Ryan for this educational and informative program about how important insects are to our world.  Those who choose to will have the opportunity to hold live insects.  One of our most popular programs!  For all ages.  Thursday, June 27, at 10 AM – Park gym.

Crochet class dates:  Tuesdays, June 4, 11, and 25 at 6:30 PM.  We are continuing our Swiffer cover project!  No class on June 18.

Knitting dates are Thursdays at 7 PM:  June 6, 13, and 27.  No class June 20.

Thank you to all who supported the library by purchasing Giant reusable bags.  We much appreciate your support!

The last Saturday of June – June 29 – brings us the annual Antique and Craft show in Locust Street Park – and also our largest book sale of the year!  Please join us here at the library between 8 AM and 2 PM (note time change) for some great deals!  “Multi Media Madness” includes books, music CDs, DVDs, video games, and more.  Having the entire sale outdoors allows all with limited mobility to enjoy browsing and also will draw the crowd from the Antique, Art, and Craft Show.

 

 

May Newsletter

                   Columbia Public Library Newsletter – May 2019 

 Take a break from mowing and mulching and relax with a good book!  New titles coming for the month of May: 

 The Night Window by Dean Koontz 

Hot Shot by Fern Michaels 

Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank 

Cari Mora by Thomas Harris 

Blessing In Disguise by Danielle Steel 

Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews 

The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver 

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake 

The Road Home by Richard Paul Evans 

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini 

 

New DVDs releasing in May: 

The Lego Movie: the Second Part 

How To Train Your Dragon: the Hidden World 

What Men Want 

 

 PreSchool Pals will be held each Monday in May with the exception of May 27 (Memorial Day).   Preschoolers and their adult Pals are welcome for stories and a simple craft at 10:30 on Mondays.  You do not need to register and caregiver must stay with the child(ren). 

 Do you enjoy graphic novels?  Free Comic Book Day here at the library is Saturday, May 4.  Our thanks to our friend Joe Miller from the Comic Store for providing these free reading materials!  Two comics per person, please.  Arrive early – when they are gone, they’re gone! 

 For the teens, Renee Christiansen, Michael White, Patti Fischer, and I will be participating in this year’s Book Bloom held at Columbia High School from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday, May 9.  This is your opportunity to swap books with your friends and also receive a brand new paperback book.  Plenty of healthy snacks, too!  Also attending:  Joe Miller of the Comic Store and more surprise guests. 

 Young Adult Book Clubs will be held Wednesday, May 1, at the Columbia High School Library.  The middle school’s selection is Caraval” and the high school selection is “Gone”. 

 About “Caraval”:  Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their cruel father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.  But her longed-for invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to Caraval.   Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer.   It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.  Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance.  Whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over and her sister disappears forever. 

About “Gone”:  In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. All are gone, except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened.  Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.  It’s a terrifying new world. And time is running out – because on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else.  This dystopian novel is reminiscent of the classic Lord of the Flies. 

The Young Adult Book Club will possibly continue to meet over the summer – watch our June newsletter for details. 

 Our Community Programs continue with the Columbia Comprehensive Plan monitored by Jeff Helm – Monday May 6 and Monday, May 20 at 6 PM.  Both of these programs focus on what challenges residents fell that Columbia faces – and what can be done to overcome these challenges.  This is a public meeting open to anyone.  Several other meetings will be held throughout the borough during the month of May – call the borough office for a schedule. 

Saturday, May 18, is the Annual Red, White, and Blueberry Jamboree at St. John’s Herr.  The library always holds a Book Sale table at this event.  Due to popular demand, I will be providing many children’s books for sale this year – along with some adult titles as well.  Since St. John’s Herr is part of Luthercare, many of the Luthercare preschool and school age agencies are also participating.  Come enjoy meeting the alpacas, playing carnival games, listening to live music, and tasting the world’s largest blueberry pie.  Saturday, May 18, from 10 AM to 2 PM. 

 The Columbia Public Library bids a fond farewell to Ruth Davis who passed away unexpectedly in April.  Library books were Ruth’s passion; she and her friend Al McLaughlin were regular users of the library.  Ruth is requesting that her memorial donations be used for the purchase of large print books.  A plaque with her name will be placed next to Al’s by the dogwood tree in front of the library. 

 

Prime Timers will be meeting on Wednesday, May 29 at 1:30 PM.  Have you heard of “mood” music?  Is music actually a medicine?  Find out the facts – music can truly improve your quality of life!  Presented by Elaine Glatfelter Carrigan.  For all “Prime Timers” over age 50 – and their caregivers, families and friends.  The more the merrier! 

Yarn Arts Crafting is going full swingCrocheters meet every Tuesday night at 6:30.  Current project is 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, 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.  Cathy, Kasey, and their team of crocheters will convert the plarn into mats.  Knitting classes are every Thursday night at 7 PM.  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. 

 We have some great news!  We have been chosen by the GIANT located at 550 Centerville Road as the latest non-profit to benefit from the Bags 4 My Cause Program. This means that for the entire month of May, the Columbia Public Library will receive a $1 donation every time the Bags 4 My Cause Bag is sold, unless otherwise directed by the customer through the Giving Tag.  

All you have to do to support the Columbia Public Library go to the GIANT located at 550 Centerville Road throughout the month of May and purchase the bag! Thank you for your support. 

 For more information on the GIANT Bags 4 My Cause Program, visit giant.bags4mycause.com.  

 Family Film Night:  Mary Poppins Returns” will be shown on Wednesday, May 22, at 6 PM in our conference room.  Technical difficulties last month cancelled Mary’s visit but she will be flying in on May 22 at 6 PM.  Enjoy our new and improved projection system! 

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. 

 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.  Come in and see what new worlds await for YOU! 

 

 

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!