Category: Special Program

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.

MSL’s Book of Secrets Adventure

Adam Zurn of Uncharted Lancaster created an exclusive adventure for our Library – our own “Book of Secrets” Adventure! The adventure was revealed at the program “Mysterious Petroglyphs of Safe Harbor” held April 18th at the Library.

Pick up a treasure map at the Library (or click here to print at home Book of Secrets Handout – FINAL) and follow the clues in Mount Joy, Marietta, and Maytown to find our MSL Treasure! Did you know there is a cucumber pump in Maytown? How about a Furnace in Marietta? Are you familiar with the big statue of a ship in Mount Joy?

Do the adventure in a single day or take your time through the summer to complete the adventure. Complete the “Book of Secrets Adventure” to be eligible for a grand prize!

Click to visit Adam Zurn’s Uncharted Lancaster website.


The Milanof-Schock Mile Returns!

The Milanof-Schock Mile activity returns this month with a new walking route! This is a great family activity, fun for parents/grandparents with strollers, or you can meet a friend at the Library and take a walk before you check out some books. Starting April 2, adults and kids can pick up a punch card and walking route map. Each time you complete the mile we’ll punch your card…10 punches will earn adults MSL “cash” to spend on books in our lobby or bookstore and children get to pick a free book from our supply.

Winter Reading for All Ages!

Cozy Up and Read Bingo!

ADULTS: We’re taking a little break from the biweekly reading challenges to return to the winter favorite – Cozy Up and Read Bingo! Now thru February, pick up a bingo game sheet at the Library, complete 5 challenges in a row, and submit your completed sheet to the Library to earn a small prize and to be eligible for a grand prize drawing March 1. For a real challenge, complete more than one bingo sheet – you can do as many as you’d like! If you are not interested in the prizes, pickup a bingo sheet for topic ideas to inspire you to read something out-of-your-usual.


KIDS: Miss Jan has prepared a Winter Reading Bingo Program that will encourage kids to curl up with some good books during the chilly season. The program runs January 15 through February 19. Pick up a “Bingo” sheet at the Library. Read something that correspond to a block on the sheet, color in the block, and line up five in a row BINGO Style! Return your BOOKS BINGO sheet to the Milanof-Schock Library for a small prize. Forms must be turned in by February 19 to be in the grand prize drawings. Multiple entries are encouraged!

Winter Reading Game for All Ages

Winter in Pennsylvania is the perfect time to get cozy with a good book. For Library Lovers who are going to do that anyway, why not read for a little reward? Now through February 15, pick up a special “Cozy Up and Read” bingo card while visiting the Library, play the game according to directions provided at the circulation desk, and return the completed card for a small prize. There are different game cards for different age groups, including adults! The game can be played multiple times, and all completed cards will be entered in a grand prize drawing. Happy reading!

For Adults…

For Kids (sample card)…

Adult Summer Reading Game

We invite adults to take a literary trip across America with a summer reading activity. “Imagine Your Story…Across the USA” is a reading game that asks the reader to choose books located in specific states or written by authors of specific states. This adult summer reading game begins Saturday, June 20 and ends Monday, August 31. Entries received each week will be entered into that week’s drawing. On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, a Grand Prize winner will be chosen from all submitted entries.

Click here for all the details!

Lunch & Learn Focuses on Seniors at Risk

On Friday, August 3 at noon, the Milanof-Schock Library in Mount Joy will hold a Lunch and Learn opportunity called “Seniors at Risk” to be presented by Jill Greenstein Weisberg with the Jewish Family Service of Lancaster County (JFS). This program will focus on the urgency of taking care of low-income seniors who need help to keep them at home.  This session is to reach out to adult children, friends, and family members of seniors who are aging and need help to remain at home. Participants are welcome to bring a bagged lunch to the program.

JFS is a non-sectarian agency that strives to improve the lives of the most vulnerable residents in the Lancaster County community. The agency’s newest initiative is Senior Care Services. This state-licensed registry intends to improve the quality of life for older adults and their families. It offers a full range of home care services, addresses the unmet needs of older adults, and helps seniors remain independent in their own homes. What makes JFS Senior Care Services unique is that services are available to people who need them, regardless of religious affiliation or ability to pay. A generous grant received from the Lancaster County Community Foundation in July 2017 subsidizes the cost of care for low-income clients. Fees for services will be assessed on a sliding scale. By charging full price to those who can afford it, JFS will make it possible to serve more people at reduced rates.

There are so many families and individuals the agency can help with financial issues and services, but so many people don’t know about them. Recognized as an organization that helps community residents with acute needs such as rent and utilities, the JFS provides community educational programs based on issues and challenges facing our young people such as discrimination, drug use and mental illness awareness. JFS is also known for its Durable Medical Equipment Loan Closet, lending wheelchairs, walkers, bedside commodes, etc. free of charge (we’ve had a number of articles about our DME Loan Closet). Their Jewish values of justice, compassion, and respect are the driving force behind their efforts to achieve their goals and honor their obligation to the entire Lancaster County community.