York County Libraries plans GOAL celebration for Nov. 10

Will Hillenbrand GOAL

First-graders Vaughn Bostic, left of center, and Charlotte Whitesel, center, both 6, listen as Paula Gilbert, director of youth services for the York County library system, reads ‘Down by the Station’ by Will Hillenbrand at Grace E. Loucks Elementary School in West York in 2011. The visit was part of the libraries’ GOAL kickoff. (YORK DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS — FILE)

Teach a child to love reading and visiting the library at a young age and they’ll be hooked for life. That’s the idea, anyhow, behind York County Libraries’ and PeoplesBank’s Grade One At the Library (GOAL) program, which kicked off in September. Youth services librarians visited local elementary schools and provided applications for library cards, aiming to put a library card in the hands of every first-grader in the county.

The program culminates in a celebration from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at the West Manchester Mall in York. Author and illustration Will Hillenbrand, storyteller Beth Rebert and Changing Faces 4 Fun will all be part of the event, which is free and open to the public.

“GOAL is a great opportunity for young people in York to begin well,” Hillenbrand said in September column by YCL community relations director Deb Sullivan. “It is why I am enthusiastic about what happens. I think it is terrific, and I think the name is terrific. We just went through the Olympics where every athlete had a goal. A marathon starts with a step; achieving the goal is months and years ahead.”

Hillenbrand will draw and tell stories for the audience, and will be autographing books after his presentation. For details on the event, call 717-849-6931.

— Read more from Hillenbrand on the GOAL program.
— Learn more about Hillenbrand’s writings at www.willhillenbrand.com.

About Sarah Chain

I'm an avid reader and book lover living and working in downtown York. Follow me on Twitter at @sarahEchain.
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