York author publishes kids book that teaches fun lessons

The Adventures of Jonnie (A Rooftop Squirrel), a new book by Sandra D. (Marin) Reynolds-Herrell, has been released by RoseDog Books.
This is a story written to help children learn and identify some of the dangers of life. It was written in an effort to teach children to be safe and to listen to their parents. It was handwritten in 1989 and read nightly by the author to her own children for many years.
The author’s adopted son inspired her to continue it in 1990. It taught him a few basic things about what to do and what not to do by using various situations with positive, as well as negative, outcomes. Her daughter encouraged her to add new chapters as she grew.
Finally, in 2013, the author was ready to let it go and share it with other people’s children. She hopes you and your children will enjoy the story as much as her own children did.
About the Author:
Author Sandra D. (Marin) Reynolds-Herrell, born in Essex, Maryland, is a lifelong writer and the single mother of three biological children and one adopted son. Through the compassion and eyes of her first two biological children, and through the grace of God, the family opened hearts and home to an abused, forgotten, lost little boy. The author took custody of him when he was two and raised him as her own son. It was not easy and it came with many problems, but the family worked through them day by day to gain his trust, his loyalty, and, eventually, his love.
In her second marriage, the author was told that she could not have children. But, at age 40, miraculously, God blessed her with a new baby daughter who encouraged her to add to the book that you are holding in your hands.
After putting her life on hold for nearly 40 years, the author is finally a senior in her bachelor’s program in college today and pursuing her passion for writing.
The Adventures of Jonnie (A Rooftop Squirrel) is a 40-page paperback with a retail price of $8.00. The ISBN is 978-1-4809-6278-1.  It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at www.dorrancepressroom.com or our online bookstore atwww.rosedogbookstore.com.
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Hearts & Minds owner edits book for graduates

borgerbookByron Borger, owner of Hearts & Minds bookstore in Dallastown, has edited the book “Serious Dreams: Bold Ideas for the Rest of Your Life.”

The book, published by Square Halo Books of Lancaster, is a collection of graduation speeches from Christian colleges.

“After I was asked to do a commencement address at a Christian graduate school last year, and there were some requests for printed copies of the message I gave there, it dawned on me that there were many other really great talks that could be compiled into a book,” Borger said.

Other authors in “Serious Dreams” include the former President of Fuller Theological Seminary, Richard Mouw; Nicholas Wolterstorff, a world-renowned philosopher who has taught at Oxford, Yale, Harvard, UVa, and other prominent universities; John Perkins, a prolific Christian author and passionate voice about civil rights and racial reconciliation; Amy Sherman (a Messiah College alum who has written several significant books) and more.

“Serious Dreams: Bold Ideas for the Rest of Your Life” is available at Hearts & Minds, 234 E. Main St., Dallastown.  Borger talks about the book on his website.

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Summer reading program kicks off May 30

York County Libraries and GO York! will launch the 2015 “Every Hero Has a Story | Go and Find your Hero!” summer program with an official kick-off.  The free event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the Dover Community Building, 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover, PA 17315.  This year is all about heroes – superheroes and community heroes!


Entertainer Steven Courtney will highlight the day with a performance at 12 p.m. Children may enjoy face painting by Changing Faces 4 Fun and strolling magic with John Andrews from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.  Spiderman will make an appearance, too! Outside activities include trucks and equipment from the Dover Township Fire Department.   Families may bring a picnic lunch or visit Bricker’s Famous French Fries at the nearby pavilion.

The event offers the opportunity for kids and teens from birth to 18 to register for the program with a library card.  Summer Reading Club has three main goals – Read, Move, and Learn! Set a goal to read (or be read to) 20 minutes a day, Get Outdoors to explore the parks, and enjoy fun, educational programs at your local York County library.  Participants will receive a rubbing sheet and a Go York! book with clues to help you find 30 autographs – wooden marker posts with a unique etching attached of community heroes.  The posts are hidden in various local, county, and state parks.

When found, kids and teens mark the rubbing sheet with a crayon or pencil. Visit www.yorklibraries.org/hero or your local library to see the super programs lined up at each of the 13 York County Libraries.


York County Libraries offers an online activity guide for babies from birth to 18 months and toddlers from 19 months to 36 months.  Parents and caregivers are invited to mix and match activities or read 20 minutes a day and record in a reading log.

Many local businesses donate prizes to encourage kids to grow reading and learning skills and to stay healthy and active over the summer months.  Thanks to the generous support ofcorporate sponsors, the York Water Company and Wellspan Health, there is no cost to participate in the program.   For more information about the program, log ontowww.yorklibraries.org/hero and www.goyork.org.

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Northeastern High School plans night with authors

Buffy authorNortheastern High School is holding A Night with the Authors 6 to 8 p.m. May 18 in the high school library. Those attending will have a chance to meet the authors and buy books. The event includes light refreshments, readings, music and author signings.

This is the first time that the high school is holding an event to honor authors that have graduated from Northeastern, work at Northeastern, or live in the district.

I hope to see you there.



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Hanover author pens Harlequin cowboy romance

Heidi Hormel

Hanover native Heidi Hormel is a debut author with the June release of her Western romance “The Surgeon and
the Cowgirl,”
which was inspired by an Adams County therapeutic riding program.

The Surgeon and the Cowgirl by Heidi HormelIn “The Surgeon and the Cowgirl,” retired rodeo rider Jessie Leigh must “partner” with her ex-husband, Payson MacCormack, to save her ranch and Hope’s Ride, which offers horse therapy for children. Payson is a pediatric surgeon at the hospital that needs to certify her program.

Their split wasn’t exactly amicable, but Jessie’s determined to make the new partnership work. With his promotion on the line, Payson should be focused on his career, but he can’t concentrate on anything but Jessie. To move forward together, the two must finally admit and forgive their past mistakes.

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York author pens Orioles book


Dan Connolly, sports writer for The Baltimore Sun and former York Daily Record staffer, will read excerpts of his book, “101 Things Orioles Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die,” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Hearts & Minds Bookstore, 234 E. Main St., Dallastown.

Connolly has been covering the Orioles full time since 2001 and is The Baltimore Sun’s national baseball writer/Orioles reporter, a position he has had since 2005.

Books will be available to purchase. The event is free, and there will be light refreshments.

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York County Libraries partner with Hoopla to offer free music, audiobooks

York County Libraries have partnered with Hoopla Digital to provide free online and mobile access to thousands of music albums, audiobooks, movies and TV programs.

Patrons can download the free Hoopla mobile app on an Android or IOS device or sign up for the service at hoopladigital.com. Titles from major record companies and publishers are available to borrow for instant streaming or temporary downloading to smartphones, tablets, personal computers and Apple TV.

“We’re always looking for new resources that enable our members to learn, solve problems, read and reach their personal aspirations,” said Deb Sullivan, Community Relations Director for York County Libraries, in a press release.

And because he service is digital, there is no waiting period for popular titles and Hoopla’s automatic return means there are no late fees, Sullivan added.

Up to five titles a month may be borrowed. Audiobook loans are for three weeks, music loans are one week and video loans are three days.

Library card holders can learn more about the service at yorklibraries.org.

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Author Greg Pizzoli to visit Martin Library


Author Greg Pizzoli will visit Martin Library in York at 1:30 p.m. April 17. His book, “Number One Sam,” is this year’s book selection for One Book, Every Young Child.

Pizzoli HeadshotCelebrating its 10th year, this is a collaborative project to highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3 to 6.

Published in 2014 by Disney • Hyperion Books, this story is about a competitive race-car driving dog who learns that some things are more important than being number one.

By making this reading a family event, parents and caregivers will not only enjoy sharing a story experience with their preschooler, but they will also have the opportunity to learn more about the One Book, Every Young Child initiative.

This event is free and open to the public.



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Solomon Screech Owl returns in second book

Galapogos book cover

Name: Beth Lancione
Age: 64
Lives in: Newberry
Occupation: Author
Family: Yes
Hobbies: Travel
Name of book: “Solomon Screech Owl Goes to the Galapogos”
Release date: Dec. 22, 2014
Published through: Sunbury Press
Buy: Sunbury Press or Amazon
Synopsis: In the second of Solomon Screech Owl’s stories, Sollie travels, with help from some whales, to the Galapagos Islands, where he meets birds that seem very different from himself. As he gets to know them better, he comes to understand they all have more in common than he first thought.

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Pastor writes book of poetry

glorywroughtThe Rev. E.J. Ross, who has served as pastor of Springwood Chapel in York Township for the past 21 years, has released a new poetry book, “Glory Wrought.”

In “Glory Wrought,” Ross shares his most intimate expressions of pain, praise, joy and victory through poetic verses and lyrics that are inspired from his own life and struggles.

During his ministry, Ross has made numerous mission trips to Romania and South Africa. Currently, he conducts biblical training for two house churches in Pakistan via Skype. Ross and his wife have been married for over 39 years and have three adult children.

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