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COVID Vaccines in Pennsylvania

Many questions exist around the eligibility and availability of the COVID vaccine in Pennsylvania. These resources linked here are a great starting point for finding many of the answers for which you may be looking. If you know someone without internet access or are having difficulty navigating the website you can call the PA Department of Health hotline at 877-724-3258.

This site has a quick quiz to determine if and when you are eligible for the vaccine:

Getting the COVID Vaccine

You can also learn more about what phase of the vaccine rollout we are currently in, as well as what each phase means for us here in Pennsylvania at:

COVID-19  Vaccines.

Lititz Public Library aims to keep you informed on the COVID vaccine rollout, and will update this page as more resources become available.

Squirrel Appreciation Day – January 21st

Did you know squirrels have their own day of appreciation? Neither did we. Discover other surprising facts about squirrels (and maybe develop a begrudging appreciation for them) while enjoying these wonderful tales available from the Lititz Public Library.

The Secret Life of Squirrels: a Love StoryThe secret life of squirrels : a love story / Nancy Rose – Mr. Peanuts, a most unusual squirrel, is lonely as Valentine’s Day nears but he meets Rosie in the bookstore and soon they are nuts about each other.

Scaredy squirrel / by Mélanie Watt – Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he’s afraid of the unknown “out there.” But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.

The tale of squirrel Nutkin / by Beatrix Potter – This story is one of the famous Peter Rabbit Books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter, which have been enchanting children throughout the world for four generations. The new color reproductions were taken from Potter’s original artwork, and appear just as freshly as when they were first painted.

Mr. Squirrel and the MoonMr. Squirrel and the moon / by Sebastian Meschenmoser ; [translated by David Henry Wilson] – The moon was as big and round and yellow as it had always been . . . so why was it on Mr. Squirrel’s tree? When Mr. Squirrel awakes to find the moon on his tree, his imagination runs wild: what if it’s been stolen . . . what if the thief lost it . . . what if I’m accused and thrown in prison? He has to get rid of the moon! But when he rolls the moon off of his tree and a hedgehog, a billy goat, and some mice get involved. . . . Will the moon ever be the same again?

Squirrel’s family tree / by Beth Ferry ; illustrated by A.N. Kang – What makes an oak tree an oak tree and what makes a squirrel a squirrel? In Squirrel’s Family Tree, things aren’t always what they seem. As squirrel searches for, finds, and hides her acorn treasures beneath the shadows of the great oak trees in the forest, little does she know the role she plays in creating the very environment she forages in.

Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures / Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K. G. Campbell – Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived.

A Squirrel's Story : A True TaleGray squirrel / Barbara A. Somervill – Gray squirrels are known for their bushy tails and hoarding habits. These North American natives were imported to parts of Europe and South Africa as pets, but quickly went from pets to unwanted pests. Learn more about the problems caused by invasive gray squirrels and what can be done to solve them.

A squirrel’s story : a true tale / by Jana Bommersbach ; illustrated by Jeff Yesh – The true story of Shirlee Squirrel and her children, this book provides a glimpse into the world of gray tree squirrels. Complete with factual information and important life lessons, including strengths within oneself

Top Checkouts of 2020

What were the most checked out items for the year that was 2020?

The Peanut Butter Falcon The peanut butter falcon – An adventure story set in the world of a modern Mark Twain that begins when Zak, a young man with Down syndrome, runs away from a nursing home where he lives to chase his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and attending the wrestling school of The Salt Water Redneck, his idol. Through circumstances beyond their control, Tyler, a small-time outlaw on the run, becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. (DVD – 26 checkouts)

DVDs remained our most popular items, and patrons had plenty of genres from which to choose:

Pain and glory – It tells of a series of reencounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Some of them in the flesh, others remembered: his childhood in the ’60s, when he emigrated with his parents to a village in Valencia in search of prosperity, the first desire, his first adult love in the Madrid of the ’80s, the pain of the breakup of that love while it was still alive and intense. (Top foreign film – 17 checkouts)

Outlander. Season fourSeason Four continues the story of Claire and Jamie Fraser as they try to make a home for themselves in colonial America. The Frasers in North Carolina are at another turning point in history, the edge of the American Revolution. Along the way, the Frasers cross paths with notorious pirate Stephen Bonnet in a fateful meeting that will haunt the family. Meanwhile, Brianna and Roger grow closer in the twentieth century but make a shocking discovery that has them following in Claire’s footsteps. (TV Series – 15 checkouts)

HoneylandHoneyland – “Hatidze lives with her ailing mother in the mountains of Macedonia, making a living cultivating honey using ancient beekeeping traditions. When an unruly family moves in next door, what at first seems like a balm for her solitude becomes a source of tension as they, too, want to practice beekeeping, while disregarding her advice” (Non-fiction – 15 checkouts)

And there was a three-way tie for top British Series with 18 checkouts each….

Midsomer murders. Days of misrule
Vera. Set 7  and
Queens of mystery. [Series 1].

Books:

The most checked-out book at the Lititz Public Library was a graphic novel in our children’s section, Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man. Brawl of the wild. with 20 checkouts. This newest installment of Pilkey’s Dog Man series asks, “Is Dog Man bad to the bone? The heroic hound is sent to the pound for a crime he didn’t commit. While his pals work to prove his innocence, Dog Man struggles to find his place among dogs and people. Being a part of both worlds, will he ever fully fit in with one?”

(Other most popular children’s materials can be found here.)

The top checkouts for other genres and formats were:

The Bridge to Belle IslandThe bridge to Belle Island / Julie Klassen. In 1819 England, “evidence from a mysterious death takes Benjamin to an island on the Thames. There Isabelle is trapped by fear and a recurring dream about a man’s death. Or is it a memory? When a second death brings everyone under suspicion, she realizes her island sanctuary will never be the same. (Inspirational Fiction – 17 checkouts)

The bitterroots : a novel / C.J. Box. Former sheriff’s investigator Cassie Dewell is starting her life over in private practice. When an old friend asks her to help exonerate a man accused of assaulting a young relative, Cassie reluctantly agrees. But out by the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, twisted family loyalty runs deep, and there’s always more to the story. The Kleinsassers have ruled here for decades, and the Iron Cross Ranch is their stronghold. They want to see Blake Kleinsasser, the black sheep of the family, put away forever for the assault. As Cassie attempts to uncover the truth, she must fight against both the family, whose roots are tangled and deadly, and the ghosts of her own past. (Large Print – 17 checkouts)

The family upstairs / Lisa Jewell.
Soon after her twenty-fifth birthday, Libby Jones returns home from work to find the letter she’s been waiting for her entire life … She soon learns not only the identity of her birth parents, but also that she is the sole inheritor of their abandoned mansion on the banks of the Thames in London’s fashionable Chelsea neighborhood, worth millions. Everything in Libby’s life is about to change. But what she can’t possibly know is that others have been waiting for this day as well–and she is on a collision course to meet them. (Fiction – 16 checkouts)

The way I heard it / Mike Rowe [illustrations by Marcellus Hall]. Emmy-award winning gadfly Mike Rowe presents a ridiculously entertaining, seriously fascinating collection of his favorite episodes from America’s #1 short-form podcast, The Way I Heard It, along with a host of memories, ruminations, illustrations, and insights. It’s a delightful collection of mysteries. A mosaic. A memoir. A charming, surprising must-read. (Non-fiction – 14 checkouts)

Freckled : A Memoir of Growing up Wild in HawaiiFreckled : a memoir of growing up wild in Hawaii / TW Neal.
Born in 1965 to hippie surfer parents who just want to ride waves, use substances, and hide from society, red-headed Toby grows up as one of only a few hundred Caucasian “haole” people on the rugged, beautiful North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii. “I wish I could turn time into honey, and watch it drip by.” Told from the immersive, first-person view of a child experiencing turbulent times as they occur, Freckled will take you on a journey you won’t soon forget as Toby catches an octopus with her bare hands to feed the family, careens on her first bike down a rugged dirt trail deep in the jungle, and makes money by selling magic mushrooms to a drug dealer. Through it all, a sensitive and resilient Toby clings to a dream of academic achievement and a “normal” life. (Biography – 13 checkouts)

and a two-way tie among Audiobooks, Emma / by Jane Austen and Talking to strangers : what we should know about the people we don’t know / Malcolm Gladwell each had 11 checkouts on the year.

 

Top Checkouts of 2020 -Children’s Edition

Brawl of the WildThe most checked-out book at the Lititz Public Library was a graphic novel in our children’s section, Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man. Brawl of the wild. with 20 checkouts. This newest installment of Pilkey’s Dog Man series asks, “Is Dog Man bad to the bone? The heroic hound is sent to the pound for a crime he didn’t commit. While his pals work to prove his innocence, Dog Man struggles to find his place among dogs and people. Being a part of both worlds, will he ever fully fit in with one?”

PAW patrol. Brave heroes, big rescues. – Save the day with six huge and heroic rescues. EmBARK on two daring double-length adventures as the Patrol transforms into magical Mer-Pups to save underwater friends and rescues Adventure Bay from a dinosaur invasion! Plus, join the pups as they save Jake, the Adventure Day Parade, a kitty, and even Marshall! (Kids DVD – 18 checkouts)

Not Your Nest!Not your nest! / by Gideon Sterer illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi. – Bird is just about to put the finishing touches on her new home when she suddenly finds that her nest is already full–of someone else. So she reluctantly builds another nest. But Fox finds this new nest quite comfy, and Brush Hog loves the view from Bird’s next attempt. Soon the Acacia tree is bursting with happily nested animals of all shapes and stripes–everyone except bird! But when Bird finally finds a way to evict her unwelcome guests, the animals realize their mistake and build a nest that’s big enough for all of them. Well, almost… (Picture Books – 17 checkouts)

Diary of an awesome friendly kid : Rowley Jefferson’s journal / by Jeff Kinney. – In his first journal, middle schooler Rowley Jefferson, Greg Heffley’s sidekick, records his experiences and misguided decision to write a biography of Greg, who, in his own mind, is destined to become rich and famous.  (Juvenile Fiction – 15 checkouts)

Mary Anne Saves the DayMary Anne saves the day / Ann M. Martin a graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier with color by Braden Lamb. – When a fight breaks out among the members of the Baby-sitters Club, timid Mary Anne finds herself becoming more assertive as a babysitter and in her relationships with her father and friends.  (Juvenile Series – 15 checkouts)

Fly Guy meets Fly Girl! / Tedd Arnold. – When Fly Guy meets Fly Girl, he is amazed and smitten. (Easy Reader – 15 checkouts)
Pete the cat and the surprise teacher / by James Dean. – When Pete discovers that his teacher is sick and his mom is the substitute, he must teach her the ins and outs of his school. (Easy Reader – 15 checkouts)


Discovering DinosaursDiscovering dinosaurs / Bob Walters and Tess Kissinger. – Features information and illustrations of nearly 140 species of dinosaur, including the latest discoveries in the field of paleontology. (Juvenile Non-Fiction – 11 checkouts)

Eragon / Christopher Paolini. – In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. (Young Adult – 11 checkouts)

Eragon : Book I

 

The Constitution, Impeachment, and our Long History

Given the recent spate of news articles referencing the U.S. Constitution and impeachment, we would like to highlight a number of books that can help inform your understanding as you keep up with current events. Links to catalog searches on these topics for children and adults can be found at the bottom of this page. The full text and interpretations of the Constitution can be found at the Interactive Constitution, a nonpartisan tool to allow learners of all ages to engage with the text of the Constitution, discover how experts agree and disagree about its history and meaning, and explore arguments on all sides of the constitutional debates at the center of American life.

The U.S. Constitution 
Our ConstitutionOur Constitution / Donald A. Ritchie & JusticeLearning.org – An in-depth look at the entire text of the U. S. Constitution, annotated with detailed explanations of its terms and contents. Each Amendment and Article is accompanied by sidebar material on the history of its application, including profiles of important Supreme Court cases, texts of related primary source documents, and contemporary news articles.

The Constitution / Paul Finkelman – Examines in detail the structure of the American democracy that still exists today, through an in-depth review of the Constitutional Convention and those involved in the creation of this important document.

Plain, honest men : the making of the American Constitution / Richard Beeman – Demonstrates how the American Constitution was forged through conflict, compromise, and eventually fragile consensus as James Madison and his cohorts devised a plan to radically alter the balance of governmental power.

The second founding : how the Civil War and Reconstruction remade the Constitution / Eric Foner – An authoritative history by the preeminent scholar of the Civil War era, The Second Founding traces the arc of the three foundational Reconstruction amendments from their origins in antebellum activism and adoption amidst intense postwar politics to their virtual nullification by narrow Supreme Court decisions and Jim Crow state laws. Today these amendments remain strong tools for achieving the American ideal of equality if only we will take them up

As Benjamin Franklin famously put it, Americans have a republic, if we can keep it. Preserving the Constitution and the democratic system it supports is the public’s responsibility. One route the Constitution provides for discharging that duty–a route rarely traveled–is impeachment.

Impeachment

Impeachment : An American History          Impeachment : A Citizen's Guide          Impeached : The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy

Impeachment : an American history / Jeffrey A. Engel, Jon Meacham, Timothy Naftali, Peter Baker – Impeachment is rare, and for good reason. Designed to check tyrants or defend the nation from a commander-in-chief who refuses to do so, the process of impeachment outlined in the Constitution is what Thomas Jefferson called “the most formidable weapon for the purpose of a dominant faction that was ever contrived.” It nullifies the will of voters, the basic foundation of legitimacy for all representative democracies. Only [four] times has a president’s conduct led to such political disarray as to warrant his potential removal from office, transforming a political crisis into a constitutional one. None has yet succeeded.

Impeachment : a citizen’s guide / Cass R. SunsteinCass R. Sunstein provides a succinct citizen’s guide to an essential tool of self-government. He illuminates the constitutional design behind impeachment and emphasizes the people’s role in holding presidents accountable. Despite intense interest in the subject, impeachment is widely misunderstood. Sunstein identifies and corrects a number of misconceptions. For example, he shows that the Constitution, not the House of Representatives, establishes grounds for impeachment and that the president can be impeached for abuses of power that do not violate the law.

Impeached : the trial of President Andrew Johnson and the fight for Lincoln’s legacy / David O. Stewart – A revisionist account of the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson identifies specific incendiary behaviors on the part of the seventeenth president that the author believes failed to heal post-Civil War America.

There are many, sometimes competing, stories of who we are, how we came to be, and what we might become. Here are just a few of those histories from a variety of viewpoints.

General Histories of the United States

The Birth of America : From Before Columbus to the Revolution      A People's History of the United States      A Short History of the United States      These Truths : A History of the United States

The birth of America : from before Columbus to the Revolution / William R. Polk – In this provocative account of colonial America, William R. Polk explores the key events, individuals, and themes of this critical period. With vivid descriptions of the societies that people from Europe came from and with an emphasis on what they believed they were going to, Polk introduces the native Indians encountered in the New World and the black Africans who were brought across the Atlantic. With insightful analysis, he also discusses the dual truths of colonial societies’ “growing up” and “growing apart.”

people’s history of the United States / Howard Zinn ; introduction by Anthony Arnove – A controversial work since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People’s History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools-with its emphasis on great men in high places-to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace. Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People’s History of the United States is the only volume to tell America’s story from the point of view of-and in the words of-America’s women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers.

A short history of the United States / Robert V. Remini – A much-needed, concise history of the United States of America, this accessible and lively volume contains the essential facts about the discovery, settlement, growth, and development of the American nation.

These truths : a history of the United States / Jill Lepore – In the most ambitious one-volume American history in decades, in elegiac prose, Lepore’s groundbreaking investigation places truth itself–a devotion to facts, proof, and evidence–at the center of the nation’s history. The American experiment rests on three ideas–“these truths,” Jefferson called them–political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people. And it rests, too, on a fearless dedication to inquiry, Lepore argues, because self-government depends on it.

More resources –

The U.S. Constitution – (full online text)

Children’s books on the History of the Constitution
Children’s books on Impeachment
Children’s books on the History of the United States

History of the Constitution
Impeachment
History of the United States

Adjustments to Services

Dear patrons and community members,

Much like during our initial re-opening in June, the Lititz Public Library will function as pickup-only until further notice beginning Saturday, November 28th. Items can be requested via the online catalog as normal. When you receive a notice that your item is ready for pickup, you may come to the community room of the Lititz Public Library to check it out.

Masks (not shields or alternate face coverings) properly worn are required at all times inside the library. If you are unable to wear a mask, curbside pickup is available.

During this time, the building will not be open for computer access or browsing of materials. Our outdoor book return will remain open where library materials can be returned at any time 24/7.

While we will continue to take donations for the Mitten Tree and the LWCC Food Basket, we will NOT be accepting donations of books, magazines, or puzzles at this time.

Any changes to our services or hours will be posted on this website as well as on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for your continued patience and support,

Ryan McCrory
Library Director

Holiday StoryWalk Downtown Lititz (Broad Street and Main Street)

The Lititz Public Library invites the community to participate in our Downtown Lititz Holiday StoryWalk®. The Holiday StoryWalk® runs from November 16 through January 3.

It begins at The Purple Turtle at 7 Kleine Lane and heads south to Main Street, travels up and down Main, and ends at Borough Hall. The library would like to express gratitude to sixteen local businesses for displaying a page in their window during the holiday season.

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 path. Participants are encouraged to complete a simple activity at each page. StoryWalk® promotes literacy, physical activity, parental involvement, and ties to the community.

The joyful holiday picture book, I’ve Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison, was selected for this Holiday StoryWalk®. The story explores the sights and sounds of the holiday season as a mother and daughter are shopping in the city. The main character spreads the spirit of giving wherever she goes. And when she reaches Santa, she tells him her Christmas wish–for peace and love everywhere all the days of the year.

Participants have two opportunities to win a picture book to add to their home library. Scan the QR Code at the conclusion of the StoryWalk® to record the number of participants and be entered to win a copy of the book. Parents may also take a picture of their child with one of the StoryWalk® pages and include it on the Lititz Public Library Facebook page, or tag the Lititz Public Library on social media to be entered to win a copy of I’ve Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-Morrison.

 

Map of the Holiday StoryWalk® Route

 

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
Director

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.