Library of Congress opens summer writing contest

The Library of Congress is inviting students entering fifth and sixth grades in the fall to enter “A Book That Shaped Me” summer writing contest, according to a news release.   This is the third year for the contest which now runs in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Students are encouraged to pick a fiction or non-fiction book that made a difference in their lives, and each write a one page essay about its influence.   Continue reading “Library of Congress opens summer writing contest” »

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Sciencetellers to share “Dragons and Dreams”

Sciencetellers will bring their energetic and unique style of immersion storytelling to York County Libraries this month to tell the tale of “Dragons and Dreams,” according to a news release.  The Sciencetellers transport audiences back to the time of castles and kings; weaving in the science of fire and ice through experiments using flash paper, exploding bottles, and “cool” dry ice.

The performances are part of this summer’s “GO and Experiment! Fizz Boom Read” summer reading club and physical activity program.  The entire family is welcome to attend at any of the following library locations:  Continue reading “Sciencetellers to share “Dragons and Dreams”” »

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From Page to Projector: ‘Planet of the Apes’

planet-of-the-apesThis month saw the release of the latest in one of science fiction’s most well-known movie franchises, “Planet of the Apes.” The franchise that includes eight movies and a TV series all spawned from Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel about an astronaut who stumbles across a planet where the roles of humans and apes are reversed. Humans are wild animals captured and studied by apes, who talk, dress and rule just like humans do on Earth.

The immediate popularity of the book led to a film adaptation, released in 1968 and co-written by Michael Wilson, the same man who wrote the screen version of Boulle’s “The Bridge over the River Kwai” about 10 years previously. The film version of “Apes” featured Charlton Heston as an astronaut who crash-lands on a foreign planet and is taken captive by the apes who rule it over the wild human population. The movie featured innovative costume designs for the apes, which led to the first Oscar award for makeup artists.

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Teen Tuesday at Kaltreider-Benfer Library will include starburst painting

Tweens and teens 10 to 18 years old are welcome to Teen Tuesdays at Kaltreider-Benfer Library in Red Lion. This coming week, teens will be creating starburst paintings from 2 to 4 p.m. July 29.

This past week, teens painted galaxy print T-shirts.

For details about Teen Tuesdays and other Kaltreider-Benfer programs, call the library at 717-244-2032. To learn about more youth events, visit

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BAM bestsellers for the week of July 20

16054217Here are the top 5 bestsellers from Books-A-Million in Springettsbury Township for the week of July 20.

1.       The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
2.       Four: Divergent Story by Veronica Roth
3.       The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
4.       Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
5.       Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Also of interest:
From Page to Projector
Recent book reviews
If you’re a local author…

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Last Free Ride Friday scheduled at local libraries

The third and final “Free Ride Friday” for the summer will be Aug. 1 at York County Libraries, according to a news release.  Library cardholders who check out a book that day can receive a free rabbittransit bus pass when they mention the promotion to desk staff.  The bus pass can be used at the convenience of the recipient.

To date, 218 people have picked up a free bus pass on Free Ride Fridays. Library cardholders may each receive a maximum of one free pass to use on a fixed route, and can find detailed bus route information online at

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Artists sought for “ART in mARTin” exhibit

Martin Library is looking for artists to submit original artwork that utilizes the color red, according to a news release.  Forty pieces are needed for this fall’s “ART in mARTin” gallery.   A variety of mediums are sought, including oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, quilts and mixed media.  The library will unveil the gallery Sept. 5 during Downtown York’s First Friday celebration and will exhibit the artwork through November.     Continue reading “Artists sought for “ART in mARTin” exhibit” »

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Julie Kress launches poetry collection with mass appeal

When Hanover poet Julie Kress is inspired, she finds a quiet place to write. Usually outdoors.

“I write everything by hand, and when I have a few poems, I’ll put them in the computer,” Kress said.

The 31-year-old Hanover native has been amassing poetry for the past 10 to 15 years. She submitted poetry to “Dimensions,” Hanover High School’s literary magazine, and she’s been writing ever since. Just recently, she put her poetry into a book titled “Windsong: A Collection of Original Poems.” Continue reading “Julie Kress launches poetry collection with mass appeal” »

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Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers seeks new members

The Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers welcomes visitors and is seeking new members.

The group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 North Walnut St., Mechanicsburg.

Published and unpublished writers are welcome. CPRW is a regional chapter of Romance Writers of America, with members throughout South Central Pennsylvania.

For details, call Beth Batoha at 717-795-0874 or visit

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Upcoming events slated at the Annie E. Sterline Library in Lewisberry

Elaine Mandel, left, and Austin Hale help a patron at a book sale at the Annie E. Sterline Library.

Elaine Mandel, left, and Austin Hale help a patron at a book sale at the Annie E. Sterline Library.

The Annie E. Sterline Library will be hosting the following events in the fall at the Lewisberry Community Park, 501 Market St., Lewisberry:

What: Community fair and chili cookoff
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20
Details: There will be a flea and craft market, silent auction, music, children’s games, fire prevention trailer and food. The chili cookoff and tasting will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants in the chili cookoff must register by calling 717-938-2833 or 717-938-6446.

What: Fall book, bake and soup sale
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18
Details: There will be a large collection of books for both adults and children. Vegetable and bean soup will be for sale, as well as baked goods.

What: Sub sale
When: Order subs by Sept. 4. Pickup will be 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Lewisberry Community Park.
Details: Cold cut and turkey subs will be for sale for $5. Order by calling 717-938-6446.

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