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  

 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  Find us on  

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