One Book, One Community organizers seek public votes for the 2016 book title

One Book One Community organizers are once again asking the public to vote for next year’s One Book, One Community book selection!  The public vote initiative is a way to promote community involvement in the selection of the title, rather than handing over a single title each year.  This year there will be four titles on the ballot.   The 2016 OBOC regional campaign represents collaboration between 80 libraries in six counties: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York.

How the voting works…

From a ballot with four book titles that made the final grade by the Book Selection committee, the public is asked to pick one of the four books that they would be interested in reading and discussing in 2016.  To vote the public will go to to access an online ballot.  For those who wish to fill out a paper ballot, they must go to participating libraries to cast their vote.  The public may also submit their vote at Isaac’s Restaurant locations in the region. Readers who vote at Isaac’s will also be entered for a chance to win $100 Isaac’s gift card.  Readers who vote at libraries or online at are automatically entered for a chance to win $100 Giant Food Stores gift card.  Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties will participate in the 2016 campaign.

One Book, Your Vote for the OBOC 2016 title will take place August 1 – 31, 2015. The winner will be announced to the public in October, 2015.  With the public vote for the 2016 title, reading of the OBOC title will take place in January, and programs at the public libraries will begin in February, which is designated as both Library Lovers’ Month and Book Lovers’ Month.  Multiple copies of the winning title will be available at your local public library beginning in January 2016.

Meet the Candidates

These are the titles on the One Book, Your Vote 2016 ballot:

  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals

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Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings is a fictionalized account of the Grimké sisters, Sarah and Angelina (Nina), prominent voices in the abolitionist and women’s rights movements.  Their story is intertwined with the story of Hetty, a slave in the Grimké’s Charleston household.  Historically accurate, this novel delves into America’s past with a captivating story that is sure to touch all readers.  Summary by Mary Jo Keiter, OBOC Selection Committee

Gaining Ground by Forrest Pritchard

Fresh out of college, Forrest Pritchard had grand ideas about saving his family’s farm in Berryville, Virginia; but when all the expenses were paid and the grand profit was $18.16, he knew he had to do something differently and quickly.  Having visited Joel Salatin’s Polyface Farm, Forrest knew he could make a living from sustainable farming but just how he does it makes up his experiences in Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm.  With plenty of humorous stories of both animals and humans, Pritchard charts his course from a know-nothing young farmer to a purveyor of sustainable, locally raised, high-class products sold at farmers’ markets in the Washing, DC area where Smith Meadows Farm continues to serve its customers every weekend.  Summary by Kris Peters, OBOC Selection Committee

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals WarriorsDon'tCry_cover (2)JOY

Before the Selma march, before Birmingham Sunday, before the March on Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech, nine black high school students volunteered to integrate the Little Rock High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was 1957.

This memoir is the story of one of those nine children and what they all endured in that year — the unrelenting bullying and physical brutality faced with indifference by the faculty and staff as to what was happening to them. This book is the most important and memorable one you will read about the civil rights movement from someone who survived that year.  Summary by Betsy Fordon, OBOC Selection Committee Member

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Just like a small stream, a thread of commonality runs through this futuristic novel. Arthur Leander, a movie actor trying to revive his career, dies of a heart attack while on stage performing King Lear, and as all roads lead to Rome, all the storylines here come back to Arthur. Shortly after his death, a pandemic virus destroys most of the Earth’s population, ending the modern electrical-dependent civilization we know. The surviving characters have to live without electrical lights, cell phones, iPads and all the rest to which they have become accustomed. A travelling troupe of Shakespearean troubadours and musicians brings the story full circle and ties the remaining communities together. Could you live your life stranded in a deserted airport or traveling on foot from one small community to another?  Summary by Kathy Hale, OBOC Selection Committee

It is not necessary to read or have read these titles to place your vote!

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Match opening line with book

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Match character’s name with image

I’m working on some fun activities for kids to do at an upcoming Bookmobile engagement. I made this interactive quiz. Take it and see how many you guessed correctly.

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‘Being Mortal’ brings end of life issues to light

Have you read this year’s A Summer Read, “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande?Being Mortal high res cover

Through this book, Dr. Gawande challenges the reader to “consider how we want to die, how we want our loved ones to be treated at the end of their lives, and what role the medical community should play in providing care to the dying.”

Meet York County Family Practice Physician Dr. Adrienne Johnson and learn a doctor’s perspective on the issues that we could face as life ends and some ways to handle those issues.

For further information, please call the library at 717-252-4080.

Event info:

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 6:30 pm

Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center

66 Walnut Springs Road

Hellam, PA 17406  

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York Suburban grad releases southern cookbook

Chef Irv Miller, a 1973 alumni of York Suburban High School, released his first cookbook, “Panhandle to Pan: Recipes and Stories of Florida’s New Redneck Riviera” published by Globe Pequot Press. Jackson’s Steakhouse will host an official launch party and book signing 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 8, at Jackson’s, 400 South Palafox, Downtown, Pensacola, Florida. The event is free and open to the public.


Chef Miller has been working along the Florida Panhandle and writing about the foods of the Gulf Coast for three decades. Miller has contributed numerous food columns in countless publications. Additionally, Chef Miller has appeared on many televised cooking appearances including all of the local affiliates, Emeril’s Florida television episode “Viva Florida,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and also hosted the PBS/WSRE Pensacola cooking show “Flavors of the Coast.”

Miller’s recipes are included in The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook 2014, and he was selected to represent the state of Florida in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off 2012. Chef Miller has been a six-time performing chef for the James Beard Foundation, and has served six years as a founding member of the Pensacola Celebrity Chefs. Miller’s longtime commitment has been to the Florida Panhandle and Southern-inspired foods. Miller considers Florida Panhandle cuisine as the last great regional culinary secret of the state. For over 16 years Chef Miller’s cuisine has been featured at Jackson’s Steakhouse in Pensacola, where he serves as founding executive chef.

The cookbook’s foreword is written by America’s most renowned Florida chef, “Father of New World Cuisine,” and five-time cookbook author Norman Van Aken. “Panhandle to Pan: Recipes and Stories of Florida’s New Redneck Riviera,” takes readers on a culinary journey through this seafood and agriculturally abundant region, featuring farmers, sharing personal stories, expertise, and unique recipes from throughout the Florida Panhandle. With personalized headnotes and sidebars, a historical timeline detailing how cuisine developed in the region, and 150 recipes for every occasion, “Panhandle to Pan” portrays Miller’s knowledge of the region’s foodways and is a magnificent representation of Northwest Florida cuisine.

Limited edition hardback cookbooks will be available for purchase only through Jackson’s or the Tackle Shop, our gift shop located at our sister restaurant, the Fish House, 600 South Barracks Street. Additionally, paperbacks cookbooks will be available nationwide. We are currently accepting pre-orders for the hardcover edition. Cookbook cost is $35. Orders can be made at Jackson’s, online, or by calling (850) 912-6622. Pre-orders can be picked up on Sunday, November 8, during the book signing at Jackson’s. Additional hardback cookbooks will be available for purchase day of the event.

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What did you think about ‘Watchman?’


It’s been a few days since “Go Set a Watchman” hit the store shelves. Have you read it? If so, what do you think?

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First chapter of “Got Set a Watchman”


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York resident publishes new book

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Scott Butcher

Local businessman and author Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM, announces the release of his latest book, Reputation Design+Build.  Butcher is the vice president and CMO of JDB Engineering, Inc. and affiliate companies within Nutec Group.  He has more than 24 years of experience in marketing professional services and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM) through the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).  He is also the current President of the Board of Trustees for the SMPS Foundation, a national organization dedicated to research and education in the architectural, engineering, and construction (A/E/C) industries.  Butcher is a Fellow of SMPS, and this is his thirteenth book.


Reputation Design+Build is targeted toward A/E/C professionals looking to elevate their personal brands and advance their careers.  Within the book, Butcher outlines why it is so critical for all professionals to become “known” entities, as clients are increasingly seeking out design and construction professionals with positive reputations, and looking at a firm’s credentials less and less as they focus on the team members.  Butcher then provides a series of sixteen tools for professionals to employ to build and then maintain their reputation.  Some of these include continuing education, licenses and certifications, professional and community association involvement, blogging and writing, social media, and public speaker, among others.  Eighteen case studies of industry professionals using these tools are also included.  The book concludes with a personal marketing plan and gap analysis for readers to create a roadmap of what they need to do to enhance their reputation, while also identifying gaps in their knowledge or skillset.

Scott D. Butcher, FSMPS, CPSM
Vice President, JDB Engineering, Inc.
President, SMPS Foundation
Book Overview:
• 277 pages
• 16 reputation-building tools
• 18 industry case studies
• 64,000 words
• ISBN #9781511966153
• Soft cover and Kindle format
• Size: 6”x9”
The book sells for $19.99 and can be purchased here:

A Kindle version is also available for $14.99, and can be purchased here:
Book Content:
• Understanding Branding & Reputation
• Baseline Tools
– You
– Education & Training
– Licenses & Certifications
– Portfolio
• Reputation-Building Tools
– Community Involvement
– Professional Associations
– Client Organizations
– Writing
– Public Speaking
– Publicity & Thought Leadership
– Social Media
– Pro Bono & Freelance Work
– Creative Endeavors
– Children’s Sports & Organizations
– References & Testimonials
– Knowledge

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Dover: Digital Bookmobile coming to Library


The Digital Bookmobile National Tour comes to Dover Area Community Library 2 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17. Visitors will learn how to access eBooks from the library through interactive demonstrations and instructional videos.

The Digital Bookmobile is housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer. This 74-foot vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile.

Additional activities will include:

  • York County Libraries’ Tech Gurus will be available to answer questions. Bring your devices.
  • The York Daily Record’s mobile media lab, NewsVroom, and staff will be on site to demonstrate innovations in digital journalism.
  • No Sweat in the Park 6 to 7 p.m. with Zumba instructor Jennifer Miller. Free session!
  • Digital Story Time on the bookmobile with Mr. George at 7 p.m.
  • Girls Go Digital!
  • Susan Byrnes Health Education Center website for kids (grades kindergarten-6) and newly-updated Teen site (grades seventh-12th)

Food will be available near the picnic pavilion.

Library card holders can check out digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting


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Defense attorney examines the fight against terrorism on American soil in new novel

Terrorism is war in a new form.

In “Soul Witness,” defense attorney William C. Costopoulos channels more than 40 years of professional experience in the criminal justice system into an eye-opening fiction novel based on the potential for “lone wolf” terrorist attacks on American soil.

Costopoulos, a former prosecutor and one of Pennsylvania’s most notable defense lawyers, aims to expose the grievous consequences that terrorism causes to human life and civil society.

Based on actual events in history, “Soul Witness” follows a series of fictional terrorist events on American soil. Culminating in a suspenseful trial of the primary suspect, “Soul Witness” shows readers how members of the United State criminal justice system wrestle with moral, ethical and legal issues surrounding a defendant who defies all known precedents.

“The pursuit of justice can be elusive, and constantly requires the examination of one’s own morality,” Costopoulos said.

Through his novel, Costopoulos hopes to relay the message that justice is not just a worldly matter.

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Second book by regional romance author hits shelves in August

HANOVER, Pa.—Hanover native Heidi Hormel, whose debut Western romance novel was a Kindle Best Seller, will release in August her second connected book, THE CONVENIENT COWBOY. The novel, which received a four-star review from RT Book Reviews magazine, is published by Harlequin American Romance and available online (Aug. 1) and in print at book retailers (Aug. 4). unnamed

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