September Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – September 2016

With children back in school and summer travels ended, it’s a great time to enjoy the last warm days of the year on the patio with a good book!  Here are some titles arriving in September:

Home by Harlan Coben

Woman of God by James Patterson

Apprentice in Death by J. D. Robb

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Downfall by J. A. Jance

Pirate by Clive Cussler

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War 2 Japan by Bill O’Reilly

New DVDs out in September:

Captain America: the Civil War

Central Intelligence

The Huntsman: Winter’s War



Response to our Summer Reading Program this year was amazing. 220 children FINISHED the program and received tickets from local sponsors:  McDonald’s, Strasburg Railroad, Lancaster Barnstormers, The Country Barn, Lancaster Ice Rink, Castle Roller Skating, That Bounce Place, Isaac’s Sandwiches, Auntie Anne’s, Dutch Wonderland, Rita’s Ice, the Comic Store, Laser Dome, SkyZone Trampoline Park, and Refreshing Mountain Ziplines.  A sincere “thank you” to all of these businesses for supporting the county-wide Summer Reading Program.

Reading over the summer is a big factor in avoiding the “summer slide” which happens when school is not in session.  Children return to school with their brain at its best not only by reading and learning new things, but also from the educational programming provided over the summer – much of it from our local community:

  • Miss Maggie Sings (AKA Peggy Gernerd)
  • Jesse Rothacker and Forgotten Friends Reptiles
  • Fred Nell and narcotics search dog “Sadie”
  • Al Means and search and rescue bloodhounds “Heather” and “Chip”
  • Ryan Bridge, the “Bug Man”
  • Juggler Chris Ivey
  • Country Conjuring with Erick Hershey magic show
  • Joseph Children’s Health and “Hank” the Health Hero
  • Columbia Borough Fire Department
  • Officer Troy Engle, Columbia Boro Police
  • Columbia Q.R.S. team – Tyler Seibert, Austin Peters, Nathan Kramer, Jared Poole
  • Sallie Gregory of Lancaster County Conservation District
  • Steven Courtney
  • Matthew Dodd
  • Kirsten Kelsey of the North Museum of Nature and Science
  • Sue Wickenheiser and Steve Ness of Boy Scout Troop 35
  • Katie Knaub of the Watch and Clock Museum
  • Fred McNaughton
  • Author Toni Albert
  • Tina Mark of Shuts Environmental Center
  • Sarah of Rock Ford Plantation
  • Brightstar Children’s Theater
  • Jeo and John, our “Junkyard Drummers”
  • Kelly Skiptunas and Reading Education Assistance Dog “Spencer”
  • And I would like to also extend a thank you to Mrs. Renee Christiansen, Youth Services Manager for the county-wide library system. Renee does everything from scheduling many of our programs, providing funding for some of the presenters, and arranging the ticket sponsors/providing tickets.  Thank you, Renee – your help to me is a Godsend!

Thank you to each and every one of these wonderful folks – they are true “heroes” in many ways.  Over 1800 people attended our summer programs this year!  Quite a few of our presenters and performers will be returning again next year.

As you will see, September is also a busy month!!

The very first day of September (a Thursday) brings a job fair to our Conference Room.  The group is Staffing Service USA and they are offering seasonal positions in the Lancaster, Columbia, and York areas.  No experience is necessary; training is provided.  You must have reliable transportaion.  For more information, call Lorie at 717-587-1998.  The job fair runs from 10 AM to 4 PM on Thursday, September 1, here at the library.

Another Job Fair will be held on Monday, September 12th from 10 AM to 4 PM.  Aerotek has immediate openings in the local Lancaster/Marietta/Columbia area. We have needs in positions ranging from material handlers to machine operators and foundry workers. Most positions will offer contract to hire opportunities and some do not require HSD/GED. We also offer positions located on bus routes. Please bring a copy of your resume, although paper applications will be provided. For immediate consideration contact Noelia Rosa at 717.285.6380 or NROSA@AEROTEK.COM

Due to Labor Day, our monthly Community Program will be held on Tuesday, September 6, at 6 PM.  September’s speaker will be police chief Jack Brommer, who will be continuing his series on the heroin epidemic.  Heroin does not only affect its abusers – it affects the community as a whole.  Find out what steps are being taken on Tuesday, September 6, at 6 PM.  Light refreshments will be available.

“PreSchool Pals” with Susan K also resumes in September.  First session is Monday, September 12 at 10:30 AM.  PreSchool Pals meets every Monday at 10:30 for stories and a simple craft.  Please be on time.  Caregivers must stay with child(ren).

Young Adult Book Club is starting again at Columbia Jr.-Sr. High School on Wednesday, September 14 in the school library. The middle school club will meet at 1:50 during the students’ independent reading period, and the senior high club will meet immediately after school. For the first meeting, students will be asked to talk about their favorite YA books and to recommend titles for future discussions, which will be held on a monthly basis. Advisors for the club are Library Director Lisa Greybill, library volunteer Patti Fischer and high school media specialist Mike White.     

Family Fun Night happens on Wednesday, September 21 at 6 PM.  This program will feature some special guests from our community.  The children will be making care packages.  Children do not need to bring any supplies or items.  There is a limit of 20 children and registration is required.  Age range is 5-12 and children MUST be accompanied by a caregiver.  Sorry, NO walk-ins.

Read Aloud to Spencer! will be held on Tuesday, September 13, at 6 PM.  Please call 684-2255 or email to schedule a 15 minute session to read to the dog.  Ages five and up welcome!!

Family Movie Night will be September 14.  In celebration of our recent Olympic Games, “Cool Runnings” will be shown.  This comedy about Jamaica’s first bobsled team is great for the entire family.  6 PM in our conference room.  Drinks with a lid and non-messy snacks welcome.

With the kids returning to school, what a great time for all of us to learn something new!  Why not “Learn to Crochet with Mitzi Sanchez”?   Crocheting is really not as difficult as it looks once you get the hang of it.  And Mitzi is a fantastic teacher…..very patient and hands-on.  For ages 9 and up – and guys are welcome too!!  Crocheting is a great way to keep your hands busy and relieve stress.  The class is now meeting TWICE a month:  Tuesday, September 13, at 6 PM and Tuesday, September 27, at 6 PM.  This allows beginners to sharpen their skills and we are also starting Christmas projects of winter wear items for our community Mitten Trees.  If you have yarn, bring it along.  Mitzi will advise you as to the best size crochet hook to get you started.  Experienced crocheters, please join us and bring your current project.

AND, if you prefer knitting, Cortni O’Hara is starting a “Knit and Chat” group one Saturday afternoon per month.  Then first session is Saturday, September 17, from 1 PM to 3:45.  Drop in at any time during this period!  Experienced knitters, bring your current project.  Those new to knitting should just bring themselves – Cortni will explain to you exactly what you need to purchase or borrow from a friend.

The Susquehanna Foundation will hold a College Planning Workshop on Monday, September 19, from 6 to 8 PM, in our Conference Room.  For more information on the Susquehanna Foundation, please visit

And, finally, just for seniors:

Why is Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period important?  What can a Medicare beneficiary do during that time?  When is the Annual Enrollment Period for 2016?  To have these questions answered, and to receive information that will be helpful to you during the 2016 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period, why not attend an information session here at the library?  These sessions are for people already on Medicare and enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan or Prescription Drug plan.  Space is limited and registration is necessary.  Register for a session by calling Lancaster County Office of Aging at (717)299-7979, 1-800-801-3070, or by emailing deadline Monday, October 3rd.  The meeting will be held here at the Columbia Public Library on Wednesday, October 5, from 6 to 7:30 PM.

The Columbia Public Library will be closed Monday, September 5.  Happy Labor Day!

Saturday hours return to 9 AM to 4 PM on September 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.  Find us on Facebook!  Please stop by and visit often!

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