Category: Community Service

Socks for School Campaign

The Library will be collecting brand-new socks and underwear for school-age (K-12) children-in-need who live in the Donegal School District. The Library is accepting the donations on behalf of the Donegal HUB who is working in conjunction with Rainbow’s End Youth Services (REYS Youth Center) and its “Backpacks to School” campaign.  As you think about back-to-school shopping for your kids or grandchildren this month, consider throwing an extra package or two of kids socks/underwear into your shopping cart and bringing them to the Library. Donations for this community-supportive campaign will be received at the Library until Saturday, August 10 and will be given to REYS to assist local families in need of these items.

Milanof-Schock Library Offers Story Time Outreach


Beginning January, 2019, Jan Betty (a.k.a. Miss Jan), Director of Children and Youth at Milanof-Schock Library, will be offering monthly story times at two off-site public locations within the Library’s service area as a way to reach out to the surrounding communities and promote the joy of reading and early literacy.

On Monday, January 7 at 10:30, Miss Jan will offer Family Story Time at the East Donegal Township Municipal Building located at 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta. Story Time will be held there every first Monday of the month thereafter. She will also offer Family Story Time at the old First National Bank located at 100 W. Market Street in Marietta on Monday, January 21 at 10:30 and every third Monday of the month thereafter. All are welcome to attend either or both of these programs – as well as those held at Milanof-Schock Library – to enjoy stories, songs, and a craft based on a theme of the week. At this point, registration is not required.

For the last two years, Miss Jan has been sharing her gift of storytelling with the kindergarten classes of the Donegal School District. Once a month during the school year, Miss Jan packs up her special book-box on wheels and travels down the road to Donegal Primary School. She reads a picture book to the students and leaves them with a special bookmark to color and take home.

Little Free Library


Milanof-Schock Library now has an official “Little Free Library” located inside the old First National Bank at 100 E. Market Street in Marietta! We even took the extra step and ordered an official plaque and were given Charter #82580. For fun, look it up on the worldwide map after Jan. 1, 2019.

Starting a Little Free Library has been a goal of MSL for quite some time. MSL Board VP, Stan Tucker, approached building owners Steve and Abby Ulrich (pictured above), who also own the businesses located inside – First National Escape and My Digital Conversion. The couple was thrilled with the idea and is excited to have a little Library in their establishment.

How does a Little Free Library (LFL)work? Anyone may contribute or take books. The more the merrier! If you take a book (or two) from an LFL, you do not need to return that exact book. However, in order to keep the Little Library full of good choices for the whole neighborhood, the next time you swing by the LFL bring a few books to share. Little Library book exchanges function on the honor system; everyone contributes to ensure there are always quality books inside. This way, we all win!

Milanof-Schock’s Little Free Library is accessible Mon-Fri 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 1pm.

Click here to read the article printed in the Merchandiser.

Friends’ Community Yard Sale

The Friends of the Library will be holding a community Yard Sale on Saturday, September 8 from 7am to 2pm behind the Library. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to have a yard sale but is in need of space or for local vendors looking to sell their wares. Great for artists, crafters – anyone who has stuff to sell (except food items – the Friends will have hot food, baked goods, and beverages for sale). The cost to rent a 10 X 15 slot is $15; tables and tents are NOT supplied. If interested, please call Bonnie at 717-653- 4769. Space rental forms are available at the Library or you can print the picture below and turn in at the Library.

Hospice to Hold End-of-Life Planning Open House at the Library

End-of-Life Planning is often an uncomfortable topic of discussion among family members. The One More Sunset event is being offered to provide information on a variety of important topics so that making a plan is a little easier. The businesses at this event are here to provide information and answer questions – they will not attempt to sell you their particular services. The Open House will take place at the Library on Thursday, May 17 from 1 – 7pm.

PLEASE REGISTER BY CALLING 717-285-2039 opt. #2 or by clicking HERE. Walk-ins are welcome.