Programs for Life-long Learning
The Library strives to provide interesting programs for an adventure in life-long learning. While we have a few programs that meet monthly, we also include additional events for life enrichment, personal growth, and inspiration.
– Closely Knit
Closely Knit is knitting group that meets at 1:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of every month. It is a wonderful gathering of hand-crafters who knit or crochet while chatting and laughing together. There is no commitment to join or to attend every gathering. Stop by when you can!
– “Yes, You CAN Paint!”
“Yes, You CAN Paint!” is a painting class for adults no matter what their ability. This class, taught by local artist Ron Meckley using the Bob Ross method, will get adults in touch with their inner artist. There is a different scene at each class, and artists will have a finished piece at the conclusion of the class. It’s never too late to learn how to paint! Please call to register and for more details. The class meets on the second Thursday of every month from 2-4 p.m., and there is an evening class on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 6-8 p.m. There is a $25 fee for each session, which includes art instruction and all supplies, except a 16X20 canvas that must be purchased in advance.
– Book Discussion Groups
The new Classics Book Discussion Group meets monthly on the 3rd Monday at 10:30 a.m.
If you are looking to take part in a low-commitment Book Club next year, our “Classics” group invites you to join in the conversation whenever you’d like – for all the books, when a title speaks to you, or if a book is being discussed that you’ve already read! No need to register! This book discussion will focus on 19th- and 20th-century literature as well as modern classics: books that stand the test of time, express truth and beauty, and have universal appeal and make connections.
Our Lit Lovers Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30p.m., except in December. All members read each title, and a volunteer moderator leads the meeting. Members are encouraged to call the library at 717-653-1510 and register for the book clubs. The library reserves 5 copies of the monthly choice for those who do not have a personal copy or do not wish to buy the book. Book marks with future titles can be found at the front desk.
Lit Lovers is somewhat eclectic in its selections, but primarily focuses on fiction. The group also reads memoirs, short stories, biography, autobiography, mystery, sci-fi, and non-fiction. Members cast votes to determine selections 4-6 months in advance. Known for vigorous discussions, the Lit Lovers group tries to respect various opinions and to keep sporadic social activities, gossip, and romance novels outside the allotted discussion time. Lit Lovers prefer modern fiction with good writing, well-drawn characters, and interesting stories. Subjects are often contemporary issues, family conflict, and the triumph of the human spirit. Humor is also appreciated. Members read for their own education and entertainment. Often, the group reads international authors, books with international settings, or books with multi-cultural themes.
Some favorite authors include Ann Patchett, Isabelle Allende, Paul Eggers, Chris Bohjalian, Kahled Haseini, Geraldine Brooks, Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Monk Kidd, Lisa See, T. C.Boyle, Jeanette Walls, Louise Erdrich, and Fanny Flag in addition to debut authors. However, classics such as My Antonia, The Great Gatsby, Emma, Huckleberry Finn, and To Kill A Mockingbird are previous selections.
– Monthly Lifelong Learners Program
Life-long Learners is a series of programs held on the fourth Monday of every month at 10:30 a.m. In the past we have had topics about memory loss, decluttering using the KonMari method, learning to grow vegetables in containers, and writing your life story, just to name a few. If you would like to lead a program regarding a topic about which you are passionate and knowledgeable, please call the Library and ask for Nancy. (717)653-1510.
Please click here to visit our current calendar of events. We invite you to register online for any programs of interest.
Want to Brush Up on Your Driving Skills?
Driving-Tests.org’s free driver’s ed program is designed to prepare aspiring as well as more experienced drivers (teenagers, newcomers to Pennsylvania, or senior citizens) to pass their PennDOT written exam. It includes unlimited access to the official state driver’s manuals, practice tests for car, motorcycle and commercial driver’s license (CDL), an exam simulator, and a PennDOT-related FAQ. The program doesn’t collect any personal information from its users.
The Library is also host to a Quilt Study that gathers at the Library the second Wednesday of every other month from 12:30 to 3:30. Anyone is welcome to explore the history, craftsmanship and patterning of a different quilt each time. The group is led by Ann Holte.
Monthly Adult Programs