Category: FYI

First Finishers of the Milanof-Schock Mile Punch Card

Congratulations to the first two Library patrons who completed their Milanof-Schock Mile Punch Cards! Angela and Jake earned 10 punches each in the adult and child categories; Angela earned MSL Cash to be used toward a book purchase, and Jake earned a free book – he chose a Magic Tree House! There is still plenty of time to participate. Pick up your punch card at the Library!

Walk the Milanof-Schock Mile

We’ve mapped out a 1-mile route for anyone who wants to walk a neighborhood mile starting from and returning to the Library! The first 2 weeks we’ve given the incentive of prize eligibility, and now that you know the route you can walk or jog it any time!
Coming in for story time? Encourage other families to walk the mile afterward! Dropping off or picking up books? Walk the mile! Just need a nice walk through the neighborhood? Park at the Library and take the walk. Now you know. 🙂

Memory – March 14, 2020

We remember March 14, 2020

Does anyone remember this day, one year ago today, when the Library was getting ready to close for a couple of weeks? The uncertainty of what was happening was a bit scary, but what we, as a Library staff, felt that day was pretty amazing. So many people rushed to the Library to checkout books and movies and learning resources to keep themselves or families entertained. The “new” bookshelves were emptied, large gaps appeared on shelves throughout the Library as people came to the checkout counter with arms full and bags filled. The lines were long all day, but there were no complaints. It was a day when we felt how essential we were to people in our community, and even people from other towns whose libraries had already closed with little warning. Would it surprise you to know that we checked out 4,072 items in the few hours that we were open on that Saturday?
We are so happy that we didn’t have to stay closed for too long, that we took precautions, followed guidelines and protocols, provided fun videos through social media, and opened to the public in June. We will continue to follow guidelines for the safety of all, and as the saying goes, “This, too, shall pass.”
This month we returned to all in-person programs and clubs for adults and kids – hooray! We are excited to welcome spring and the warmer weather that is on its way so that we can take our programs back outside to the lawn and fresh air. Thank you for staying with us these last few months, for your patience as we navigated this chapter in our shared story, and for your generosity thru contributions both financial and in the form of books. The strength and sense of community around us is inspiring.

Library Receives Grant

Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy recently added a large selection of adult and children’s books to its public collection. Funding has been provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. Books purchased with the provided funds cover a variety of genres and topics in both fiction and nonfiction.

As part of the national Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which became law on March 27, 2020, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) received $75 million to distribute to humanities-based nonprofits that have been financially impacted by the coronavirus. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) received a portion of these emergency relief funds to grant to the statewide public humanities community. Called PHC CARES, this fund will help sustain Pennsylvania’s cultural infrastructure by supporting humanities organizations during this unprecedented time.

The Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) is an independent nonprofit partner of the National
Endowment for the Humanities and part of a network of 56 state humanities councils that spans the nation and U.S. jurisdictions. We put the humanities in action to create positive change in our lives and communities. They believe the humanities inspire people to grow their potential and shape an equitable society. Their work is grounded in people and champions their creativity and big ideas, and they bring Pennsylvanians together to shape the future through the power of stories, reflection, and relationships. Learn more about us at

Penn Medicine COVID Update Jan 8

Getting an Online Library Card

Click here to register for an online Library Card.

Please read below for all information about the card and what services you can perform with it.

Who Can Register Online:

Residents of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Patrons 14 and older

Everyone else should contact their local library to find out how to get a library card.

Temporary Library Card:

After you complete the form found at the link above, you will receive a temporary library card number that you can use to sign in to many of our libraries’ online resources.

Your temporary library card is valid for 3 months. You must visit or contact us to upgrade your temporary library card to a full access library card. Otherwise your temporary library card will expire. You will need to complete a full paper application in the library and produce proof of address to upgrade your card.

Your temporary library card can be used to:
-Borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks
-Place holds on physical library items
-To pickup your held items, you must visit or contact us to upgrade your temporary library card to a full access library card.
-Use Online Resources

Your temporary library card cannot be used to:
-Borrow physical library items
-Use public access computers in the libraries
Please contact us to upgrade your limited access library card to a full access library card.

Adult Clubs Return in January!

Our Adult Clubs will return to the Library this month – Hooray! Knitting, cross-stitching, art, and book discussions, including a brand new Book Group called the Northwest Book Club, formerly the Elizabethtown Book Club, who lost their meeting space and has reassembled in-person at our Library!

Reading Treasures at MSL

We have opened a new virtual store at the Library called Reading Treasures.

It is our mission to preserve the beauty and stories of vintage books by connecting them with someone who will appreciate them. We have a Facebook page set up specifically to sell old books that are donated to us by our generous book-loving community, and we have a complete listing of available books on our website (click here to be taken to our page). Purchased books can be picked up at the library, or they can be shipped within the United States.