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April Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – April 2017

 

April showers bring pretty flowers and new library books bring many hours of reading enjoyment.

New titles coming for the month of April:

 

The Fix (an Amos Decker novel) by David Baldacci

Two From the Heart by James Patterson

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Ominous by Lisa Jackson

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline

No Easy Target by Iris Johansen

Golden Prey by John Sandford

High Stakes by Fern Michaels

All By Myself, Alone by Mary Higgins Clark

Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods

The Burial Hour (a Lincoln Rhyme novel) by Jeffrey Deaver

New DVDs coming for April:

“Rogue One: a Star Wars Story”

“Hidden Figures”

“Monster Trucks”

“Sing”

“La La Land”

 

April is an important month in the world of libraries.  National Library Week occurs this year between April 9-15.  This year’s theme matches last year’s: “Libraries Transform”.  Libraries are now more than places to get books.  In fact, their role changes swiftly as technology advances.  Libraries now can show you how to download and read ebooks on your phone or tablet, apply for jobs online, learn new skills, attend programs for all ages, make new friends – and, of course, get books and movies!

April 12 is National Bookmobile Day!  I join my friend Ed  Miller on the second Tuesday of each month at the Bookmobile’s visit to the Head Start on Wright Street.  The Bookmobile also makes the following stops in Columbia:

First Tuesday of each month:  1:00 PM at St. John’s Herr

First Tuesday of each month:  2:00 PM at Trinity House Apartments

Be sure to visit your bookmobile, as it provides a valuable service throughout Lancaster County.  Many people (including myself) have fond memories of the bookmobile beginning in childhood.  We are hoping to soon get a new bookmobile, as ours is aging rapidly.  For information on how you can help, email mheltshe@lancasterlibraries.org.

It’s appropriate that National Library Week falls on the same week as National Volunteer Week – because libraries could not function without their volunteers!  We extend our thanks and gratitude to:  Coni Haas, David Donnan, Susan Kalas, Kelly Skiptunas, Mary Ellen Donat, Janice Anderson, Gregg Dubbs, Sylvia Powell, Sandy Gable, Leticia Crowl, Bob McCarthy, Brenda Paxson, Joe Eshleman, Adalie Burgard, Haven Burgard, Brian Tran, Ashley Kissinger, and Tim Brallier.  Each volunteer will receive a “lottery” scratch-off ticket this year:  prizes being a clipboard, a duffle bag, travel tumbler, or tote bag – depending on what your ticket reveals!

Pre-School Pals for April:  Mondays at 10:30 AM:

Monday, April 3:  “Spring Into Spring”

Monday, April 10:  “Daniel Finds a Poem”

Monday, April 17:  no Pre-school Pals

Monday, April 24:  “April Showers”

I will once again be reading “The Lorax” for children of all ages at Sahd’s annual Earth Day celebration held this year on Saturday, April 22, from 9 AM to 1 PM.  Children who visit at least ten “stations” and have their passport initialed at each will receive a free Rita’s Ice.  In addition to stories, there are games, exhibits, contests, and a tour of the facility in this fun free event for the entire family.  Meet Lisa Landis from the WJTL Kids’ Cookie Break and visit the food vendors – proceeds benefit the Columbia Food Bank

 

Spencer, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, (along with his handler, Kelly Skiptunas!) will be starring in a movie!  Titled “Black Beauty Breed 2: Forever Faithful”, it features Rottweilers working to benefit their communities in various ways.  It also features several medical advances designed to combat health issues indigenous to this large breed and other dogs as well.  The movie, filmed in February 2016, also features teacher Alex Brown and his former students from Park Elementary School.  Several library staff will be attending the premier of this film on May 24 at the Strand Capitol Theater in York.

“Biggie”, our Read Aloud cat, will be joining Caitlin Peters’ fifth grade from Our Lady of the Angels when they visit on Thursday, April 20, at 1 PM.

 Young Adult Book Clubs will meet at the Columbia High School Library on Wednesday, April 19.  Middle School students will be discussing “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner, while the senior high students tackle “Num8ers” by Rachel Ward.

About the “Maze Runner”:  When Thomas wakes up, he is in a completely strange place with no memory of anything except his name.  He is in the Glade – along with a number of other young people whose memories are also gone.  Outside of the Glade is a limitless, constantly changing maze – through which no one has ever made it out alive.  Things can’t get much worse – until a new “glader”, Teresa, arrives with an even more terrifying message….

 About “Num8ers”:  Jem has a frightening secret that manifests itself whenever she looks into someone’s eyes.  But while waiting in line to ride the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel, she becomes aware of an imminent terrorist attack.  Can she stop it?  Will others believe her?

 Any interested students are welcome – see Mr. White at the high school for more details!

April Community Program on Monday, April 3, at 6 PM will feature Joan Groh from Hospice and Community Care.  Her topic is “Making Your Wishes Known: A Living Will is Not Enough”.  Like many of you, I did not want to address this topic.  However, when my mother passed in 2013, I learned how important it is to face this natural fact of life.

If you became seriously ill and were unable to speak for yourself, would your family and health professionals know your wishes regarding medical treatment? If you were terminally ill and near death, is your family clear on whether you want to be resuscitated if your heart stopped beating? Would you want to be kept alive on life support if there was no hope for improvement? This program looks at why it is so important to answer these difficult questions and how to share your answers with others. We will discuss completing an advance directive using the “Five Wishes®” booklet as a guide to document your exact medical wishes.

Mom had completed this procedure and my brothers and I found it a tremendous help.  Please don’t leave your family to make this agonizing decision on their own.  I’ve completed a Five Wishes booklet and I’m not even sixty yet!  Rather than dwelling on morbidity, it will give you peace of mind to fully enjoy your life all through your retirement years.

Crochet with Mitzi evenings for April:  April 11 and April 25 at 6 PM.  Newcomers are always welcome and clear instruction is provided.  Come out and learn a new skill or get together with fellow crocheters for fun and conversation.

The Library System of Lancaster County’s Annual Meeting will be held Wednesday, April 19, at 7 PM.  This year’s Staff Member of the Year from Columbia is Heather Beury.  Many of you know Heather from her expertise with technology and children’s movies – she always greets everyone with a friendly smile and a kind heart!  Congratulations, Heather, on this much-deserved award.

Family Film Night:  “Storks” on Wednesday, April 26, at 6 PM.    For all ages.  Non messy snacks and drinks with a lid are welcome.

The Columbia Public Library will be closed on Friday, April 14, for Easter.  We are open Saturday April 15 from 9 to 4, and Monday April 17 from 10 to 8.

Special thank you to Musser’s Landscaping for our mulching this Spring…they always do such a beautiful job!

 

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 stop by and visit often!

 

Columbia Public Library Newsletter-March 2017

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – March 2017

Spring is nearly here! Make the wait go faster by enjoying one of these new titles arriving in March:

The Black Book by James Patterson

Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

If Not For You by Debbie Macomber

The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter

Man Overboard by J. A. Jance

Dangerous Games by Danielle Steel

The Cutthroat by Clive Cussler

Forever a Hero by Linda Lael Miller

New DVDs for March:

“Moana”

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

“Fences”

The month begins with the birthday of a beloved children’s author: Dr. Seuss (March 2). I always celebrate this special day in my Cat in the Hat costume reading aloud to the primary grades at our Lady of the Angels. This always proves to be a lot of fun! I am sure both Head Start and Park Elementary will be planning Dr. Seuss celebrations as well.

March means the return of our Community Programs on the first Monday of each month at 6 PM. And for our first one, on March 6 at 6, will feature our mayor, Leo Lutz. Comments about our town? Questions? Dare I say complaints? This is your chance to make your voice heard. Mayor Lutz will also present an update on things our community is doing this year (and yes, that includes our library!). Light refreshments available, please come out and bring your friends.

With Career Link’s largest Job Fair coming up on March 15, Tammy Garza is doing one more “Job Fair Boot Camp” on Tuesday, March 7, at 1 PM. Attendance at this program will provide you with a “golden ticket” of earlier entrance to the job fair at Liberty Place on March 15. In addition to letting you know what you should bring to a job fair and how to do an on-the-spot interview, Tammy will also provide info about dressing for success, public transportation vouchers, and more.

The Susquehanna Foundation will present a free College Financial Planning workshop on Tuesday, March 7, from 6 to 8 PM. If you or a family member are heading off to college (or seriously thinking about returning and getting your degree) you don’t want to miss this free workshop.

Come and join in the fun of our crochet arts and crafts nights! “Crocheting with Mitzi” meets Tuesday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 28, at 6 PM. For ages 9 and up. Instruction is provided. Newcomers need bring only themselves; experienced yarn crafters should bring their current project. Check out Mitzi’s Facebook page “Crochet Class at the Columbia Library”!

Young Adult Book Clubs, which are now held at Columbia High School, will meet Wednesday, March 15. Seventh and eighth graders meet from 1:50 to 2:30 PM and will be discussing the book “Above” by Roland Smith

After reading “Beneath” in January, everyone wanted to know what happened to Cooper, Kate, and Pat after their escape from Lod. Would the kids manage to avoid Lod and his minions? Would Lod ever receive the punishment he deserves? Herein “Above” lie the answers!

Senior high students will be discussing “The Emotionary: a Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feeling That Do” by Eden Sher and Julia Wertz. This book was chosen because the club wanted to read a lighter, less indepth book during the busy time of March. They also hope to draw in more students! Senior high book club meets from 2:45 to 3:30 PM in the high school library.

Aerotek will host a Job Fair here at the library from 1 PM to 4 PM on Tuesday, March 21. Applications will be available and all you need is your photo ID. Feel free to bring along your resume or any other pertinent materials as well.

March Madness is celebrated in our Family Film for March: “Glory Road”. Coach Don Haskins made history by introducing a starting line-up of all African-American players at Texas Western University. See how this underdog team battled racism to become NCAA champions. The movie will be shown on Wednesday, March 22, at 6 PM. You are welcome to bring a drink in a spill-proof container and non-messy snacks.

March is the final month for “Food For Fines”. Nonperishable food items for the Columbia Food Bank and for the Columbia Presbyterian Church community meal program, as well as personal hygiene items for the winter shelter are being collected and distributed by Hands Across the Street. This year, the campaign will end March 31. Each item donated will allow the donor to have $1.00 removed from their outstanding library fines. Maximum amount waived will be $10.00 PER MONTH. This program is good for fines on COLUMBIA items only – no other libraries’. Of course, people who have no fines are certainly welcome to donate as well!

Sam Edmond continues to offer one on one tax assistance. PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT: 717-686-7096. Please do not call the library. You will need to bring your W2 forms, social security numbers of all family members reported, 1099R forms, and 1098-EDU if applicable. Sam will also offer assistance for state and local taxes – as well as rent rebate applications. Rent Rebate applications have now arrived. Tax refunds are now being sent. For more information on tax changes for this year, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/steps-for-tax-filing-season

“PreSchool Pals” continues on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Children ages 2 to 5 and their adult caregivers are invited to hear a story and complete a simple craft. No pre-registration is needed; caregivers must stay with their children. Topics for March include:

March 6: “Step Into STEM” Playtime for PreSchool Pals

March 13: “Luck O’ the Irish”

March 20: “In Like a Lion”

March 27: “Out Like a Lamb”

We are hosting a local author at the end of March. Cynthia M. Martinez is a distinguished honor roll graduate of William Penn High School in York. She is a former homeschool teacher and mother of two children – both of whom have disabilities. She is a cancer survivor and deals with thyroid disease. In spite of all her challenges, Cynthia has taken the time to write a book: Midnight Horror Tales. Described as a book “not meant to be read alone”, Cynthia will have copies of her book for sale on Wednesday, March 29, at 6 PM. She will also autograph her book. Please come out and bring along a friend or two!

Summer Reading Planning and scheduling is now in full swing! This summer’s theme is “Build a Better World” with the focus on engineering and STEM education. We have an exciting slate of programs for this summer beginning June 12– every Monday and Tuesday at 10 AM. Due to the construction, our programs will either be held in the gazebo or at Park School gym.

Performers and presenters returning this summer:

Jesse Rothacker and Forgotten Friends Reptiles

Ryan Bridge, the “Bugman”

Juggler Chris Ivey

Magician John Andrews

“Phredd” McNaughton

Miss Maggie Sings!

Matthew Dodd

Columbia Borough Fire Department

Columbia Borough Police Department

Our library will be closing early on Thursday, March 9, at 6 PM – we are hosting a community event.

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 stop by and visit often!

February Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – February 2017

Warm your heart and build your mind with one (or more!) of these titles arriving in February:

Heartbreak Hotel (an Alex Delaware novel) by Jonathan Kellerman

Echoes In Death by J.D. Robb

Bone Box by Faye Kellerman

Humans Bow Down by James Patterson

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

A Book of American Martyrs by Joyce Carol Oates

Death of a Ghost by M. C. Beaton

A Piece of The World by Christina Baker Kline

 

New DVDs for February:

“Trolls”

“The Girl on the Train”

“Arrival”

Doctor Strange”

 

February is the month for One Book, One Community – Our Region Reads.  Multiple copies of this year’s selection, Rose Under Fire, are available at our library now. Rose Under Fire is the unforgettable story of Rose Justice, a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War.  Author Elizabeth Wein spent her teen years in Harrisburg, PA and, after the loss of her mother in a car accident, turned to books as a way to deal with this unexpected tragedy.  In fact, Elizabeth wrote her first novel at age 14. 

About Rose Under Fire:  Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the last days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück:  the notorious Nazi women’s concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a “Ravensbruck Rabbit” – a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

If you enjoy Rose Under Fire, you may also like its companion novel Code Name Verity, also about young female pilots in World War II.  The books read as stand-alone novels and you do not have to read them in any particular order.

A book discussion of Rose Under Fire will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 6 PM in our upstairs Conference Room.  The discussion will be led by Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer of the Library System of Lancaster County.

 

 

 

We are fortunate to now have TWO reading therapy animals visit us each month.  During the month of February, they are visiting with private school classes.  When the weather becomes nicer, they hope to schedule more visits for the community.

 

Spencer is an eleven-year-old Rottweiler who has won numerous awards for his therapy work.  His fame has not gone to his head one bit; Spencer is always happy to meet anyone who comes to visit him!  Spencer loves working with children ages 5 and up and is comfortable with older kids and teens too.

 

Biggie is a Maine Coon cat who received his name from his size.  This cat is truly the most laid back cat I have ever seen.  No running, no hiding, no yowling or scratching – he is just happy to lay on his blanket and the more petting he gets, the better!  Biggie works well with ages five and up as well – and again, is a great companion for older kids, teens, and adults.  I f you pet him long enough, you might even hear him snore!  And he LOVES our bay windows where he can watch the birds and squirrels.

 

Young Adult Book Clubs, which are now held at Columbia High School, will meet Wednesday, February 15.     Seventh and eighth graders meet from 1:50 to 2:30 PM and will be discussing the book “City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau.

About the book:   The city of Ember was built as a last refuge for the human race in a post-apocalyptic world. Now the great lamps that light the city are beginning to flicker. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she’s certain it holds a secret that will save the city. She and her friend Doon must race to figure out the clues before the lights go out on Ember forever!  This book, the first in a series, has won multiple awards for young people’s literature.

 

Senior high students will be discussing “The Female of the Species” by Mindy McGinnis (a high school librarian).  There is a part of Alex that she keeps hidden – a part too dangerous for anyone to know about.  This title was named “Best Book of the Year” for 2016 by School Library Journal.   Senior high book club meets from 2:45 to 3:30 PM in the high school library.

Our Family Film night selection for February is “Pete’s Dragon”.  The movie will be shown on Wednesday, February 22, at 6 PM.  You are welcome to bring a drink in a spill-proof container and non-messy snacks.

 

 

Come and join in the fun of our yarn arts craft nights!  “Crocheting with Mitzi” meets Tuesday, February 14, and Tuesday, February 28, at 6 PM.  “Knit and Chat with Cortni” meets Tuesday, February 21, at 6 PM.  Feel free to come out to one, two, or all three sessions.  For ages 9 and up.  Instruction is provided.  Newcomers need bring only themselves; experienced yarn crafters should bring their current project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If yarn crafts aren’t your cup of tea, how about Learning to Solder?  This program is provided through our new partnership with Make717, located at Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology.  Come and solder electronic parts onto a small circuit board under the instruction of electronic technicians or make717 volunteers.  After completion, you will be able to take the board home with you. This program is for ages 12 through ADULT – yes, it is designed for adults too.  Date is Monday, February 13, from 3 to 5 PM.  This is a make and take type of program – you should have your project finished in 20-30 minutes.  Held in our basement Community Room.

 

Join Tammy Garza from Career Link on Tuesday, February 21, at 11 AM and learn “How To Prepare For Your Next Job Fair”.  Attendees will receive a “golden ticket” for free early admission to the Career Link Job Fair held on March 15 at Liberty Place in Lancaster.  Learn how to dress for success, items you should bring to a job fair, how to get your resume and cover letter to make an impact, what to say during an interview, and how to make your positive attitude shine!  Held here in our upstairs Conference Room.  For more information on the job fair (the county’s largest), visit www.jobs4lancaster.com.

 

The Columbia Public Library continues its Food for Fines program throughout February and March.  “Food For Fines” involves bringing in nonperishable food items for the Columbia Food Bank and for the Columbia Presbyterian Church community meal program.  Personal hygiene items for the traveling winter shelter will also be collected.   This year, the campaign ends March 31.  Each item donated will allow the donor to have $1.00 removed from their outstanding library fines.  Maximum amount waived will be $10.00 PER MONTH.  This program is good for fines on COLUMBIA items only – no other libraries’.  Of course, people who have no fines are certainly welcome to donate as well!

 

 

Tax filing season began on January 23 for online filers.  You now must have a working e-mail address to file online, as well as your previous year’s return.  Sam Edmond is once again offering one on one tax assistance.  PLEASE CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT:  717-686-7096.  Please do not call the library.  You will need to bring your W2 forms, social security numbers of all family members reported, 1099R forms, and 1098-EDU if applicable.  Sam will also offer assistance for state and local taxes – as well as rent rebate applications.  Tax refunds will not be released until February 27 at the earliest.  For more information on changes, visit https://www.irs.gov/individuals/steps-for-tax-filing-season

 

“PreSchool Pals” continues on Mondays at 10:30 AM.  Children ages 2 to 5 and their adult caregivers are invited to hear a story and complete a simple craft or coloring page.  No pre-registration is needed; caregivers must stay with their children.  Topics for February include:

February 6:  “Mittens”

February 13: “Will You Be My Valentine?”

February 20:  NO Pre School Pals

February 27: “President’s Day”

 

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 stop by and visit often!

January 2017 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – January 2017

Winter nights are made for curling up with a good book. Whether you prefer physical pages or reading on your device, here are some page turners being released to start off 2017:

Never Never by James Patterson

Below the Belt by Stuart Woods

The Mistress by Danielle Steel

The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

Fatal by John Lescroart

A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner

DVD movies releasing in January:

“The Secret Life of Pets”

“Jason Bourne”

“Bridget Jones’s Baby”

Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween”

It is once again time for One Book, One Community – Our Region Reads. Multiple copies of this year’s selection, Rose Under Fire, will be available beginning January 2017. Rose Under Fire is the unforgettable story of Rose Justice, a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. Author Elizabeth Wein spent her teen years in Harrisburg, PA and, after the loss of her mother in a car accident, turned to books as a way to deal with this unexpected tragedy. In fact, Elizabeth wrote her first novel at age 14.

About Rose Under Fire: Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the last days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück: the notorious Nazi women’s concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women, including a once glamorous and celebrated French detective novelist whose Jewish husband and three young sons have been killed; a resilient young girl who was a “Ravensbruck Rabbit” – a human guinea pig for Nazi doctors; and a Nachthexen, or Night Witch, a female fighter pilot and military ace for the Soviet air force. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

If you enjoy Rose Under Fire, you may also like its companion novel Code Name Verity, also about young female pilots in World War II. The books read as stand-alone novels and you do not have to read them in any particular order.

A book discussion of Rose Under Fire will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 6 PM. The discussion will be led by Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer of the Library System of Lancaster County.

Important announcement: On Wednesday, January 18, the library circulation system will be changing over to a new system called “Sierra”. This means there will be NO Circulated materials on that day. Items will be programmed to check in on January 20, so nothing will be overdue. The library and computer access will be open regular hours as usual. Questions? Just ask!

The Columbia Public Library continues its very worthwhile and popular outreach begun last year. “Food For Fines” involves bringing in nonperishable food items for the Columbia Food Bank. Personal hygiene items for the traveling winter shelter will also be collected. This year, the campaign will run for THREE MONTHS – beginning January 2 and ending March 31. Each item donated will allow the donor to have $1.00 removed from their outstanding library fines. Maximum amount waived will be $10.00. This program is good for fines on COLUMBIA items only – no other libraries’. Of course, people who have no fines are certainly welcome to donate as well!

According to Pastor David Powers of the Hands Across the Street program, items needed include any nonperishable foods – specifically, peanut butter, jelly (strawberry and grape), canned soups (any flavors) and canned stews – along with shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, socks, and mouthwash for the winter shelter. Items will be collected between Monday, January 2 and Friday, March 31. Hands Across the Street staff will be collecting the items from the library periodically as they are needed.

Also needed are women and girls’ underwear: MUST be new, MUST be packaged.

Thanks to everyone who donated to our Mitten Tree! 125 items were collected to keep our neighbors warm this winter. These items are distributed through the Columbia Presbyterian Church / Hands Across the Street Program. Hands Across the Street is a blessing to Columbia – here are some of the outreach programs:

* Free Community meals (first Tuesday, third Saturday)

* Clothing Bank

* Winter Shelter (specified local churches)

* Day Center

* Coffehouse with music on first and last Sundays of each month.

For more information on Hands Across the Street, please contact Pastor David Powers (717-684-6271), visit www.ColumbiaHAS.org, or stop by the library to pick up a brochure.

An appropriate film for January is Disney’s “Frozen”. It will be shown at 6 PM on Wednesday, January 25. For all ages, drinks with a lid and non-messy snacks welcome.

Pre-School Pals for January is as follows:

January 9: “Happy New Year”

January 16: “Winter Animals”

January 23: “Snow”

Pre-School Pals happens Mondays at 10:30 AM. There will be no Pre-School Pals this month on January 2 or January 30.

Winter Warm-Ups on Tuesdays: “Crochet With Mitzi” is Tuesday, January 10 and Tuesday, January 24 at 6 PM – and “Knit and Chat With Cortni” is Tuesday, January 17, at 6 PM. No needlework experience is necessary to attend any of these groups and children (with caregiver) ages 9 and up who would like to learn needlecraft skills are welcome! Experienced crafters may bring their current project; newcomers need only bring themselves and a pair of scissors (you will receive guidance at your first session regarding needles and hooks you will need.) Come out, socialize, and learn valuable skills!

Family Fun Nights are currently on hiatus. We certainly thank Heather and Sharon for all of the fun activities! These programs will be returning in the future.

Community “Read to Spencer” session is Tuesday, January 31, at 6 PM. This program is for all ages 5 and up…older children are welcome as well. We hope to see you there!

Young Adult Book Club selections for January are “Beneath” by Roland Smith (middle school) and “Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven (high school). Date is Wednesday, January 18 at 1:50 to 2:37 (middle school) and 2:45 – 3:35 (high school). Club is held at the Columbia High School Library.

About “Beneath”: Cooper O’Toole is a social misfit who blows a huge crater in his neighborhood while creating a tunnel for reasons he won’t disclose. It’s not surprise to anyone when Cooper runs away and joins a (literally) underground society called the Community. Told through the eyes of Coop’s brother Patrick, “Beneath” will appeal to adventure lovers, mystery fans, and nonconformists.

About “Holding Up the Universe”: Libby Strout is known for the You Tube video of her being rescued from her house as “America’s Fattest Teen”. Jack Masselin has no facial memory of anyone he meets: even his own brothers and his girlfriend. After a physical fight occurs between the two of them, they are forced to join a group known as Conversation Circle. Will each of them learn to stop masking their faults and see – and accept – each other as they truly are? Author Jennifer Niven also wrote the bestseller “All the Bright Places”.

January sadly brings winter weather – there may be times when it is unsafe to open the library. Closings are announced in a variety of venues:

WGAL TV Channel 8

Facebook: the library’s own page and “You Know You’re From Columbia”, “What’s Happening In Columbia”, and “Ideas to Make Columbia Even Better”.

I try to post closings as soon as I possibly can…there are also times of bad sidewalk and road conditions which may cause us to close early or open late. Thank you for your understanding.

Information on Sam Edmond’s tax filing assistance  services are coming in February!!

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 stop by and visit often!

 

December 2016 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – December 2016

 

At this exceptionally busy time of year, be sure to take some time for yourself and enjoy some of our new books coming out in December:

Island of Glass by Nora Roberts

The Midnight Bell by Jack Higgins

The Seventh Plague by James Rollins

Private: the Royals by James Patterson

Expecting to Die by Lisa Jackson

True Faith and Allegiance (a Jack Ryan / Tom Clancy novel) by Mark Greaney

New DVDs coming in December:

“Suicide Squad”

“Florence Foster Jenkins”

“Ben-Hur” (2016)

“Sully”

 

One of our most exciting events this month is hosting Santa Claus on December 10!  Santa has been going to the Vigilant Fire Company for his annual visit for several years now, but this year the Columbia Q.R.S. asked if the library would like to host Santa and his helpers.  Santa will begin his parade as usual from the fire station on Union Street – he will come across Fourth Street and up Locust to arrive at the library at about 11 AM.  Visitors with Santa will enter from our rear door next to the conference room.  This door is usually locked, but it will be opened to permit Santa’s line of visitors.  After visiting with Santa in our reference room and receiving a gift from him, children will either browse for books in the Children’s room or exit out our front doors.  This is our first experience doing this and we are hoping it goes smoothly.  Santa will be at the library between 11 AM and 3 PM on Saturday, December 10.  Special thanks goes to Steven Henry, Jr. for his assistance in preparing for and coordinating Santa’s visit.

 

We need to thank all of our very generous donors who made the Extra-Ordinary Give such a success for the Columbia Public Library!  This year we raised over $2,330 – more than last year!  We appreciate all of our donors: whether it is money, time, or materials – all of you make our library and community special!  Thank you also to those who stopped by Perfect Settings on Friday evening, November 18, to chat and enjoy our presentation.

 

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 717-686-7096 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.

Once again, it is time for our annual Mitten Tree!  This year’s campaign began on Monday, November 21 and continues through Friday, December 16.  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.  Special thanks to Mitzi Sanchez and her dedicated band of crocheters who meet here every other Tuesday night – we appreciate all of their donations for the community.

Dates for December’s “Crocheting with Mitzi” are Tuesday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 27.  Start time is 6 PM.  New crocheters are always welcome..all you need to bring is yourself!  We have donated yarn and Mitzi has crochet hooks you can use until you determine which size(s) are right for you.

Even Santa likes to relax with a good book after his busy night!  If there are book-lovers of any age on your Christmas list, we have books in next to new condition priced between $1 and $3 in our Book Nook downstairs!  Many have been published in 2016 and are duplicate copies of books we already own.  Books are available to purchase at the library every day during our regular hours.  We have both adult and children’s books in great condition for gift-giving!

“Preschool Pals” story and craft time continues on Mondays at 10:30 AM.  Preschoolers are welcome to bring their favorite grown-up and enjoy stories with Miss Susan and a simple holiday craft.  Pre-registration is not needed.  December’s Schedule is:

Monday, December 5: “Jolly Old Saint Nick”

Monday, December 12: “Visions of Sugarplums”

Monday, December 19: “Up On the Housetop”

Monday, December 26: no story time

 

Join us on Wednesday, December 14, for Family Fun Night, where we will be making a “Gift for Someone Special” at   6:00 PM.  We will provide everything you need to make a holiday gift for an important person in your life.  Limit of 20 children, Ages 5 to 12.  You must  register by Tuesday, December 13–call 684-2255 or email greybill@columbia.lib.pa.us.

Also coming in January:  Food for Fines is back!  Details are coming soon.

Our Community Programs go on hiatus for the winter months of December, January, and February.  See you in March!  Many of our favorite presenters have already expressed interest for 2017.

Family Movie Night for December will feature “The Muppets Christmas Carol” – a retelling of the classic Charles Dickens tale as portrayed by the Muppets!  Date is Wednesday, December 28, at 6 PM in our upstairs conference room.  This is after Christmas, but was held to coincide with school vacation week

Spencer, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, is ready to celebrate the holidays  Spencer will be joining us for a public reading session the week that school is out:  Tuesday, December 27, at 10:30 AM.  Since there is no school that week, we hope that many of you come out to meet Spencer!  He is truly a “gentle giant” and we have discovered that even children who once were averse to dogs feel comfortable with him.   Spencer also does read-aloud therapy with private classes of students who visit the library.

 

The Columbia Public Library will be closed all day Saturday, December 24.  We will be open on Monday, December 26, from 12 noon to 4 PM.  Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, December 27: 10 AM to 8 PM.

 We will be open regular hours on Saturday, December 31:  9 AM to 4 PM.  On Monday, January 2, hours are also the same as usual:  10 AM to 8 PM.  Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year in 2017!

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 stop by and visit often!

November 2016 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – November 2016

November is a month for thanks and we hope that you are thankful for all the great books published….and your local libraries which provide them free of charge!  Here are some of our new titles for November:

Night Court (a Jack Reacher novel) by Lee Child

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

Turbo Twenty-Three (a Stephanie Plum novel) by Janet Evanovich

The Wrong Side of Goodbye (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly

Cross the Line by James Patterson

The Sleeping Beauty Killer by Mary Higgins Clark

Chaos (a Kay Scarpetta novel) by Patricia Cornwell

The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg

The Award by Danielle Steel

 The Odessa Sea by Clive Cussler

The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans

New DVDs for November:

Star Trek: Beyond

Finding Dory

The BFG

Bad Moms

 

 

Everyone knows Lisa’s fondness for her feline furbabies: since we have a Reading Therapy dog, why not a Reading Therapy CAT? Yes, you read that correctly….”Biggie”, the Maine Coon cat, will be coming on Saturday, November 5, at 10 AM. Please come out and meet Biggie and sharpen your reading skills by sharing a story with him. (Biggie likes any type of story; he’s not particular). Please join us on Saturday, November 5, at 10 AM!

Wednesday, November 2, bring another job fair – this one from Gage Personnel.  Time is from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Applications will be provided onsite

Since it is now the Medicare Annual Open Enrollment period, The Lancaster County Office of Aging APPRISE program offers free impartial assistance to Medicare beneficiaries during scheduled appointments. Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage Plans and Part D Prescription Drug Plans are encouraged to compare their current plans (in their 2017 format) with other plans available during 2017.  Plans can change significantly from year to year and it’s important to be aware of those changes in order to select the coverage that best fits your needs.  Changes made during the Annual Enrollment Period go into effect on January 1, 2017.

APPRISE counselors will be at the Columbia Public Library on Thursday November 3, from 10 AM to 4 PM and Tuesday, November 22, from 10 AM to 4 PM. If you are already in a Medicare Advantage Plan or a Part D Prescription Drug Plan, and want to make an appointment to meet with an APPRISE counselor, call Lancaster County Office of Aging, 299-7979 or 1-800-801-3070 or email the agency at aging@co.lancaster.pa.us .  Please do not call the library to register for an appointment.

Also providing assistance to Medicare recipients during Open Enrollment is Highmark.  They will be visiting on Wednesday, November 9, from 3:30 to 8 PM and Monday, November 21, from 10 AM until noon.  To register for this program, call 1-888-919-7787. Please do not call the library.

Our Young Adult Book Clubs got off to a great start on October 19 with our discussion of “Everything Everything”.  Imagine being allergic to everything – so much that you must live in a hermetically sealed home?  This has been Maddie’s life for 18 years – until Ollie moves in next door.  The resulting relationship brings to light a secret that rocks Maddie’s world.  All following books will be decided upon by student vote.

 

Our next meeting will be November 16.  Seventh and eighth graders will be reading “Butter” by Erin Lange.  A lonely obese boy everyone calls “Butter” finds comfort in only his saxophone. Butter comes up with a morbid idea – he is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. Butter expects pity, insults, and indifference but what he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. As their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn’t go through with his plans?  Seventh and eighth graders meet from 1:50 to 2:37 – you must sign out with your teacher and agree to contract in order to attend.  See Mr. White for more info.

 

Senior high book club also meets on November 16 – from 2:45 until 3:30. Their selection for November is  “Baby Doll” by Hollie Overton.  Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.  This is what happens next… to Lily, to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter — and to her captor.  Fans of “Gone Girl”, “The Girl on the Train”, and “Room” will love this book.

Special thanks to Mr. Mike White for generously allowing us to meet in the comfort of the library.

Rev. Rochenda Dorsey of St. Paul’s Missionary Baptist Church continues to hold an empowerment program for young women in our basement Community Room on Tuesday evenings at 5 PM.  Called “Girlz Rizin’ Up”, the program is designed to promote self-esteem, social skills, stress management for teens, and positive choices.  Hear stories of real-life girls in actual situations.  All girls in grades 6 through 12 are invited to attend.  Please call Reverend Dorsey at 332-0988 with any questions.  The group meets every Tuesday at 5 PM – dinner is provided!

Family Fun Night – join us for a Paint Your Own Canvas and LEGO Build event.  On Wednesday, November 16, join us to paint an 8 by 10 canvas in whatever way you choose.  Please wear old clothing or a paint smock.  Event begins at 6 PM.  There is a limit of 20.  Please call 717-684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us to register.  Caregiver must stay – ages 5 to 13 are welcome to paint and build with LEGOs afterward!  LEGOs are for library use only and are not to be taken home – thank you.  (LEGOs courtesy of the Library Services Technology Act grant).  Sorry, no walk-ins.

We are so happy with our attendance at PreSchool Pals!  It seems we have found a right day and time to suit our preschoolers and their caregivers: Monday mornings at 10:30 AM.

Dates and topics for November:

November 6:  “Owl Be Back” (all about owls)

November 13:  “Gobble Gobble”

November 20:  “Our Native American Friends”

November 27:  no meeting this Monday.

With winter approaching, we’ll be spending a lot more time indoors – 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 – as well as relaxing on a long winter evening.  The class is now meeting TWICE a month:  Tuesday, November 8, at 6 PM and Tuesday, November 22, at 6 PM.  This allows beginners to sharpen their skills and we are also working on Christmas projects of winter wear items for our community Mitten Trees.  Beginners are welcome!  Some very generous folks have donated many skeins of yarn to us and Mitzi will advise you as to the best size crochet hook to get you started.  All you need bring to first meeting is a pair of scissors and a crochet hook, if you have one.  If you have a preference for a certain type or color of yarn, bring that along as well.  Experienced crocheters, please join us and bring your current project.

Our Community program for November features local historian Randolph Harris: “The Origins of Columbia’s Underground Railroad”.   Find out how businessmen William Whipper and Steven Smith used their lucrative shipping business to assist runaway slaves.   Date is Monday, November 7, at 6 PM.  As always, light refreshments will be served.  This will be our last community program until March, as we always go on hiatus during the winter months.

It’s the tenth anniversary of Royer’s Flowers “Bouquets for Books” partnership with the public libraries of Lancaster County.  This year’s campaign runs from October 22—November 5, 2016.  Bring a new children’s book to any Royer’s store and receive a free bouquet (up to three per visit).  Collected books will then be donated to the Columbia Public Library.  Suggested titles and subjects are:

  • Anything LEGOs

  • American Girl titles

  • Favorite Characters: Pete the Cat, Fancy Nancy, Franklin the Turtle, any superhero, Star Wars, Dora the Explorer, Pinkalicious, Transformers, Disney Princesses, Paw Patrol

  • Books about dinosaurs, any kind of animals, fire trucks and other vehicles.

Both Royer’s and the Columbia Public Library thank you for your support!

Our newest Museum Family pass is from the make717 Innovation Center, a branch of Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology.  Located on Clark Street in Lancaster, the Innovation Center offers a “STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Maker” pass to encourage independent, project based learning in the science and technology fields.  Each county library, including Columbia, offers two of these new passes.

 

The passes were made possible through a grant from the Library Services Technology Act.  All visitors to make717 need to attend an “Information Session.”  These sessions allow time to walk through the makerspace to see the equipment and hear about some of the software.  A STEM Maker Pass is not needed to attend an “Information Session.” Go to http://www.make717.org and click on the “Events” tab for the calendar. Select the “Information Session” you want to attend and register for it. You will receive an email confirmation.  After you’ve attended an “Information Session,” use the STEM Maker Pass to enter make717 and register for and attend Equipment Orientations, Workshops, and access make717 Innovation Center software

 

Once again, our library will be participating in the “Extraordinary Give” – Lancaster County’s largest online day of giving. On Friday, November 18, for 24 hours only, visit ExtraGive.org to make a donation (min. $25) to our library – along with many other deserving nonprofits!  Every dollar you donate will be stretched by $300,000 from the Lancaster County Community Foundation and their presenting sponsors.  For more information, visit https://extragive.org/

The Columbia Public Library will be closed on Thursday, November 24 – we will be open on Friday, November 25 and Saturday November 26 at regular hours.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Family Movie Night will be Wednesday, November 30, at 6 PM.  Join us for “Ice Age: Collision Course”.  Drinks with a lid and non-messy snacks welcome.

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 stop by and visit often!

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

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 lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us 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 http://susquehannafoundation.com/index.html

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 aging@co.lancaster.pa.usRegistration 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!

Be sure to check out our UPDATED website:  www.columbia.lib.pa.us

August Newsletter – 2016

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – August 2016

 

Now that the heat and humidity of August is here, stay cool in our air-conditioned library and enjoy some new titles:

Curious Minds: a Knight and Moon novel by Janet Evanovich

Sting by Sandra Brown

Damaged: a Rosato and Dinunzio novel by Lisa Scottoline

Bullseye by James Patterson

Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel

Sweet Tomorrows: a Rose Harbor novel by Debbie Macomber

Insidious: an FBI Thriller by Catherine Coulter

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Family Tree by Susan WiggsThe One Man by Andrew Gross

Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods

 

New DVDs for August:

“Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice”

“Barbershop 2: the Next Cut”

“The Angry Birds Movie”

“The Jungle Book” (live action)

Our summer reading program has been a huge success thus far.  390 children and teens have signed up to participate, with 115 program sheets already completed!  Our June programs entertained 446 people and July programs have had an attendance of 729.   Programs are held on Mondays, Tuesdays, AND Thursdays during August at 10 AM.  Our next to last program, on August 18, will be a 6 PM gazebo concert with Steven Courtney.  QRS 8 rounds out the summer at 10 AM on Thursday, August 19.

The last day to hand in your summer reading record sheets is FRIDAY, AUGUST 12.  All prize tickets MUST be returned to the county library system on the first day of school, August 22.  If you are traveling on vacation, you may want to turn in your sheets before you leave.

August programs are as follows:

Chris Ivey – more than just juggling!  Chris is an experienced entertainer who has performed at the American Musical Theater, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and other well-know venues.  Chris’ shows involve juggling, costuming, theatrics, and special effects to provide excitement for both young and old.  For all ages.  Monday, August 1, at 10 AM

The Columbia Borough Police Department visits on Tuesday, August 2, at 10 AM.  It’s important for children to realize the police are their friends!  In addition to safety tips and what to do in an emergency, officers will show their equipment and offer a chance to sit in the patrol cars.  Time permitting, you might even have a chance to try on handcuffs or a ballistic vest!  For all ages.  Tuesday, August 2, at 10 AM

The fun continues on that same Tuesday evening as National Night Out happens at Glatfelter Field from 5 to 8 PM.   All of our heroes come together – one night only!  See fire trucks, ambulances, and emergency vehicles. There will be face painting, bounce house, emergency response team activities and the library will have its annual Scavenger Hunt. Treats from Turkey Hill and Herr’s snacks. This event will be held at Glatfelter Field (next to Anvil Corporation.)  Tues., August 2 from 5 to 8:00 pm (Family) Sponsored by Columbia Borough Police Department

Our Young Adult Book Club will meet Wednesday, August 3, at 1:30 PM and will be discussing John Green’s “Looking for Alaska”.

Pack 35 Boy Scouts – “The Summer Olympics.”  Local scouts and leaders from Pack 35 will explore the summer games.

Thursday, August 4, at 10 AM.

Monday, August 8, brings Sallie Gregory from the Lancaster County Conservation District for a Backbone Bonanza.  Could you imagine not having a backbone?  Find out why a spinal column is important not only to us but to many creatures in the natural world.  For ages 4 to 12.  Monday, August 8, at 10 AM

The North Museum of Nature and Science invites us to “Let’s Get Physical” on Tuesday, August 9.  Come find out how STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) all relate to our human body.  Examine a heart pump model, discover new wearable technology, find out how the human ear provided the basis for the telephone, and calculate the calories in your favorite snacks.  Ages 5 through 13.  Tuesday, August 9, at 10 AM.

Wonderful Wednesdays Family Fun Night!  For ages 5 to 17 – under 12 must be accompanied by a caregiver.  Join us for “Tie Dye Night”!  Bring a shirt, socks, pillowcase, etc to tie dye.  We will provide the dye and the fun!  Limit of one item per person.  Please wear old clothes.  Event will run from 6 PM to 7:30 PM or until supplies run out.  No registration is required for this event.  Wednesday, August 10, at 6 PM

The National Watch and Clock Museum, will present a program on Thursday, August 11:  “Learn to Tell Time With the Grouchy Ladybug”.   Join Katie Knaub from the National Watch and Clock Museum for a special story time rendition of Eric Carle’s The Grouchy Ladybug and make your very own ladybug paper clock to practice telling time.  Thursday, August 11, at 10 AM

 “Let’s Dance” with Matthew Dodd on Monday, August 15, at 10 AM in the gazebo!  Matt invites us to “get up and dance with me” while he accompanies on guitar and banjo.  This one is guaranteed to give the kids their exercise (and tire them out at the same time!)  Monday, August 15, at 10 AM.

Our friends from Columbia Borough Fire Department join us on Tuesday, August 16, at 10 AM.  Firefighters will read stories, demonstrate stop-drop-and-roll, review fire prevention tips and safety procedures to follow if there should be a fire, and point out all the items on the fire truck.  And, oh yes, Sparky will be there too.  Each child receives a helmet and take-home packet.  Tuesday, August 16, at 10 AM

Originally scheduled for August 22, but moved due to school starting, Steven Courtney presents a concert in the gazebo on Wednesday, August 17, at 6 PM.  That’s right, 6 PM….we hope many families can join us at that time!

 Columbia Q.R.S. 8   Learn from the Q.R.S. team about the Quick Response Service that provides pre-hospital service to Columbia residents and serves a very important role in local accident scenes. You may even have a chance to try on some gear!  IMPORTANT:  sometimes this program is rescheduled at the last minute due to call-outs.  We appreciate your understanding. Thursday, August 18, at 10 AM (Family)

Our Community Program for August features Mr. Jeff Helm and the discussion of a new program here in Columbia called “Neighborhoods”.  It is designed to foster improved conversation between residents and borough officials.  Each neighborhood would choose a spokesperson to share concerns with – then these concerns would be presented to the borough via formal or informal meetings.  This will allow the borough to focus on specific needs of those in the community and agencies that can provide the necessary support.  Join us on Monday, August 1, at 6 PM.

Read Aloud to Spencer sessions continue in August, but we do ask that you call and set up a specific time for your child to read to Spencer.  This way, the child feels more comfortable sharing with the dog and adults can better plan other activities at this busy time of the year.  Children ages 5 and up are welcome.  Older children are welcome too.  Please call 684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us to arrange a date and time.

Wednesday, August 24 is our Family Film Night.  Since “Finding Dory” is now in theaters, we will be showing her predecessor, “Finding Nemo”, on Wednesday, August 24, at 6 PM.  Non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid are welcome.

Crocheting with Mitzi will be held this month on Tuesday, August 9 and Tuesday, August 23 at 6 PM.

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 stop by and visit often!

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – July 2016

Celebrate your freedom to read with one or more of these great titles releasing in the month of July:

  • Magic by Danielle Steel
  • Night and Day: an Eve Duncan novel by Iris Johansen
  • The Black Widow by Daniel Silva
  • Killer Look by Linda Fairstein
  • White Bone by Ridley Pearson
  • The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger
  • Falling by Jane Green
  • Among the Wicked: a Kate Burkholder novel by Linda Castillo
  • Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  • All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • The Island House by Nancy Thayer
  • New DVDs coming out in July:
  • Batman vs Superman: the Dawn of Justice
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
  • Allegiant (from the Divergent series)
  • Miracles from Heaven

Our annual fund drive continues, with this year focusing on only one specific item: our furnace!

It is 56 years old and in dire need of replacement.  A picture of it is shown. We are hoping to replace it with a gas-burning furnace for cleaner air and to save energy.  This will also involve placing gas lines and other maintenance that will pay off in the future.

Remember – no donation is too small (or too large!)  Please be as generous as you can in order to keep our library nice and warm in the years to come.  Special thanks go to the following people:

  • Our CPL Board Property Committee: Jeanette Sherk, Gregg Dubbs, Bob McCarthy, and John Nitroy
  • The service and fraternal organizations of Columbia, for their continued support
  • Columbia businesses, for their continued support
  • William Splain and his co-workers at Municipal Marketing Services, for preparing and mailing the fund drive.
  • And, of course, all of the generous individuals who have contributed to the library thus far!

Our Community Program for July features a community favorite: Samuel Edmond.  Samuel will prepare us to celebrate the 200th anniversary (“quadrennial”) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Our own Mount Zion A.M. E. Church, 222 South Fifth Street, is 200 years old – but has not always been at the same spot!  Find out more on July 11 at 6  PM here in our Conference Room.  Light refreshments available.

The Young Adult Book Club continues to meet in the Locust Street Park gazebo for the summer months.  July’s selection is “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green.  “When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.”  Will this child prodigy ever get the girl?  Do you love math jokes?  And what’s with a place called Gutshot, Tennessee?  If you’ve read this book and would like to join in our discussion, it will be held Thursday, July 7, at 10:30 AM – Locust Street Park gazebo

Summer Reading program is now in full swing.

It’s not to late to get signed up, as you still have the entire month of July and part of August to read!  This year’s theme is sports: “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!”  Summer Reading program has four levels:  Read Aloud (ages four and younger), Junior (ages five to nine), Tween (ages 10 to 12), and Teen (ages 13 through 19).  Thanks to Renee Christiansen for all of her hard work in scheduling and set-up (and being the Very Hungry Caterpillar!), to our presenters for their time and expertise, to Jack Gamby and the Lions Club for allowing us to use the gazebo for concerts, and of course to our sponsors:  McDonald’s, Strasburg Rail Road, Country Barn, Lancaster Barnstormers, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Rita’s Ice, Leisure Lanes, Lancaster Ice Rink, the Comic Store, Bounce Kraze (formerly That Bounce House), Skyzone Trampoline Park, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines,  Dutch Wonderland, and the Laser Dome.  Dutch Wonderland tickets are now for Junior level only – so sorry!

“Pre-School Pals” is cancelled for July and August to allow families to attend Summer Reading Programs.  It will resume in September.

Summer Reading Program Events for July:

On Tuesday, July 5, at 10 AM magician Erick Hershey will be bringing us “Bushels of Fun”.

This program, designed especially for Summer Reading 2016, features illusions involving classic games and toys – and of course there will be lots of emphasis on the joy of READING!  Lots of audience participation for this event!  Park School gym, 10 AM, Tuesday, July 5 – all ages.

A favorite presenter every year is Ryan Bridge, the “Bugman”.

The kids start asking in May when he will be coming!  This year, it is Monday, July 11, at 10 AM – where his insects will “take their marks, get set,….CRAWL!”  This year’s program features record –breaking insects – the largest, the fastest, even the creepiest!  As always, attendees will have the opportunity to hold harmless LIVE bugs (if they so desire).  For a preview, visit www.ryanthebugman.com.  Park School gym, 10 AM, Monday, July 11- all ages.

Another favorite presenter is scheduled the day after Ryan Bridge – Jesse Rothacker and his Forgotten Friends reptiles present “Animal Olympics”.

Have you ever wondered how our lovable, cold-blooded critters stay fit? Reptiles stretch, squeeze, swim, climb, run, leap, and dig their way through the wild. It’s the ultimate competition! We’ll also introduce families to the Pennsylvania Amphibian and Reptile Survey, a conservation program that will help your family get active outdoors.  Park School gym, 10 AM, Tuesday, July 12 – all ages

Mr. Dan Sahd, of our own Sahd’s Metal Recycling, invites school aged children and their caregivers to tour the Sahd’s Metal Recycling Facility at 10 AM on Thursday, July 14.

See giant metal scrap heaps and the huge machines that move the metal around.  See how metal is crushed, weighed and baled in order to be used again.  This tour is best suited for ages 6 and up – absolutely NO flip-flops, sandals, or Crocs may be worn in the facility, so make sure to wear socks and shoes or sneakers.  We will meet at the Sahd’s facility on 1044 Lancaster Avenue at 10 AM on Thursday, July 14.

A new summer reading presenter this year is Tim Riggs, founder of Heads Up – a program in Lancaster City to get elementary and junior high students excited about the arts.

“Junkyard Drumming” involves students working in groups of three or four to create drumming masterpieces on ordinary objects.  This program is designed for ages 8 and older – and, yes, it will get LOUD!  Sorry, but this is not a program for preschoolers.  Park School, 10 AM, Monday, July 18 – ages 8 to adult.

Our newest Museum Pass partner is Rock Ford in Lancaster County Park.  Rock Ford will be presenting “Colonial Life of a Child” here at Park School on Tuesday, July 19.

Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a child during Colonial times? Learn what children of the past did for entertainment; enjoy games and more!   A Colonial Toys trunk will be here so that you can try out some of the activities for yourself.  Park School, 10 AM, Tuesday, July 19 – all ages.

We go to the dogs on Monday, July 25, when Al Means of Red Rose Search and Rescue K-9 unit brings his bloodhounds “Reuben” and “Chip”.

Find out how these dogs can find missing loved ones and even solve crimes with their incredible sense of smell and tracking ability.  Weather permitting, a live track will be demonstrated.  Park School, Monday, July 25, 10 AM – all ages.

CHS Children’s Dental Health Care has been a part of our Summer Reading programs for several years now – but this year, they have a new presenter – “Hank, the Health Hero”.

This friendly puppet will help children understand how to take good care of their teeth by brushing, flossing, and healthy eating.  Write a postcard to Hank and send it to him in his special mailbox!  If you have children between the ages of 5 and 9, you have already received a special kit and Dental Health Challenge from CHS in your child’s summer reading sign-up packet.  Don’t forget to check out the new Children’s Dental Health Center at the corner of Locust and Fourth Street.  Park School, Tuesday, July 26, 10 AM – all ages.

Summer Reading Programs in the month of July end with “Sadie” and her owner/trainer Fred Nell.

This friendly Shepherd/Lab mix is a rescue dog literally worth her weight in gold as she searches out drugs and other illegal substances.  Find out exactly how Sadie differentiates different odors and her speed at finding hidden items.  Visit with her owner, Fred Nell, and learn about the importance of getting an education and making smart choices.  Don’t forget to take time to throw the ball and run with Sadie, as she does love her playtime!  This dog is friendly to all ages of children.  Thursday (note different date!), July 28, 10 AM, at Park School.  For all ages.

We once again have a Scavenger Hunt throughout Columbia this summer.

You are searching for sports posters that say “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!”.  When you find a sports poster, write down the name of their business on your entry paper.

A few hints for the Scavenger Hunt (some businesses are not permitted to post on their windows)

  1. One poster is inside a building that is a new service to Columbia that caters especially to children. It is on Locust Street
  2. Two posters are found at Summer Food Service sites (one is visible from the library’s front steps)
  3. One poster is located in a small business on Cherry Street near Our Lady of the Angels school.
  4. One poster can only be seen on Fridays and Saturdays

These hints should help you to complete the hunt.  Children who find all the posters at various businesses and correctly identify their location will receive a free book!  Entry forms are due on August 12.

Our Reading Education Assistance Dog Spencer’s next public visit will be Tuesday, July 19, at 6 PM.

Please call 684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us to reserve a 15 minute time slot to read to the dog.  Ages 5 and older.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Tuesdays, July 12 and 26, at 6 PM.  Please come out and join us – newcomers are always welcome.

Mitzi will let you know what size crochet hook you will need for your project – she does have hooks you may use in class to get you started.  All you need bring is scissors – we even have donated yarn!  Experienced crocheters – bring your current project!

Family Movie Night features “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” for the dog days of summer.

Event is Wednesday, July 13, at 6 PM.  Non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid are fine.  Film is rated PG.

“Family Fun Night at the Movies” is one week later, July 20, at 6 PM.

This program is a much more current release: “Kung Fu Panda 3” (also rated PG).  A snack and drink will be provided!  No registration is required and the film is geared for ages 3 through 12.  Children must be accompanied by a caregiver.

The Columbia Public Library will be closed on Monday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day.  And remember, our Saturday ours are now 8 AM to 12 noon until Labor Day.

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 stop by and visit often!