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Lancaster Public Library

125 North Duke Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 394-2651 http://www.lancaster.lib.pa.us/

October 2018

$5

6th Annual Haunted Library

October 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

A fun, festive event for the entire family! Enjoy family-friendly activities… Costume contest with prizes (ages 0 – 18 years) Trick-or-treat trail (ages 12 and under) Spooky Storytimes Ghoulish games Creepy crafts Refreshments NEW THIS YEAR! DJ Glow Dance Party in partnership with DJ Mast Productions! For 18 and under + adult caregivers And if you are up for a fright – scare yourself silly in the Haunted Library Basement Maze! The creepiest characters from our scariest books have come…

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January 2019

Breaking into Government Contracting

January 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

How a Small Business Can Sell To the Federal Government Are you considering selling your products or services to Federal, State or local governments? There are many myths associated with these markets, but there are also many rewards! If you are a successful, well organized business, we can provide direction on how to succeed in the government marketplace. The Federal government buys over $450 billion of goods and services every year and State/local governments buy billions more. Should you participate?…

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Harry Potter and the Harry Potter Book Club for Underage Witches, Wizards & Their Families

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Dear Young Reader, You have been accepted into the Harry Potter Book Club for underage witches & wizards. Come prepared to talk about The Boy Who Lived, and all the magical stuff that happened to him! We will discuss Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at the January meeting. After the initial meeting, we will gather every 3rd Tuesday (through July) at 6:30PM to discuss the remaining books in the series. The Librarian will be waiting for you…Sherbet Lemon. Wizards…

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Family Yoga

January 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Lancaster Public Library is thrilled to partner with A.I.M. to Empower to provide a simple, structured, and unique yoga program for families. A certified yoga instructor will lead children and their adult caregivers in beginning yoga poses, focusing on the basics of yoga and a healthy lifestyle. Join us, every 3rd Thursday at 6:00PM! Registration is required! Space is limited! To register, please click here.

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Reading to Gracie the Dog!

January 19 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Local author Sandy Asher and her KPETs registered therapy dog Gracie will be at the library to listen to children in 1st – 4th grade read. Gracie loves listening to children read, and she never judges a mispronounced word, listens intently, and always offer encouraging snuggles! Come see for yourself! Saturdays @ 10:30AM January 19 * February 16 * March 16 * April 27 Children will read their favorite books to Gracie in 10-minute time slots. Sign up at the…

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LEGOs and More

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Families travel from station to station to use a variety of building toys to create their own masterworks. Play with LEGOs, Duplos, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, blocks, and more! Open to all ages.

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Avoid Estate Planning Drama

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Avoiding Estate Planning Drama: An Estate Planner Goes to the Movies Learn estate planning lessons from the movies! We will review Lion in Winter, King Lear, Cinderella and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In each of these films, the characters make major estate planning mistakes and we will discuss how you can avoid the same in your own planning.

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February 2019

Know Your Tax Rights

February 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Is the IRS holding your tax refund? Do you owe the IRS money? Having problems with the IRS? Join Rebecca Stavish, an LITC Managing Attorney, for an informational presentation on your tax rights and obligations and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic available for the community through MidPenn Legal Services.

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Reading to Gracie the Dog!

February 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Lancaster based author Sandy Asher and her KPETS registered therapy dog Gracie will be at the library to listen to children read. Gracie loves listening to children read, and she never judges a mispronounced word, listens intently, and always offer encouraging snuggles! Come see for yourself! Children will read their favorite books to Gracie in 10-minute time slots. Sign up at the Children’s Info Desk on the day of the event; first come, first served!

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Freedom from Smoking

February 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on March 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Is your New Years resolution to quit smoking? We’re offering a free 6 week program presented by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health to help you on your way to a healthier you. Learn coping strategies in a supportive environment mediated by professionals. Tuesday, February 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, February 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 5 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 12 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Participants will receive free nicotine replacement therapy (patch,…

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Black History Month on Screen: Marshall

February 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed film, Marshall, which follows the early legal career of the Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Introduction and discussion facilitated by the Lancaster Branch of the NAACP’s Delia Sanchez. Reserve tickets here.

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Freedom from Smoking

February 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on March 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Is your New Years resolution to quit smoking? We’re offering a free 6 week program presented by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health to help you on your way to a healthier you. Learn coping strategies in a supportive environment mediated by professionals. Tuesday, February 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, February 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 5 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 12 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Participants will receive free nicotine replacement therapy (patch,…

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Coder Dojo

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on May 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on June 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Join professional software developers as we learn how to code, explore technology, and develop websites, apps, programs, and games. We’ll use a variety of web-based tools and games, like Scratch, Lightbot, and Blockly. All skill levels welcome! Ages 9-18

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March 2019

260th Anniversary Kick-Off Reception

March 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Lancaster Public Library looks good for 260! Please join us on Friday, March 1st between 5:30-7:30 for a Reception to kick off our 260th anniversary! Enjoy light refreshments & entertainment as we celebrate the history of the Lancaster Public Library. Learn about the special events planned for 2019 to commemorate our 260th year in service to the Lancaster community! Attendees will get a special preview of the beautifully restored, century-old dollhouse gifted to the library. The event is free and…

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Freedom from Smoking

March 5 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on February 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Is your New Years resolution to quit smoking? We’re offering a free 6 week program presented by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health to help you on your way to a healthier you. Learn coping strategies in a supportive environment mediated by professionals. Tuesday, February 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, February 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 5 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 12 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Participants will receive free nicotine replacement therapy (patch,…

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Walk Lancaster: Pedestrian & Driver Safety in the City

March 11 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists! Join Sergeant Donald Morant of the Lancaster Bureau of Police for an informational evening on sharing the road with the many bikes, cars, and horses that use our city streets. Reserve tickets here.

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Freedom from Smoking

March 12 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on February 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Is your New Years resolution to quit smoking? We’re offering a free 6 week program presented by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health to help you on your way to a healthier you. Learn coping strategies in a supportive environment mediated by professionals. Tuesday, February 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, February 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 5 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 12 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Participants will receive free nicotine replacement therapy (patch,…

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Reading with Gracie the Dog!

March 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Local author Sandy Asher and her KPETs registered therapy dog Gracie will be at the library to listen to children read. Gracie loves listening to children read, and she never judges a mispronounced word, listens intently, and always offer encouraging snuggles! Children will read their favorite books to Gracie in 10-minute time slots. Sign up at the desk on the day of the event; first come, first served!

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Freedom from Smoking

March 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on February 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Is your New Years resolution to quit smoking? We’re offering a free 6 week program presented by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health to help you on your way to a healthier you. Learn coping strategies in a supportive environment mediated by professionals. Tuesday, February 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, February 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 5 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 12 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Participants will receive free nicotine replacement therapy (patch,…

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Storytime with a Lancaster City Police Officer

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am

Each month a different Lancaster City Police Officer will be here to share a story in the reading circle. No registration necessary! Walk-ins welcome! Reserve tickets here.

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Freedom from Smoking

March 26 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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One event on February 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 12, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 19, 2019 at 1:30 pm

One event on March 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Is your New Years resolution to quit smoking? We’re offering a free 6 week program presented by Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health to help you on your way to a healthier you. Learn coping strategies in a supportive environment mediated by professionals. Tuesday, February 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, February 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 5 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 12 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 19 * 1:30-2:30PM Tuesday, March 26 * 1:30-2:30PM Participants will receive free nicotine replacement therapy (patch,…

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Coder Dojo

March 28 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on March 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on May 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on June 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Join professional software developers as we learn how to code, explore technology, and develop websites, apps, programs, and games. We’ll use a variety of web-based tools and games, like Scratch, Lightbot, and Blockly. All skill levels welcome! Ages 9-18

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April 2019

Welcome Home, Bear

April 6 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
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One event on April 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Join us for a live production of Sandy Asher’s story Welcome Home, Bear! Bear and Mouse are neighbors, but they are not friends…yet. Bear likes his den nice and tidy, and Mouse likes having lots of decorations. One day, Bear asks Mouse to keep an eye on his den while he’s away. When he returns, Bear is in for a big surprise! Find out what happens next at Lancaster Public Library – we’re offering two shows on Saturday, April 6th.…

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Welcome Home, Bear

April 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on April 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Join us for a live production of Sandy Asher’s story Welcome Home, Bear! Bear and Mouse are neighbors, but they are not friends…yet. Bear likes his den nice and tidy, and Mouse likes having lots of decorations. One day, Bear asks Mouse to keep an eye on his den while he’s away. When he returns, Bear is in for a big surprise! Find out what happens next at Lancaster Public Library – we’re offering two shows on Saturday, April 6th.…

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Fulton Theatre: A Lancaster Landmark

April 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Fulton Theatre is the oldest continuously running theatre in the country with an incredible history. Join us for a discussion on the famous 167 year-old-local landmark with Kelsey Pollard, the Fulton’s Community Engagement Coordinator. The best actors, actresses, speakers, and entertainers have graced the Fulton’s stage, from Sarah Bernhardt to Mark Twain to the Edison Telephone Company. The Theatre continues to be a hub for entertainment in Lancaster and beyond with exciting growth in the future. Reserve tickets here.

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Adopt-a-Book: Cherish the Classics

April 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Help us grow the Library’s collection by “adopting” a book to live on our shelves! Your selection will be commemorated by a book plate and become part of the Library’s collection. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment while browsing! Cherish the classics while expanding the Library’s book collection! At the annual Adopt-a-Book event, you have the chance to grow the Library’s inventory, choosing books you know readers will enjoy. If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting the Library…

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Coder Dojo

April 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on March 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on May 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on June 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Join professional software developers as we learn how to code, explore technology, and develop websites, apps, programs, and games. We’ll use a variety of web-based tools and games, like Scratch, Lightbot, and Blockly. All skill levels welcome! Ages 9-18

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Lancaster Public Library

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Last Tuesdays * 6PM * Clark Room April 30th: Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin May 28th: The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi June 25th: The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty July 30th: Jade City by Fonda Lee August 27th: New York 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson September 24th: Provenance by Anne Leckie October 29th: The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman November 26th: Spoonbenders by Daryl Gregory December 17th: Autonomous by Annalee Newitz. Reserve tickets here.

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Backyard Bugs

April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Our lives would be radically different without bugs! Join the Millersville Entomology Club for a presentation on the ecologically important insects in your own backyard. Learn about native plants that pollinators rely on to sustain our local environment. Meet some Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches and see examples of cool bugs! Reserve tickets here.

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May 2019

Coder Dojo

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on March 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on May 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on June 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Join professional software developers as we learn how to code, explore technology, and develop websites, apps, programs, and games. We’ll use a variety of web-based tools and games, like Scratch, Lightbot, and Blockly. All skill levels welcome! Ages 9-18

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June 2019

Free

Summer Reading Kickoff

June 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Join us for our Summer Reading Program Kickoff Celebration on Saturday, June 8 @ 10:30AM! Mark DeRose will entertain us with his unique blend of music and art. Don’t forget to stop by the Youth Services Desk to pick up your Summer Reading log and Summer Quest booklet! Summer Reading Logs & Summer Fitness Quest Booklets available beginning Saturday, June 1st. Perfect for families. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Program support provided…

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Free

The Fight for Integrated Swimming in Lancaster

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Fight for Integrated Swimming in Lancaster, from Protests at Rocky Springs to the Construction of the County Pool. Lancaster’s Civil Rights struggle spanned employment, housing, education, and recreation. Join us to learn about the lawsuits against three public pools in Lancaster (Rocky Springs, Maple Grove, and Brookside) for violating state civil rights law in the early 1960s. Then learn about the construction of the city and county public pools as integrated pools in the late 1960s. Presented by Professor…

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Coder Dojo

June 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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One event on March 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on April 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on May 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

One event on June 27, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Join professional software developers as we learn how to code, explore technology, and develop websites, apps, programs, and games. We’ll use a variety of web-based tools and games, like Scratch, Lightbot, and Blockly. All skill levels welcome! Ages 9-18

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July 2019

Free

Makerfest

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

LPL is proud to showcase the talents of young creators! Check out the technology, crafts, artwork, and more created by local children, teens, and families. The community is encouraged to attend and browse the creations of local children and families. Our friends from make717 will be here with equipment demos, too! Children, teens, and families working as individuals, in pairs, or as family units are invited to exhibit at Makerfest. We are eager to receive project submissions, and anticipate accepting…

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