Monday, November 10, 2008
Community reading is a liberating experience at the Lancaster County Prison. For the past six years, One Book, One Community book discussions have been happening at the Lancaster County Prison. GED students were asked to read this year’s One Book selection, The Grace That Keeps This World by Tom Bailey in preparation for the scheduled book discussion, led by Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, Community Relations Manager for the Library System. The informal discussions centered on the community book have been very popular in the past and this year was no exception. This year’s title The Grace That Keeps This World, a story set in the Adirondack community of Lost Lake, is a powerful narrative about the shared values that underlie and sustain human relationships. Ultimately, it is a tale of profound loss, human fallibility, and the love—romantic, neighborly, or familial—that can sometimes blur our line of vision. The story also explores the relationships between a father and his two sons. Each year, the insights that the prison students share during the book groups have been impressive. Many of the students begin an interest in reading while being incarcerated. As one student said, “I have lots of time on my hands right now and reading helps to pass the time.” During one the discussions, a student compared the main character of the novel with his grandfather who was a strict but loving man, “Before my grandfather died, I didn’t tell him that I loved him…I wonder if he knew. All of us (grandchildren) still remember his lessons.”
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Fellow mobile librarian, Yohannes Gebregeorgis, the founder of Ethiopia Reads, has been named a CNN Top Ten Hero of the Year. You can vote for Yohannes to be named the Hero of the Year over here: heroes.cnn.com/
The Ethiopia Reads website can be found here: www.ethiopiareads.org
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Go visit the Nerd Fighters at their website. Be sure to RSVP for this event through the links in the left-hand column.
You can also see information about the tour at John's website.
While you are at it, you can go to the library and check out John's books,
An Abundance of Katherines and Looking for Alaska.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
But, now, we are making it easier for you to keep track of your own reading histories.
Those of you who use our online public access catalog (OPAC) will note the new look rolled out today. I'd like to draw your attention to the "Help Center" menu on the right hand side of the front page. There you will find a link to "My Reading History." By activating this feature, you can keep track of every book, movie, or cd that you check out with your library card. The list is strictly confidential. It can only be activated by you and accessed with your password and PIN.
Friday, September 26, 2008
He wanted to drive, but his license had been revoked so...
...he just chilled on the back of his ride.
Later on C.G. decided to sign a few autographs for his many fans. Who knew he could even write?
We were joined by the hard working crew of youth who passed out 6,000 copies of a special edition of the Ephrata Public Library Newsletter and about 50 pounds of candy. Parents, here's a secret. Your kids will work for pizza!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
For those of you ahead of me on the Web 2.0 curve, please understand that I am old enough to remember typing papers in college on an IBM Selectric. So for me to figure out how to post a blog via email (which I am currently doing) and have that blog digested and sent to a mailing list by email, and to have done it myself is amazing. I know, it’s not the Starship Enterprise, but it is still cool.
Please forgive me for doing some experimenting in public. While Bookmobile 2.0 has been less active over the summer, we expect to begin more actively publishing soon. The purpose of this post and the next post is to test out an email digest of our blog that I have been toying with. Thanks for your patience.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I am also pleased to announce that Bookmobile staff member Becky Hynicka is now a certified Consumer Health Information Specialist. Becky has completed specialized training in where and how to find the best information, evaluating the accuracy and reliability of information sources, and researching alternative medical information. Those of you who know Becky also know that she goes the extra mile for our customers. If there is information about health issues you need, please be in touch.
Friday, June 6, 2008
The Passes are available at all sixteen public libraries in
Family passes to the North Museum of Natural History and Science in Lancaster and the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia are also available.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Catch the Reading Bug @ the Bookmobile this Summer!
Are your children and teens looking for something to do this summer? The Library System of Lancaster County has the answer with their 2008 Summer Reading Program. “Catch the Reading Bug” is the children’s theme for the 2008 Pennsylvania Summer Reading Program; while “Metamorphosis” is the teen theme. Both programs begin on June 1st and will run until August 9, 2008. Programs will focus on the science of bugs and insects, as well as the theme of insects found in stories that appeal to youth. The PRINCESS from Dutch Wonderland will also return for special storytelling programs. From tots to teens, young people will enjoy fun-filled activities offered at public libraries throughout the county beginning in June and running until mid-August.
Miss Spider Storybook Costume Character
kicks off the Summer Reading Program the first week in June!
Bugs and Moose Out on the Loose!
Tom Sieling presents a very participatory family program for all ages—He accompanies himself on guitar, banjo, harmonica and a drum machine!
Books and Bugs and Really Weird Slugs
Join Award-winning Pennsylvania children’s author Anthony D. Fredericks for a rip-roaring and exciting storytelling program. Be prepared for lots of fun!
Share This World with Jim Rule
Join Parent’s Choice Award winning recording artist and teacher when he performs his toe tapping tunes that will have both young and old smiling and singing along!
Anansi Catches the Storytelling Bug
Lancaster County’s own Kids and Cultures presents a mixture of storytelling and with audience participation – find out how Anansi becomes the Storytelling Bug!
The PRINCESS of Dutch Wonderland
shares her love of reading when she visits local libraries to meet all the lords, ladies, princesses and princes of Lancaster and read her favorite stories!
The North Museum of Natural History & Science presents an interactive program complete with learning stations, specimens and more!
From Edible Insects to The Good, The Bad and The Bugly!
Join staff from Shuts Environmental Center for their many hands-on bug-exploring library programs!.
The 2008 countywide Summer Reading Program is open to children and teens of all ages. Program components include 3 levels: Read Aloud Program (birth-5 years), Elementary Reading Program (ages 6-12), and the Teen Summer Reading Program (ages 13-18).
In addition to the Library System’s sponsorship, this year’s Summer Reading Program sponsors include: McDonald’s Restaurants, The Strasburg Rail Road, Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park, Country Barn Farm Market & Greenhouses, Harrisburg Senators, Lancaster Bowling Proprietors Association, Rita’s Ices, Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli, and the Lancaster Ice Rink.
Last year over 16,121 youth participated in the summer reading program, while nearly 13,142 children and adults attended the 652 programs offered by the county’s public libraries. Contact your local public library for more summer reading program information and to register for these programs and others or visit our website at www.lancasterlibraries.org for more information about these summertime happenings!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Oh, You again. Wild Thing try to behave.
Don't miss your chance to see Wild Thing this month @ your local public library
Friday, April 4, 2008
Yesterday, the was a picture I did not get and wish I had. A curious parade pulled into the lane where we were parked. Leading the way was Sadie on a scooter. Behind her was her husband in a motorized wheel chair. Hitched to the chair was a wagon in which a little boy and a little white dog happily rode. On the back of the wagon was attached a "slow moving vehicle" triangle. I asked Sadie if her husband would have trouble pulling the wagon back up the hill. She just laughed, "oh, he's pulled much bigger wagons up that hill already!"
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
If that doesn't work for you check out some of our spring cleaning titles.
Organic housekeeping : in which the nontoxic avenger shows you how to improve your health and that of your family while you save time, money, and, perhaps, your sanity / written and illustrated by Ellen Sandbeck.
The Queen of Clean Conquers Clutter by Linda Cobb