Dover native writes memoir on baking, resourcefulness

0831-bakerygirlscoverFlorence Ditlow, 67, never thought she would receive such interesting feedback from readers after publishing her book, “The Bakery Girls,” in November 2011.

“One woman (who wrote to me) grew up smelling sticky buns because she lived so close to my grandfather’s bakery. She and her father would go across the street to buy bread and rolls as they were pulling them out of the oven,” Ditlow said.

The book is part fiction and part memoir of her mother and two aunts, Dot, Louise and Elaine, growing up amid the turmoil of the Great Depression and World War II. The story describes the girls’ tenacity and resourcefulness in running a bakery in Harrisburg during troubled times.

“When I wrote this story, I was hit over the head with a muse. I had been reading books that were sadly lacking in background. My book became a reconstruction of my aunts’ lives and parts of history as a duet.” Continue reading “Dover native writes memoir on baking, resourcefulness” »

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Semi-annual Book Sale slated in Hellam Township

The Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library will hold its semi-annual Book Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Hellam Township Maintenance Building, across from the library at 45 Walnut Springs Rd.

The Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  To give blood, call 755-2743.  For details visit or call the library at 252-4080.

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘The Multiversity’

1408393056000-XXX-MULTIVERSITY-COMICS-JY-1788--66480878If you are new to comic books or at least the DC/Marvel worlds, reading “The Multiversity” might feel like a mind trick. I am not a comic newbie, but even this comic has me saying to myself (sometimes out loud), “Wait, who is that? What? Why?”

Legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison decided to unleash the entire DC universe in one comic series, opening up not just a typical crossover, but a dimension where all the favorite and not-so-liked characters interact with each other.

Within the first few pages, we are baited into this comic and discover Nix Uotan, also known as Superjudge, the last of the Monitors who has vowed to protect the Multiverse.

He ventures to Earth-7, one of the 52 Earths that exist simultaneously in multiple dimensions. Here, he finds destruction; “it’s like all of reality has been snapped.”

The ultimate villain, the Gentry, has invaded this Earth. Thunderer, who has all but been killed, calls the Gentry “the pitless ones from behind the invisible rainbow. Opposite of everything natural.”

And in a sweep of events and a peek into other worlds, Superman and many other superheros are “kidnapped” onto Uotan’s spaceship. Here, they learn they are in a place with many names, including the House of Heroes. They were summoned “because the hour as come to summon the greatest heroes of 52 worlds.”

And here this rounded-up gang of superheroes begins an attempt to save the world.

As I said in the beginning, this title can be very confusing, as many superheroes are thrown onto the pages, some I have never seen before. This project is an enormous feat for any comic book creator, but it is typical of Morrison to take on this ambitious project and make it spectacular for the readers.

“The Multiversity” also plans on having some great comic book artists draw the multiple worlds, with each alternate Earth having a different artist. In this issue, Ivan Reis is the penciller, Joe Prado is the inker and Nei Ruffino is the colorist.

Honestly, I feel like you need to be into the traditional DC comic book world to understand some of the cross-over conversations and character introductions; otherwise, you might think “why bother?” (Unfortunately, I did.) But I can see how this comic would be perfect for the comic book geek, the one who knows the universe and has been waiting for a Morrison project of this size.

Love the DC world? Pick up “The Multiversity” at your local comic shop this week.

Comic Book Wednesday is a new feature that will showcase a variety of visually based books that fit into this wide category, to give a taste of this other form of reading.

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Feeling overwhelmed? Join a book discussion

Remember when I posted about the summer read program featuring Brigid Schulte’s “Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time”? Book discussion groups are forming at a library near you!

Talks are scheduled:
2 to 3 p.m. Sept 14 at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York;
6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Dillsburg Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg
1  to 3 p.m. Oct. 3 at Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue.

Additionally, participants in “A Summer Read” will have the chance to win a free copy of the book, meet Schulte during a private book signing, and hear her speak on September 29, 2014 at York College, according to a news release. Complete a survey at about the book by Sept. 17 to be entered in the drawing.

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Kreutz Creek library starts new ‘Chick Lit’ group

Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center is launching a new “Chick Lit” book group that focuses on women’s experiences in novels as penned by contemporary American women writers. The first meeting will take place on Thursday, Sept. 11th with a discussion about “A Girl Named Zippy” by Haven Kimmel.  Meetings will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.  Interested readers can attend the time which best suits their schedules.

A different title will be discussed each month in the following order:
“A Girl Named Zippy: growing up small in Mooreland, Indiana” by Haven Kimmel
“The Bean Trees” by Barbara Kingsolver
“Beloved” by Toni Morrison
“Between, Georgia” by Joshilyn Jackson
“The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman
“The Faith Club: a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew – three women search for understanding” by Rayna Idiby, Suzanne Oliver, Priscilla Warner
“Ghost Riders” by Sharyn McCrumb
“Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind” by Ann B. Ross
“Riding The Bus with My Sister” by Rachel Simon
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd
“The Sugar Queen” by Sarah Addison Allen
“The Wednesday Sisters” by Meg Waite Clayton

Titles are available to borrow from the library.  Interested participants can join along the way and are welcome to come even if they have not read that month’s featured book.  All sessions will be held at Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center which is located at 66 Walnut Springs Road in Hellam.   For inquiries or to join the book club, contact the library at (717) 252-4080.

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Glatfelter Memorial Library accepting items for auction

Glatfelter Memorial Library in Spring Grove has been accepting donations of art from local artisans for a silent auction that will begin Oct. 1 and end Nov. 29. Donations have included various types of original fine art including but not limited to photography, pottery, wood art, fiber art and framed artwork of various mediums.

The library wants to highlight the talent of local artists, and help raise money to provide library services to thecommunity. All proceeds will benefit the library. The art will be featured in library display cases. There will be a bid book with a page for each item, with information about the artist and the item up for auction. People can write their bids in the book. If you decide to bid, you’re encouraged to visit often to keep your bid on top.

Donations for the auction will be accepted during library hours until Oct. 1.

For full details and information, contact Ray Van De Castle or Ellen Shultz at 717-225-3220 or by email at or Glatfelter Memorial Library is located at 101 Glenview Road in Spring Grove.

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Dover author rises above adversity, finds happiness in writing

mmimdElaine Foust’s three children are glad their mother is finding ways to make her life better. In 1991, Foust, then 39, was a single mother, raising 3 children on her own and graduating from York College with a degree in education and communication while working part-time in a bar. Now 61 years old, the part-time English instructor at YBI has found joy in writing. Her first novella, “Meet Me In My Dreams,” was self-published through Amazon in March.

“Meet Me In My Dreams” follows Dallas and Louis, a young woman and man who both fall into a coma at the same time. Dallas was in a car accident and a poisonous spider bit Louis. While in the coma, Dallas and Louis meet each other in their dreams and fall in love. In reality, Dallas’ mother, elaineAnna, and Louis’ sister, Rosie, also meet and form a bond. When Dallas’ father, Roger, suggests, after seven weeks, that he and Anna should disconnect Dallas from life support, Anna leaves him. The story is filled with romance and the characters discover who they are in the end. It’s a quick, feel-good story with a happy ending.

Foust said “Meet Me In My Dreams” is not the first or only story she’s written.

“It wasn’t the genre I wanted to write in, but someone gave me the idea and I ran with it,” she said.

Foust has been a member of Elance, an online freelancers’ community, for quite some time and has ghostwritten some nonfiction, romance and humor books. She mentioned writing a humor book for a client in England called “The Man Flu,” which is a sarcastic look at how men get sick. Continue reading “Dover author rises above adversity, finds happiness in writing” »

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From Page to Projector: ‘Matilda’

matildaRoald Dahl’s classic children’s books have been translated to the big screen several times. We’ve taken a look at “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “James and the Giant Peach” in this space previously. This week, with the kids headed back to school, it seems only fitting to take on “Matilda.”

Dahl’s novel was published in 1988. It tells the story of a very curious and studious little girl named Matilda Wormwood, who shows incredible intellect at a very young age, reading every book within her grasp before she even gets enrolled into school. None of this is noticed by her family, though, as her father is too busy ripping off customers at his second-hand car dealership and her mother is too busy at the bingo hall. Eventually, Matilda ends up in school, where she comes across the sweet, inspiring Miss Honey and the child-hating headmistress known as The Trunchbull. In between avoiding punishment from the Trunchbull, Matilda discovers that she can move objects with her mind, something she shows to Miss Honey. The two form a bond, and Matilda learns how Trunchbull cheated Miss Honey out of her rightful house. Using her powers, Matilda scares the Trunchbull into leaving the school and surrendering the house, and Miss Honey winds up adopting Matilda after her family is forced to flee fraud investigators.

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BAM Bestsellers for the week of 9/7

1.       “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman

2.       “Where she Went” by Gayle Forman

3.       “Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods” by Rick Riordan

4.       “Four – Divergent Story” by Veronica Roth

5.       “The Maze Runner” by  James Dashner

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