Author: sdrennen

Basic Cooking Skills

Learn how to make flavorful meals on a budget.
This series of five classes teaches basic cooking techniques with inexpensive recipe ideas.
Samples will be provided so we can taste test the recipes being made!

Thursday, October 11, 6:00 – 7:30 pmBacon and Cheese Frittata
Learn an inexpensive one dish meal made in a cast iron skillet – This frittata, a quiche with no crust, can be made for breakfast or anytime.

Thursday, October 18, 6:00 – 7:30 pmVegetarian Meal
We will be making Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower, with Risotto and Roasted Tomatoes.
An all-in-one sheet pan supper or individual side dishes. Making these recipes we will learn seasoning and ways to improve the flavor of out of season produce. Instruction will include the different kinds of rice and the methods for cooking each, safety and proper use of knives.

Thursday, November 8, 6:00 – 7:30 pmPho Ga – Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup
Learn how to get the most out of a whole chicken at a minimal cost including how to make chicken stock. We will also cover shopping and where to find unfamiliar ingredients. Try something different that you may not make at home.

Friday, November 16, 4:00 – 5:30 pmClassic Margherita Pizza
Learn how to use a pizza stone to create your own homemade pizza, making pizza dough and sauce from scratch. We will cover how to follow a recipe and measuring accurately.

Friday, November 16, 6:00 – 7:00 pmChocolate Chip Cookies
We will cover the importance of following the recipe and using proper technique. In addition, we’ll learn the proper use of kitchen tools while baking a classic cookie recipe.

Registration is required to attend. Register for one class or all five.

Ladies Night Out

Friday, August 17, 5:30 – 9:00 pm – Registration required.
An evening for the ladies at the Quarryville Library. Attending with friends or alone, relax and enjoy the evening as you join some of the scheduled activities, including:
• Light Dinner: sandwiches, salads, vegetables and desserts
• Book Sharing Group: contact the library for a list of books, select one to read ahead of time and then share a summary of the book with the group
• Colorama
• Board Games
• Crafts
 Wreath making: Supplies will be provided
 Memory Collage: Create a photo collage of a special occasion, camping trip, fun time at the beach or any memorable experience. Bring 3 or 4 photos along to create your own memorable collage.
• Chocolate dipping and cupcake decorating
• Book Bingo

The Quarryville Library closes at 6 pm, so please plan to arrive prior to 6:00. This free event is for ladies ages 19 and older. Register online at or call the library at 717-786-1336.
Registration is required to attend this event.

Telling Stories: From Idea to Publication

Carol A. Park, author of Banebringer, will lead this three session writing series.  She will explore the creative writing process, from idea generation, to writing and editing, and then preparing for publication.  All sessions will allow for the direction of the discussion to be influenced by the particular needs and questions of the participants.

Session 1: Before you write, July 24 at 6:00 pm

This session will cover the broad topic of idea generation and how to take an idea and prepare it to be turned into a written story.  More specifically, we’ll discuss the types of stories and the importance of identifying what type of story you are writing as well as your genre and/or sub-genre.  We’ll define and discuss outlining vs. discovery writing, the pros and cons of each, identifying where you fit on the spectrum, and finding a style that works for you.

Session 2: Writing and editing, August 28 at 6:00 pm

This session will cover the broad topic of actually writing down and polishing a story.  We’ll discuss the first draft and how it relates to your style of writing as discussed in session one (outlining vs. discovery writing).  We’ll then spend a good bit of time on the various types of editing, including story (or developmental) editing, line editing, and copy editing/proofreading.  We’ll also talk about getting feedback from others and how to use it to improve your story.

Session 3: The road to publication, September 25 at 6:00 pm

This session will cover the broad topic of how to take a polished manuscript and get it published.  We’ll split the time discussing the two major options: traditional publishing and independent (self-) publishing.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of both major options, how to decide which you should pursue based on your personal goals, and how to go about pursuing it once you’ve decided.

Author’s Night at the Quarryville Library

Mike Roth and Stan White holding their book, Fulton HouseMike Roth and Stan White are back Tuesday evening, May 1st with a 40-minute presentation on their new book, Fulton House. The presentation will include many interesting facts about the Robert Fulton Birthplace and the area once called Fulton House. Co-authors of Quarryville and A Railroad for the Southern End, the two have collaborated on many presentations. Their books will be available for purchase at the Quarryville Library on the night of the program.

Author Carol A ParkWe will have two additional authors give short presentations at the start of the program. Carol A. Park will present her book, Banebringer, the first book of the Heretic Gods trilogy. This adult fantasy novel is set in a world teetering on the brink of war, but two unlikely heroes discover that the most difficult wars are those we wage with ourselves.

Todd Gontz pic


Following Park, Todd Gontz will present his book, Operation Cinder, a Civil War spy novel set in Lancaster County, PA. “This historical fiction sheds light on espionage that occurred behind the scenes of the bloody battles of the Civil War.” According to publisher.


Arrive between 6:00 – 6:30 pm for a Meet & Greet with the authors who will have books available for signing and purchase. The hour long program will begin at 6:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Please contact Sylvia Drennen at 717-786-1336 with any inquiries.