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November Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – November 2017

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

The Midnight Line (a Jack Reacher novel) by Lee Child

Hardcore Twenty-Four (a Stephanie Plum novel) by Janet Evanovich

End Game by David Baldacci

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark

The People vs. Alex Cross by James Patterson

Past Perfect by Danielle Steel

The Whispering Room by Dean Koontz

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich

Typhoon Fury by Clive Cussler

Tom Clancy’s Power and Empire (Jack Ryan) by Marc Cameron

The Noel Diary by Richard Paul Evans

In This Moment by Karen Kingsbury

Sleep No More by P. D. James

New DVDs for November include:

 

Cars 3

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

The Glass Castle (based on the best-selling book by Jeanette Walls)

Our Community Programs for teens and adults are going on hiatus during the construction project – as are Family Fun Nights. Some of you have already found that there are times we must close altogether.  At other times, only sections of the library will be available.  Safety of our patrons and staff is paramount. I will try to let the community know as soon as possible when closures are necessary.  I know many in the community are excited about our remodeled and expanded library – so are we!  But a necessary evil of remodeling is closures and some inconvenience.  We owe a huge thank you to our patrons with vehicles for parking on the St. John’s side of Sixth Street.  The area in front of the library is for teachers now, because our construction team has their staging area in a section of the teachers’ parking lot.  We also thank Pastor Beth Costlow for her kindness in allowing parking in front of the church for our patrons and also providing parking for our staff and volunteers.

Many Pennies! The students at Park Elementary, Our Lady of the Angels, and Taylor Elementary raised $370.00 in pennies for our construction project! Yes, you read that right – $370.00 in pennies. The CHS student council spent an afternoon wrapping the pennies and celebrating afterward with pizza. Thank you also to Denise Strawser for additional penny wrapping. Thanks to Robin Gamby for setting up this fundraiser. And of course, thanks to all who donated pennies!!

The Columbia Public Library is hosting a new community forum for the cold weather months. “Columbia PA Crime Watch” was developed by Rick Fisher last summer. This forum is to allow Columbia’s citizenry to share concerns of crime in their neighborhoods and to also get involved in a neighborhood crime watch program. Studies have shown neighborhood crime watches can decrease crime by up to 16 percent.   Please come out and get involved in this community endeavor. All are welcome. For more information, contact parapa109@gmail.com.

We have been getting a great group of students for our Young Adult book clubs which meet monthly in the Columbia High School Library.  November’s date is Wednesday, November 29. Middle school students meet at 1:55 PM and high school students at 2:45.  Our books for November are “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio (middle school) and “Note to Self” by Connor Franta (high school).

Many of you have probably heard of the New York Times bestseller Wonder.  It is the story of Auggie Pullman, who was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school.  But in the fifth grade, Auggie decides he wants to attend a regular school with other kids.  Auggie wants to be treated as an ordinary kid, but his classmates can’t get past his extraordinary face.  Auggie’s struggle for acceptance leads him – and his classmates – to discover that God made all of us wonders in our own way.  This story is a bright spot in the bullying epidemic sweeping our nation. It is the foundation for the Choose Kind movement.  Learn more at http://choosekind.tumblr.com/

If you don’t have teens in your household, you probably have never heard of Connor Franta. Connor Franta is known as a “YouTuber” – which means he has his own channel on YouTube. He posts weekly videos (called video logs or vlogs) Note to Self, which Connor describes as a look into his interior life, deals with his struggles with anxiety, depression, and self acceptance.  It includes many of his poems and photography. In today’s stressful world, Connor’s discoveries hold true for many adults as well as teens.

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

Therapy Pet schedule for November:

Biggie, the Maine Coon cat, will be visiting on Wednesday, November 15, at 1:30 PM.  Biggie visits nursing homes, dementia units, schools, and daycares.  This cat is incredibly relaxed.  Just spending a few minutes with the big guy always makes me feel better!  In addition to listening to you read, Biggie is perfectly happy just to let you pet him and visit for a while.  Biggie and his owner, Steph, are part of the K-Pets program.

Our Reading Education Assistance Dog, Spencer, is back from his time off and is eager for readers! His public visit will be ___________. Please call 717-684-2255 to schedule your appointment.  Spencer will also be doing some READ sessions with individual school classes (these sessions are closed to public).

PreSchool Pals is in full swing now! Susan Kalas continues her story and craft sessions on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Caregivers must stay with their children.  Any newcomers from ages 2 to 5 and their grown-up pals are always welcome.  The Pals will meet every Monday in November with the exception of November 27.

Our Lady of the Angels PreSchool classes are visiting the library on Wednesday, November 8.  The children will hear a story, tour the library, and watch a Tumblebooks story on video.  We are always happy to see our youngest visitors get started on their lifetime love of reading!

Our Family Movie night for November will be Wednesday, the 29th, at 6 PM.  Cars 3 will be shown. Feel free to bring non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Saturdays, November 11 and November 25 at 9 AM.  This is the month of preparing for the Mitten Tree, which is put up after Thanksgiving.  The crochet class last year thoroughly decorated our tree with their handcrafted scarves, gloves, mittens, and hats.  Novice, beginner, and advanced crocheters are all welcome.

As mentioned above, once again it is time for our annual Mitten Tree!  This year’s campaign began on Monday, November 20 and continues through Friday, December 22.  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 Saturday morning – we appreciate all of their donations for the community.

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.

Royer’s Flowers “Bouquets for Books” is trying something new this year.  Purchases of books can be made at Barnes and Noble during a special Book Fair.  Date of the fair is Tuesday, October 28.  If you can’t make this date in person, you can visit bn.com/bookfairs and make an online purchase any time from October 28 through November 2.  You MUST share the following ID at Checkout:   12191193

A portion of all sales made with this code will benefit Children’s services at the Library System of Lancaster County. Both Royer’s and the Columbia Public Library thank you for your support!

Once again, our library will be participating in the “Extraordinary Give” – Lancaster County’s largest online day of giving. This year is special – every penny donated is going toward our Capital Campaign to finance our building project. On Friday, November 17, for 24 hours only, visit ExtraGive.org to make a donation (min. $25) to our library – along with many other deserving nonprofits! AND this year, come join us at Café Garth from 7 PM to midnight on November 17 for an extraordinary celebration of many of Columbia’s nonprofits.  Thanks to Cle Bernthiezel for his kind invitation and willingness to host this event.  For more information about the Extraordinary Give, visit https://extragive.org/

 Did you know you can also help our library simply by eating out? The Park City Diner has a program called Sharing Our Success. Every time you eat at the Park City Diner, the Columbia Public Library receives 10 percent of your total check. Simply clip the card below and put it in your wallet to begin saving! Forget the card? No worries. Just say “Columbia Public Library” when you pay your bill. The cashier can pull up our account that way.

 

The Columbia Public Library – where New Worlds­­­­­­­­­­­ Await.  We are located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church). Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbia.lib.pa.us. Find us on Facebook!  Please stop by and visit often!

 

 

October Newsletter 2017

October is a huge month for publishers and there is a good chance one of your favorite authors has released something new! Here are just some of our new titles:

The Rooster Bar by John Grisham
Two Kinds of Truth (Harry Bosch) by Michael Connelly
Origin by Dan Brown
Deep Freeze (Virgil Flowers) by John Sandford
Quick and Dirty (Stone Barrington) by Stuart Woods
Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
Mind Game by Iris Johansen
Fairytale by Danielle Steel
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
Pulse by Felix Frances
Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
The Witches’ Tree (Agatha Raisin) by M. C. Beaton
The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond
Grant by Ron Chernow
New DVDs for October include:
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
Spider-man: Homecoming
War For the Planet of the Apes
The Emoji Movie

A new presenter for the Columbia Public Library community programs (but certainly not new to me!) is Dr. Robert Frick. A retired educator/school superintendent, he now shares historical presentations to keep “education alive and well – and always with a smile”. Dr. Frick will be sharing a presentation featuring Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith. Columbia has a long history of abolitionism, and these two Lancaster abolitionists had considerable influence here in Columbia. If you are interested in Columbia’s history and would like to learn from a really great
teacher, this program is for you. I personally know that Dr. Frick is a super teacher because he was my elementary school, principal. “Thaddeus Stevens” and “Lydia Hamilton Smith” with be presented on Monday, October 2, at 6 PM. Light refreshments will be served.

The Young Adult book club has chosen their titles for the upcoming months. Middle schoolers will be reading The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June for their first selection in October. Three sisters recover special powers from their childhood. April can see the future, May can literally disappear, and June can read minds. These abilities help them navigate the difficulties of high school, but the sisters soon find out they may be able to use

The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June for their first selection in October. Three sisters recover special powers from their childhood. April can see the future, May can literally disappear, and June can read minds. These abilities help them navigate the difficulties of high school, but the sisters soon find out they may be able to use
these gifts for a far better purpose.  The high school book club chose a darker title for October: This Is Where It Ends.

The high school book club chose a darker title for October: This Is Where It Ends.
This story unfolds over one horrific morning when a young man with a gun enters an auditorium filled with high school students. Told through the viewpoints of many students (some locked in the auditorium, some are not), everyone tries to a. Survive and b. Figure out what went so horribly wrong and if there was any way of preventing
it. This novel is designed for older students and is definitely not a read to relax by.
Young Adult book clubs will meet on Wednesday, October 25, at 1:55 (middle school) and 2:45 (high school). See Mr. White, high school librarian, for more details.
We are happy to announce that Biggie, our Reading Therapy Cat, and his handler, Steph Weisser, will again be visiting one Wednesday each month this school year. Biggie’s first visit will be on Wednesday, October 18, at 1:30 PM. A private class is schedule for the 1:30 time, but if any individuals would like to meet the big guy, stop by anytime after 1:15 PM

Spencer, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, also has several school class visits scheduled for October – but he and his handler, Kelly, are looking for a monthly time when they can do a READ session for the general public. If you have children ages 5 and older who would like to read aloud to a loveable dog, please let us know your availability – days of the week, time of day, etc. Call 717-684-2255 or email lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us. Collecting these
responses will allow us to best determine the times and dates for Spencer’s monthly public visits. We need your help to develop this schedule! Please call 717-684-2255 if you have any questions.

The Columbia Public Library is very excited to host two new year-long programs in conjunction with the
Columbia Borough School District and the Literacy Council of Lancaster Lebanon:  For adults: The Columbia Borough School District’s Rising Tide of Literacy Project is offering free High School Equivalency Preparation Classes. The classes will be Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning October 3, 2017, and ending June 5, 2018, time
is 6 to 8 PM. The classes will be held in our downstairs Community Room. These classes are for parents of children in the Columbia School District and for students who have recently dropped out of school and want to get their High School Equivalency Diploma. For more information about these classes, please call Jenny Bair at 717-295-5523 or email Jenny at jenny@getliterate.org.

For children: “Get Sewing In Columbia” is a new program begun by Liane Laskoske. The afterschool program will be held in our downstairs Community Room on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 PM. No sewing knowledge is necessary and all children ages 8 and older are welcome. Next session will be held on October 4 from three to five PM. For more
information, contact Liane at llaskoske@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/sewingcolumbia/

Our friends at CHI Children’s Dental will be providing a free puppet show for ages 3 to 6 on Monday, October 9, at 10:30 AM. “Hank’s Health Quest: Teeth” features an imaginative puppet with heroic healthy habits. Hank’s healthy
attitude is contagious – he spreads his enthusiasm everywhere and makes healthy heroes of everyone he meets. Cheer on Hank as he becomes the champion of healthy choices – learning to brush his teeth for two minutes
twice each day! All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with
an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes!

The Susquehanna Foundation will present a free College Financial Planning workshop on Tuesday, October 10, 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.  My Pre-School Read Aloud sessions are taking me to OLA

My Pre-School Read Aloud sessions are taking me to OLA preschools (first Wednesday of each month), LutherCare
preschools (third Monday of each month), and Head Start on Tuesdays (schedule varies). Ed Miller and I enjoy our
collaboration on the Bookmobile, where we visit all Head Start classes on the second Tuesday of each month. The children get to hear an interactive story on the bookmobile, then choose a book to keep in their classroom reading corner for the month. Our current Bookmobile is 16 years old and is showing signs of age. A campaign has begun to help purchase a new bookmobile. For more information on Lancaster County’s 75-year history of bookmobile
service, visit https://lancasterlibraries.org/library-services/bookmobile/

PreSchool Pals is in full swing now! Susan Kalas continues her story and craft sessions on Mondays at 10:30 AM. Come out and join the fun. Caregiver must stay with child(ren).

Our Family Movie night for October features Our Family Movie night for October features everyone’s favorite superhero: “Captain Underpants”! Wednesday, October at 6 PM. You may bring snacks and drinks with a lid on them. Held in our Conference Room.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Saturdays, October 14 and October 28 at 9 AM. Mitzi is such a good teacher that this class is growing as well! Please come out and join us. 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!

As is custom, the Columbia Public Library will be closing early on Thursday, October 26 at 6 PM for the Mardi Gras Parade.  “Sweets for the Mind” will be held during Trick or Treat Night (October 31 from 6 to 8 PM. Please stop by and receive a free children’s book.
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!

September 2017 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – September 2017

September means back to school – and more time to read!   The month of September brings some great new titles to enjoy:

Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben

Proof of Life by J. A. Jance

Enemy of the State by Vince Flynn

A Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre

The Romanov Ransom by Clive Cussler

Secrets in Death by J. D. Robb

To Be Where You Are by Jan Karon

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

Enigma by Catherine Coulter

Haunted (Michael Bennett) by James Patterson

Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman

Killing England: the Brutal Struggle for America’s Independence by Bill O’Reilly

New DVDs for September:

Wonder Woman

Captain Underpants: the First Epic Movie

 

This year, we had 209 children and teens complete reading logs for Summer Reading and nearly 2300 people attended 29 programs this summer.  But, outside of the statistics, the most important part is the fun and learning gained from reading and from interacting with the wealth of talent in our community.  Special thanks and kudos to:

John Black, Park Elementary principal

Tim Stambaugh, Park School custodian, and his staff

Jack Gamby and the Lions Club                                             Jesse Rothacker

Ryan Bridge                                                                                Fred McNaughton

Chris Ivey                                                                                    John Andrews

Matthew Dodd                                                                           Al Means

Fred Nell                                                                                     Chief Doug Kemmerly

Chief Jack Brommer                                                                 Tyler Seibert

Mary Ann Schlegel                                                                    Mitzi Sanchez

Marcy from Giggle Magic                                                        Heather Beury

“Princess Brooke” from Dutch Wonderland                        Sharon Negron

Peggy Gernerd (aka “Miss Maggie”)                                      Mike and Roberta Straka

Bricks for Kidz®                                                                       Denise Strawser

Renee Christiansen, Youth Services Manager, Library System of Lancaster County

Summer Reading 2017 could not have happened without you!

 

September means back to school and that means I shift my focus from Summer Reading to my classroom read alouds.  Some of the groups I plan to work with this year:

Kim DeBord’s class from Park

Meg Wagner’s class from Park

Kim Herskowitz’s class – Our Lady of the Angels

Caitlin Peters’ class – Our Lady of the Angels

Head Start Columbia Branch (with Bookmobile Visits)

Our Lady of the Angels PreSchool

Luthercare PreSchool

Teachers who are interested in visiting the library with their class are encouraged to contact me at 717-684-2255.

 

Is there a first grader in your life?  September is the month for Mission Grade One (“Mission GO”) where first graders may receive their first library card.  If your child is in first grade at Park School or Our Lady of the Angels, a packet will be coming home in September if you would like your child to have a library card.  Just fill out the form and we will get your child’s card ready!  If you child already has a card or you don’t want them having their own card, there’s a spot to note that as well.  Applications will be coming home with your child and the MUST have a caregiver’s signature to process the cards.  Cards will be taken to Mrs. Bucks or Mrs. Williams for distribution.  Thanks to Kelsey Bucks, Park librarian, and Marie Williams, Our Lady of the Angels first grade teacher for their assistance with this important milestone.

You don’t have to be a first grader to get a library card.  September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!  Anyone over five years old can get one and there is no charge for your first card.  All you need to bring is a photo ID with your current address and we’ll take care of the rest.  Lost cards do incur a $1.00 replacement charge.  With your library card you can:

  • Check out books, music CDs, audiobooks, and movies
  • Use our public access computers
  • Use our wi-fi
  • Access Tumblebooks and Tutor.com for your children
  • Read e-books on your tablet or other device (e-book downloads are also free of charge!)
  • Access free databases, ranging on subjects from test preparation through the Learning Express Library to health information from Consumer Health Complete.
  • Order books from across the state at no charge

A slide show program for all ages!  Riding the Rails: 175 Years of Passenger Travel brings a favorite subject of many people – trains.  We are used to seeing the freight trains pass by, but what about passenger trains?  Names like the Broadway Limited and the City of New Orleans are part of America’s history.  Why is traveling by train so popular?  This slide show program will take us across our state from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh during several different time periods using several different modes of transportation: stagecoach, canal boat system, passenger trains, and automobiles on the interstates.  Innovations made by railroads that made train travel more comfortable and safe will also be highlighted.  Presented by Troy Grubb of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.  Light refreshments available.  Wednesday, September 20, at 6 PM in our conference room.

The Young Adult book club will once again begin on September 20, meeting in the high school library.  There will be two discussions: one for middle school and one for high school.  The first meeting is usually spent suggesting books to read for the upcoming year.  Students must sign a behavior contract and also inform their last period teacher (middle school only) that they are attending book club.  Middle school club begins at 1:50 and continues until 2:35 dismissal.  High school club meets 2:45 to 3:30 PM.  The exact schedule will be determined in conjunction with Mr. White, the high school librarian.  Adult leaders are Patti Fischer, Lisa Greybill, and Michael White.  See Mr. White for more information and to pick up contracts.

Due to traveling and medical appointments, our Reading Education Assistance Dog Spencer’s next public visit will be in October. Please call 717-684-2255 to schedule a time to read with the dog.  Spencer also does read alouds with visiting school classes – these are closed events due to the number of people involved.  We do offer a time each month for public reading sessions but you must call 717-684-2255 to schedule.  Ages 5 and older.  We also host “Biggie”, our Reading Therapy cat, each month.  As with Spencer, there will be both closed classroom sessions and public times made available for Biggie.  It is important that you call and let us know you are coming, so that the animals’ handlers may plan their schedules.  Call 717-684-2255 to schedule or if you have further questions.

PreSchool Pals Returns!  Susan Kalas will begin her story and craft sessions on Monday, September 18, at 10:30 AM.  All preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome for stories and a simple craft.  Caregiver must stay.  Ages 18 months to 4 years.  September’s topics:

September 18:  Welcome Back!

September 25:  Johnny Appleseed

All sessions are Mondays at 10:30 AM.

 

Our Family Movie night for September features “The Boss Baby”!  September 27 at 6 PM.  You may bring snacks and drinks with a lid on them.  Held in our Conference Room.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Saturdays, September 9 and September 23 at 9 AM.  Mitzi is such a good teacher that this class is growing as well!  Please come out and join us.  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!

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!

August Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – August 2017

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

Y is for Yesterday (Kinsey Milhone) by Sue Grafton

Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber

The Right Time by Danielle Steel

The Store by James Patterson

Seeing Red by Sandra Brown

Barely Legal by Stuart Woods

I Know a Secret (Rizzoli and Isles) by Tess Gerritsen

Exposed (Rosato and DiNunzio) by Lisa Scottoline

Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman

Map of the Heart by Susan Wiggs

Need to Know (the Sisterhood) by Fern Michaels

New DVDs for August:

Before I Fall

Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2

The Case for Christ

Baywatch

Summer Reading program is drawing to an end, but we still have programs through August 15! The last day to turn in your reading logs and pick up your tickets is Saturday, August 12. We’ve had over 350 sign up for Summer Reading logs this year and it is always fun to see how many complete their reading challenge.

The first day of August brings the Summer Reading program from Lancaster County Parks Service: “The Lorax” with Mary Ann Schlegel. I read the Lorax every year at Sahd’s Earth Day and have seen the animated feature, but this program takes it a step further. Together we will hang thneeds in a Truffula Tree and talk about what we can do to stop pollution. Each participant will create their own Lorax or Onceler paper bag puppet. Tuesday, August 1, at 10 AM. Park School – all ages.

The fun continues on that same Tuesday evening as National Night Out happens at Glatfelter Field from 6 to 9 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. See if you can help bail Sam and Lisa out of jail! New this year: fireworks! This event will be held at Glatfelter Field (next to Anvil Corporation.) Tues., August 1 from 6 to 9 PM Due to staff participation in this event, the Columbia Public Library will be CLOSED from 5 to 8 PM on August 1! (Family) Sponsored by Columbia Borough Police Department

Al Means and his bloodhounds Heather, Reuben, and Chip return on Monday August 7. It is always amazing to see these dogs in action. Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue Bloodhounds have located many missing people and also have assisted the police in finding fugitives. Al and Patti Means provide this service completely as volunteers – for more information, visit http://www.redrosek9.com/ Monday, August 7, at 10 AM – Park School, all ages.

Our Community Program on Monday, August 7 will be led by Samuel Edmond. “Columbia: Do You Remember When?” is designed for people who grew up in our little town. Sam will share some of his memories from childhood til today and then open it for audience reminiscences. If time allows, Sam will share some Columbia videos. Monday, August 7, at 6 PM in our Conference Room.

Our own Columbia QRS team will visit Tuesday, August 8. Find out what emergency medical technicians and paramedics do (and find out what is the difference!) Check out equipment in the QRS vehicles and learn the RIGHT way to call 911 (a skill everyone should know). Photos ops too! For all ages. Tuesday, August 8, at 10 AM – Park School (inside and play area)

Many folks in Columbia know Fred Nell, who is a Columbia School District alumnus. Fred’s dog, Sadie, has special abilities: she can track all kinds of substances (even dangerous explosives). Sadie has been used by businesses for drug testing employees; she also does school locker searches. Fred works with various social service agencies so that those with substance abuse problems can get the help they need. And when Sadie isn’t working, she LOVES to run and play. Come hear Fred’s inspiring advice about the importance of education and doing your best in school. And don’t forget your sneakers – we’ll be running with Sadie and she WILL wear you out! This is a great program for animal lovers and those who have high energy levels! Monday, August 14, at 10 AM – Park School gym. (May possibly be held in the gazebo and in Locust Street Park if the gym floor is being waxed.) All ages.

Our 2017summer season comes to an end with the Columbia Borough Police Department. This year, their program focuses on the dangers of substance abuse, so it is perfect timing in following the Sadie program. We also will learn safety tips, have a chance to see police equipment, and of course, sit in the cruisers. This important program is for all ages. It may possibly be held in the gazebo and Locust Street Park, due to the gym floor being waxed. Call 684-2255 for more details. Tuesday, August 15, at 10 AM. All ages.

The Young Adult book club holds it second Gazebo meeting on Wednesday, August 16, at 1 PM. We will be discussing Carolyn Mackler’s “The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things.” With the help of caring friends and a kickboxing class, Virginia Shreves learns to accept both her body image and the behavior of her dysfunctional family. Ages 12 and up. Wednesday, August 16, at 1 PM – park gazebo.

Our Reading Education Assistance Dog Spencer’s next public visit will be Thursday, August 17, at 1 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.

The Susquehanna Foundation will present a free College Financial Planning workshop on Thursday, August 17, 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.

Our Family Movie night for August is Wednesday, August 23, at 6 PM. Celebrate the beginning of school with Smurfs: the Lost Village. Non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid are welcome.

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Saturdays, August 12 and August 26, from 9 to 10 AM. Mitzi is such a good teacher that this class is growing as well! Please come out and join us. 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!

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!

July 2017 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – July 2017

Summer Reading programs are heating things up at our library – we have many other activities going on in the month of July as well!

As always, let’s begin with some new books releasing this month:

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Look Behind You by Iris Johansen

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Wired by Julie Garwood

Down a Dark Road: a Kate Burkholder novel by Linda Castillo

New movies for July:

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Fate of the Furious

Kong: Skull Island

The Boss Baby

 

There will be a community program on Monday, July 3, at 6 PM.  Lori Moore will present Life Insurance Basics 101.  As you can tell from the title, this is an introduction to life insurance and why one should consider getting it.

The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.  Happy Independence Day!  There will be no Summer Reading events the mornings of July 3 and July 4.

Calling all lords and ladies – the Princess of Dutch Wonderland will visit on Thursday, July 6, at 10 AM.  Park School (use playground entrance).  In addition to a read aloud, the Princess will pose for photos.  She loves to meet her fellow princesses (and princes), so please feel free to wear princess attire if you wish to.

 

Crochet with Mitzi continues its new Saturday schedule on July 8 and July 22.  The group will meet at 9 AM and finish around 10, leaving the majority of Saturday for family time.  Knitters are welcome as well – however, there is no instruction for knitting.  New crocheters are always welcome.  All you need bring is a pair of scissors.  We have donated yarn and Mitzi will show you the size crochet hook you need.  Mitzi is such an outstanding teacher that you will catch on right away.  Ages 9 and older.

 

Many of you remember Chris Ivey and his daring juggling performance last summer.  Chris will return on Monday, July 10, at 10 AM (Park School – playground entrance).  Chris became interested in this skill by reading a juggling book when he was ten years old!  You never know where a book might lead you.  Enjoy Chris’ amazing talents – this show is for all ages.

Field paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka will take us on a Dinosaur Dig.  Dig for real dinosaur fossils and construct or build a dinosaur with the findings! Program includes a fossil talk and highlights some of Mike and Roberta’s amazing discoveries. This “hands-on” program is special because everyone will handle real dinosaur fossil bones.  The Strakas can host up to 50 children, plus their adult caregivers.  Especially appealing for ages 4-12.  Tuesday, July 11, at 10 AM (Park School – playground entrance)

Even though it is not yet open enrollment time, many seniors who are new to Medicare (or soon to be signing up for it) are confused about what benefits it does and doesn’t offer.  Kate MacJarrett of Highmark Insurance will be here Tuesday evening, July 11, at 6 PM.  You don’t have to register for this program, but it is helpful.  Call 1-888-476-6306.  Please do not call the library.

Family Movie Night is Wednesday, July 12, at 6 PM.  We will be showing “The LEGO Batman Movie”.  Non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid are welcome.

Come read to Biggie the Cat on Thursday, July 13, at 1 PM.  All ages.

Abra-cadabra!  Magician John Andrews is back this year.  John’s shows always include LOTS of audience volunteers, so be prepared to be called on.  Like Chris Ivey, John became interested in his skill by reading books about magic as a child.  He will also have some books and tricks for sale at nominal cost.  Monday, July 17, at 10 AM – for all ages (Park School – playground entrance).

And here comes Jesse Rothacker“Biome Builders” is the title of this year’s reptile show.  A biome is a large area of the earth that is home to many plants and animals. Discover how animals are equipped to build a better world within their biome. Every child in the audience will be empowered to use their own talents and abilities to build a better world within their homes, schools, and communities, and to unleash their abilities through the power of reading!  And, as always, there will be plenty of live reptiles.  This is one of our most popular shows.  Tuesday, July 18, at 10 AM.  (Park School – playground entrance).

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, July 19 at 5:30 is our Family Fun Night STEM Building contest.  Families will work together to build a structure out of marshmallows and toothpicks.  Small prizes will awarded to the three best structures.  Judges will be members of the CPL Board of Directors.  Limit of 10 families due to space constraints.  Best for ages 5 and older.  Registration will be required because of space limitations.  717-684-2255 or lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us.

 

Spencer, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, will be taking a break from his swimming pool to come by and listen to you read.  Spencer enjoys all kinds of stories and is a very lovable dog!  He was even in a movie about his therapy work.  Spencer recently received the Anvil and Mirko awards from the American Kennel Club.  Thursday, July 20, at 10 AM.  Ages 5 and up.

 

Fire Chief Doug Kemmerly will be bringing the Columbia Borough Fire Department to visit on Monday, July 24.  The children will review fire safety procedures, watch a fireman put on 80 pounds of gear (and find out what it all does!), and have the opportunity to see (and sit inside) the fire trucks.  And, of course, Sparky will be there as well.  Monday, July 24, at 10 AM.  All ages.  (Park School – playground entrance).

 

On July 25, March Klutchka will bring her group “Giggle Magic” to take us on a “Silly Safari”.  Put on your safari hats, adjust your binoculars, and get ready to go on a Silly Safari! Oh, my- has Debra the Zebra lost her stripes? Will Ellie the Elephant’s disappearing act be good enough to get her on America’s Got Talent? There goes Gerry the Giraffe, he’s standing on his head…again! Have the animals GONE WILD??  This show promises plenty of giggles!  For all ages.  Tuesday, July 25, at 10 AM.  (Park School – playground entrance).

 

And finally on July 31, former elementary teacher Matt Dodd will entertain us with a gazebo concert!  Matt shares his talents on the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more.  Lots of dancing and audience participation for all ages!  Part of the 2017 Summer Reading Program.

 

Last month’s Book Fair raised over $400.  Thank you for all who stopped by and purchased books – we do appreciate your support of our library.

 

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!

June Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – June 2017

June is a busy time:  graduations, weddings, vacations, and the kids are out of school.  Be sure to make time to enjoy a good book.  Here are some new books arriving in June.  Makes me want to go to the beach!:

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King

Camino Island by John Grisham

Murder Games by James Patterson

The Duchess by Danielle Steel

Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

Kiss Carlo by Adriana Trigiani

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury

Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

New DVDs for June:

“Beauty and the Beast (live action)

“The LEGO Batman Movie”

“Power Rangers”

Congratulations are in order for Mr. Tim Brallier, our Wednesday evening volunteer.  Tim will be graduating from Columbia High School on June 2.  Tim enjoys drawing, collecting fossils, and fishing.  He is involved in the fantasy and role-playing club at the high school.  Tim plans to work at part-time jobs while getting his comic book series published.  Congratulations, Tim – we are certain you successful at whatever you choose to do!  We wish you well in your writing/illustrating career – and we’ll be sure to have your books in the library when they are published.

Summer Reading program regsitration packs may be picked up beginning June 3.  This year’s theme is STEM: “Build a Better World”.  Again, there will be four levels:  Read Aloud (ages four and younger), Junior (ages five to nine), Tween (ages 10 to 12), and Teen (ages 13 through 19).  If your child(ren) are at the preschool or junior levels of SRP, be sure to check your packet for a special challenge from Hank the Health Hero of Children’s Dental Health Services.

Thanks to Kelsey Bucks of Park & Taylor for her assistance with promotion, to Renee Christiansen for all of her hard work in scheduling and set-up, to Mr. John Black and the Columbia School Board for allowing the use of the Park School gym for programs, 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.  Welcome to our new sponsor:  Waters’ Edge Miniature Golf!

Last year’s sports scavenger hunt was a success, so we are going to again post signs to find throughout Columbia this summer!  Beginning June 5, we will be posting pictures of famous landmarks in local businesses here in Columbia.  The picture will read “Build a Better World”.  When you find a sports poster, write down the name of their business on your entry paper.  Children who find all the posters at various businesses and correctly identify their location will receive a free book!  Entry forms may be picked up beginning June 5.

Come read aloud to Biggie the Cat on Wednesday, June 7, at 1:30 PM.  All ages welcome, including adults.

Our first summer program is Monday, June 12 with a visit from “Elephant and Piggie”.  You’ve met them in Mo Willems’ picture books; now meet them in “person”.  Make your own Elephant or Piggie puppet!  Coloring, photo ops, and fun – this program will be held at 1 PM at Park School’s gym.  PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE.

Children’s Dental Health Services on Locust Street will be back with Hank the Health Hero on Tuesday, June 13.  Cheer on Hank as he becomes the champion of healthy choices. Set out on a quest with Hank to fight off germs. All show participants will receive tips and tools for making healthy choices at home along with an invitation to join Hank’s Hall of Health Heroes!  Especially for ages 3 to 8 and their caregivers.  Tuesday, June 13, at 10 AM

June 15th’s program takes us to Sahd’s Metal Recycling facility on Lancaster Avenue.  We will be meeting at Sahd’s at 10 AM for a tour.  Feel free to bring along bags of cans to recycle.  Participants MUST wear closed toes shoes or sneakers – if you have on sandals or flip-flops, you won’t be able to go along on the tour!  Tour will last about 45 minutes.  Thursday, June 15, at 10 AM – meet at Sahd’s on Lancaster Avenue.

June 19 brings us a concert in the Locust Street Park gazebo with “Phredd” McNaughton.  Fred’s description from his website is:   Dad of EIGHT, WJTL Radio Personality, & Ukulele Singer Songwriter.  Best known for “The Coffee Song”, “My Mom is a Pirate” and “Elmer’s Electric Tricycle”.  For more about Fred, visit http://phreddcentral.com/Date:  Monday, June 19, at 10 AM.  All ages welcome – come ready to sing and dance!

Ryan the BugMan returns on Tuesday, June 20 with “Bugging a Better World”.  This program will focus on the ways insects improve our planet – such as clean water, pollination, food for animals and even their unusual defense strategies.  Offers a close look into the world of insects using incredible displays and lots of neat facts about insects and their related friends. Also expect LIVE Bugs as always!  Those who wish to will be given an opportunity at the end of the show to hold the bugs.  Tuesday, June 20, at 10 AM.

Our Reading Education Assistance Dog Spencer’s next public visit will be Thursday, June 22, at 10 AM.  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.

We return to the park Gazebo on Monday, June 26, when “Miss Maggie Sings” to “Build a Better World”.  Miss Maggie explores all things building – from houses and sandcastles to friendships and making our world a better place.  All ages welcome.  Monday, June 26, at 10 AM.

On June 27 we host Bricks 4 Kidz® who will provide some “Ferris Wheel Fun”.  First designed for the World’s Expo in Chicago in 1893, the Ferris Wheel is still a favorite at amusement parks around the world. Students will learn a lesson in imagination and problem- solving as they discuss the giant axle that powered the original ride. We will find out what happened to the original Ferris Wheel, and then build our own version of the famous ride!  Especially for ages 6 through 12.  Tuesday, June 27, at 10 AM

Young Adult Book Clubs will meet in the Gazebo this summer on Wednesday, June 28Middle School students meet at 1 PM to discuss “Life in the Fat Lane”.  High School students meet at 2 PM to discuss the “Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June”.  Books may be picked up from Mr. White the last week of school or from Miss Lisa at the library afterwards.

 The last family activity for June is Family Fun Night on Wednesday, June 28, at 5:30 PM.  Join us for Make and Take Sand Art.  This program will be held outside, weather pending.  No sign-up is required, program will run from 5:30 to 7:30 or until supplies run out.  Ages 4 through 12, MUST be accompanied by a caregiver.  Limit one sand art bottle per child.

Our Adult Community Program will be held Monday, June 5, at 6 PM.  A power point slide show titled “Your Library: Now and Soon” will be presented.  The program will showcase all the current programs and services your library offers now.  Slides will also show proposed construction changes, including drawings of our new addition.  If you have been wondering what the library might look like after the addition is put on, this is the program for you!

Mitzi Sanchez’s crochet class will be held on Tuesdays, June 14 and June 28, at 6 PM.  Mitzi is such a good teacher that this class is growing as well!  Please come out and join us.  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!

The last Saturday of June – June 24 – brings us the annual Antique and Craft show in Locust Street Park – and also our largest book sale of the year!  Please join us here at the library between 8 AM and 2 PM (note time change) for some great deals!  The book sale will be held ENTIRELY OUTDOORSand the library will be closed to the public on Saturday, June 24.  “Multi Media Madness” includes books, music CDs, DVDs, video games, and more.  Having the entire sale outdoors allows all with limited mobility to enjoy browsing and also will draw the crowd from the Antique, Art, and Craft Show.

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!

2017 Summer Reading Program Booklet

 

Columbia Public Library                                                                                                                 Page One

24 South Sixth St., Columbia

(717) 684-2255  www.columbia.lib.pa.us

lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us

All programs are free of charge

 Buildings of the World Scavenger Hunt     Find pictures of famous landmarks at Columbia Businesses!  Pictures will be labeled “Build a Better World!”  Get entry form at the library beginning June 1.

Monday Morning Pre-School Pals discontinues over the summer, so that preschool pals and their caregivers may attend Summer Reading Programs listed here.

 Wednesday Family Movie Nights will be discontinued over the summer due to library construction.  Be sure to enjoy Columbia Borough’s “Movies Under the Stars” shown at various locations in the borough.  Visit www.columbiapa.net for details.

Morning Summer Reading events held in Park Elementary School Cafeteria or Gymnasium. Meet 10AM at the library & we’ll walk over together or meet us at the playground equipment at Park School Back entrance.  Every Monday and Tuesday morning beginning June 12 and ending August 15.

 “Elephant and Piggie” – celebrate the end of school with Mo Willem’s beloved characters.  Make you own Elephant or Piggie paper bag puppet.  Be sure to bring your camera.  Monday, June 12, at 1 PM (note time change!) Family

 “Hank the Health Hero: the Quest to Vanquish Germs” – you know all about taking good care of your teeth with Hank from the CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health Center.  Hank joins us this year to avenge war on GERMS – those pesky invisible organisms which spread colds without you even knowing it.  Hank will show you easy ways to stop the spread of germs and enjoy being a healthier you!  Tuesday, June 13, at 10 AMFamily

 “Phredd” McNaughton – Family entertainer “Phredd” from WJTL. Dad of EIGHT, WJTL Radio Personality, & Ukulele Singer Songwriter.  Best known for “The Coffee Song”, “My Mom is a Pirate” and “Elmer’s Electric Tricycle”.   Held at LOCUST STREET PARK GAZEBO.  Monday, June 19 at 10:00 AM (Family)

 “Bugging a Better World” with Ryan Bridge, the Bug Guy.  This year, the Bug Guy will be focusing on the incredible ways insects improve our planet – by providing clean water, pollination, food for animals and even their unusual defense strategies. This unique, 1-hour program will offer everyone a close look into the crazy world of insects. Expect incredible displays and lots of neat facts about insects and their related friends. And, yes, there will be LIVE Bugs – as always!  Tuesday, June 20, at 10 AM.  Family

 “Build a Better World” with Miss Maggie Sings!  Learn about the scientific method with Miss Maggie as shows she us ways we can all build a better world!  Held at LOCUST STREET PARK GAZEBO.  Monday, June 26, at 10 AMFamily

 “Ferris Wheel Fun” with LEGO Bricks – First designed for the World’s Expo in Chicago in 1893, the Ferris Wheel is still a favorite at amusement parks around the world. Children learn through imagination and problem- solving, and discuss the giant axle that powered the original ride. We will find out what happened to the original Ferris Wheel, and then build our own version of the famous ride!  Tuesday, June 27, at 10 AM.  Ages 4 and older.

Library closed on Tuesday, July 4.  No programs on Monday the 3rd or Tuesday the 4th.  Happy Independence Day!

 The Princess of Dutch Wonderland – calling all lords and ladies!  Your presence is requested to meet Her Royal Highness the Princess of Dutch Wonderland on Thursday, July 6 at 10 AM.  You may wear your own princess attire, if you wish.  Thursday, July 6, at 10 AM.  (note date change) Ages 2 through 11.

 Chracter Juggler Chris Ivey!  You loved him last year – and he is back!  A truly epic show which combines juggling, comedy, art, audience interaction, choreography, music, and astounding special effects to create one fantastic entertainment experience.  Chris has performed at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and the Baltimore Inner Harbor. Monday, July 10, at 10 AMFamily

“Dinosaur Dig” with paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka.  Dig for real dinosaur fossils and construct or build a dinosaur with the findings! Program includes a fossil talk and highlights some of Mike and Roberta’s amazing discoveries. This “hands-on” program is special because everyone will handle REAL dinosaur fossil bones. Construct a dinosaur dig site right in Park School!  Tuesday, July 11, at 10 AM.  Family- maximum of 50 children, plus adults.

“Magician John Andrews”   They may seem to contradict each other, but science and magic go hand in hand! Monday, July 17, at 10 AM.  (Family)

 “Build a Better World Within Your Biome” with Jesse Rothacker and Forgotten Friends Reptiles.  An interactive animal show featuring Jesse Rothacker and his lovable lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. A biome is a large area of the earth that is home to many plants and animals. Children at this show will discover how each animal is equipped to build a better world within their biome. Then we’ll empower every child in the audience to use their own talents and abilities to build a better world within their homes, schools, and communities, and to unleash their abilities through the power of reading!  Tuesday, July 18, at 10 AM Family

 Fire Safety with the Columbia Borough Fire Department – One of Lancaster County’s oldest fire companies tells about fire prevention & fire safety tips. See fire truck equipment & apparatus, what a firefighter looks like in 70 lbs. of gear & meet Sparky, the Fire Safety Dog!  Children receive packet & helmet. Monday, July 24, at 10 AM (Family)

“Silly Safari” with the Giggle Magic gang – Put on your safari hats, adjust your binoculars, and get ready to go on a Silly Safari! Oh, my- has Debra the Zebra lost her stripes? Will Ellie the Elephant’s disappearing act be good enough to get her on America’s Got Talent? There goes Gerry the Giraffe, he’s standing on his head…again! Have the animals GONE WILD?  Enjoy magic, slapstick comedy, and lots of giggles – and don’t forget the Kidz Rock Dance Party! Tuesday, July 25, at 10 AMFamily

“Songs and Stories of Building and Construction” with Matthew Dodd.   Held at LOCUST STREET PARK GAZEBO.  Monday, July 31, at 10 AM (Family)

“The Lorax” with Mary Ann Schlegel, Lancaster County Parks.  Come share the wonderful (and important) story of The Lorax.  Dig into what Dr. Seuss was trying to teach with this amazingly creative and meaningful story.  Together we will hang thneeds in a Truffula Tree and talk about what we can do to stop pollution.  Each participant will create their own Lorax or Oncelor paper bag puppet.  Tuesday, August 1, at 10 AM.  Family

National Night Out – Our Columbia heroes help us build a better world! Fire trucks, ambulances, emergency vehicles! Face painting, Life Lion helicopter, emergency response team activities & Library Scavenger Hunt. Turkey Hill & Herrs treats. Event at Glatfelter Field next to Anvil Corp. Tues., Aug. 1, from 5 to 8:00 pm (Family) Sponsored by Columbia Borough Police Department

Red Rose Search and Rescue K-9 Unit Meet Al Means & his amazing bloodhounds: Heather and Reuben – and the newest member of their hound family, Chip! These dogs locate lost children & adults with their incredible sense of smell! Learn how “hugging a tree” keeps you safe! Monday, August 7, at 10 AM (Family)

 Q.R.S. and 911 Columbia Q.R.S. personnel explain about Quick Response Service that provides residents pre-hospital service.  Learn the RIGHT way to call 911.  Try on gear and sit in the trucks!  Tuesday, August 8, at 10:00 AM (Family)

 Tour of Sahd’s Metal Recycling.  Building a Better World means taking care of our earth!  Find out how old metal objects (including used car brake rotors) can be recycled into something new.  Watch the can crusher and cranes in action.  Meet at Sahd’s on Lancaster Avenue.  PLEASE NO SANDALS OR FLIP-FLOPS.  Must wear sneakers or closed toe shoes.  Call 684-2255 to confirm time.  Monday, August 14, at 10 AM (Family)

 Columbia Borough Police Department – We wrap up the Summer Reading year with an important message – drugs are dangerous!  Our friendly officers will share what you should do when someone offers you a drug – and how some drugs can help us, while others are very harmful.  Children learn that police are our friends and have a chance to see a police officer’s duty belt equipment.  Sit behind the wheel and see what’s inside one of Columbia Borough’s cruisers!  Tuesday, August 15, at 10 AM (Family)

Officer Dianne Carter & Canine Train – Southern Regional Police Dept. visits! Learn how Train sniffs out illegal substances, finds fugitives & protects his human partner, more! Tentatively scheduled for August.  Please call library to confirm: 684-2255 (Family)

May Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – May 2017

 New titles coming for the month of May:

Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

16th Seduction (Women’s Murder Club) by James Patterson

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child

Against All Odds by Danielle Steel

Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank

Secrets In Summer by Nancy Thayer

The Broken Road by Richard Paul Evans

Nighthawk by Clive Cussler

Testimony by Scott Turow

No Middle Name: Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child

 

New DVDs coming for May:

“Collateral Beauty”

“A Dog’s Purpose”

“Fist Fight”

“Logan”

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

Monday, May 1:  “Bring May Flowers”

Monday, May 8:  “I Love My Mom”

Monday, May 15:  “My Garden”

Monday, May 22: “Birds of a Feather”

 

Leading off the month, “Book Bloom” will be held on Wednesday, May 3, from 6 to 8 PM at Columbia High School.  It is being held a little earlier this year, as there are new coordinators and there were conflicts last year with other district events.  The premise remains the same:  all students attending receive a free book (provided by a Title 1 Family Literacy grant).  Students are welcome to swap books, visit displays, and try yummy and nutritious snacks.  I’ll be representing our library along with Renee Christiansen, Youth Services manager for the county, and Joe Miller of the Comic Store will once again have free comic books

Free Comic Book Day here at the library is Saturday, May 6.  Our thanks to Joe Miller for providing these free reading materials!  Two comics per person, please.  Arrive early – when they are gone, they’re gone.

May Community Program on Monday, May 8, at 6:30 PM is “Understanding Medicare”.  Led by Stephanie Yarberough of the Discover Medicare consortium, this program offers state-approved, accurate info on many aspects of Medicare, including:

  • Enrollment Timelines and Special Election Periods  How to Enroll in Medicare

  • What do Parts A, B, C & D mean and what do they cover?

  • What if I am Still Working?

  • Avoiding Future Penalties

  • Advantage Plan vs Supplement

  • Rx Coverage and the Donut Hole

  • Government Assistance Programs

Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome too.  Call 717-271-2326 to register or register online at www.discovermedicare.com.

Crochet with Mitzi evenings for May: May 9 and May 23 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.

I will be participating at Our Lady of the Angels’ Health and Wellness Fair on Friday, May 12, from 9 AM until noon.  This program, designed for all students, encourages healthy lifestyles, nutrition, and keeping your body moving.  The prizes from our prize wheel include books, kites, glow sticks – all designed to promote a healthy body and a healthy mind.

Saturday, May 13, is the Annual Red, White, and Blueberry Festival at St. John’s Herr.  The library always holds a Book Sale table at this event.  Due to popular demand, I will be providing many children’s books for sale this year – along with some adult titles as well.  Since St. John’s Herr is part of Luthercare, many of the Luthercare preschool and school age agencies are also participating.  Come enjoy meeting the alpacas, playing carnival games, listening to live music, and tasting the world’s largest blueberry pie.  Naturalist Jack Hubley will also be presenting a program.  Saturday, May 13, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

On Wednesday, May 17, at 10 AM we celebrate National Law Enforcement Officers Week with officers from the Columbia Borough Police Department.  This will be held in the Locust Street Park Gazebo, right behind the library.  You’ll find out what police officers do in their days’ work, the kinds of equipment they use, and will even get to sit inside a police car (without going to jail!)  For all ages.

Young Adult Book Clubs will meet at the Columbia High School Library on Wednesday, May 17.  Middle School students will be discussing “Rose Under Fire” (rescheduled from April) and High school students are reading “Note to Self” by Connor Franta.

“Rose Under Fire” capitalized on the students’ interest in World War 2.  Many of them read the Diary of Anne Frank and were interested in reading another book about survival in the concentration camps.  Rose Justice was a female pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary before her capture, and, while interred in Ravensbruck, met a Nachthexen (“night witch”) who is a female fighter pilot for the Soviet air force. These strong female characters appealed to students of both sexes.

When the high school students suggested Connor Franta’s book, I had no idea who he even was!  According to my research, he is an “internet celebrity” who has a You Tube channel, a vlog (video blog), and has written two books:  A Work in Progress and Note to SelfNote to Self chronicles Connor’s struggle with clinical depression and anxiety.  It includes stories, essays, poetry, and photography.  Studies show that up to 25 percent of teens suffer from a treatable form of clinical depression and anxiety.  So this title is an important one for teens and their loved ones.

 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 Wednesday, May 24 at 6 PM at the Strand Capitol Theater in York.

The Columbia Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 29.  Happy Memorial Day!

Family Film Night:  “Sing” on Wednesday, May 31, at 6 PM.    For all ages.  Non messy snacks and drinks with a lid are welcome.

Of course, our Summer Reading Program is on everyone’s mind right now.  This year’s theme is STEM and engineering:  “Build a Better World.”  Again, there will be four levels:  Read Aloud (ages four and younger), Junior (ages five to nine), Tween (ages 10 to 12), and Teen (ages 13 through 19).  We have many programs lined up for this summer, beginning with Mo Willems’ costume characters “Elephant and Piggie” on Monday, June 12, at 1 PM.  Programs will gain be held at Park School gym or Locust Street Park gazebo.  Summer Reading packets may NOT be picked up before June 3 (no exceptions).  Thanks to Kelsey Bucks of Park & Taylor for her assistance with promotion, to Renee Christiansen for all of her hard work in scheduling and set-up, 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, That Bounce Place, Skyzone Trampoline Park, Refreshing Mountain Ziplines, Dutch Wonderland, Lancaster Cupcake, and the Laser Dome.  New sponsor this year:  Water’s Edge Miniature Golf!

New Performers for us this year include: Bricks 4 Kidz, Mike and Roberta Straka, Giggle Magic, and Elephant and Piggie costume characters.  Returning are:  Ryan Bridge (the “Bugman”), Jesse Rothacker, Miss Maggie Sings, Fred McNaughton, juggler Chris Ivey, magician John Andrews, the Princess of Dutch Wonderland, and Matthew Dodd.  And of course we can’t forget all of our Columbia heroes:  Columbia Borough Fire Department, Red Rose Search andRescue Bloodhound Team, the Columbia Borough Police Department, Columbia QRS 8, “Hank the Health Hero” from CHI St. Joseph’s Children’s Health Dental Center, and Dianne Carter and K9 “Train” from Southern Regional Police Department.

We are again going to post scavenger hunt signs to find throughout Columbia this summer!  Beginning June 3, we will be posting pictures of famous world structures in local businesses here in Columbia.  The picture will say “Build a Better World”.  When you find a world landmark poster, write down the name of their business on your entry paper.  Children who find all the posters at various businesses and correctly identify their location will receive a free book!  Entry forms may be picked up beginning June 3.

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!

 

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!