Libraries to launch essay contest June 10

york county librariesThe York County Library System and Commonwealth Libraries will kickoff Pennsylvania’s participation in the Library of Congress’ A Book that Shaped Me essay contest on Monday.

The summer event is being held to encourage rising fifth- and sixth-graders to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.

To pick up an official entry form, visit your local library.

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Paul Smith Library announces June events

york county librariesThe Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury, has announced events for kids and families in June. For more information, call the library at (717) 235-5806.

– Magician Tom Lilly, 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 10, at the YMCA. Will he pull a rabbit out YOUR hat?

– Crafty Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
June 11: Magic Rocks. While supplies last.
June 18: Fossil Dig. While supplies last.
June 25: Dino Skeleton. While supplies last.

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Library to host therapy dogs for young readers

york county librariesThe Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, will host a therapy dog session, Tales for Two Dogs, to assist young readers, 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23.

Shep, a 2-year-old Great Pyrenees and Ziva Marie, a Staffordshire bull terrier, are trained therapy dogs who are eager to get started with their new skills! They especially love children and will add an encouraging element to the reading experience.

The event is free, but registration is requested. Fifteen-minute time slots are available with either Shep or Ziva Marie.

To register, call (717) 235-1127. Limited space and time slots are available.

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January activities at York County libraries

york county librariesArthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock

Call for information: 235-1127.

Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue; 927-9014

– Story Time
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30
For children ages 3-6 and their siblings, join Miss Ellen for interactive stories, finger plays, shaky eggs, crafts and more. Parent/caregiver stays with the child. Registration not required.

– Read To Freckles
7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15
Freckles is a certified therapy dog and is owned and handled by his favorite person, Toni. He loves to have children read to him. He is a German short-haired pointer mix. Freckles is very laid back and gentle. He likes belly rubs and ear scratches. Please call or stop in to sign up now. Freckles has been certified with KPETS (Keystone Pet Enhanced Therapy Services) since March 2009.

– Super Saturday
10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 19 and April 20
Mark your calendar for our next Lego Maniac Super Saturdays. We have a tub of Legos – what we need are creators. Make something and we’ll display it for all to see.

– Home School Learning Through Literature
1-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21
This group provides homeschoolers with an opportunity to develop new friendships, a sense of community within the library, and an opportunity to share the joy of literature and learning. New members are welcome. Contact Leslie Martin at 927-9014 for more information or to register. Sessions will meet the third Monday of most months. Registration is required.

Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg; 432-5613

– Tech Day at Dillsburg Library
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5
Did you receive a Christmas gift that came with little or no instructions? Does that technology gift have you puzzled? This drop-in session features students from Trinity High School available to assist with setting up or using new smartphones, tablets, webcams, watches or other electronic devices.

Dover Area Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover

Call for information: 292-6814.

Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove

Call for information: 225-3220.

Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover

Call for information: 632-5183.

Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion

Call for information: 244-2032.

Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam; 252-4080

– Tween Program
6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8
Book Talk: “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos. Twelve -year old Jack Gantos is grounded for the summer in Norvelt, Pa., until he is asked to help an unconventional elderly neighbor with a task involving the newly dead, molten wax, underage driving, history lessons and numerous bloody noses. We will explore aspects of the autobiographical process and make paper airplanes. Please sign up to bring a snack or a drink.

– Preschool Story Times
10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 and 28
Come and enjoy a story presented by Ms. Susan or Ms. Doris and do a fun craft. This is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Please register by calling 252-4080.

– Tween Program
6:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22,
Six Word Memoirs — Here’s a challenge for you: can you write your own life story in just six words? Come to the library and try this activity for yourself and also see if you can guess the celebrity six-word memoirs we have created. Please sign up to bring a snack or a drink.

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York

Call for information: 846-5300.

Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown

Call for information: 993-2404.

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave, Shrewsbury

Call for information: 235-5806.

Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters

Call for information: 938-5599.

Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus

Call for information: 428-1034.

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Reasons to visit your local library in November

Some of the November events scheduled at libraries in York County include:

Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock; 235-1127

– Preschool Story Time and Craft
11 a.m. Thursdays
For ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Registration not necessary.

– True Colors: You Make a Difference
6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14
For grades 3-5, provided by the Susan Byrnes Health Education Center, students will learn about basic personality traits, the need to accept and value people different from one’s self, defining and improving communication, and team building. The participants will also identify ways in which kids bully, and how to stop bullying. Registration is required.

Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue; 927-9014

– Preschool Story Time
10:30 a.m. Wednesdays in November
Children ages 3-6 join Miss Ellen for interactive stories, finger plays, shaky eggs, crafts and more. Parent/caregiver stays with the child and siblings are welcome. Registration accepted but not required. The last session is Dec. 12.

– Home School Learning Through Literature
1-3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19
This group provides home-schoolers with an opportunity to develop new friendships, a sense of community within the library, and an opportunity to share the joy of literature and learning. New members are welcome. Sessions meet the third Monday of most months. Registration is required.

– Read To Freckles
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20
Freckles is a certified therapy dog and is owned and handled by his favorite person, Toni. He loves to have children read to him. He is a German short-haired pointer mix. Freckles is very laid back and gentle. He likes belly rubs and ear scratches. Please call or stop in to sign up now.

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Library to host True Colors program

The Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, will host Tue Colors: You Make a Difference, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Presented by the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center, the program is geared toward third- to fifth-graders. It will focus on basic personality traits and the need to accept and value others. It will be an hour-long, interactive lesson identifying ways in which children bully and how to stop bullies.

Admission is free, but registration is required.

To register or for more information, call the library at (717) 235-1127.

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Libraries, Byrnes Center offer online health education

York County Libraries and the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center launched a joint initiative that will provide free access to an award-winning database of health information to York County Libraries’ cardholders.

Thanks to an $18,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the extensive LearntobeHealthy.org health education website will now be available at no charge to York County Library cardholders for one year. The subscription site is currently used by more than 6.7 million students world-wide in more than 160 countries.

“It will bring health information to children, teens, and adults in York County,” explains Paula Gilbert, director of children and youth services for York County Libraries. “Interested individuals simply sign up at their libraries, and after the registration process is complete, they will have free online access to this incredible site.”

The database features components designed especially for teachers and parents, kids in grades K – 6, and teens in grades 7 – 12. Its web-based activities use a variety of media and educational modalities, such as animation, vivid graphics and sound effects to make learning fun.

In addition to the electronic resources, staff from the Susan P. Byrnes Health Education Center will be presenting a variety of health programs at all 13 York County Libraries throughout the year. The schedule will be announced at the libraries and online at www.yorklibraries.org.

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Junior Dispatch party at the York Emporium

The Junior Dispatch recently announced the winners of the “It Came from Beyond!“ short-story contest, held in conjunction with York County Libraries and the York Emporium, and now we want to party.

The York Emporium may look small on the outside, but through these doors is a 19,000-square-foot store packed with great books, comics and curiosities. It’s a great place to shop.

To celebrate our winners’ literary achievements, the Junior Dispatch and the York Emporium are planning a special awards ceremony at the store, located at 343 W. Market St. in York, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5.

The public (and all the short story contributors) are invited to this event that is especially geared toward families. Along with the fun going on at the York Emporium, York City is also planning First Friday events downtown, just a few blocks from the store.

Also, for anyone who missed the “Your First Comic“ classes available at many York County Libraries this summer, Junior Dispatch’s John Simcoe will be there to host another free 1-hour comic-book class. Aside from the “Your First Comic“ class, there will also be coloring pages, videos and snacks for kids to enjoy.

For more information, contact John Simcoe at 717-854-1575 ext. 457.

Make your first comic in a special class Friday, Oct. 5, at the York Emporium.

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Library open house features therapy dogs

The Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., will host a Therapy Dogs Open House, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 22.

The volunteer team of Jenn Irwin and Hilary and Madelyn Bull of KPETS will bring their therapy dogs Ziva Marie, a Staffordshire bull terrier, and Shep, a great Pyrenees. They are trained and certified to bring love and comfort to brighten a day.

The event provides an opportunity for emergent readers to meet the dogs prior to reading therapy programming begins. The goal is for the dogs to give unconditional attention and to provide the children with a relaxing environment in which they can build reading confidence, skills and understanding.

Registration is not necessary. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call the library at (717) 235-1127.

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Clifford visits first-graders for library program

Clifford and Barbara Virtue, of Dillsburg Library, pose with first-graders after the program at Northern Elementary.


Clifford visits with first-graders at Northern Elementary.

On Sept. 17, Clifford the Big Red Dog visited first-graders in Northern York County School District’s four elementary schools to promote GOAL (Grow your Own Area Library).

Sponsored by York County Libraries, the program encourages students to sign up for a library card.

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