Last Free Ride Friday scheduled at local libraries

The third and final “Free Ride Friday” for the summer will be Aug. 1 at York County Libraries, according to a news release.  Library cardholders who check out a book that day can receive a free rabbittransit bus pass when they mention the promotion to desk staff.  The bus pass can be used at the convenience of the recipient.

To date, 218 people have picked up a free bus pass on Free Ride Fridays. Library cardholders may each receive a maximum of one free pass to use on a fixed route, and can find detailed bus route information online at

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Artists sought for “ART in mARTin” exhibit

Martin Library is looking for artists to submit original artwork that utilizes the color red, according to a news release.  Forty pieces are needed for this fall’s “ART in mARTin” gallery.   A variety of mediums are sought, including oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, quilts and mixed media.  The library will unveil the gallery Sept. 5 during Downtown York’s First Friday celebration and will exhibit the artwork through November.     Continue reading “Artists sought for “ART in mARTin” exhibit” »

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Julie Kress launches poetry collection with mass appeal

When Hanover poet Julie Kress is inspired, she finds a quiet place to write. Usually outdoors.

“I write everything by hand, and when I have a few poems, I’ll put them in the computer,” Kress said.

The 31-year-old Hanover native has been amassing poetry for the past 10 to 15 years. She submitted poetry to “Dimensions,” Hanover High School’s literary magazine, and she’s been writing ever since. Just recently, she put her poetry into a book titled “Windsong: A Collection of Original Poems.” Continue reading “Julie Kress launches poetry collection with mass appeal” »

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Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers seeks new members

The Central Pennsylvania Romance Writers welcomes visitors and is seeking new members.

The group will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 North Walnut St., Mechanicsburg.

Published and unpublished writers are welcome. CPRW is a regional chapter of Romance Writers of America, with members throughout South Central Pennsylvania.

For details, call Beth Batoha at 717-795-0874 or visit

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Upcoming events slated at the Annie E. Sterline Library in Lewisberry

Elaine Mandel, left, and Austin Hale help a patron at a book sale at the Annie E. Sterline Library.

Elaine Mandel, left, and Austin Hale help a patron at a book sale at the Annie E. Sterline Library.

The Annie E. Sterline Library will be hosting the following events in the fall at the Lewisberry Community Park, 501 Market St., Lewisberry:

What: Community fair and chili cookoff
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20
Details: There will be a flea and craft market, silent auction, music, children’s games, fire prevention trailer and food. The chili cookoff and tasting will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants in the chili cookoff must register by calling 717-938-2833 or 717-938-6446.

What: Fall book, bake and soup sale
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18
Details: There will be a large collection of books for both adults and children. Vegetable and bean soup will be for sale, as well as baked goods.

What: Sub sale
When: Order subs by Sept. 4. Pickup will be 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Lewisberry Community Park.
Details: Cold cut and turkey subs will be for sale for $5. Order by calling 717-938-6446.

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Stewartstown author Donald Reinsel helps job seekers with ‘The Career Puzzle’

careerpuzzleStewartstown author Donald Reinsel, 53, is a business instructor at Consolidated School of Business in York.  He interacts with students of all age levels and socioeconomic backgrounds regularly, he said via the Book Buzz local author web form.

“While the majority of a student’s time and attention is focused on learning a specific specialty (medical, legal, business, accounting, etc.) little time is left to guide the student regarding work best practices.  My book helps overcome this obstacle and provides the student with an easy to read manual on the six areas they must get right to obtain career success,” Reinsel said.

Reinsel’s new book, “Career Puzzle,” helps job seekers in six key areas, he said: Continue reading “Stewartstown author Donald Reinsel helps job seekers with ‘The Career Puzzle’” »

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Comic Book Wednesday: ‘Grayson’

images“The Spy Reborn.”

Batman’s original sidekick, the Boy Wonder, has been brought back to life for a new comic titled “Grayson.

Dick Grayson was an acrobat and the original Robin who then became Nightwing to assert independence. But something happened, which is not clear from the first few pages, and it was supposed that Dick was dead.

Now, Dick has been reborn and has become Agent 37.

In the first issue of “Grayson,” he is a spy and along with a woman called Matron (later revealed to be Helena Bertinelli) are trying to save or capture — it is unclear — a man named Dubov Ninel.

There are obvious challenges for the task: Another group try to capture the same man and it has no qualms about shooting at Agent 37 and Ninel as they escape. Also, another masked vigilante with superhuman powers attacks the pair, but Ninel takes care of the problem, as he apparently was implanted and turned into a meta bio-weapon. The duo gets Ninel to their boss, who said he took out the implant and Ninel was on a beach somewhere with a small case of amnesia.

The pair are working Mister Minos and Spyral, whose sole plan is to discover the identities of all of the world’s superheroes. “Power cannot be masked,” he says in the last panel.

This title is all right to start without reading any past DC comics, and it could be a good starting point for new comic-book readers. However, I think the experience is much better when you know all the little Easter eggs hiding throughout the first title; For example, Grayson reported through a transmitter to a “Mr. Malone,” which is Batman/Bruce Wayne’s undercover name.

I’m not sure if the title will become harder and harder to understand as it goes along, but the story by Tim Seeley and Tom King is on point and the artwork by Mikel Janin is fantastic.

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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Poetry submission: ‘Together, The World’

Together we stand, united as one.
The key to life is to never be done.
Remain a student forever to expand your mind,
Open your third eye to the things hard to find.

We are the world, we should all progress together.
No superior, no dominant. Lets be equal forever.
If one falls down, lets catch and go to the sky.
Open each other’s wings, and we can all fly.

Soar through the clouds, lets join hands.
Leave society and return to nature when we land.
Start over together on our hands and knees,
Learn the value of everything, you and me.

Unity, never forget what brings us close.
If its love, let me offer another dose.
We are spirits, lets evolve into the stars.
No matter what, unity will bring us far.

- Nathaniel Valentin of York City

Book Buzz is now accepting poetry submissions! Email with your poetry. Please include a title for your work, along with your name and municipality.

If you’ve recently written a poetry collection, visit and fill out the web form.

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Katye Clark to sign books at Lotus Moon Yoga

Local author Katye Clark will sign her books, “Into the Light” and “Conscious Construction of the Soul” from 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 1 at Lotus Moon Yoga, 36 N. Beaver St., York.

The studio will also offer henna art and channeled tarot readings by Liette Monic. The gift shop will be open as well. Visit for details.

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For the sake of your health, a summer read

overwhelmedThrough September 17, the public is invited to participate in “A Summer Read,” according to a news release. The program encourages residents to visit local libraries and borrow “Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time,” by Brigid Schulte, and hold a discussion with their book clubs, friends, family and colleagues.

In the book, Schulte explains the various ways our lives have reached a frantic pace and have become too complicated, according to the release. Schulte’s experience as a journalist, wife, and mother allow her to intimately address wide-reaching stressors, as well as provide an optimistic perspective on how to tackle the busyness, find time for the important things, and live a fulfilled life.

“Prolonged periods of stress can have a direct impact on our health,” Chris Amy, project director for Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA said in the release.  “Through ‘A Summer Read,’ we are diligently working with partners, such as WITF and the library systems, to increase conversation around the consequences of frenetic lifestyles and bring the community together to identify solutions.” Continue reading “For the sake of your health, a summer read” »

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