Author: krhoads

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.


“Shelf Control” Cash Appeal

This year’s Cash Appeal at the Benefit Auction was for the replacement of sagging bookshelves in the Children’s Area of the Library. Auction attendees were asked to donate cash toward this specific cause, and we were touched by the monetary donations made at the event. If you would like to participate in this Appeal and make a donation to be used for the shelving project, please contact Kim Beach at or call the Library at 717-653-1510.

Gray’s Last Day

If you are a regular Saturday Library visitor, this cute face may look very familiar to you. Gray has been a Service Dog In-Training with the Lancaster 4-H Seeing Eye Puppy Club and has been living with his handler, Michele, since last June. As a puppy, he has been learning the basics of training, like how to be around people, learning not to bark when inappropriate, not jumping on people when excited, and other positive behaviors.

Gray has completed his basic training, and last month, he spent his last day with his handler shelving books at the Library. Gray has moved on to the next steps of his Service Dog training and will soon play a vital role in the life of a person who needs his help. We will miss his handsome face and calm “person”ality around the Library on Saturdays, but we are so proud of him.

Friends Donation

Thank You Friends!

Last month, the Friends Group presented our director with a check in the amount of $25,000. This amount was the proceeds from the June Used Book Sale held at Donegal High School by the Friends. The Library is grateful for the amount of time and energy (mental and physical) that goes into planning, organizing, and pulling off a successful sale. Since the Library must work hard to earn 50% of its annual funding, this sale is HUGE for the Library. If you know a Friend of the Library, thank them for volunteering. If you’d like to be a Friend of the library, stop by the Library!

Courtyard Project

(Director’s Letter from our September eNews)

“Wouldn’t it be nice if this were a courtyard with tables and nice places to sit?”

That’s how it started. I’ve always appreciated the kind of person who can see how a space can be made better, how to arrange furniture and such to create a more open, more inviting space. That is a gift. I am generally not that person, but this front corner just outside the library seemed to be the perfect spot to hang out on a nice day, read a book, or use a little Wifi. I know a nice place to read when I see one.

I remember saying to someone, “How hard can it be?”

It didn’t take long for me to discover what I’d gotten myself into. Changing that small area of the library would entail dealing with electrical issues, plumbing issues, rainwater mitigation issues — you name it. Suddenly what appeared to be a small, easy project turned into a head-spinning lesson in a dozen aspects of construction.

The more I talked to folks about the courtyard idea, the more complicated this “simple” project became. Early on, when one person asked, “Where does the rainwater for this downspout go?” I said, “Away?” They were too kind to laugh at me, but they should have. Librarians generally don’t have this kind of work experience.

The only reason the Library is nearing completion of the new Library Courtyard is because the community believed in the idea and came together to make it happen. From folks who donated at the 2021 Library Benefit Auction, to the volunteers who helped by building furniture. Then there’s Rick Trumper from GCM Inc. I had the idea, and Rick knew how to make it happen. Rick brought in a team of folks, including John Snavely from the mulá Group, to make the drawings, and Rhino Excavating to do the [careful not to cut the electrical wires and waterpipes] digging. I am so thankful to them for sharing their expertise, their hard work, and support.

Like the Library itself, the Library Courtyard was made possible because of our terrific community. So many people came together to help make it happen, and there is still time for you to be involved in this community project. The library is offering engraved bricks that will be inlaid surrounding the concrete of the courtyard as a permanent addition to the Library Courtyard. Click here for more information about the Courtyard Legacy Brick Program, or stop by the library and ask how you can be a part of it.