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!
– Joyful Stitchers
The Joyful Stitchers club is open to all stitchers, from beginners to the ultra-experienced. Bring your supplies and join the fun! If you are new, you can pick up a simple cross-stitch kit at any local craft store and bring it with you. One of the experienced club members will teach you! The group gathers at the Library on the third Saturday of every month from 9:15 am to 12:45 pm.
– Make-It Monday
New in 2019 is the adult crafting class Make-It Monday! On the 4th Monday of every month, adults can sign up for a different make-it take-it craft. Most are free of charge, except for the quarterly “Paint Like a Pro” which is $25 to cover instruction and supplies, canvas not included. Participants must pre-register.
– 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.
– Quilt Study
The community is invited to attend this gathering of quilt-lovers that meet every other month on the second Wednesday from 12:30 to 3:30. This group is run by Ann Holte, who is not affiliated with the Library. The group does not meet in May – there is a quilt exhibit at Winters Heritage House Museum in Elizabethtown, and the group attends the exhibit together.
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.