October Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – October 2016

October is the perfect time to “fall” into a good book!  Here are some new releases arriving this month:


The Whistler by John Grisham

The Underground Railroad (Oprah’s Book Club) by Colson Whitehead

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Sex, Lies, and Serious Money by Stuart Woods

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks

Missing (a Private novel) by James Patterson

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes

The Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand

Escape Clause by John Sandford

A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury


New DVDs out in October:

“X-Men: Apocalypse”

“The Legend of Tarzan”

“Ghostbusters” (2016)

“Ice Age: Collision Course”

“Alice Through the Looking Glass”

“Independence Day: Resurgence”


“PreSchool Pals” with Miss Susan:

Monday, October 3, 10:30 AM:  “The Falling Leaves”

Monday, October 10, at 10:30 AM: “The Ocean Blue”

Monday, October 17, at 10:30 AM:  “Harvest Time”

Monday, October 24, at 10:30 AM:  “Pumpkin Fun”

Monday, October 31, at 10:30 AM:  “Boo!”


Miss Susan welcomes all preschoolers (and their caregivers!) between ages 2 and 5.  No sign-up is needed.  Caregivers must stay with their child(ren).  A simple craft will follow the stories.

Every hear of the Albatwitch?  How about the Headless Horseman of Kinderhook?  Columbia is filled with ghost stories – resulting from many historic events, including underground railroad escapes and trolley crashes.  Christopher Vera, of the Columbia Historical Preservation Society, will share “Ghosts of Columbia” on Monday evening, October 3, at 6 PM.  Come out if you dare!  Light refreshments available.

There’s only one thing harder than getting into college and that is paying for it!  The staff of College Admissions HQ are here to help you out.  They will be presenting an orientation program on choosing the right college for you – as well as getting the best financial package possible.  The orientation will be held Tuesday, October 4, at 6 PM.  Call 717-424-2096 for more info.


The Lancaster County Office of Aging APPRISE program is offering a meeting for Medicare beneficiaries here at the library on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 to 7:30 PM.  Come out and learn what changes you can make with your drug and Advantage plans during the Annual Enrollment Period.  This is NOT a time to meet one-on-one or compare the plans – it is simply to provide information about what is available for 2017.  Individual meetings will happen DURING the Open Enrollment period.

Spencer will be doing some reading sessions with private classes of school children, but he will not be doing a public reading sessions during October.  He will return Tuesday, November 1, at 6 PM.  Please call 684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us to schedule a 15 minute session to read to the dog.  Ages five and up welcome!!


“Learn to Crochet with Mitzi Sanchez”:  will be held Tuesday, October 11, at 6 PM.  Notice the date change.  Highmark is using the conference room for an Open Enrollment meeting between 2:30 and 8 on Tuesday, October 25.  We much appreciate your flexibility.


Family Movie Night will feature “Homeward Bound” – based on the children’s classic “The Incredible Journey”.  Three runaway pets – a brave elderly Labrador retriever, a mischievous bull terrier and a sassy Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness, risking starvation, exposure and wild animal attack, to make their way home to their loving owners, who are missing them terribly.  Rated G, live action.  You are welcome to bring non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid.  Wednesday, October 12, at 6 PM


Our Young Adult Book Club has been reading “Everything Everything” for our October meeting.  Madeline, the narrator, is quite literally allergic to the world.  The only two people she has been in contact with in seventeen is her mom and her nurse.  When Olly moves in next door and they catch sight of each other through the window, Madeline knows her world is about to drastically change.  Groups will meet on Wednesday, October 19, at 1:50 PM (middle school) and 2:45 PM (high school).  Remember: this program is held at the CHS library!


After a September cancellation due to family matters, Cortni O’Hara plans to begin her “Knit and Chat” session on Saturday, October 15, from 1 to 3:45 PM.  This is a drop in; all new knitters need to bring is themselves.  Experienced knitters may bring their current project.  Cortni will have additional instructors to help her and to ensure that each beginner will receive adequate one-on-one instruction.


We have done some previous work with Career Link, but now, with the new Columbia Life Network growing, we would like to give Career Link a fresh start.  Many people, myself included, do not know ALL the things that Career Link can provide for job seekers!  Since our September Job Fairs went so well on Thursdays, we’ve decided to have a Career Link “overview” session – to see everything that Career Link can provide!  Date is Thursday, October 20, at 11 AM…with time for questions afterwards.  If you know a job hunter, be sure to pass the word along!


On October 27, we will be closing at 6 PM for the Mardi Gras Parade.


As mentioned earlier, an Annual Enrollment Health Insurance Session – this one sponsored by Highmark – will be held Tuesday, October 25, from 2:30 to 8 PM.  To register for this program, call 1-888-919-7787. Please do not call the library.


Family Fun Night will be Wednesday, October 26, at 6 PM.  Join us for a Fall Harvest Party!  We will celebrate Fall with a story, games, a craft, and a snack.  Feel free to wear a fun costume (nothing too scary please!)  Ages 4 to 12 welcome.  Limit of 20.  Call 684-2255 to register or email lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us.  Sorry, no walk-ins.  Caregiver must stay with child(ren)


We round out the month of October with “Sweets for the Mind” – our annual children’s book selection held on Trick or Treat night.  Stop by the front steps and select a free book as part of your Halloween haul!  Monday, October 31, from 6 to 8 PM.


Lisa’s class reading sessions also begin in October.

Alternating Mondays:  Mrs. Kim Herskowitz’s class, Our Lady of the Angels

Tuesdays:  Head Start and the Bookmobile

Wednesdays:  Our Lady of the Angels preschool classes (1st Wednesday) and young adult book club (3rd Wednesday)

Alternating Thursdays:  Kimberly DeBord’s class, Park School

First Fridays:  Megan Warner’s class, Park School

I always look forward to these reading sessions as I love keeping my teaching skills sharp and it’s a great way to connect with the community!


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 www.columbia.lib.pa.us.  Find us on Facebook!  Please s