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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!

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