November Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – November 2018

“Fall” into a good book during the month of November!  Here are some new titles releasing this month:

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Past Tense: a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child

Long Road to Mercy by David Baldacci

Look Alive, Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich

Target: Alex Cross by James Patterson

You Don’t Own Me by Mary Higgins Clark

Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin

Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel

Sea of Greed by Clive Cussler

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg

Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Master of His Fate by Barbara Taylor Bradford

New DVDs for November include:


“The Incredibles 2”

“The Meg”

“Christopher Robin”

“Crazy Rich Asians”


Crochet classes are returning and knitting classes are beginning!  I know many folks have been wanting to know about when they were starting, but I needed to get everything organized.

CROCHET classes are Tuesday nights from 7 PM until 7:45.  Instructors are Kasey Patterson and Randi Clark.  These classes begin on Tuesday, November 6thParticipants should bring scissors, a skein of yarn (you choice), and any crochet hooks they might have.  Facebook Page:

KNITTING classes are Thursday nights:  again, 7 PM until 7:45.  Instructors are Molly Caldwell and Gaile Morrison.  These classes begin on Thursday, November 8th.  Participants should bring scissors, a skein of yarn (again, your choice), and any knitting needles you may have. Gaile is a member of the Red Rows Knitting Guild ( and has lots of resources for beginners!

Both classes will be held in the Workroom of the Columbia Public Library.  Table space and seating provided.  There is no charge and the classes are for all skill levels.  We hope to see you at either (or both!) of these events.

We have been getting a great group of students for our Young Adult book clubs which meet monthly in the Columbia High School Library.  Our next meeting date is Wednesday, December 5.  Middle school students meet at 1:55 PM and high school students at 2:45.  Books to be read for this session are “Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere” (a young New Orleans girl’s experiences during Hurricane Katrina) for the middle school and “The Well’s End” for high school.

“The Well’s End” deals with teenage Mia Kish and her father’s secretive work at Fenton Electronics.  When Mia’s classmates begin aging (and dying) within a matter of hours, Mia decides to break quarantine and face armed soldiers in order to uncover the truth.

For more information on the Young Adult book clubs, please see Mr. White, the high school librarian.

The library has been donated a new book by local author Jennifer Madaras.  Titled “Rock Bottom Bomoseen”, it is Ms. Madaras’ first novel and is geared for both teens and adults who are music lovers.  Here’s what an Amazon reviewer had to say:

“Jennifer C. Madaras and her debut book, Rock Bottom Bomoseen, deserves pride of place on the bookshelf right along with any other high-quality piece of writing.

I’m far from a young adult but I found it pretty cool being transported back to my younger years, my love of music and all that went with those years. The characters are engaging, relatable, surprising and never boring. You watch them grow, feel their pain, cheer them on and then tackle their biggest fears! It ends with you wanting more in one way or another which in my opinion is the sign of an awesome book. Aside from the bullies, I loved all the characters but my favorite would have to be Janine, a strong, unique, smart and confident young woman.
This authors talent is rare and versatile, Rock Bottom Bomoseen is a must-read! I’m looking forward to more work from this gifted writer!  Rock on!”

Thank you, Jennifer, for donating a copy of your book to the library.  We hope to see more of your writing!

PreSchool Pals is in full swing now!  Susan Kalas continues her story and craft sessions on Mondays at 10:30 AM.  Caregivers must stay with their children.  Any newcomers from ages 2 to 5 and their grown-up pals are always welcome.  The Pals will meet every Monday in November – November 26 (starting 30 minutes earlier at 10 AM) will feature Lancaster Macaroni Kid stories and crafts.  All Columbia children and their caregivers are welcome on November 26.

Our Lady of the Angels PreSchool classes are visiting the library on Wednesday, November 7.  The children will hear a story, tour the library, and watch a Tumblebooks story on video.  We are always happy to see our youngest visitors get started on their lifetime love of reading!

Richard Scarry characters “Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm” will be visiting our children’s room on Saturday, November 17, at 10 AM.  Enjoy stories, photo opportunities, coloring, and a simple apple craft.

Our Family Movie night, held on November 14, will be showing “Facing the Giants”.  Start time is 6 PM in our downstairs Community Room.  “Facing the Giants” is an inspirational live-action football movie suitable for all ages.  It is rated PG.

And our High School Equivalency classes continue every Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8 PM in our Community Room.  Classes are free to anyone with a relative attending Columbia Borough Schools.  Sponsored by Columbia Borough School District and the Lancaster-Lebanon Literacy Council.  Please call Jenny at 717-295-5523 or email for more information.

Once again it is time for our annual Mitten Tree!  This year’s campaign began on Monday, November 19 and continues through Friday, December 21.  We welcome donations of mittens, scarves, hats, gloves, and socks.  Items can be store-bought or, if you’re handy, can be hand knitted or crocheted.  Some folks work throughout the year preparing items for this community service activity.  All donations stay here in Columbia: they are taken to the Columbia Clothing Bank (which, in turn, supplies the winter shelters.)  Our community always responds with great kindness to this campaign – each year, our library is near the top of the list for total items donated.

Webmaster Sam Edmond is still busy even before tax season arrives!  Two popular applications he is assisting people with right now:  LIHEAP and Pennsylvania Medicaid insurance coverage.

It is best to call 717-681-4401 to set up an appointment with Sam.  Please indicate which application you need help with.  LIHEAP applicants will need to know the name of their heat supplier and their account number.  If you received a card in the mail from LIHEAP, please bring it with you.  Pennsylvania Medicaid applicants will need to know their Social Security number; documents required will vary as the application does not list them until it is completed for each individual.  Affordable Care Act applicants:  If you have had a lifestyle change (marriage or having a child), want to change your coverage, if your plan was discontinued, or if you need to sign up for initial insurance coverage, please call Sam for an individual appointment.

Royer’s Flowers “Bouquets for Books” annual children’s book drive returns this year from October 28 to November 10.  Bring a NEW children’s book to the Lancaster Avenue Royers and receive a free bouquet!  All books collected will be donated to Columbia Public Library.  Suggested topics:  Magic Treehouse series, Star Wars, Berenstain Bears, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Fancy Nancy, look and find books, Dr. Seuss books, and animal books (both pets and wild animals).  Both Royer’s and the Columbia Public Library thank you for your support!

Once again, our library will be participating in the “Extraordinary Give” – Lancaster County’s largest online day of giving. This year is special – every penny donated is going toward our Capital Campaign to finance our building project.  On Friday, November 16, for 24 hours only, visit to make a donation (min. $25) to our library – along with many other deserving nonprofits!  AND this year, come join us at Café Garth from 7 PM to midnight on November 16 for an extraordinary celebration of many of Columbia’s nonprofits.  Thanks to Cle Bernthiezel for his kind invitation and willingness to host this event.  For more information about the Extraordinary Give, visit

We are also beginning a shirt and tote sale with our new logo just in time for Christmas gifts!  Get some Christmas shopping done and help our building project at the same time.  Visit for more information and to see item samples.

The Columbia Public Library – where New Worlds­­­­­­­­­­­ Await – for you.  We are 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!