The Wisdom Years: Programs for Seniors – Programs held at 2 p.m. specifically geared to seniors Elderhostel – By Ederhostel embassador, David Kuch
A Civil War Re-Enactor - Mike Weaver explained what it takes to be a Civil War re-enactor and discussed books he has written on the Civil War, including, Jenkins in Mechanicsburg: The Confederate Attempt on Pennsylvania’s Capital
Positive Discipline - Parenting techniques
Life on Hold: Caring for a Loved One - Hospice program
Building Music Boxes
The Essentials of Water and Sleep Nature’s Miracle Packages - All about planting bulbs
Origami for Adults
Bikinis in Winter and Other Bicultural Adventures – By Donna Chambers, a Spanish Instructor at Millersville University
Does My Child Have a Learning Disability? – By Dr. Constance Hight, director of the Literacy Institute in Lancaster.
The Wyeths: Pennsylvania’s First Family of the Arts - Commonwealth Speaker Dr. James Curtis discussed the three generations of Wyeths - N.C., his son Andrew and Andrew’s son, Jamie. This presentation was a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Starting a New Business: Marketing – By Rhonda Kleiman of the Library System of Lancaster County and Judie Matulis of the Judie Shop in Lititz
Hans Herr Settlement - Henry Benner of Hans Herr House
Ground Covers, Hostas and Daylilies
Building of the Panama Canal
Planting Annuals – By Jay Ulrich, a retail manager for Esbenshade’s Greenhouse
Meet Henry David Thoreau - Henry David Thoreau “in person” presented by Naturalist Jim Keller of Lancaster County Parks
Letting Go: A Hospice Journey – A film
Accessorizing Your Home with Main Street Furniture Gallery – By interior designers Robin Miller, Laurie Loar and Gerry Gwinn of Main Street Furniture Gallery.
Images of Nature Slide Presentation – By Donald Reese, photographer Cooking with Kitchen Kettle - Holiday cooking with Cori Deshong of Kitchen Kettle Village
The Civilian Experience during the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg – By Myra Reichart, a member of the Society of Women and the Civil War
Get the Dirt on Composting – By Master Gardener, David Lauver
The Riverman: Living History of the Susquehanna River - The Susquehanna River Basin Commission presented an enlightening and entertaining program featuring Gil Hirschel, dressed in period garb as riverman Elias Cooper to talk about a time when "Rivermen" floated logs and supplies down the Susquehanna and its tributaries.
New Explorations: Pennsylvanians in the 18th Century - Dr. George Boudreau explored the lives and work of such famous Pennsylvanians as Franklin, John and William Bartram, David Rittenhouse, and Joseph Priestley, as well as many lesser-known men and women. (This presentation was a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.)
Native Americans in Lancaster County - Laverne Zell of the Eicher Indian Museum in Ephrata on the Lenape tribe of Lancaster County.
Organic Farming – Presented by David Fogarty-Harnish of Scarecrow Hill Organic Farm in Ephrata
Trace Your Genealogy - Glenn Landis and Martee Xakellis provided an overview of the library’s genealogy room and demonstrated the many resources available for research. The program was presented in three sessions to allow everyone the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding.
Civil War: The Gettysburg Campaign to the Susquehanna River – By Steve Runkle of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission.
Starting a New Business: Obtaining a Loan - Phyllis Van Someren and Dean Weibel of Waypoint Bank presented.
Discover Scotland – By Sandy Leyh, a travel agent with L’atitudes Travel.
Amish and Mennonite Women's Voices: Listening to the Quiet in the Land - Diane Zimmerman Umble, Acting Associate Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences and Professor of Communication at Millersville University, presented selections from Strangers at Home: Amish and Mennonite Women in History, essays focused on the diverse and often misunderstood lives of Amish and Mennonite women from the 16th to the 20th century. The presentation explored the challenges and changing roles of Anabaptist women over time and across communities in Europe and North and South America.
Hearing Loss with Kamal Elliot - Lititz audiologist Kamal Elliot discussed the causes of hearing loss, how to get a thorough hearing evaluation, types of hearing loss and the latest technology in hearing aids and assistive devices. There was a demonstration of what it sounds like to have hearing loss.
The Life of James Buchanan - By Tom Anglert of Wheatland (dressed in period costume)
Public and Private Gardens – By Master Gardener Fred Spracher
Pennsylvania Owls – By Shirley Bubb, ornithologist for the North Museum and member of the Lancaster Postcard Club and the Lancaster Bird Club.
Building Courage and Self-Esteem in Children COBYS Family Services presents this workshop, which includes: “Starting the Success Cycle for Self-Esteem,” “The Power of Asset Building,” and “Prevention Strategies for Health and Safety Issues.”
How We Survived the Malmedy Massacre - U.S. Army soldiers Sketch Mearig and Harold Billow of Lititz spoke about their experiences during the Battle of the Bulge, when they escaped the Nazis and lived.
Decorating Your Living Room - Interior designer Carolyn Martin demonstrated how to remake your living room into the style you desire.
Creative Non-fiction Writing Workshop –A hands-on program by Kelly Mason of Rabbit Hill Writers’ Studio
Humor for Everyday Life - Dennis Moehler spoke about the healing benefits of keeping our daily lives lighthearted.
Artist Paul Herr – Watched an award-winning artist create a painting very quickly while being inspired by a selection of music playing in the background.
Tour of China - Robert and Judy Colton shared their travels in China through a slide show and discussion.
Writing a Business Plan – By Wayne Murphy of SCORE and Kaye Peloquin of Buckhill Bookshop
Cooking with General Sutter’s Chef Carr – Chef Carr of the General Sutter Restaurant
Living the Underground Railroad Experience - Phoebe Bailey of Bethel Harambee Historical Services’ Living the Experience presented this captivating reenactment of the Underground Railroad experience.
You’ve Got a Slug in Pennsylvania - Penn State Master Gardener Betty Beck led this humorous discussion of the ubiquitous slug. She described techniques to keep your precious plants safe from these slimy intruders.
ALL Parents are Homeschoolers
Read Me Atori - Experienced a multi-media presentation and interactive reading of the story How Hilda Hushed Her Hiccups by a representative from Atori Publishing. Participants learned how a book is created. Autographed copies of Atori’s books were available for purchase.
Wildflowers Through the Seasons – A slide presentation showing hundreds of miles of photographic wildflower hikes in Shenk’s Ferry, Tucquan Gorge, Haines Station, Furnace Hills and Middle Creek by Richard Warren.
Building Your Immune System – An alternative medical approach to enhancing, balancing and strengthening the immune system by Naturopathic Doctor Diana Ludwig of Ephrata Area Natural Health Practice.
Your Backyard Geology – By Jeri Jones of Jones Geological Services
Nathan Reist (1855-1940) of Lititz - A glimpse of Lititz in the first part of the 20th century through the eyes and camera of Nathan Reist. The presentation, entitled “Inside and Beyond My School Room Window” was presented by Gary Hawbaker.
How To Say No to Your Kids – Program by Warwick School District elementary counselors
The Battle of Gettysburg: Day One – By Steve Runkle of the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
A Year of Nature at Middle Creek - A slide show of the beauty of nature throughout the seasons at the Middle Creek Wildlife Refuge. The Holocaust as History and Legacy – Presented by Millersville University Professor Saulius Suziedelis
Paris in the Spring - Judy and Rob Colton presented a slide show of their visit to France.
Weight Management for a Lifetime - Lisa Karpel, a registered dietitian from the Ephrata Community Hospital Wellness Center, shared her knowledge about what it takes to manage your weight for a lifetime without compromising your health.
Andy Smith, Portrait of an Artist – Lititz resident, Andy Smith, well known for his watercolors, shared the concepts important to him when creating his paintings.
South American Cooking - Lititz resident, Claudia Palacio, owner of Delectibles Delivered, presented family recipes from Columbia, South America, her native country.
The United States and the Middle East Peace Process - Millersville University professor Jack Fischel discussed the religious and historical issues that have made peace so difficult to achieve in the Middle East.
Journaling for Grandparents – A workshop by Gerry Kershner to make a one-of-a-kind gift for your grandchildren that will be cherished forever.
Thunderstorms! With Les Still – Learned about flying in thunderstorms from News 8 Storm Team’s meteorologist Les Still.
Uniforms, Equipment, Weapons and Daily Life of the U.S. Army in the Civil War – By JD Jenkins of the Company E, 30th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Art Class - Easy Collage
Living Healthy - Aerobic instructor Barbara Kuhlman discussed and demonstrated how to exercise, the benefits of exercise, weight control and healthy lifestyle choices. Postcards from the Trail – Betty Beck shared highlights of her travels through the Appalachian Trail, using postcards in a slide presentation.
Beyond Genealogy - Lititz resident John Angstadt has gone beyond the family tree to discover the rich and interesting lives of his ancestors. In this presentation, he discussed how he researched the history, vocations and geography of his ancestors to make his genealogical research more interesting and relevant.
PA Underground: The Archeology of Historic Pennsylvania - Aarchaeological evidence of sites across Pennsylvania that have been excavated in recent years. This Outreach Lecture Program was presented by University of Pennsylvania Professor, Dr. Joel Fry. It was funded by the Commonwelath of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Mueum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Pennsylvania German Christmas Customs – By Michael Showalter, Museum Educator for the Ephrata Cloister
Gifted & Dyslexic: Research-Based Educational Practices That Work – By Dr. Constance Hight, Director of the Literacy Institute of Lancaster
Artist Talk: Steve Leed - Renowned wildlife artist
The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein - A multimedia presentation of piano, vocals and video featuring the music of Oklahoma, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music.
“Write in the Light” – Duncan Weymouth Alderson, director of Rabbit Hill Writer’s Group, taught how to “paint with words”
Flower Arranging on a Budget – By Master Gardener Diane Tannehill
Beyond Impressionism: The Barnes Foundation - Commonwealth Speaker Kimberly Camp, Executive Director and CEO of the Barnes Foundation, will explained the museum’s collections. This presentation was a program of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, supported in part by a grant from Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Staring a New Business: Accounting and Taxes - Jared Miller, CPA, presented.
History of the Lititz Springs Park and the 4th of July Celebration - Lititz resident Ron Reedy spoke about the history of the Lititz Springs Park along with the renowned Fourth of July celebration, telling how both tie into the history of the railroad.
(Held in the courtyard garden - weather permitting - most of these concerts were provided through funding from Waypoint Bank.)
Gladly Playe Wyth Stryngs (Celtic Group) Conjunto 23 and Latin Dancers (Cuban Quartet) (This program was supported by Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA), the regional arts funding partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency. State government funding comes through an annual appropriation by the Pennsylvania General Assembly and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.)
The Bravura Brass Quintet
Dixieland Express - Traditional New Orleans style dixieland standards
The Pennsylvania Academy of Music
Wee German Dancers – A demonstration of German dances by the children’s dance group of Liederkranz.
Lerner and Lowe Broadway Tunes - Richard Kline and Mary Miller of Lititz
Dante Sobrevilla - A part of the Latino Cultural Series, guitarist and vocalist Dante Sobrevilla presented a selection of Latin rhythms.
Latin Culture and Instruments - Mario Nieves of Lancaster introduced us to interesting aspects of Latin culture, as well as musical instruments.
The Tom Witmer Trio - An evening of jazz by the Tom Witmer Trio. The performance was part of our Waypoint Concert Series, sponsored by Waypoint Bank.
The Great Dream Exchange Jazz Concert – A local youth band presented an eclectic show mixed from jazz, rock, and funk origins. The music was all original material with spontaneous improvisations.
Arietta Trio - Flute, oboe and cello, a classical music concert
The Music of Ubi Adams – with many different instruments
Anytime Ensemble Concert - An cappella four-part barbershop harmony
“Infusion With Octavia” Jazz Concert - A selection of the best music from the 1930s to the 1980s, a tasteful blend of classic vocal jazz standards with a touch of blues and older classic rock-and-roll for spice.
Fire in the Glen - Irish, Scottish and Maritimes music, as well as their own brand of "Celtic eclectic" accents
Classical Music Concert: Duo Terlano – An evening of classical music performed by Duo Terlano with Johannes Deitrich on violin and his wife, Marie-Aline Cadieux on cello. Both hold a doctorate in their specialty and are on the faculty of Lebanon Valley College.
Cygnet Duo - Classical, Renaissance and folk music performed on oboe and harp.
Old Time Patriotic Review - American patriotic favorites
Synthesis Latin Band – An irresistible blend of the most recognizable Latin rhythms, including Afro-Cuban, Colombian, Brazilian, Venezuelan, Mexican and Argentinean. This program was part of a two-part series on Latino culture.
Coming of Age at Ninety - Gerald Speedy, author of Coming of Age at Ninety.
Joyful Living – By Lititz author and professional engineer Ned Pelger.
The 15 Minute Retreat: Creative Journaling for Busy Women - A Mother's Day workshop led by local author Jill Althouse-Wood. Participants not only examined their lives through words, but also worked with paint, collage and photography. Participants were urged to come with an open mind and left with examples of how to awaken or enliven their journaling practice in just 15 minutes a day.
John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founding Father - By Millersville University Department of History Professor Francis Bremer on his recently published biography on John Winthrop
Book Signing – Nancy O’Hara
WWII Memoirs – By Aaron Elson, author and creator of Tankbooks.com, on his experience collecting the oral histories of countless WWII veterans.
Pride and Prejudice Continues - Lancaster resident Genevieve Wimer imagined the future lives of her favorite characters in Pride and Prejudice and published a book entitled Honour and Humility. The Jane Austen aficionado spoke about how she was inspired to continue her favorite novel. The program also featured a formal English Tea, donated by A Perfect Blend in Lititz.
Bull and Bluster – By Harry Townsend, author of Bull and Bluster, a collection of short stories on “small-town Pennsylvania.” Because he was raised in Parkesburg, Pa., many of Mr. Townsend’s stories take place in Lancaster and Chester counties. Ron Hevener – Author of The Blue Ribbon
Regional Folk Art: Mennonite Arts – Clarke Hess discussed his book Mennonite Arts Exploring the Brandywine Valley – By travel writer Sharon Silverman
Computers: The Big Picture - Tim Hoffman, of Hoffman Computer Associates, will explained in non-technical language how a computer works
Micro-Publishing - Lititz resident, Larry Pacl, demonstrated how he uses Microsoft Publisher to create a family newsletter that he sends out to his children and grandchildren keep everyone in touch.
Family Safe Internet Use - Learned how to make the Internet a family safe tool. 91% of children who have accessed inappropriate sites have done so unintentionally. Discovered what to do to foster safe surfing for the whole family and find family friendly search engines.
Computer Class: Networking Home Computers - More homes now have more than one computer. Brian Volpone explained what is needed to network two or more computers in your home and demonstrated how to share files and peripherals.
Using the Library: The Lititz Record Express Archives - How to use the newly acquired digital archive of the Lititz Record Express. This archive, donated to the library by the Lititz Historical Foundation, is a great tool for anyone exploring local or family history.
Buying a Computer for the Holidays – By Tim Hoffman of Hoffman Computer Associates
Life Stories Writing Class
Nonviolent Communication - Lititz resident Dave Althouse led this several-week course based on Dr. Marshall Rosenberg’s book, Nonviolent Communication.
Writing and Self-Publishing Stories about Family Legends and Personal Anecdotes – In nine sessions. The first seven sessions were dedicated to writing the story, including the differences between legend, story and anecdote and the eight-point arc of classic fiction. The last three sessions covered the printing process, using programs such as Microsoft Publisher or Adobe Pagemaker.
The Magazine Writer’s Club – By Lititz resident and published writer Terry Lane
Moms’ Book Club– Books on parenting and other women's issues.
Jane Austen Society - Jane Austen aficionados discussed her life and works.
Family Game Night – Board games
Writer’s Group – Encouragement, support and gentle critique with Wendy Komancheck, private tutor and writer
Fiction Writers’ Roundtable – Especially for beginning writers
Mystery Book Club
…and many other book clubs
Programs for Children
Little Steps: A Path to Reading – Baby Lapsit Program
Music with Aimee - music and songs for infants and toddlers with Aimee Ketchum.
Stories and Stuff– A book club for 4th-6th graders Ravenous Readers– A book club for middle school students Saturday Movie Matinee – held one Saturday per month, complete with popcorn and lemonade On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! - Hands-on-House
Scott Kepnes - Funky folk and rock tunes and stories by Scott Kepnes Froggy Storybook Character Visits the Library
Dog Day Storytime
Linda Oatman High—Writing By the Light of the Moon - A nighttime writing session for kids using radical gel pens and black paper journals.
That Traveling Pet Place – Responsible pet ownership
Octavia Lamb – Interactive musical program for children
Kamishibai Storytelling - Japanese folklore stories told in the Japanese picture-storytelling tradition.
Magician Joseph Keppel
Meet Spot the Dog – Storybook character
On the Homefront: Children and WWII - Children’s Librarian Karen Payonk presents this hands-on program that allowed today’s children to get a feel for what life was like on the homefront during World War II.
Fun with Pfizer Sci Pfi Team – The Pfizer Science Demo Team demonstrated static electricity and the wonders of polymer chemistry. Participants made “slime” to take home.
Your Teacher @ the Library – each week during the summer a different elementary school teacher (or librarian) told stories.
Tucker’s Tales Puppet Theatre – Mr. Wolf’s adventures
Dr. Yo-Yo – Learn “walking the dog” and other yo-yo tricks
Story time with Yoko! - The lovable Japanese-American Cat storybook character Yoko, by Rosemary Wells, visits three to five-year-olds.
Harry Who the Magician - Harold Baughman Tutor.com – Homework Help Online
Play Ball!: Super Sports Science – Children aged 5-14 learned the science behind favorite sports from the Maryland Science Center. Students learned how the parts of the body affect performance and why one ball is better to throw than another.
Stream in a Bucket – Students in grades 3 – 8 learned about the tiny creatures in streams and creeks from the Lancaster County Conservation District.
Caring Friends – Students in grades 3 – 12 learned age sensitivity through an interactive game that educates youth about the experiences of aging people.
Recycling – The Lancaster County Conservation District presented the Recycle Cycle – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle: three key words to conserve natural resources.
Kids’ Creative Journaling
Make an Accordion Book – With local art educator Carole Francis
Origami For Elementary Aged Students
Art, Poetry, Writing and MS Paint Classes with Sarah – each week Linden Hall student Sarah Lane offered a class elementary and middle school students. Yo! Vikings! With Judith Schachner – Author presentation
Ancient Egypt – Presented by the North Museum
Computers for Kids – Learn about databases to help students grades 1-6 with homework
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – A theatrical presentation of Ichabod Crane by Neill Hartley for ages 5 to adult
Chess Lessons with Mr. Bill
Pennsylvania Pioneers - Sallie Gregory of the Lancaster County Conservation District explored how pioneers regarded the environment and natural resources, comparing their lifestyle with that of today’s technology- driven society.
Clem Bowen, Storyteller
Wrangler Rick – By stunt man Rick Deacon
Play: Lewis and Clark – By Duet Productions
Hank the Cowdog – Storybook character visit
Raven’s Feast Puppet Show - Puppeteer Steve Abrams performed stories and myths from the Native American culture of the Northwest Coast. This Outreach Lecture Program was funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
Maisy Visits the Library – A costumed character visit
You Can’t Catch Me, I’m the Gingerbread Boy – Preschool through first graders had fun decorating fresh gingerbread cookies.
Building a Gingerbread House – Second through sixth graders created gingerbread houses
Wilderness Survival - Tyler Hudock of the Lancaster County Environmental Center spoke to children in grade 2 and up.
Wildlife Rescue – By Peggy Hentz of the Red Creek Wildlife Center
Touching thePast: Native Americans – Examined Native American artifacts and specimens brought by staff of the North Museum.
Storytime with Girl Scout Lauren – A local girl scout told stories to second through fourth graders
Tweet Treats – Children ages five and up made wintertime bird treats.
Down on the Farm with Bonnie Siegrist – Author of the book Little Farm Down the Lane presented a program for children in grades K-4.
Disaster Dudes – Presented by the American Red Cross for children in grades K and up
Story and Craft - Cadet girl scout, Lauren Klahold read a story and led a craft activity
for children in grades 2 to 4 as part of her silver award.
Teen Programs The Book Outlaws - A Bookclub for Teens
Grand Opening! – Library Teen Center - Created through generous donations from Premier Management Group and the Lititz VFW. Three local teen bands performed – Critical Element, 5mph and Simple Minded. All concerts were free to the public. Food and drinks were served and teens were available to answer questions on the library’s resources for youth.
Poetry Fun - Create a poem in 20 minutes or less. Prize awarded to the best effort.
Historical Fashion Show – A fashion show run entirely by young adults. Teens modelled clothes from the last 100 years of fashion. Refreshments followed the show.
World War II Weekend
April 25 - 27, 2003
This special weekend is dedicated to all our local veterans who have shown such wonderful support for the Lititz Public Library. The weekend will include a flag ceremony; World War II reenactors on the library lawn; numerous displays; movies; author talks; a book discussion; and a USO type dance on Saturday evening at Linden Hall with live big band music. Tickets for the dance are on sale at the library, $5.00 per person, $4.00 for veterans and seniors.
Friday, April 25 7:00 p.m. Movie: The Longest Day (1962)
Saturday, April 26 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. World War II re-enactment troops on Library lawn
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Displays throughout library of World War II memorabilia and WWII era articles from the Lititz Record Express
9:30 a.m. Flag ceremony
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Food stand provided by Lititz Lionesses
11:00 a.m. Meet author of the Tankbooks collection, Aaron Elson
1:00 p.m. Meet author of To Great Yoho and Back: A WWII Biography of Robert Leon Singleton, Robert L. Singleton, Jr.
1:30 p.m. Meet Dick Winters, the veteran who led the Band of Brothers in Stephen Ambrose’s bestseller
2:00 p.m. Movie: Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Book discussion: Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. USO Concert and Dance at Linden Hall gym with live music by the Bob Troxell Big Band. Dance or just relax and enjoy the music. Food and drink available for sale. Call the library at 626-2255 for tickets, $5.00 general, $4.00 veterans and seniors. Uniform or 40s style dress welcome!
Sunday, April 27
12 noon - 4:00 p.m. World War II re-enactment troops on Library lawn
12 noon - 4:00 p.m. Displays throughout library of World War II memorabilia and WWII era articles from the Lititz Record Express
12 noon Movie: Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
2:30 p.m. Movie: Midway (1976)
WW II Programs for Children
Victory Gardens Wednesday, April 23, 4:00 p.m. The world was at war. Resources of all kinds were being diverted to support national war efforts on the home front. People dutifully conserved raw materials, recycled, rallied behind the troops, helped their neighbors, and planted Victory Gardens. Children will learn about this part of American history and plant a garden right here at the library.
American Girl Molly Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Molly, a character from the American Girl series, is a nine-year-old girl who is growing up on the home front in America during World War II. Children will learn about the world during Molly’s time and how the war affected children.