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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‘Killing the Curse’ authors coming to Martin Library

Curse - FINAL Cover

Authors Dennis Hetzel and Rick Robinson will sign copies of “Killing the Curse” 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 29 at Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York.

L-R Rick Robinson and Dennis Hetzel strong horiz.Hetzel was editor and publisher of the York Daily Record for 13 years and this is his first published work of fiction. “Killing the Curse” won an honorable mention in the “best fiction” category of the Great Midwest Book Festival and an honorable mention in the San Francisco Book Festival competition.

Hetzel collaborated on the book with Rick Robinson, his friend and an author of multiple political thrillers.

The story opens with the mysterious death of the father of the star pitcher for the opposing Boston Red Sox. The plot flows out of the childhood friendship between Bob Walters, an ego-driven sports-radio talk show host known as “the man Cubs fans love to hate,” and President Luke Murphy, a lifelong Cubs fan who faces a crisis as the end of the World Series turns into a far-more important event than a baseball game.

The book is also available in Kindle and Nook formats.

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Irvin’s Books moving to Springettsbury Township

Irvin’s Books is moving to a new location in Springettsbury Township.

Store owner Terry Irvin said the new location, 2107 Industrial Highway in Springettsbury Township, has more through traffic and a mix of stores that will appeal to his customers.

Irvin said he’ll close the West Manchester Township store near the end of April to move his inventory of about 100,000 books. The new location will be open May 1.

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Martin Library’s Celebrity Auction March 22

20150313_085110_032512-PMK-1-AUCTION_sized_400Collectible items from television and movie stars, athletes and authors will be on the auction block March 22 at Martin Library’s 18th annual Celebrity Auction.

Preview begins at noon with bidding at 1 p.m. in the Quiet Reading Room of the library,  159 E. Market St., York.

The auctioneer will be Gary Gladfelter. So far, there are more than 300 items, including  autographed posters, apparel, photographs, scripts, music, books and more.

Proceeds benefit the purchase of material for the children’s library. Here’s a complete list of auction items . For details, call Martin Library Marketing Director Fran Keller at 717-849-6925.

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‘Orphan Train’ celebration in Strasburg

20141020_030736_OrphanTrain_finalcoverhighres_100This year’s One Book One Community Readers’ Celebration will be 2 to 5 p.m. March 22 at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum in Strasburg. This free event will celebrate the reading of this year’s One Book selection, “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. Music will be provided by Fire in the Glen, a Lancaster County Celtic band.

There will  be a reception catered by Isaac’s and a silent auction to benefit future One Book, One Community programs.  While there is no charge, participants must present a ticket for admission.  Visit www.oboc.org  for a link to obtain a ticket.

Fire in the Glen

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952′

Hellboy_and_the_BPRD_1Mike Mignola‘s latest series takes a look at the early career of his beloved character, Hellboy.

“Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. 1952″ takes place eight years after Professor Trevor Bruttenholm found Hellboy. In that time, Hellboy has grown to the size of an adult but doesn’t have much life experience.

The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.) investigates paranormal activity throughout the world using a team of former military men and women.

On this particular mission to Brazil, the professor thinks it is time for Hellboy to learn some skills and to become a man, which he can’t do locked up in his room.

The crew arrives in Brazil and is given shelter by an old woman. However, an interaction between the old woman and a priest seems to show there is more going on than the crew truly knows.

This first issue sets up a lot of background information and sets the scenes for the thrilling, paranormal, action-packed story to come. And whereas that can be quite boring in other stories, the flow of this one keeps it progressing. Readers soak up the information like a sponge, eagerly awaiting the a-ha moments to come. Mike Mignola loves his character, and that love shines through the story. John Arcudi contributed to the story, as well.

The art keeps the constant Mignola style, with the dark shading and eerie feel, yet it isn’t gloomy or depressing. The slight colors pop off the page yet tie it all together.

We can’t forget Hellboy, of course. This Hellboy is younger — youthful and skinny with an almost naive look. He isn’t the larger-than-life, burly demon we know and love. Yet, he still gives that vibe, ever so slightly. You can tell he is a badass waiting to emerge, and maybe we will see him in subsequent issues.

Alex Maleev did an amazing job with this issue’s art, really tying together the story.

This issue will probably make you addicted to Hellboy, but go out and grab a copy anyway. You won’t be disappointed.

Comic Book Wednesday is a 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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