Friday, September 28, 2007


How do you keep the Bookmobile clean?

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Library Storms Ephrata Parade

Goths in a Hat Stormed the Ephrata Parade last night with backup from the Bookmobile. These teen volunteers for the Ephrata Public Library blanketed the parade route with candy and 3,000 copies of a special edition newsletter from the Ephrata Public Library. In case you are tempted to let a little black lipstick fool you, don't. These kids worked hard on a hot night on a parade route that easily covered 3 miles and took almost 3 hours to cover. Hard workers, every one of them.

As a bonus we were accompanied by these two beloved literary celebrities...

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Live Homework Help for Students - Awesome!

What happens when your child needs assistance with her math homework that you just aren't able to give? Her geometry or Algebra 2 assignment might as well be in Swahili and she is pleading with you for help. First step, Relax. There is help and it is easy to get. Next, take out your library card, go to your computer (or one at the library), and go to the website of the Library System of Lancaster County or any member library. Look for the "Live Homework Help" icon shown above and click on it. You will be asked to enter the number on your library card. Select "Live Homework Help" from a list of online resources. You will be asked for the subject and grade level and within a few moments you will be connected to a trained tutor who will assist your student in understanding her homework. If you have ever used instant messaging software, the process is quite similar. The tutor won't do the homework, but will assist your child in understanding how to do it. Tutoring is available in math, science, social studies and English in grade levels 4-12.

It's free, it's easy, and it's convenient and it's available @ your library.

View From My Window

Ivy Parochial School, Paradise

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Q: How do the books stay on the shelves?

A: They just do...

... unless they don't!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Book Worms on Parade in Quarryville

We had a great time last night in Quarryville where we were escorted in style by these Book Worms along the parade route. It was a glorious evening and folks came out in droves. It was heartening to hear the shouts of support for the Quarryville Library as we passed by. If you've ever wondered about the place of libraries in small towns, you should hitch a ride with us during a parade and hear what people are saying and see how they react. It is no small thing when a ten-year-old boy stands up among his friends and shouts, "I love to read! The Library rocks!"

I couldn't resist this picture... hug a librarian, indeed!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Readers' Jamboree @ Dutch Wonderland

Saturday, September 15, the bookmobile went to Dutch Wonderland for Readers' Jamboree. We celebrated with the families whose children had completed the Library System of Lancaster County's summer reading program. Children ages six to twelve who completed 15 literacy activities plus read an additional five hours earned entrance to the family amusement park during this weekend.

The bookmobile was parked beside the Giant Slide, a fortuitous choice as the day warmed up and dried off. Folks waiting for turns on the slide found a place holder and stepped out of line to visit the mobile or swept down the slide and brought their energy and big grins inside to coo at the awesome sight of a book-lined truck. In all, 95 adults and 206 children stepped on board. Some took route schedules to skim for a stop near home. Some found gems to check out. Moms and Dads plopped down on the benches to read stories to their little ones. One father requested a reserve for a family pass to the North Museum. Folks from afar--Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and New York--told stories about their libraries back home. More than a few observations about the crowded park were clarified when travelers heard about the jamboree.

The Readers' Jamboree is a generous gift of Dutch Wonderland who has been one of the summer reading program's sponsors for four years. Visitors to the bookmobile said they were having a great time. One woman exclaimed, "We love this park! We'll be back again before it closes for the season."

Thursday, September 13, 2007

New Stop @ Country Meadows

Come join us at:

Country Meadows Retirement Community
1380 Elm Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17603

Third Monday of each month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Map of 1380 Elm Ave Lancaster, PA 17603-4642, US

New Fiction @ the Bookmobile

  • Away // Bloom, Amy.
  • Dark possession // Feehan, Christine.
  • Lord John and the brotherhood of the blade // Gabaldon, Diana.
  • Pontoon // Keillor, Garrison.
  • You've been warned // Patterson, James.
  • Bones to ashes // Reichs, Kathy.
  • The Elephanta suite // Theroux, Paul.

Monday, September 10, 2007

We Want Books!

It's a bookmobile commercial! This comes from Hawaii, so don't call unless you actually live there. Call us instead:717-207-0500.

View From My Window

The Bookmobile visits Oak Hollow just outside of Columbia on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday's of each month from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Come and see us!

Friday, September 7, 2007

One Book One Community

I think you'll enjoy The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. A mystery told from the perspective of Christopher, a 15 year old with Asperger's Syndrome, the book draws into sharp relief the assumptions we make about normality. You can find the book at any public library in Lancaster County.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Special Appearances by the Bookmobile

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

View from my window

View from my window
Originally uploaded by bkm2.0
St. Anne's Retirement Community

Bookmobileguy humor

Becky: A group of lions is called a pride.
Bookmobileguy: yes.
Becky: A group of cows is called a herd.
Bookmobileguy: Okay
Becky: A group of dogs is called a pack.
Bookmobileguy: Your point?
Becky: So what is a group of bookmobiles called? A fleet?
Bookmobileguy: No. A group of bookmobiles is called "a band."
Becky: Why, on earth?
Bookmobileguy: Because, we "Shake, Rattle and Roll!"

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Thanks, Joe!

A shout out to Joe of The Comic Store located at 28 McGovern Ave in Lancaster, PA for the generous donation of graphic novels and comics collections to the bookmobile. These materials are among the most popular on our shelves...that is to say, they are rarely on our shelves. Thanks, Joe!