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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

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

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  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:



“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

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 or

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  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.