Author: krhoads

Lighting Upgrade

Just like a home or business, it seems like there is always a project to do. Last month, we replaced the bulbs in the 25 “soldier” lights we have around the Library building. All the bulbs have been upgraded to soft-white LEDs (energy-saving, cost-effective, long-lasting) to provide well-lit walkways in the evening hours. Not only do these lights illuminate the walkways for visitor safety, they also add a welcoming glow to the Library’s landscape.


Also in March, we had our first extreme clog in one of our public restrooms. After our custodian failed to unclog the toilet, it had to be removed from the bathroom and taken outside. The clog culprit? A Duplo Block Lego! Yikes!!!

Eclipse Viewing Glasses

The Library has a limited supply of Eclipse Viewing Glasses for the upcoming April 8 Eclipse. We ask that interested people pick up no more than 2 pair per household. The glasses are free; donations are always appreciated.

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ExtraGive is November 17!


Milanof-Schock Library will be participating in the Extraordinary Give on Friday, November 17. One extraordinary day each year, for 24 hours, Lancaster County is transformed into a community-wide celebration of generosity that supports hundreds of community benefit organizations like ours.

Milanof-Schock Public Library receives only 50% of it’s annual funding from government allocations, and the rest is up to us. We use ExtraGive donations for anything from paying for heat and air conditioning to purchasing materials for the public collection, from snow removal to lawn maintenance, and from electricity to paper products. Your donation help keeps the Library open to the public.

We hope that you will consider making a donation on this day. Whether it’s $10 or more, you will be contributing to our library’s future. And we thank you!

If you would like to make a donation to the Library but do not participate in the ExtraGive, we accept donations year-round!

Visit on Friday, November 17 from 12am to 11:59pm.

Recognizing Veterans

We invite you to honor a Veteran by coming into the Library to fill out a card in their honor. We will hang the names in the Library and run a short video of recognition in the Library on November 11. If you are not able to come in but would like to fill out a card, click this link for a digital version.


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Patron Appreciation Oct. 16 – Oct. 31

Patron Appreciation started on Monday, Oct. 16 and will run through October 31. We have a few raffles that are free to enter – patrons can fill out one ticket per visit through the end of the month. What fun items do we have?
1. Guess how many pieces of candy in the jar. Closest guess wins the jar!
2. Kid’s Library Experience: Hey, kids! Ever wanted a behind-the-scenes look at how the library works? The winner of this giveaway will get special access with one of our staff members and get a chance to check books in and out, learn how we keep the shelves stocked and in order, see how we prepare for our programs… and more!
3. Adult Library Experience – VIP Hours: Have you ever wanted the library all to yourself? One lucky winner will receive two morning hours of Library quiet time before it opens during the week – we’ll even provide the coffee! Feel free to bring a friend or have some special time with a child if you’d like!
4. S’mores Basket: Enter to win this basket filled with everything you need to make S’mores!
5. “Once Upon a Book” Box – “Darling Girl” by Liz Michalski: This cool box has “gifts” that correspond with certain parts of the book, making it an interactive reading experience.
6. Discounts at local businesses when you show your library card – 5% off at The Joy of Sweets and Treats; buy 2 pretzels get the 3rd free at Dutch Country Hand-Rolled Soft Pretzels
7. Free library card replacement – Until Oct. 31, the $1 replacement fee will be waived. (This is a great time to replace a lost or damaged card, but keep in mind your Library Card # will change!)

Volunteer Appreciation Week

Our volunteers repair books, shelve books, and stuff envelopes. They water plants inside and outside, weed the flowerbeds, and spread mulch. They hold fundraisers, sort through donated books, and organize and run the annual book sale. They build things and fix things. They are valuable to us, and we are so grateful for them!

We hope you enjoy this video that would put together to show our appreciation for all they do for the Library.

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Honor a Veteran

Honor a special veteran by posting his/her info in the Library. Visit the Library to complete an Honor Card by Wed, Nov 9 to have the information displayed in the Library Nov. 10 (the Library is closed on Friday, Nov 11). A Library card is not needed to honor the veteran. If interested, an Honor Card can be completed by clicking this link.


From the Director, Joseph McIlhenney:

Milanof-Schock Library has participated in the ExtraGive since the beginning, and this will be my second year. When talking to folks about ExtraGive, I’m often asked, “What do I support when I make a donation to Milanof-Schock Library through ExtraGive?”

That’s an excellent question, and not easy to answer. Your neighborhood library is about books and reading, but that is only where our service begins. This past summer a pair of friendly Alpacas and Cylo from the Barnstormers visited the library for programs along with the Bloodmobile, a Ukulele player, a fiddler, Irish Dancers and so many other programs that I can’t list ‘em all in this space. Milanof-Schock Library is proud to offer a community place that is both social and a quiet place to read.

Your ExtraGive support to Milanof-Schock Library allows your library to continue offering books, DVDs, audiobooks, Wi-Fi, public computers, and so much more. Whether you are looking for children’s books, enjoy e-books or long for the feel of the printed page, need to visit a website or print out an on-line form, want to find new recipes for apple pie or want to know how to build a house, the library is here to help.

I cannot imagine a place where your donation does so many different things at once.

The Extraordinary Give is Lancaster’s community-wide event when nearly 500 organizations serving people across Lancaster County come together in a celebration of generosity. Online donations will be taken beginning at midnight up until 11:59pm. Please consider supporting Milanof-Schock Library, on this special day.

Courtyard Legacy Bricks

Be a permanent part of your favorite local library!

We are offering community members the opportunity to purchase a Legacy Brick that will be part of our Library Courtyard currently in the construction process.

Does your family love the Library? Purchase a brick with your names on it. Do you know someone who loves this Library? A Legacy Brick would be a great gift in that person’s honor. Maybe you’ve known a Library lover who has passed away? Purchase a Brick to honor their memory.

CLICK HERE for information about ordering a Legacy Brick for the Courtyard.

Books for Sale by Donation

In addition to the Book Store off the lobby that is run by the Friends Group, we always have a good variety of gently-read to almost-new books and movies for sale by donation in our lobby. Paperback and hardcover, romance and action, fiction and nonfiction, inspirational and self-help, even books for kids!

Thank you to everyone who has been donating good quality books and media to the Library. Check back often as the carts are frequently restocked.