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


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 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:// or email

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

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 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 Find us on Facebook! Please stop by and visit often