Columbia Public Library Newsletter-March 2017

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – March 2017

Spring is nearly here! Make the wait go faster by enjoying one of these new titles arriving in March:

The Black Book by James Patterson

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter

Man Overboard by J. A. Jance

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler

Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller

New DVDs for March:


“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”


The month begins with the birthday of a beloved children’s author: Dr. Seuss (March 2). I always celebrate this special day in my Cat in the Hat costume reading aloud to the primary grades at our Lady of the Angels. This always proves to be a lot of fun! I am sure both Head Start and Park Elementary will be planning Dr. Seuss celebrations as well.

March means the return of our Community Programs on the first Monday of each month at 6 PM. And for our first one, on March 6 at 6, will feature our mayor, Leo Lutz. Comments about our town? Questions? Dare I say complaints? This is your chance to make your voice heard. Mayor Lutz will also present an update on things our community is doing this year (and yes, that includes our library!). Light refreshments available, please come out and bring your friends.

With Career Link’s largest Job Fair coming up on March 15, Tammy Garza is doing one more “Job Fair Boot Camp” on Tuesday, March 7, at 1 PM. Attendance at this program will provide you with a “golden ticket” of earlier entrance to the job fair at Liberty Place on March 15. In addition to letting you know what you should bring to a job fair and how to do an on-the-spot interview, Tammy will also provide info about dressing for success, public transportation vouchers, and more.

The Susquehanna Foundation will present a free College Financial Planning workshop on Tuesday, March 7, 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.

Come and join in the fun of our crochet arts and crafts nights! “Crocheting with Mitzi” meets Tuesday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 28, at 6 PM. For ages 9 and up. Instruction is provided. Newcomers need bring only themselves; experienced yarn crafters should bring their current project. Check out Mitzi’s Facebook page “Crochet Class at the Columbia Library”!

Young Adult Book Clubs, which are now held at Columbia High School, will meet Wednesday, March 15. Seventh and eighth graders meet from 1:50 to 2:30 PM and will be discussing the book “Above” by Roland Smith

After reading “Beneath” in January, everyone wanted to know what happened to Cooper, Kate, and Pat after their escape from Lod. Would the kids manage to avoid Lod and his minions? Would Lod ever receive the punishment he deserves? Herein “Above” lie the answers!

Senior high students will be discussing “The Emotionary: a Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feeling That Do” by Eden Sher and Julia Wertz. This book was chosen because the club wanted to read a lighter, less indepth book during the busy time of March. They also hope to draw in more students! Senior high book club meets from 2:45 to 3:30 PM in the high school library.

Aerotek will host a Job Fair here at the library from 1 PM to 4 PM on Tuesday, March 21. Applications will be available and all you need is your photo ID. Feel free to bring along your resume or any other pertinent materials as well.

March Madness is celebrated in our Family Film for March: “Glory Road”. Coach Don Haskins made history by introducing a starting line-up of all African-American players at Texas Western University. See how this underdog team battled racism to become NCAA champions. The movie will be shown on Wednesday, March 22, at 6 PM. You are welcome to bring a drink in a spill-proof container and non-messy snacks.

March is the final month for “Food For Fines”. Nonperishable food items for the Columbia Food Bank and for the Columbia Presbyterian Church community meal program, as well as personal hygiene items for the winter shelter are being collected and distributed by Hands Across the Street. This year, the campaign will end 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!

Sam Edmond continues to offer one on one tax assistance. PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT: 717-686-7096. Please do not call the library. You will need to bring your W2 forms, social security numbers of all family members reported, 1099R forms, and 1098-EDU if applicable. Sam will also offer assistance for state and local taxes – as well as rent rebate applications. Rent Rebate applications have now arrived. Tax refunds are now being sent. For more information on tax changes for this year, visit

“PreSchool Pals” continues on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Children ages 2 to 5 and their adult caregivers are invited to hear a story and complete a simple craft. No pre-registration is needed; caregivers must stay with their children. Topics for March include:

March 6: “Step Into STEM” Playtime for PreSchool Pals

March 13: “Luck O’ the Irish”

March 20: “In Like a Lion”

March 27: “Out Like a Lamb”

We are hosting a local author at the end of March. Cynthia M. Martinez is a distinguished honor roll graduate of William Penn High School in York. She is a former homeschool teacher and mother of two children – both of whom have disabilities. She is a cancer survivor and deals with thyroid disease. In spite of all her challenges, Cynthia has taken the time to write a book: Midnight Horror Tales. Described as a book “not meant to be read alone”, Cynthia will have copies of her book for sale on Wednesday, March 29, at 6 PM. She will also autograph her book. Please come out and bring along a friend or two!

Summer Reading Planning and scheduling is now in full swing! This summer’s theme is “Build a Better World” with the focus on engineering and STEM education. We have an exciting slate of programs for this summer beginning June 12– every Monday and Tuesday at 10 AM. Due to the construction, our programs will either be held in the gazebo or at Park School gym.

Performers and presenters returning this summer:

Jesse Rothacker and Forgotten Friends Reptiles

Ryan Bridge, the “Bugman”

Juggler Chris Ivey

Magician John Andrews

“Phredd” McNaughton

Miss Maggie Sings!

Matthew Dodd

Columbia Borough Fire Department

Columbia Borough Police Department

Our library will be closing early on Thursday, March 9, at 6 PM – we are hosting a community event.

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! Please stop by and visit often!