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Fun Crafting Events for Adults Coming in 2019

UPCYCLED YARN CLASS on Saturday, January 12

Making t shirt yarnFor Experienced Crocheters— Think outside the box and learn to re-purpose old grocery bags and t-shirts into yarn that you can use with your favorite patterns to make totes, rugs, and more!

Come for a demonstration of how to make both kinds of yarn (plastic bag and cotton knit) and take home a ball of each, and a simple pattern for making a tote bag.

Bring along a sharp pair of scissors, a few clean plastic grocery bags and an old t-shirt to cut up.

Time: 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Registration is suggested: register at this link.

Romance-inspired Valentine’s Programs Scheduled for Saturday, February 2nd

11:00 AM, Paper Flowers

Learn to make 2 different paper flowers using scrapbook paper, bamboo skewers and a little glue! You’ll leave the class with a lovely rose and an origami “star” flower to keep for yourself or share with someone special! Good for all skill levels, best for ages 12 and older.
Registration is suggested: register at this link.

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM, Fun with Chocolate

We will learn about tempering chocolate and how to make chocolate truffles and a flourless chocolate cake. If needed, snow date will be February 9 at 12:30 pm.
Registration is required to attend: register at this link.


Author Don Helin to lead Writer’s Group Meeting

secret assault book coverWriter’s Group Meeting

Tuesday, December 11 at 6:00 pm

Author Don Helin will lead the discussion:
“Building Community through Social Media as a Writing Tool”

During his time in the military, Don Helin served at a number of stateside posts as well as overseas in Vietnam and Germany. He is the author of five thrillers that draw from his military experience, including three tours in the Pentagon. He writes for TheBurg, a community magazine based in Harrisburg.

His novel, Secret Assault, was selected as the Best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards.

Don is a member of International Thriller Writers, Military Writers Society of America, Pennwriters, a statewide writers group in Pennsylvania, and is a mentor with the Mystery Writers of America. You can reach Don at:

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.


April is the Month of the Longwood Gardens Community Read at the Quarryville Library

It’s spring, and time for another Longwood Gardens Community Read! This year, there are 3 book selections:

The Quarryville Library is holding four special events: two book clubs, a partner program with the Delaware Nature Society, and a story time.

All three books can be borrowed from the library.

More information can be found below. You can register on our event calendar.

book cover for lab girlbook cover for women in science

Saturday, April 7: Longwood Gardens Community Reads Book Clubs

1 pm – Kids Read Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

This delightfully illustrated biographical anthology celebrates the achievements of the intrepid women who have paved the way for the next generation of female engineers, biologists, mathematicians, doctors, astronauts, physicists, and more! We will be discussing the book, so be sure to choose a few favorite scientists to talk about! All attendees enter to win free family passes to Longwood Gardens!  (Best for ages 7—12)

2:30 pm – Adults & Teens Read Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. Lab Girl is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. We will be discussing her book at this meeting. All attendees enter to win free family passes to Longwood Gardens! (Best for ages 12 and up.)


Delaware Nature Society LogoSaturday, April 14: Longwood Gardens Community Read Partner Program

10:30 am – Delaware Nature Society Presents Women in Science: Joan Beauchamp Procter
Hear the remarkable story of Joan Beauchamp Procter’s life-long work with herpetiles, learn about the natural, compassionate housing Joan developed for these animals – still used by zoos and pet owners today – and meet some live examples of Joan’s beloved “herps”. 1 hour. All attendees enter to win free family passes to Longwood Gardens!
(Everyone welcome; best for ages 7—12.)


book cover for the tree ladySaturday, April 28

10 am – Tales of the Tree Lady: A Longwood Gardens Community Read Story Time
Quarryville Library is partnering with Longwood Gardens for this special story time! We’ll be reading The Tree Lady, this year’s Longwood Gardens Community Read. We’ll also be designing our own nature parks. All attendees enter to win free family passes to Longwood Gardens!
(Everyone welcome; suggested for ages 3—6.)

Please contact Randi Kennedy, 717-786-1336 or, with any inquiries.

5 Love Languages for Teens – Rescheduled

The Solanco School District in conjuction with COBYS will be presenting: The 5 Love Languages for Teens.  Based on the book, The Five Love Languages, by Dr. Gary Chapman, this workshop will discuss the ways we can show our teenage children love using the 5 love languages.  We need 8 families to hold this workshop.  Please call Susan Knoll at 786-2151 ext.8165 to register or

Turkey Hill to hold job fair with guaranteed interviews!

Friday, April 7th from 10-4 pm, Turkey Hill will be in the Library’s Carlson room to conduct walk-in or scheduled interviews.  To save time, apply online before your interview at  Positions available include sales associates, food service associates, store managers and assistant managers.  Call Auriel with any questions at 717-701-7147.


The Five Love Languages for Teens

Based on the Book, The 5 Love Languages, by Dr. Gary Chapman, this workshop discusses the ways we can show love to our teenaged children by using the five Love Languages: Words of affirmation, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch.

The program will be presented by Solanco School District and COBYS Family Services on Wednesday, March 29th from 6:00 to 7:30

Adriana Trigiani to speak at 2017 Author Luncheon!

NY Times best-selling author, Adriana Trigiani to speak at 2017 Author Luncheon!


Adriana Trigiani is coming to Lancaster County!  The award-winning author will appear at the 2017 Spring Author Luncheon on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 12:00 noon at the Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Rd, Lancaster, PA.   The Council of Friends of Public Libraries, Aaron’s Books and the Library System of Lancaster County will host the luncheon, which is a fundraising event for public libraries in Lancaster County.  “Trigiani’s appearance is generating much excitement among readers who look forward to hearing about her upcoming book, Kiss Carlo.” says Mary Ann Heltshe-Steinhauer, public relations manager for the Library System and committee member on The Council of Friends.

About the Author
Adriana Trigiani, Italian American best-selling author, is beloved by millions of readers around the world for fifteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; the bestselling memoir Don’t Sing at the Table and All the Stars in the Heavens, an epic tale from the golden age of Hollywood. She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time. Trigiani wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, based on her debut novel and filmed entirely on location in her Virginia hometown. She lives in Greenwich Village with her family.

About Adriana’s upcoming book, Kiss Carlo
Adriana Trigiani explores the vibrant, complex Italian-American experience in this dazzling novel that brings to life the golden years of post-war America—a celebration of ambition, risk, love, reinvention and one remarkable family with a secret. It’s 1949 in south Philadelphia. Diligent, hard-working and proud, the Palazzinis have built a solid life for themselves and their three sons. Now that World War II is over, their sons, each one a decorated veteran, have returned home to the family cab company, to rejoin their world as it was before they left.  A captivating, multilayered novel about the power of family secrets, the triumph of true love over grief, and the courage to risk everything for the American dream, Italian style.

To learn more about Adriana Trigiani, visit her website:

Tickets for the 2017 luncheon will go on sale January 2, 2017.  Cost is $45 per ticket, which includes lunch, a reserved copy of Kiss Carlo and the author presentation.  Contact Sue Newswanger at 717-354-8016 or email at to purchase tickets.  Checks should be made payable to The Council of Friends.

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