The Ephrata Public Library will host the following programs in March. All events are free and open to the public. However, registration is required. To register, call the library at 717-738-9291 ext. 100 or visit their website at www.ephratapubliclibrary.org.

Wednesday, March 2, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, March 2 10:30 a.m. – Homeschooler’s Book Discussion. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud to the group. We will stop periodically throughout the reading to discuss the book and ask comprehension questions. This is a great way to enhance your reading program and to give your children a chance to discuss books and learn from other childrens’ viewpoints. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, March 2, 4 p.m. – Read Across America. Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day. There will be stories, activities, food and a special visit from the Cat in the Hat. Come see what it’s all about.  Ages 4-8.

Wednesday, March 2, 3-5 – Afterschool @ EPL: Gamers Club. Teens only. Snacks provided

Tuesday, March 8, 4 p.m. – Kids Reading Tales to Tailwaggers. Enjoy reading to a dog? Children in grades 1-4 are invited to read a story to a KPET certified dog. The dogs and their handlers will be in the library ready to listen. Each child may choose stories on his or her reading level lasting for approximately 10-12 minutes. You may choose the 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. time slot.

Tuesday, March 8, 6 p.m. – Modern Classics Book Discussion Group. This month’s selection is “If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller” by Italo Calvino.

Wednesday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, March 9 10:30 a.m. – Homeschooler’s Book Discussion. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud to the group. We will stop periodically throughout the reading to discuss the book and ask comprehension questions. This is a great way to enhance your reading program and to give your children a chance to discuss books and learn from other childrens’ viewpoints. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, March 9, 3-5 p.m. – Afterschool @ EPL: Wacky Wednesday Teen Cartoon Afternoon. Snacks provided.

Thursday, March 10, 11 a.m. – Fun with Movement. Come join us for a fun time of moving to music. We will be learning how to play some musical games as well as using our bodies, scarves and parachutes to move with various types of music. Ages 3-6.

Monday, March 14, 4 p.m. – Introduction to Windows 7. Learn some new and cool things about Windows 7. Recommended for people who have just bought a computer or are planning on purchasing a computer.

Tuesday, March 15, 9-11 a.m. – Social Networking for Business. (A Collaboration with the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce.) Do your customers check-in at your business on Foursquare? Are you tweeting specials to get them in the door? Are you updating your company’s Facebook to get more traffic? If not, then this is the workshop for you. Join us for this workshop  to not only tell you the advantages of these social networking tools, but also to help you set up your accounts! Space is limited, so register early. Donation: Chamber members: $20, Non-members: $30.

Tuesday, March 15, 6 p.m. – Screening of the Independent Film “1981.” This cheeky, coming-of-age comedy tells the story of 11-year-old Ricardo, who in 1981, struggles to fit in at his new school. With a flare for inventiveness and a desperate desire to impress his classmates, Ricardo weaves a web of untruths, which he must carefully maintain to keep up appearances for his new friends. But when reality finally catches up with him, Ricardo is forced to come to terms with his true self. French w/English subtitles.

Wednesday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. – Homeschooler’s Book Discussion. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud to the group. We will stop periodically throughout the reading to discuss the book and ask comprehension questions. This is a great way to enhance your reading program and to give your children a chance to discuss books and learn from other childrens’ viewpoints. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, March 16, 3-5 – Afterschool @ EPL: Gamers Club. Teens only. Snacks provided.

Wednesday, March 16, 7 p.m. – Aging in Place. One of the most stressful times in a person’s life can be taking care of an aging loved one who is no longer self-sufficient.  Many individuals struggle with understanding what options are available to them and would give anything to receive support, expert advice, and guidance through every step of the process. Join Jessica A. Pavelko, CSA, founder of Pavelko Senior Consulting Services, LLC who will address questions as it pertains to exploring long term care options for yourself or a loved one.

Thursday, March 17, 11 a.m. –  Unleashing the Power of Google. Google is not just for searching! Join us as we explore Gmail, Google Scholar, Google Books and much more! Internet experience and an email address required.

Thursday, March 17, 6 p.m. – Mystery Book Discussion Group. This month’s selection is “Acts of Violets” by Kate Collins.

Thursday, March 17, 7 p.m. – Family Story Time. The entire family can participate by listening to stories,  singing songs, making crafts and enjoying a snack. (Stories and activities are planned for children 3-7, but older and younger children are also welcomed.)

Monday, March 21 & 28, 1 p.m. – Introduction to MS PowerPoint 2007. Learn the basics of MS PowerPoint 2007, including how to use the ribbons and how to create great presentations. A $25 fee covers all class materials and textbook. Prerequisite: Basic knowlege of Windows, the mouse and the keyboard.

Monday, March 21, 4 p.m. – Introduction to Skype. Do you have friends or family living far away? Comminicate with friends, children, grandchildren and people in the Armed Forces through video chat. Prerequisites: Basic Computer and Internet knowledge.

Wednesday, March 23, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, March 23 10:30 a.m. – Homeschooler’s Book Discussion. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud to the group. We will stop periodically throughout the reading to discuss the book and ask comprehension questions. This is a great way to enhance your reading program and to give your children a chance to discuss books and learn from other childrens’ viewpoints. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, March 23, 3-5 p.m. – Afterschool @ EPL: Wacky Wednesday Teen Cartoon Afternoon. Snacks provided.

Thursday, March 24, 11 a.m. – Fun with Movement. Come join us for a fun time of moving to music. We will be learning how to play some musical games as well as using our bodies, scarves and parachutes to move with various types of music. Ages 3-6.

Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. – Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting. Library advocates are invited to come be a part of our Friends group! Everyone welcome!

Wednesday, March 30, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time.Each session we choose a popular character like Thomas, Franklin or Winnie the Pooh and watch a short movie about that character. The program includes a snack and some fun coloring pages each week. Ages 2-5 with caregiver.

Wednesday, March 30 10:30 a.m. – Homeschooler’s Book Discussion. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud to the group. We will stop periodically throughout the reading to discuss the book and ask comprehension questions. This is a great way to enhance your reading program and to give your children a chance to discuss books and learn from other childrens’ viewpoints. Ages 6-12.

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The Ephrata Public Library will start offering library patrons the opportunity to borrow Amazon Kindles preloaded with a variety of books. The Kindles will begin circulating February 15th. Library Kindles will be loaded with books catering to a specific genre for patrons to use. “We have a Classics Kindle,” explains Library Director Penny Talbert. “These may be books that are classified as classics but may not be available at all libraries. Now they’re all available in one eReader.” Other Kindles will include inspirational titles, New York Times Fiction Bestsellers, New York Times Nonfiction Bestsellers, recently-released biographies, best selling mysteries and more.  There will be a dozen Kindles available to patrons, all of them donated by the Friends of the Ephrata Public Library and private donors. Amazon launched the Kindle in November 2007. Currently, there are over 700,000 titles available for download. All of the library’s Kindles have titles preloaded so there is no need for patrons to do anything but start reading.

The eReaders will be available to library patrons aged 18 or older in good standing. Patrons must pick up the devices during business hours at the circulation and drop them off inside the building to a staff member, rather than in one of the library’s book drops. In addition, renewals will not be allowed and patrons must take financial responsibility for the Kindles if they are damaged or lost.

“Kindles can hold hundreds of books,” says Talbert, who, along with Assistant Director Abby Balmer, has been working out the details and selecting which titles will be included. “This is a new idea for libraries but we think the time has come for libraries to add this exciting medium to our shelves.”