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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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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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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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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.


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.

Remembering Bernie

The Library is saddened by the recent loss of Bernie Grissinger. Bernie served on the Board of Trustees for many years. He was President of the Board and served on the Building Committee when MSL was conceived, designed, and built. (He is shown here holding the scissors for the Library’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.)
Even after leaving the Board, Bernie was a faithful supporter of the Library, and in 2019, he attended the Library’s 20th Birthday Bash and celebrated with other Board members. We are grateful for his service to the Library.

ExtraGive Success!

Another Extraordinary Give has come and gone (did you know we were a part of the event from its beginning 9 years ago?), and once again we are touched by the support of our amazing community.

Online donations on November 19 were made by 170 donors to bring us to $17,450. When all the donations were counted for the event, including checks or in-person donations, we reached a grand total of $19,505.

Thank you to all who donated and to all who support the Library in other ways. We are very grateful.

Miss Jan Goes to College

Miss Jan was honored to be asked by Assistant Professor Kathryn Caprino, Ph.D. at Etown College to be a guest speaker for her PK-12 New Literacies class on Tuesday, November 16.

Jan’s focus was on Pre-K through 4th grade read-aloud storybooks, how to best present them to children, and which types of books and stories would be appropriate for that age-group. The 12 students were very co-operative in interacting with the stories she read and got a taste of Miss Jan in action as she “performed” a narration of “Grumpy Bird” by Jeremy Tankard and one other picture book.

The students asked her lots of questions, and Professor Caprino reached out to Jan after the class and shared, “My students LOVED you! One student gave a read-aloud after you and said, “I hope I can live up to Miss Jan!”” Anyone who has attended one of Miss Jan’s Story Times at the Library understands.

Jan “had a blast” and looks forward to returning in the Spring to share more of her knowledge and expertise in reading to young children.

Giving Tree 2021

Our annual Giving Tree (aka Mitten Tree) is up and ready to be “decorated” with new or handmade mittens, hats, gloves, and scarves for local families in need. We are also collecting underwear, socks, slippers, ear muffs, even small umbrellas if you’d like. Donations will be accepted until Dec 17. Thank you!

Puzzle Swap with Us!

Puzzle Swap at the Library!
We now have a puzzle swap in the ALPS (Adult Library Patron Space)! Bring a puzzle (all the pieces, please!) and take a puzzle – this is perfect for puzzle-lovers who need a new challenge but don’t want to spend the money on new ones. If you don’t have any at home to swap, we invite you to borrow one using the honor system.