Author: rmccrory

Staying informed about COVID at the Library

To our patrons and the broader community,

An employee of the Lititz Public Library has tested positive for COVID-19. However, that employee was not present in the library during the time they were infectious (the last date worked was Friday, October 16 and they did not display any symptoms until Sunday, October 18) according to current guidelines from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health.

If anyone has any concerns with possible exposure, please contact your physician immediately.

Should more information become available, I will update this page.

Ryan McCrory

Book Sale Info

The selection of books many of you have been waiting for!

Hardcover and Trade Paperback Fiction

Everything will be $1.00!!

Books are available in the community room. Pay for purchases at the circulation desk.

Oct 12 – Oct 17:
Hardcover Fiction and Trade Paperbacks

These book sales have been a fabulous way for the library to provide an alternative Friends’ Book Sale, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed chatting with our patrons as they browse. We’ve worked our way through the books which had been originally collected for the April Book Sale. We’ve resumed accepting book and DVD donations. We envision monthly book sales for the foreseeable future. – Ryan McCrory

A reminder about what we accept. Books and DVDs less than 10 years old. No videotapes, no CDs or audiotapes.

Walk with Maisy around the Library!

September 10, 2020

A StoryWalk® combines two healthy activities, taking a walk and reading a book. It is a self-directed activity for people of all ages which encourages participants to read a children’s picture book in stages while walking along a short path. Participants are encouraged to complete a simple activity at each page. StoryWalks® promote literacy, physical activity, parental involvement, and ties to the community.

The Lititz Public Library’s newest StoryWalk® title is Maisy’s Morning on the Farm by Lucy Cousins. Morning is a busy time on Maisy’s farm! This StoryWalk® can be enjoyed by the whole family, but is especially geared for children under three years old.

The StoryWalk® begins to the right of the entrance to the Lititz Public Library and moves right along the sidewalk around the library property.


Friends of the Library Book Sale

With all that has happened over the last 5 months, we were unable to hold the Friends of the Library Book Sale in April. Likewise, the Fall version of the same event will not look as it has in the past. Rather than the 4-day book-a-palooza extravaganza of past years, we will have smaller book sales throughout August and September, weather and time permitting.

All next week, August 17th- 22nd, we will have our children’s and young adult items out for sale in the courtyard area. Picture books, Juvenile and Young Adult fiction, Activity books, Board books, and children’s non-fiction will be available for sale. The sale will be open from 10am – 2 pm each day. All books are $1. Cash or checks will be accepted, no coins.

Future book sale events will be announced on in the library, on social media, on our website

The events will be tailored around certain themes, genres, or topics that will be announced beforehand. Some featured ideas will include gardening, cooking and crafts. Religion and classic literature; Sports and recreation; Science and nature will all have their day.

Hardcover fiction ($2) and DVDs ($1) are always available inside on our book sale table.

New “Steps” to be taken at the Lititz Public Library!

There’s a new way to reach your daily step goal at the library while adding another book to your “done pile!” Lititz Public Library introduces StoryWalk® this summer, combining two wonderfully healthy activities – taking a walk and reading a book. This self-directed activity for people of all ages encourages participants to read a children’s picture book while walking along a short path. Participants are encouraged to complete a simple activity at each stop. StoryWalk® promotes literacy, physical activity, parental involvement, and ties to the community.

The Lititz Public Library’s first StoryWalk® title is Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto. The story follows Ivan, a lively terrier puppy, who enters and interrupts one classic fairy tale after another. This title ties in nicely with the 2020 Summer Reading Program theme “Imagine Your Story.” The StoryWalk® begins to the right of the entrance to the Lititz Public Library and moves right along the sidewalk around the library property.


Re-opening of the building is nigh!

It is with great pleasure and excitement that I get to announce that the Lititz Public Library will be opening our doors to patrons to come into the library and browse the collection beginning Monday, July 6th. We will be limiting entry based on capacity, so there may be a short wait at times. As always, we may have to adapt our procedures as circumstances dictate – we continue to analyze and adjust as necessary.

Requesting via the online catalog will resume and you may request items as normal from all libraries that are open in the county.

Important things to note:
• Masks are required for entrance.
• Patrons will enter through the community room and exit out the main door.
• We are NOT accepting book, magazine, or puzzle donations.
• There will be no computer use to begin.
• There will be no seating.
• Return items to bins, not staff.

The goal as we work towards a return to library use as we once knew it is to provide patron access to our physical collection. As much as we enjoy the “library as place,” that is not the priority at this stage of reopening.
• Slightly reduced hours from normal, but increased from the current situation:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 4pm
Vulnerable populations have priority from 9am – 10am on Tuesdays and Thursdays

As I’ve stated on previous occasions, the better we follow these guidelines the quicker we can move to increased access and services. This new service model is designed to allow our community to access our collection, pick up holds, and check out materials. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding.


-Ryan McCrory, Director

Our First Week “Back”

As I write this the Lititz Public Library is wrapping up its first full week of re-opening with limited services. Many, if not all, of you have likely heard Governor Wolf’s announcement that Lancaster County will move into the Green Phase of re-opening as of June 26th. It is important to remember that Green is not a return to normal. It is not even, in the current parlance, a “new normal.” Instead it is a phase to “facilitate a return to a new normal.”

First, I want to thank our community for being patient and understanding with us as we navigated our new ways of operating. Second, I want to thank staff for adapting so well and continuing to provide a level of customer service of which they can be proud. Third, I want everyone to know that soon we will be able to open our doors to the public (albeit still with limits) for physical browsing in the building. At this point, I can only say we will move to our next model of service sometime after July 4th. There is NOT a firm date at this time because we must still adhere to safety measures which enforce social distancing and maximum capacity regulations with regards to occupancy – but library leadership has already had discussions about how this can be managed.

So thank you! It is only with your help in following safety guidelines that we can even begin to adapt for the next phase. As you continue to do so, we will continue to adjust, take stock, adapt, and move forward. I will continue to do my best to keep you informed and aware of the library’s plans. Finally, I do want to express how extremely grateful I am of the staff I lead and the community we serve. You all make my job worth it.

Stay safe, and I hope to see you all IN the library as soon as we are able to invite you back!

Ryan McCrory

Getting help with Technology

Lititz Public Library will begin offering tech-help classes & workshops in March!

Getting Started with Libby – Friday, March 13th at 10am

Learn what Libby is, how it works, and all the benefits of enjoying your books electronically at our Getting Started With Libby workshop.

You can read e-books and listen to e-audiobooks on the go with your smartphone or tablet! Bring your device to this first-time workshop and we can help you load the Libby app on your device. Once installed on your device, you can search for, download, and enjoy a number of titles from our catalog.


Whether you need help with e-books and e-audiobooks, tablets, basic skills, etc. we are hoping to offer something of use to you. Be on the lookout for future dates and times!

1-on-1 technology help is always available by appointment.

Blind Date with a Book

This week’s “Speaking Volumes” is less book list and more book lust. Not really — we have nothing but good wholesome literary fun for you this February.

From Feb. 1 through 14, Lititz Public Library is proud to announce our “Blind Date with a Book.” We will have a selection of books, wrapped so as not to reveal the title or author, available for check out. The only way for these books to entice you is with their “pick up line” — the first line of the book will be displayed on the wrapping.

For example, would this wordy attempt to woo you have worked?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”

If so, then you would have walked out of the library arm in arm with Mr. Charles Dickens regaling you with “A Tale of Two Cities.”

Upon finishing (or not) your blind date, you can rate your date on the notecard included in the book. Was the find “True Love,” “Just Friends,” or perhaps “Never Again.” Regardless of the grade, you can return the notecard to enter a drawing for a gift card or gift basket.

We will have books for adults and kids to choose from so that no one has to miss out on this fun and free-spirited way to chance upon a new author or series.