Friday, February 29, 2008

Dover Programs for the whole family

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dover Area Community Library3700-3 Davidsburg RoadDover, PA 17315717-292-6814
CONTACT: Debbie Van de Castle

Family-friendly program teaches parents and children to manage money

Dover – The Dover Area Community Library is pleased to announce that it will be offering free, family-oriented money management lessons through an innovative new program developed for Pennsylvania community-based organizations and libraries. “Right on the Money” is a program that uses fun, age-appropriate children’s books to introduce kids to key financial concepts and provides parents with tools to reinforce their own financial knowledge as well as help their children build sound money management skills.
“Nearly 75% of parents feel they are unprepared to teach their kids about basic personal finances,” said Debbie Van de Castle, Director of the Dover Area Library. “This program helps parents strengthen their financial skills. It also gives them creative ideas and helps them feel more comfortable teaching positive money management skills to their children. And, frankly, it’s a lot of fun!”
“Right on the Money” was developed through a partnership between the Penn State University Cooperative Extension, the Heinz Endowments and the Pennsylvania Office of Financial Education to create an easy-to-use curriculum for teachers, librarians and other community members who are interested in providing financial education to children ages 5-7 and their parents.
The four-part program will begin April 9, 2008. For more information, contact Debbie Van de Castle @ 717-292-6814

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Winter Weather continues to effect Library Hours

Winter Weather Advisory - Wed Feb 13th
Sloppy weather continues to make driving treacherous and road conditions exciting. Many libraries have opened, but with a delay.
Please call your library to ensure that they are open for business.
Due to a large-area electrical outage, the Kreutz Creek Library in Hellam is closed. They will re-open when power has been restored.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Snow and Incliment Weather Closings

Due to the hazardous weather outlook for Central Pennsylvania, many Libraries are closing early.
Please call to ensure your library will be open, before venturing out.
Snow will be changing to sleet and freezing rain after noon, on Tuesday February 12th.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Herbs at the Paul Smith Library - February's class is full

The Paul Smith Library of Southern York County is hosting eight herb-related programs during the 2008 program year. The series is being presented by Master Gardener, Pat Sweetman, of the Mason-Dixon Unit of the Herb Society of America. The programs are free although pre-registration is required.

Registration for the February 27, 2008, seminar in the Herb Series at the Paul Smith Library filled up the first available day of registration – if you’re interested in the Herbal hors d'oeuvres class (held in March) you’ll want to sign up as soon as possible on the opening registration date - March 1st.

You can do this by phone (717) 235-4313, e-mail or in person at the library.

Podcasting? Podcasting!

A new local podcast has arrived!

Check out the latest broadcast with January’s artist of the month, Mary Swann. Mary will be speaking with Jason Hoppes and Carol Stampler about her art and life in southern York County.


What is a podcast?

Think of it Internet radio or television broadcasts.

The term "podcast" has nothing to do with iPods - rather, it is a portmanteau of the acronym "Pod"—standing for "Portable on Demand"—and "broadcast".

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Guitar Hero 3 Tournament runs January 31st. Do you have what it takes?

Guitar Hero (3) Tournament
Thursday, January 31, 2008

6:00 pm
Guthrie Library, Hanover PA

There is a cap of 30 participants, but there's always room and snacks for spectators! Cheer on your friends and watch as the songs get harder and the players dwindle in number.

We have 24 have already signed up, so get on it soon if you want to compete.

Special thanks go to Gamestop for their sponsorship and support - the top winners in each category will receive a Gamestop gift card.

All competitors must register in advance and may do so by calling (717) 632-5183 and asking for the Teen department.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Help a local kid win a $25,000 scholarship!

One of our library patrons is a top ten finalist in a $25,000 scholarship contest.

To win, he needs our help!

Please go to the Jif Peanut Butter site and vote!
Please vote for Ian from Pennsylvania's Monstwich. You can vote once each day from now until February 11th to help him.

There are ten incredibly creative recipes from children aged 6-12, so for some extra fun, copy down the recipes and try them out!

Libraries are open on January 21st

We celebrate Martin Luther King Day by keeping our Libraries open, so that people may read, learn, and enrich their lives.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Library Closures Due to Snow and Sleet

Most York and Adams County Libraries will close early (or, at the time of this posting, may have already closed) on Thursday January 17th, 2008.

This is due to inclement conditions which include significant accumulations of snow and sleet .

If there are school closings in your area, please call your library to confirm that they'll be open.

In theme with the weather, here are some tips on safe winter driving .

Be safe!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Art Exhibit – Dee Brua

The Friends of the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County (formerly known as the Southern York County Library) announces the third of six Artist Exhibits of the 2007-08 program year.

Works by local artist Dee Brua will be displayed at the Library through February 9, 2008. Commissions from the sale of art work will benefit the Library. The event is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Drawn to watercolors all her life, Dee Brua imagined she would have lots of time to devote to learning to paint after retirement. However, when she was laid off after 25 years, a friend coaxed her into taking watercolor classes while she looked for another job. Hooked after the first class with Pat Thorn in 1999, she has continued her studies to learn new techniques and stay connected to other artists. She found another job, but couldn’t stop painting.
In 2007, her work Red Morning, received an Honorable Mention at the York Art Association’s Fall Member Show. Dee Brua lives in New Freedom with her husband, and works in Timonium.

All sales from the Art Exhibit will be available for pick-up on Saturday, February 9, 2008, and gallery commissions will benefit the Paul Smith Library.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of Southern York County Library.

For information about this fundraising group, or to volunteer at events, please contact Louann Lucas, Volunteer Coordinator, at (717) 235-4313, or the group’s President, Tom Healy at

BIG basket Raffle

During the month of January and ending on Valentine’s Day we will be selling tickets for our second Take a Chance at Romance raffle. The winning ticket will be drawn the evening of February 14th, 2008

Tickets are $5 for one or $20 for five.
Proceeds benefit the Mason Dixon Public Library.

Last year’s winner received a prize package valued at over $500 which included a one night stay at the Hampton Inn in Shrewsbury, gift cards and gift baskets. Tickets are available at the library.

We are still collecting prizes, but here is a partial list of what will be in this year's basket.

To be clear, these prizes have been confirmed but there will likely be more added.
  • a one night stay at the Hampton Inn in Shrewsbury

  • A lovely collection of breakfast items from Cracker Barrel

  • gift cards for WalMart and Giant

  • Cookie Lee Jewelry

  • Gift Certificates from local restaurants including China Wok and Spaterro's

Basket pictured is not the actual basket being raffled.
It is also not quite this large.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Tales for Tails @ your Library

As seen in the news - Tales for Tails

Children who are new to reading or who need a little help can benefit by reading to a dog in Tales for Tails sessions at the Glatfelter Memorial Library.

Molly, Luke, Sophie, Brewster and Buddy are ready to listen! Please register ahead of time, and come the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.

For details or to register, stop by the library or call 235-3220.

A little about our furry listeners: they are either certified through Therapy Dog International or Therapy Dog Incorporated.

Here are some of the requirements to be a therapy dog - (these may vary, depending on their certification)
  • A dog must be a minimum of one (1) year of age and have a sound temperament.

  • They must have a temperament evaluation for suitability to become a Therapy Dog.

  • The test will also include the evaluation of the dog's behavior around people with the use of some type of service equipment (wheelchairs, crutches, etc.).

Same wonderful library, new exciting name -

At a recent dedication ceremony, the Southern York County Library was renamed the Paul Smith Library of Southern York County. Smith’s generous contribution of saleable land to the facility’s capital campaign resulted in a gift of more than one-half million dollars.

Paul Smith, a native York County businessman and World War II veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, started Paul L. Smith Builders in 1946. In Southern York County, Smith built the Southern Farms Development, Oakwood Manor, Eastwood Townhomes, a portion of Forest Lakes, Market Square Shopping Center, Freedom Hills, Slyder Estates, and Boundary Road Apartments, in addition to many private homes.

Friday Nights @ Your Library

Starting March 7th - Friday Night at the Library!

Friday hours are to be extended! The Mason Dixon Public Library will be open to the public from Noon to 8:00 p.m., every Friday night.
This is terrific for weekend movie selection, and opportunity at research for school or personal interest, a nice place to meet other like-minded individuals, and a lovely facility!
Come check us out - lifelong learning and something for everyone @ your library.