Ephrata Public Library Holding Fundraiser to Fund Friday Hours


If you stop by the Ephrata Public Library on a Friday, you’ll find the doors locked and the parking lot empty. After significant funding cuts from the state, the library was forced to cut their hours in 2010. Since then, library officials have been trying to figure out a way to reopen on Fridays. Library Executive Director Penny Talbert is hoping that November 30th will make all the difference.

“We heard about the ExtraOrdinary Give from the Lancaster County Community Foundation,” said Talbert. “It seemed like this could help us get our doors back open on Fridays.”

The ExtraOrdinary Give is providing the library, and other nonprofits in Lancaster County, a unique opportunity to raise funds and receive a pro-rated portion of a $250,000 pool. “If we raise 2% of the total raised in Lancaster County on November 30, we get 2% of the pool. We’re hoping the community sees the opportunity and hope they’ll log onto the internet and help us,” Talbert explained.

The library will be open on November 30 for 24 hours in an effort to make the community aware of the fundraising project. Throughout the day, special events are taking place. Attendance to all events requires a $25 donation to the library.

At 12 noon, a Gosford Park Tea will be held Gosford Park is a murder mystery satire set in 1930s England. At 3:30 p.m., patrons can participate in a Just Dance! Marathon using an Xbox 360 Kinect. At 5:30 p.m., 2-person teams are invited to play Ephrata’s Minute to Win It. At 7:30 p.m., the library will screen the TV series “Sherlock.”

Every year, Talbert says that the library receives letters during the fund drive that explain that people aren’t donating until the library is reopen on Fridays. “Now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is,” she explains.

Donations can only be made on November 30 using the Foundation’s website, www.ExtraGive.org. Minimum donations are $25 and must be paid by credit card.


Ephrata Public Library Expands Program for Homeschoolers

(Ephrata, PA) – The Ephrata Public Library is expanding its program offerings for homeschoolers in Lancaster County. All events are free to the public, but registration is required. Interested parties can register online at www.ephratapubliclibrary.org, by phone at 717-738-9291 or in person at the library, located at 550 South Reading Road, Ephrata, during normal business hours.


“We’ve been offering both a Homeschooler Book Discussion Group and a Be An Illustrator! Art Class for some time,” said Library Executive Director Penny Talbert. The demand for these programs has been so great that we’ve decided to offer other curriculum-based classes in order to provide both educational opportunities and a chance for homeschoolers to work in a classroom environment.”


Beginning in January, the library will offer “Fun with Science for Homeschoolers” and “Fun with Math with Homeschoolers,” a supplement to homeschool curriculums with math and science lessons. Open to students in grades 4-6, this program presents a standards-based lesson with a literary connection. The programs are taught by a Pennsylvania-certified teacher.


In addition, another new program being offered is a Reader’s Theater for Homeschoolers. Reader’s Theater is acting out a story using only expressive reading: no sets, costumes or memorization. Participants will work on reading with fluency, accuracy and expression as they read short plays ranging from fairytales to classic stories to poetry. This program is for children ages 8-12.


For a complete list of dates for these programs, patrons can visit the library website at www.ephratapubliclibrary.org. The demand, says Talbert, is great and classes fill up quickly. “Public libraries are a learning commons for everyone in the community and it is part of our mission to provide educational opportunities for our large homeschool population.”


Information about these, and all the other programs at the library can be found at the library’s website.


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