January Events Announced

November 23, 2013

Ephrata Public Library Announces January Events

The Ephrata Public Library has announced their programs for January 2014. All programs are open to the public and free of charge unless otherwise specified. Registration is required and can be made by calling 717-738-9291 or online at http://www.ephratapubliclibrary.org.

Tuesday, January 7, 6:30 p.m. – Modern Classics Book Discussion Group. This month’s selection is “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin.

Saturday, January 11, 12 p.m. – Dungeons & Dragons League. Tweens, teens and adults are invited to join us for an afternoon of adventure! Whether you are brand new to this fantasy role-playing game or a Level 34 Mage, there is room for everybody at the table.

Mondays, January 13 & 20, 11 a.m. – Unleashing Facebook. Join us for this 2-part class as we teach you everything you need to know about Facebook. We will be covering everything from the basics, messaging, privacy settings and more! You must have a Facebook account before class. Make sure to bring your username and password! This class has a $10 fee, which includes handouts.

Monday, January 13, 2:30 p.m. – Be An Illustrator! For Homeschoolers. Study the artwork in celebrated and award-winning children’s books then turn your enthusiasm into art by copying the artist’s technique. Illustrate using collage, found objects, cartooning, painting and more. Ages 8-13.

Monday, January 13, 4 p.m. – Be An Illustrator! For Public Schoolers. Study the artwork in celebrated and award-winning children’s books then turn your enthusiasm into art by copying the artist’s technique. Illustrate using collage, found objects, cartooning, painting and more. Ages 8-13.

Monday, January 13, 4 p.m. – Teen Anime Club. Join us to watch new anime, find out what’s new on our shelves and have a say in what we add to the collection. Ages 13-18.

Monday, January 13, 6 p.m. – Family Movie Night. Take a trip back in time to when star Monsters, Inc. employees Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan were just two promising young students at Monsters University in this frightfully fun Disney/Pixar prequel. Long before they were lurking in closets for a living, Mike and Sulley were just two Scaring majors at Monsters University, dreaming of the day they would make children shriek in terror. When their heated competition to be the most fearsome in their class gets out of hand, however, Mike and Sulley find themselves ejected from the prestigious Scare Program, and they are forced to seek the aid of their oddball friends in order to get their education back on track. Rated G. 104 minutes.

Tuesday, January 14, 9:30 a.m. – Introduction to Computers I. Learn the basic parts of the computer and proper use of computer functions like correctly turning your computer on and off; using a mouse and keyboard; and highlighting, copying and pasting text. This class is designed for those with little or no computer experience.

Tuesday, January 14, 4 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. – Kids Reading Tales to Tailwaggers. Children 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. Reading time is approximately 10 minutes. Grades 1-4.

Tuesday, January 14, 4 p.m. – Tween Gamers Club. Play video games on the big screen! Snacks provided. Ages 10-12.

Tuesday, January 14, 6 p.m. – The Doctor Is In: Author’s Visit with Dr. Patrick V. Suglia. Dr. Patrick V. Suglia will be at the library to discuss his book, “The Doctor Is In: My Success at the Crossroads of Autism and Spirituality.” Dr. Suglia is a local holistic healer who became successful in life despite having autism. In this presentation, he will share his insights about learning, life and spiritual wellness.

Tuesday, January 14, 6:30 p.m. – YA @ Heart Book Discussion. Maybe you’re not quite a teenager anymore, but that doesn’t mean you should deny yourself the joys of Young Adult Fiction! Embrace your inner child and join us to discuss some of the latest YA titles (and to eat snacks, your inner child is hungry)! This month’s selection is “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins.

Wednesday, January 15, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Do you like watching Thomas or solving a problem with Dora? Well come have an adventure with them at the library. We will watch a short movie about one of these characters or one of the many other childhood favorites. After the movie, we will have a snack and character coloring pages. Ages 2-5.

Wednesday, January 15, 9:30 a.m. – Fun with Science for Homeschoolers. Supplement your homeschool curriculum with science lessons at the library. Open to children in grades 4-6, this program will present a standards-based lesson with a literary connection. This program is taught by a Pennsylvania certified teacher.

Wednesday, January 15, 10:30 a.m. – Homeschool Book Discussion Group. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud with periodic stops to discuss the book and answer comprehension questions. This is a great way to expand your reading curriculum. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, January 15, 12:30 p.m. – Afternoon Tea with the BBC. Join us and enjoy watching various BBC selections while sipping tea and devouring delicious treats.

Wednesday, January 15, 3:30 p.m. – Cupcake Decorating for Teens with the Sugar Arts Institute. Decorate cupcakes with white chocolate ganache garnished and hand-modeled chocolate roses. Snow date: January 16.

Wednesday, January 15, 4 p.m. – Teen Manga Book Discussion. This month’s selection is “Kamisama Kiss” by Julietta Suzuki. Ages 13-18.

Wednesday, January 15, 5 p.m. – Cupcake Decorating for Kids and Tweens with the Sugar Arts Institute. Decorate cupcakes with white chocolate ganache garnished with hand-modeled chocolate roses. Ages 8-12. Snow date: January 16.

Thursdays, January 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 10 a.m. – PowerPoint for Homeschoolers. Join us for this 4-part class and learn how to make PowerPoint presentations with all the bells and whistles of this program. By the end of class, you’ll have a presentation with pictures, animations and slide transitions that will wow your audience. Grades 5 and up preferred.

Thursday, January 16, 10 a.m. – Story Time. This 40-minute story time includes songs, finger plays, stories and a craft. Ages 3-5.

Thursday, January 16, 11 a.m. – Toddler Time. Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy songs, finger plays, short stories and a simple craft in this story time. Ages 2 and 3.

Thursdays, January 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 4 p.m. – Windows 8. Are you feeling lost in Windows 8? Have no fear…we’re here to help! In this 4-part course you will learn the ins-and-outs of Windows 8. A $50 fee includes all materials and a textbook. You must own a laptop with Windows 8 installed and bring it with you to each class.

Thursday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. – Mystery Book Discussion Group, This month’s selection is “Dying for Chocolate” by Diane Mott Davidson.

Thursday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. – Cookbook Club. Sample different recipes from a new cookbook each month! Simply pick a recipe, prepare it and bring it in for a potluck-style tasting. This month, we’re teaming up with the Mystery Book Discussion Group and preparing recipes from their selection, “Dying for Chocolate” by Diane Mott Davidson. Check out the book or photocopy a recipe from the reference copy behind the circulation desk!

Thursday, January 16, 7 p.m. – Family Story Time. Families are invited to listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts and have a snack. Stories and activities are planned for children ages 3-7, but siblings of all ages are welcome.

Friday, January 17, 10 a.m. – Lapsit Story Time. This 20-minute story time for toddlers and their caregivers includes songs, nursery rhymes, lap rhymes, puppets, a short story and playtime. Ages 6-24 months.

Saturday, January 18, 12 p.m. – Dungeons & Dragons League. Tweens, teens and adults are invited to join us for an afternoon of adventure! Whether you are brand new to this fantasy role-playing game or a Level 34 Mage, there is room for everybody at the table.

Monday, January 20, 10 a.m. – Lapsit Story Time. This 20-minute story time for toddlers and their caregivers includes songs, nursery rhymes, lap rhymes, puppets, a short story and playtime. Ages 6-24 months.

Monday, January 20, 10 a.m. – Monday Morning Movies with Coffee and Donuts. Make your Monday morning more tolerable by joining us for a movie and coffee! This month, we will be showing “The Great Gatsby,” a modern interpretation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Rated PG-13. 143 minutes.

Monday, January 20, 4 p.m. – Tween Book Club. This month’s selection is “House With a Clock in its Walls” by John Bellairs.

Monday, January 20, 5 p.m. – Lego® Builders Club. Unleash the Lego® builder in you. If you can imagine it, you can build it. Lego® blocks supplied. Ages 5-12.

Monday, January 20, 6:15 p.m. – Lego® Builders Club. Unleash the Lego® builder in you. If you can imagine it, you can build it. Lego® blocks supplied. Ages 5-12.

Tuesday, January 21, 9:30 a.m. – Introduction to Computers II. This class explores Windows, the computer operating system, as well as various programs. Attendees learn basic elements of Windows including common menus, toolbars and icons. In addition, a basic overview of Microsoft Word will be taught.

Tuesday, January 21, 10 a.m. – Toddler Time. Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy songs, finger plays, short stories and a simple craft in this story time. Ages 2 and 3.

Tuesday, January 21, 11 a.m. – Story Time. This 40-minute story time includes songs, finger plays, stories and a craft. Ages 3-5.

Tuesday, January 21, 11 a.m. – Hardware for Beginners. Wondering what a hard drive is and how many “gigawhats” are in it? Are you still trying to figure out what RAM is and what it has to do with your computer? This class gives you an overview of computer hardware and how it works, including basic functions and tech terminology.

Tuesday, January 21, 3 p.m. – Teen Gamers Club. Play video games on the big screen! For ages 13-18.

Tuesday, January 21, 4:30 p.m. – Find Great Recipes Online. Tired of making the same food for dinner? Want to try making a new dessert for a summer picnic? This course is designed to help you find new and interesting recipes without a cookbook!

Tuesday, January 21, 6 p.m. – Necessary Conversations: Between Adult Children and Their Aging Parents. Ever thought of having “the talk” with your parents or your adult children? Authors Gerald and Marlene Kaufman and their book, “Necessary Conversations: Between Adult Children and their Aging Parents,” tells you how. The Kaufmans are retired family counselors from Lancaster County who have had “the talk” with their children. They encourage you to enter into this intergenerational dialog. Signed copies of the book will be available for $13. This presentation is especially designed for parents near retirement age or older and/or adult children eager to start this conversation with parents.

Wednesday, January 22, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Do you like watching Thomas or solving a problem with Dora? Well come have an adventure with them at the library. We will watch a short movie about one of these characters or one of the many other childhood favorites. After the movie, we will have a snack and character coloring pages. Ages 2-5.

Wednesday, January 22, 9:30 a.m. – Fun with Math for Homeschoolers. Supplement your homeschool curriculum with math lessons at the library. Open to children in grades 4-6, this program will present a standards-based lesson with a literary connection. This program is taught by a Pennsylvania certified teacher.

Wednesday, January 22, 10:30 a.m. – Homeschool Book Discussion Group. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud with periodic stops to discuss the book and answer comprehension questions. This is a great way to expand your reading curriculum. Ages 6-12.

Wednesday, January 22, 12:30 p.m. – Afternoon Tea with the BBC. Join us and enjoy watching various BBC selections while sipping tea and devouring delicious treats.

Wednesday, January 22, 4 p.m. – Nintendo 3DS Community. Join us for some DS fun. Whether you’re the next Pokemon Master, or the Mayor in your Animal Crossing town, come prepared to make friends, exchange friend codes and have a great time. You need to bring your own Nintendo 3DS. Ages 10-18.

Thursday, January 23, 9 a.m. – Lapsit Story Time. This 20-minute story time for toddlers and their caregivers includes songs, nursery rhymes, lap rhymes, puppets, a short story and playtime. Ages 6-24 months.

Thursday, January 23, 11 a.m. – Fun With Movement. Join us for some musical fun! Play musical games and use scarves and parachutes to move to various kinds of music. Ages 3-6.

Thursday, January 23, 1 p.m. – Story Time. This 40-minute story time includes songs, finger plays, stories and a craft. Ages 3-5.

Thursday, January 23, 2:30 p.m. – Reader’s Theater for Homeschoolers. Reader’s Theater is acting out a story using only expressive reading: no sets, costumes or memorization. We’ll work on reading with fluency, accuracy and expression as we read short plays ranging from fairy tales to classic stories to poetry. Ages 8-12.

Thursday, January 23, 3:30 p.m. – Junior Friends. Have fun and help the library at the same time! In this group we work on projects and fundraisers that benefit the library. This is a great place to learn about volunteer opportunities for teens. Ages 13-18.

Thursday, January 23, 4 p.m. – Holy Guacamole! Foodie Lab. One child plus one parent/guardian equals healthy food-making fun. Grades 2-6.

Thursday, January 23, 6:30 p.m. – GMO Free Lancaster County. Over the past 20 years, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) have gone from non-existent to being present in 80% of food on supermarket shelves, and they are having a significant impact on our health and the health of our children. Autism, ADHD, food allergies, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and infertility have all been linked to GMOs in animal studies. The food we eat today is unlike any food in human history. If you eat, this issue affects you. Join GMO Free Lancaster’s Emily Givler, DSC, Pediatric Nutritionist, as she gives an introduction to GMOs, what they are, how they affect your health and what you can do about it!

Monday, January 27, 3 p.m. – Getting Started on Pinterest. Learn about the web sensation Pinterest! Join us to find out how to use this free web service and unleash the fun and creative world of Pinterest!

Monday, January 27, 4 p.m. – El Cuento Bueno (The Good Story) Bilingual Story Time. This special story time includes listening to stories in English and Spanish. We’ll learn basic Spanish words and songs. Ages 5-8.

Monday, January 27, 4 p.m. – Teen Book Discussion. Talk about the latest and greatest titles from the YA section! This month’s selection is “The Mighty Miss Malone” by Christopher Paul Curtis.

Tuesday, January 28, 10 a.m. – Toddler Time. Toddlers and their caregivers can enjoy songs, finger plays, short stories and a simple craft in this story time. Ages 2 and 3.

Tuesday, January 28, 11 a.m. – Story Time. This 40-minute story time includes songs, finger plays, stories and a craft. Ages 3-5.

Tuesday, January 28, (2 sessions) 12:30 p.m. & 5 p.m. – The Many Shades of the Winter Blues. Many people experience the phenomenon called “winter blues,” a period of sadness or depressive-like symptoms during the winter months. When the winter blues are compounded by the addition of bereavement, the person’s feeling of blue can go from azure to royal to navy. Similarly, a person neither grieves nor feels blue exactly the same as someone else. This interactive presentation by James Yoder, Jr. a bereavement counselor from AseraCare Hospice and minister, will explore the concepts of winter blues and bereavement and the ways they can impact each other. Refreshments provided. Please sign up for only 1 session.

Tuesday, January 28, 4 p.m. – Tween Gamers Club. Play video games on the big screen! Snacks provided. For ages 10-12.

Tuesday, January 28, 6:30 p.m. – Inspirational Fiction Book Discussion Group. This month’s selection is “Saving Hope” by Margaret Daley.

Wednesday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. – Wednesdays With…Preschool Movie Time. Do you like watching Thomas or solving a problem with Dora? Well come have an adventure with them at the library. We will watch a short movie about one of these characters or one of the many other childhood favorites. After the movie, we will have a snack and character coloring pages. Ages 2-5.

Wednesday, January 29, 10:30 a.m. – Homeschool Book Discussion Group. In this group, a chapter book is read aloud with periodic stops to discuss the book and answer comprehension questions. This is a great way to expand your reading curriculum. Ages 6-12.

Thursday, January 30, 10 a.m. – Block Party for Tots. Bring your little construction fan to a block builders’ party at the library! Mega Bloks and other construction toys will provide young builders with hands-on building materials. A grown-up must accompany tots for this program. Ages 1-5.

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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, 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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New Traveling Exhibition Tells the Story of Abraham Lincoln’s Struggle to Meet the
Constitutional Challenges of the Civil War

 

            (Ephrata, PA) – “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition opening at the Ephrata Public Library on Monday, August 29 examines how President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the Civil War—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties.

Lincoln is widely acknowledged as one of America’s greatest presidents, but his historical reputation is contested. Was he a calculating politician willing to accommodate slavery, or a principled leader justly celebrated as the Great Emancipator? This exhibition provides no easy answers. Rather, it encourages visitors to form a nuanced view of Lincoln by engaging them with Lincoln’s struggle to reconcile his policy preferences with basic American ideals of liberty and equality. This exhibition develops a more complete understanding of Abraham Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860, at a time when the nation was on the brink of war. Lincoln struggled to resolve the basic questions that divided Americans at the most perilous moment in the nation’s history: Was the United States truly one nation, or was it a confederacy of sovereign and separate states? How could a country founded on the belief that “all men are created equal” tolerate slavery? In a national crisis, would civil liberties be secure? President Lincoln used the Constitution to confront these three crises of war, ultimately reinventing the Constitution and the promise of American life.

“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition, particularly as the first library in the country to act as host,” said Ephrata Public Library’s Executive Director, Penny Talbert. “As a new president, Abraham Lincoln was faced with enormous challenges. This exhibition shows how Lincoln struggled with issues of secession, slavery and civil liberties—all questions our country’s founding charter left unanswered. Each section of the exhibit features information about a different aspect of Lincoln’s presidency. For example, the section about slavery examines the various policy options Lincoln once embraced and how his thoughts about slavery evolved over time. Most importantly, the exhibit helps visitors understand why Lincoln’s struggle with the Constitution still matters today.”

The National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office organized the traveling exhibition, which was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life. The traveling exhibition is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

The traveling exhibition is composed of informative panels featuring photographic reproductions of original documents, including a draft of Lincoln’s first inaugural speech, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment. In addition, the library will be hosting The Civil War Road Show on September 17-19 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The library is sponsoring free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibition. Contact the library during normal business hours or visit www.ephratapubliclibrary.org for more information. “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” will be on display at the library until October 1.