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National Homemade Bread Day – November 17th

Did you know that the oldest known remains of bread date back to 14,000 years ago! Bread plays a significant role in many rituals, ceremonies, and traditions and is one of the only foods that is consumed around the world.

Stop ‘loafing’ around! You really ‘knead’ to come into the Lititz Public Library to check out these and other great books about bread!


Bread and Wine : A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with RecipesBread & wine : a love letter to life around the table, with recipes / Shauna Niequist
Bread & Wine is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together.

Friendship bread : a novel / Darien Gee
Still reeling from a personal tragedy that left her estranged from the sister who was once her best friend, Julia Evarts remains at a loss as to how to move on with her life until she receives an anonymous gift of Amish Friendship Bread with instructions on how to make the bread herself, and a request to share it with others.

Mastering bread : the art and practice of handmade sourdough, yeast bread, and pastry / Marc Vetri and Claire Kopp McWilliams with David Joachim ; photography by Ed Anderson
From a master of the artisan bread movement comes a comprehensive guide to making incredible bread at home, featuring more than 80 delicious recipes.

The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread : Cakes, Cookies, Bars, Pastries and More from New York City's Favorite BakeryThe sweeter side of Amy’s Bread / Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree ; photography by Aimé Herring
An instructional cookbook from the famed New York bakery demonstrates how to re-create its famed pastries and sweet treats, including Cherry Cream Scones, Pecan Sticky Buns, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pink Cake, and other scones, muffins, cookies, bars, biscotti, layer cakes, and more.

Healthy bread in five minutes a day : 100 new recipes featuring whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and gluten-free ingredients / Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François ; photography by Mark Luinenburg
Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day will show you that there is time enough for home-baked bread, and that it can be part of a healthy diet.

Fry Bread : A Native American Family StoryFry bread : a Native American family story / written by Kevin Noble Maillard ; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
Fry bread is food. It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate. Fry bread is time. It brings families together for meals and new memories. Fry bread is nation. It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond. Fry bread is us. It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

Bread, bread, bread / Ann Morris ; photographs by Ken Heyman
At any given moment, someone in the world is eating bread. From bagels to baguettes, bread defines a particular culture and way of life like no other food.

Bread comes to life : a garden of wheat and a loaf to eat / by George Levenson ; photography by Shmuel Thaler
An explanation in rhyme of how bread is made, including growing a crop of wheat, threshing, making dough and baking.

All You Knead Is LoveAll you knead is love / Tanya Guerrero
Banished from her abusive home for a summer with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona, twelve-year-old Alba feels hope and love while exploring a newly discovered passion for bread baking.

Bread and jam for Frances / by Russell Hoban ; pictures by Lillian Hoban
Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal–until to her surprise–her parents grant her wish.

One dough, ten breads : making great bread by hand / Sarah Black ; photography by Lauren Volo
Start with the simplest ‘plain white’ dough, then makes small changes to ingredients, proportions, and shapes to take explore ten foundation breads, from baguettes to ciabatta to whole-wheat pain de campagne to sourdough.

Kneadlessly Simple : Fabulous, Fuss-Free, No-Knead BreadsKneadlessly simple : fabulous, fuss-free, no-knead breads / Nancy Baggett
The kneadlessly simple method: nine easy steps to great bread.



“Santa’s Story” Holiday StoryWalk®

The Lititz Public Library’s holiday StoryWalk® title is Santa’s Story by Will Hillenbrand. Santa is ready to leave on Christmas Eve, but he can’t find the reindeer anywhere. What are the reindeer doing and when will they be ready? Participate in the StoryWalk® to find out!

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



Your pumpkin photos will be posted on our Facebook Page and in the library. This contest is OPEN TO ALL AGES!


National South Carolina Day

Did you know each state had its own “National Day”? Us either, if truth be told. But while there are some dubious stories as to how these days got proclaimed for celebration, it presents a wonderful opportunity to highlight some sections of our collection. We missed National Pennsylvania Day (July 20th), but we caught this one in time – so here’s to The Palmetto State itself, South Carolina.

Explorer's Guide South CarolinaSouth Carolina / Ivey Page ; with photographs by the author – South Carolina is a destination steeped in fascinating history and natural beauty. With Page Ivey’s advice, you can experience everything the Palmetto State has to offer. (917.5704 PAG)

Raising the Hunley : the remarkable history and recovery of the lost Confederate submarine / Brian Hicks and Schuyler Kropf – Based on research by the scientists who unsealed the Hunley, an account of the Confederate submarine relates its disappearance on February 17, 1864, after a confrontation with a Union battleship, and its miraculous recovery from Charleston Harbor in 2000. (973.757 HIC)

My losing season / Pat Conroy – The author reflects on the place of sports in his life, describing his love of basketball, the role of the athlete for young men searching for their own identity, his education at the Citadel, and his journey to best-selling writer. (796.323 CONROY CON)

My Vanishing Country : A MemoirMy vanishing country : a memoir / Bakari Sellers – The small town of Denmark was once a thriving hub of South Carolina’s idyllic Low Country. Today, this majority African-American town with a population of 3,500 is emblematic of the “Forgotten South.” For Sellers, Denmark is the land on which his forefathers toiled to build lives of meaning and substance, despite systemic racism and Jim Crow laws. He shines a light on life in today’s rural South, where Americans still struggle for the basics of modern life: internet access, groceries, medical care, and clean water. (328.73092 SEL)

The invention of wings / Sue Monk KiddThe story follows Hetty “Handful” Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid. “The Invention of Wings” follows the next thirty-five years of their lives. Inspired in part by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke (a feminist, suffragist and, importantly, an abolitionist), Kidd allows herself to go beyond the record to flesh out the inner lives of all the characters, both real and imagined. (FIC KIDD S)

The bone code / Kathy Reichs – On the way to hurricane-ravaged Isle of Palms, a barrier island off the South Carolina coast, Tempe receives a call from the Charleston coroner. The storm has tossed ashore a medical waste container. Inside are two decomposed bodies wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound with electrical wire. Tempe recognizes many of the details as identical to those of an unsolved case she handled in Quebec years earlier. With a growing sense of foreboding, she travels to Montreal to gather evidence. (FIC REICHS K)

Dreams of FallingDreams of falling / Karen White – On the banks of the North Santee River stands a moss-draped oak that was once entrusted with the dreams of three young girls. Into the tree’s trunk, they placed their greatest hopes, written on ribbons, for safekeeping – including the most important one: Friends forever, come what may. But life can waylay the best of intentions… Nine years ago, a humiliated Larkin Lanier fled Georgetown, South Carolina, knowing she could never go back. But when she finds out that her mother has disappeared, she realizes she has no choice but to return to the place she both loves and dreads – and to the family and friends who never stopped wishing for her to come home. (FIC WHITE K)

Drums of autumn / Diana Gabaldon – Cast ashore in the American Colonies, Claire and Jamie Fraser are faced with a bleak choice: return to a Scotland fallen into famine and poverty or seize the risky chance of a new life in a New World, menaced by Claire’s certain knowledge of the coming revolution. (CD FIC GABALD D)

The underground railroad : a novel / Colson Whitehead – Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood–where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned–Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. (FIC WHITEH C)

All That She Carried : The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family KeepsakeAll that she carried : the journey of Ashley’s sack, a black family keepsake / Tiya Miles – In 1850s South Carolina, just before nine-year-old Ashley was sold, her mother Rose gave her a sack filled with just a few things as a token of her love. Decades later, Ashley’s granddaughter Ruth embroidered this history on the bag–including Rose’s message that ‘It be filled with my Love always.’ Historian Tiya Miles carefully follows faint archival traces back to Charleston to find Rose in the kitchen where she may have packed the sack for Ashley. From Rose’s last resourceful gift to her daughter, Miles then follows the paths their lives and the lives of so many like them took to write a unique, innovative history of the lived experience of slavery in the United States. (305.48896073 MIL)

A walk to remember / Nicholas SparksA romance featuring a troublesome teenager in South Carolina who is changed for the better by the love of a girl. She is the angelic daughter of a local minister and the boy joins her in doing good deeds. But she has a secret which will break his heart. (FIC SPARKS N)

One summer / David Baldacci – Jack, terminally ill and preparing to say goodbye to his family, has a miraculous recovery after his wife is killed in a car accident and struggles to reunite his family at her childhood home on the South Carolina oceanfront. (FIC BALDAC D)

Net Numbers : A South Carolina Numbers BookNet numbers : a South Carolina number book / written by Carol Crane ; illustrated by Gary Palmer – Called the “great blue mountains of god” by the Cherokee, the Blue Ridge Mountains are only one of the wonders you will read about in Net Numbers: A South Carolina Number Book. Hours of entertainment await you as you learn about everything from Frogmore Stew and Clemson Blue Cheese, to Four Holes Swamp and Catawba Pottery. Whether spotted salamanders, 1000-year-old trees or sandy beaches, there is plenty in South Carolina to discover by the numbers. (J 975.7 CRA)

South Carolina : the Palmetto State / by Kristin Schuetz – As one of the original thirteen colonies and one of the most important states in the American Revolution, South Carolina is rich with history. It was even the battle of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor that ignited the Civil War in 1861. Students will learn all about the Palmetto State, including its geography, industries, and festivals. (J 917.57 SCH)

Hold the Flag HighHold the flag high / Catherine Clinton ; illustrated by Shane W. Evans – Describes the Civil War battle of Morris Island, South Carolina, during which Sargeant William H. Carney became the first African American to earn a Congressional Medal of Honor by preserving the flag. (J 973.734 CLI)

Robert Smalls : the boat thief / [Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.] ; illustrations by Patrick FaricyRobert Smalls was a true American patriot. Despite the burdens America laid upon him, he loved our country. He believed in the “inherent justice” of American democracy and in the principles espoused in the Declaration of Independence. (JB SMALLS ROBERT KENNED)

Brown girl dreaming / Jacqueline Woodson – Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world.

The Beach House  Doc Hollywood    PATRIOT  RADIO (2003)

The beach house / Hallmark Channel presents ; a Hallmark Hall of Fame production – Cara Rutledge thought she had left her Southern roots and troubled family far behind. But an unusual request from her mother, coming just as her own life is spinning out of control, has Cara heading back to the scenic Low country of her childhood summers. Before long, the rhythms of the island open her heart in wonderful ways as she repairs the family beach house, becomes a bona fide ‘turtle lady’ and renews old acquaintances long thought lost. (DVD HALLMA BEACH)

Doc Hollywood / Warner Bros. presents a film by Michael Caton-Jones – Ben Stone is a brash, newly-minted MD whose cruise toward the medical fast lane of a Beverly Hills plastic surgery practice takes a small-town detour. He ends up in Grady, South Carolina, Squash Capital of the South and home of salt-of-the-earth folks who know it’s better to follow your heart than your wallet. (DVD DOC)

The patriot / Columbia Pictures presents a Mutual Film Company productionA hero of the French and Indian conflict, Benjamin Martin had renounced fighting forever to raise his family in peace. However, when British troops arrive at his South Carolina home and endanger his family, he takes up arms alongside his idealistic patriot son, Gabriel. (DVD PATRIO)

Radio / Revolution Studios presents a Tollin/Robbins production – The story of the relationship between a prominent high school football coach in a small South Carolina town and the illiterate, mentally-challenged man nicknamed Radio whom he mentors. Although their friendship raises some eyebrows at first, Radio’s growth under the coach’s guidance ultimately inspires the local townsfolk. (DVD RADIO)


International Bats’ Night

Have you ever taken time on a summer evening to scan the sky for these nocturnal acrobats with their erratic flight patterns? It’s the perfect weekend to do just that. International Bats’ Night takes place the final weekend of August.
Be sure to read up on these fascinating and misunderstood creatures, too!

Little Bat in Night SchoolLittle Bat in Night School by Brian Lies (E LIES) – Little Bat can’t wait for his first night at school with other nocturnal animals, but he’s also a bit nervous because it is a new experience.

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (E CANNON) – After she falls headfirst into a bird’s nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

Bats by Elizabeth Carney (J 599.4 CAR) – They live in spooky caves, in forests, even in the dark reaches of ordinary attics and bridges. They flock by the hundreds, and they sleep while hanging upside down! Learn about one of the most interesting creatures around–and discover the bat’s unique place in the wild and in the world.

Bats: Learning to Fly by Falynn Koch (GN J 599.4 KOC) – A little brown bat’s wing is injured by humans on a nature hike. He is taken to a bat rehabilitation center where he meets many different species of bats. They teach him how they fly, what they eat, and where they like to live. Presented in graphic novel format.

Poppy and ErethPoppy and Ereth by Avi (JF AVI) – Poppy the deer mouse has an adventure in the sky—and in a cave—with her unlikely new friend, a bat.

Megabat is a Fraidybat by Anna Humphrey (JF HUMPHR A) – Megabat can’t wait to go to camp! There will be so much smooshfruit, and he loves a good sing-along. He has made a new friend there, but she wants him to go flying to spooky caves. And her mom is very toothy. Megabat does his best to avoid going into the scary woods. But can he overcome his fears to help save his new friend?

Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel! by Paul Meisel (E MEISEL) – A lonely bat thinks he has found a perfect home until he discovers that it’s already inhabited by a persnickety squirrel. Since each is asleep during the other’s waking hours, the two begin exchanging notes. With these notes, Squirrel does her best to oust her unwelcome guest, but Bat misunderstands and thinks Squirrel is happy to have a new friend. This is a sweet opposites-attract friendship story that gently shows how to find common ground despite outward differences.

Owl Bat Bat OwlOwl Bat, Bat Owl by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (E FITZPA) – An owl and a bat family endeavor to share living spaces on the same tree branch, where initial wariness is overcome by the curiosity of the families’ babies on a wild and stormy night that compels them to set aside their apprehensions.

The Secret Life of the Little Brown Bat by Laurence Pringle (J 599.4 PRI) – Follow a year in the life of a little brown bat named Otis as he learns to be a hunter, escape predators, and find a mate. Stunning, realistic illustrations celebrate the beauty of these mysterious creatures as readers learn important facts through an engaging and fascinating story. The book also includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources.

A Place for Bats by Melissa Stewart (J 599.4 STE) – Uses simple yet informative language to introduce young readers to the ways human action or inaction can affect bat populations. Describing various examples, the text provides an intriguing look at bats, the ecosystems that support their survival, and the efforts of some people to save them.

Bat Loves the NightBat Loves the Night by Nicola Davies (E DAVIES) – BAT LOVES THE NIGHT takes the reader on a bat’s journey through a hushed nocturnal world. As nighttime falls, a pipistrelle bat awakens and swoops into the shadows to find her evening meal. But as morning’s light creeps across the sky, the bat returns to her baby in the roost—and waits for night to come again.

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman (508 ROT) – Suitable for anyone who appreciates and wants to explore the curiosities and beauty of the natural world, this title offers a look at all kinds of subjects, including mineral formation, the inside of a volcano, what makes sunsets, monarch butterfly migration, the parts of a bird, the anatomy of a bat, and more.

The Bat Book by Charlotte Milner (J 599.4 MIL) – Discover why these mammals are essential to the world we live in, learn just how much they matter, why they are under threat, and what we can do to help. Bright, bold, and beautiful illustrations accompany fascinating fun facts about these furry flying mammals in this adorable kids’ book.

Oscar and the BatOscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound by Geoff Waring (E WARING) – Bat teaches Oscar the kitten to hear and identify the sounds around him, whether they are made by animals and birds or by a passing thunderstorm.

Hello, Bumblebee Bat by Darrin Lunde (J 599.4 LUN) – A series of questions and answers introduce children to the life and habitat of the exotic and endangered Bumblebee Bat. Scientifically accurate illustrations make these exotic animals accessible to young readers.

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies (E LIES) – Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

Discover even more about bats…  Care to learn more about bats and bat conservation? Check out Bat Conservation International.

Bat conservationist Merlin Tuttle has likely taken more photos of bats than any other person around. Browse his amazing gallery here.

Explore DK FindOut! to learn more fun facts about bats.

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Titles on Afghanistan

Browse books providing context for the crisis in Afghanistan.

No Good Men among the Living : America, the Taliban, and the War Through Afghan EyesNo good men among the living : America, the Taliban, and the war through Afghan eyes / Anand Gopal – As U.S. troops prepare to withdraw, the shocking tale of how the American military had triumph in sight in Afghanistan–and then brought the Taliban back from the dead. In the popular imagination, Afghanistan is often regarded as the site of intractable conflict, the American war against the Taliban a perpetually hopeless quagmire. But as Anand Gopal demonstrates in this stunning chronicle, top Taliban leaders were in fact ready to surrender within months of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, renouncing all political activity and submitting to the new government. Effectively, the Taliban ceased to exist–yet the American forces were not ready to accept such a turnaround.

Afghanistan : a cultural and political history / Thomas Barfield – This work traces the historic struggles and the changing nature of political authority in this volatile region of the world, from the Mughal Empire in the sixteenth century to the Taliban resurgence today. The author introduces readers to the bewildering diversity of tribal and ethnic groups in Afghanistan, explaining what unites them as Afghans despite the regional, cultural, and political differences that divide them.

Afghanistan : A History from 1260 to the Present DayAfghanistan : a history from 1260 to the present / Jonathan L. Lee – Located at the intersection of Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan has been strategically important for thousands of years. Its ancient trade routes and strategic position between India, Inner Asia, China, Persia and beyond has meant the region has been subject to frequent invasions. Modern Afghanistan is a culturally and ethnically diverse country, but one divided by conflict, political instability and by mass displacements of its people. Jonathan L. Lee places the current conflict in Afghanistan in its historical context and challenges many of the West’s preconceived ideas about the country.

The broken circle : a memoir of escaping Afghanistan / Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller – Before the Soviet invasion of 1980, Enjeela Ahmadi remembers her home–Kabul, Afghanistan–as peaceful, prosperous, and filled with people from all walks of life. But after her mother, unsettled by growing political unrest, leaves for medical treatment in India, the civil war intensifies, changing young Enjeela’s life forever. Amid the rumble of invading Soviet tanks, Enjeela and her family are thrust into chaos and fear when it becomes clear that her mother will not be coming home. Thus begins an epic, reckless, and terrifying five-year journey of escape for Enjeela, her siblings, and their father to reconnect with her mother.

Dancing in the Mosque : An Afghan Mother's Letter to Her SonDancing in the mosque / Homeira Qaderi – In the days before Homeira Qaderi gave birth to her son, Siawash, the road to the hospital in Kabul would often be barricaded because of the frequent suicide explosions. Propelled by the love she held for her soon-to-be-born child, Homeira walked through blood and wreckage to reach the hospital doors. But the joy of her beautiful son’s birth was soon overshadowed by other dangers that would threaten her life. No ordinary Afghan woman, Homeira refused to cower under the strictures of a misogynistic social order. Defying the law, she risked her freedom to teach children reading and writing and fought for women’s rights in her theocratic and patriarchal society. Devastating in its power, Dancing in the Mosque is a mother’s searing letter to a son she was forced to leave behind.

Directorate S : the C.I.A. and America’s secret wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan / Steve Coll – This is the definitive explanation of how America came to be so badly ensnared in an elaborate, factional, and seemingly interminable conflict in South Asia. Nothing less than a forensic examination of the personal and political forces that shape world history, Directorate S is a complete masterpiece of both investigative and narrative journalism.

Every Man in This Village Is a Liar : An Education in WarEvery man in this village is a liar : an education in war / Megan K. Stack – “Every Man in This Village Is a Liar” is LA Times reporter Megan K. Stack’s riveting account of what she saw in the combat zones of the Middle East, in war-torn Afghanistan and Pakistan, and beyond. She relates her initial wild excitement and her slow disillusionment as the cost of violence outweighs the elusive promise of freedom and democracy.

Forbidden lessons in a Kabul guesthouse : the true story of a woman who risked everything to bring hope to Afghanistan / Suraya Sadeed with Damien Lewis – From her first humanitarian visit to Afghanistan in 1994, Suraya Sadeed has been personally delivering relief and hope to Afghan orphans and refugees, to women and girls in inhuman situations deemed too dangerous for other aid workers or for journalists. Her memoir of these missions is as unconventional as the woman who has lived it. Here, she shares her story of passion, courage, and love, painting a complex portrait of Afghanistan and its people that defies every stereotype and invites us all to hope.

A Fort of Nine Towers : An Afghan Family StoryA fort of nine towers : an Afghan family story / Qais Akbar Omar –  A young Afghan man’s memoir of his family and country in which the horrors and perils he faced, his imprisonment, and his quiet resistance explore life in a country whose history has become deeply entwined with the United States, but has eluded understanding.

Greetings from Afghanistan, send more ammo : dispatches from Taliban country / Benjamin Tupper – A captain in the Army National Guard and an embedded trainer with the Afghan National Army describes the challenges of war and provides a multifaceted view of Afghan culture and the daily life of American soldiers stationed in that region.

In Afghanistan : 200 years of British, Russian and American occupation / David Loyn – Chronicles the military conflicts of Afghanistan throughout the past two centuries, evaluating the roles of misunderstanding and broken agreements and offering perspectives on how foreign occupiers underestimated Afghani capabilities.

The Hardest Place : The American Military Adrift in Afghanistan's Pech ValleyThe hardest place : the American military adrift in Afghanistan’s Pech Valley / Wesley Morgan – When we think of the war in Afghanistan, chances are we’re thinking of a small, remote corner of the country where American military action has been concentrated: the Pech and its tributary valleys in Kunar and Nuristan provinces. The rugged, steep terrain and thick forests made the region a natural hiding spot for targets in the American war on terror, from Osama bin Laden to the Islamic State, and it has been the site of constant U.S. military activity for nearly two decades. Even as the U.S. presence in Afghanistan transitions to a drone war, the Pech has remained at the center of it, a testbed for a new method of remote warfare.

Shooting ghosts : a U.S. Marine, a combat photographer, and their journey back from war / Thomas J. Brennan, USMC (Ret.), and Finbarr O’Reilly – Through the unpredictability of war and its aftermath, a decorated Marine sergeant and a world-trotting war photographer became friends, their bond forged as they patrolled together through the dusty alleyways of Helmand province and camped side by side in the desert. Their story, told in alternating first-person narratives, is about the things they saw and did, the ways they have been affected, and how they have navigated the psychological aftershocks of war and wrestled with reforming their own identities and moral centres.


National Hawaii Day

Learn about our 50th state with these books and resources at the Lititz Library:


A Is for Aloha : A Hawai'i AlphabetA is for Aloha: A Hawai’i Alphabet by U’ilani Goldsberry – Presents an illustrated collection of twenty-six short rhymes–one for every letter in the alphabet–that celebrate people, places, and things associated with Hawaii, each with an explanatory paragraph. J 919.69 GOL           

Hawai’i by P. J. Neri – Introducing the Aloha state — Land of Hawai’i — Governing Hawai’i — People and places of Hawai’i — Hawai’i almanac — Gallery of famous Hawaiians.   J 919.69 NER      

Hawaii by Angie Swanson – “The book uses maps, full color photographs, and easy-to-read text to introduce the state of Hawaii”   J 919.69 SWA     

Middle/High school

HawaiiHawaii: The Aloha State by Emily Rose Oachs  – The islands of Hawaii differ greatly from the other 49 states. Formed by volcanic activity in the North Pacific, they burst with rain forests, waterfalls, and beaches. In this colorful title, students will discover the natural beauty and unique traditions of a state far removed from the mainland.           J 919.69 OAC      


Fodor’s Hawaii  –   919.69 FOD 2015    


Plan a trip to Hawaii with this resource:

Hawaii    919.6904 HAW 2017  


Visit Hawaii vicariously by reading one of these books set in beautiful Hawaii:


High Tide in HawaiiHigh Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne – Jack and Annie travel in their Magic Tree House back to a Hawaiian island of long ago where they make friends, learn how to surf, and encounter a tsunami.   J PB OSBORN    

Ohana Means Family‘Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis – In this cumulative rhyme in the style of “The House That Jack Built,” a family celebrates Hawaii and its culture while serving poi at a luau.                E LOOMIS          

The Tsunami Quilt: Grandfather’s Story by Anthony D Fredericks – Once each year, Kimo and his grandfather have placed a flower lei atop a stone monument at Laupāhoehoe Point, but it is not until after Grandfather’s death that he learns of the 1946 tsunami that took the lives of twenty-four schoolchildren and teachers, including Grandfather’s younger brother.   E FREDER           

Middle/High School

Explorer Academy: the Nebula Secret (Book 1)The Nebula Secret by Trudi Trueit – Twelve-year-old Cruz Coronado leaves his home in Hawaii to study and travel with other young people invited to attend the elite Explorer Academy in Washington, D.C., but a family connection to the organization could jeopardize his future.   JF TRUEIT T               

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman – After her sister and songwriting partner, Lea, dies in an automobile accident, seventeen-year-old Rumi is sent to Hawaii with an aunt she barely knows while she and her mother grieve separately.   YA FIC BOWMAN A  

Island Dreamer by Robin Jones Gunn – Christy Miller visits Hawaii, where she turns sixteen and overcomes her fear of driving during an island adventure.  YA PB GUNN           


I Heart Hawaii (I Heart Series, Book 8)I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk – “When Angela Clark’s best friend Jenny invites her to join a press trip to Hawaii, three days of sun, sea and sleep sounds like the perfect antidote to her crazed life. In her shiny new job, Angela is the face of having it all, juggling job, baby, husband. But if this is living the dream, she’s ready to wake up. A few days on a beach is what she needs – until her unfailing talent for getting into a scrape kicks in. Not even the most beautiful beaches, blue skies, and daiquiris will get Angela – or her friends – off the hook this time …”     FIC KELK L               

The Aloha Quilt by  Jennifer Chiaverini – Another season of Elm Creek Quilt Camp has come to a close, and Bonnie Markham faces a bleak and lonely winter ahead, with her quilt shop out of business and her divorce looming. A welcome escape comes when Claire, a beloved college friend, unexpectedly invites her to Maui to help launch an exciting new business: a quilter’s retreat set at a bed and breakfast amid the vibrant colors and balmy breezes of the Hawaiian Islands.   FIC  CHIAVE  J        

Freckled : A Memoir of Growing up Wild in HawaiiFreckled: A Memoir of Growing Up Wild in Hawaii – 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. Living in tents and off the land without electricity or communication with the outside world, Toby escapes into reading to deal with racial harassment and indifferent parenting. Despite the hardship and deprivations of life on Kauai, they return again and again to an island whose hold on them is more powerful than any drug, as sensitive and resilient Toby clings to a dream of academic achievement and a “normal” life.   B NEAL TOBY NEAL  

Try these DVDs to see Hawaii

The DescendantsThe Descendants – Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement with his young daughters while Matt wrestles with a decision to sell the family’s land handed down from Hawaiian royalty and missionaries.  DVD DESCEN  

Aloha – A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs, the US Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii, and reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him    DVD ALOHA    

Princess KaiulaniPrincess Ka’iulani  -“Princess Kaʻiulani [is] the bright and beautiful heir to the Hawaiian throne in this epic based on a true story. Following an idyllic childhood in Honolulu, the willful teenage princess is sent to Britain to receive an education fit for a future queen. There, she meets the handsome young Clive Davies…, who quickly sweeps her off her feet. But meanwhile, destiny calls back home, where the Hawaiian monarchy is overthrown and the threat of U.S. annexation looms. Now, Kaʻiulani must choose between love and her duty to her people in this sweeping tale of royalty, romance, and destiny.”   DVD PRINCE   

Enjoy Hawaiian Music

Facing FutureHawaiian Favourites    CD FOLK HAWAII  

Hawaiian Luau Party  CD FOLK HAWAII   

Facing Future / Israel Kamakawiwo’ole    CD POPULAR  KAMAKA  

National Pink Day

Pink was first used as a color name in the late 17th century, pink is a pale red color that got its name from a flower of the same name. Enjoy these Lititz Public Library offerings inspired by, or about, the color pink.

Pink in Language
While pink comes in numerous shades, its meanings vary, too.
  • In the pink – This phrase refers to someone who is in top form, good health, or good condition.
  • To see pink elephants – When someone “sees pink elephants” they are hallucinating due to too much drink.
  • Pink slip – When an employer gives a person a pink slip it means they have been fired or dismissed from a job. The term was first recorded in the United States in 1915.
  • Pink-collar worker – Refers to persons working in jobs conventionally regarded as “women’s work.”
  • Pink Money – The term describes the economic spending power of the LGBT community. Other uses include “the pink pound” or “pink dollar.”
  • Tickled pink – When one is exceptionally pleased, they are “tickled pink.”
PINK For Children

Tea PartyPink and Say by Patricia PolaccoSay Curtis describes his meeting with Pinkus Aylee, a black soldier, during the Civil War, and their capture by Southern troops.

Little Pink Pup by Johanna Kerby – Pink, a piglet who is the runt of the litter, is adopted by Tink, a dachshund who is nursing a litter of her own, and Pink is raised in the house along with the puppies.

The Pink Party by Maryann MacDonald
– Rose and Valentina’s friendship is jeopardized by a competition over who can have the most pink things.

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
– A little girl who is obsessed with the color pink eats so many pink cupcakes that she herself turns pink.

Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane DeGroat
– On Valentine’s Day, Gilbert brings a tin of homemade cookies and his original nice or nasty poems to school.

All Tutus Should Be PinkAll Tutus Should Be Pink by Sheri Brownrigg
– Two little girls attend ballet class and eat strawberry ice cream afterwards.

Annie and Snowball and the Pink Surprise by Cynthia Rylant
– After noticing that a visiting hummingbird likes her pink petunias, Annie and her rabbit Snowball, accompanied by Henry and his dog Mudge, fill the garden with pink objects to attract more hummingbirds.

Pinky and Rex by James Howe
Rex and her best friend Pinky, each the proud possessor of twenty-seven stuffed animals or dinosaurs, find their visit to the museum and its gift shop complicated by Pinky’s little sister Amanda.Rex and her best friend Pinky, each the proud possessor of twenty-seven stuffed animals or dinosaurs, find their visit to the museum and its gift shop complicated by Pinky’s little sister Amanda.

Secret of the Pink Pokémon by Tracey West
– Team Rocket’s setting traps to snare rare Pokémon, and Ash must stop them before Pikachu becomes Pink-achu.

Paula Danziger’s Amber Brown is tickled pink written by Bruce Coville and Elizabeth Levy – Nine-year-old Amber is nervous and excited about her mother’s wedding to Max, but Amber’s father makes things complicated.

The Case of the Peculiar Pink FanThe Case of the Peculiar Pink Fan by Nancy Springer
– While fourteen-year-old Enola Holmes endeavors to save her friend Lady Cecily Alistair from an unwelcome arranged marriage, she meets with some assistance from her older brother, Sherlock, and interference by the eldest, Mycroft.

The Pink Ribbon Boys by Ryan M. Landis

Heather and the Pink Poodles by Marion Engle
The magic attic sends Heather to a televised talent contest in the 1950s, where she performs with a singing group called the Pink Poodles.

Pink: Seeing Pink All Around Us by Michael Dahl
– Text and photographs describe common things that are pink including tongues, bubble gum, and candy hearts.

Rockabye baby! Lullaby renditions of Pink Floyd  – A collection of lullabies inspired by Pink Floyd’s music with gentle instrumentation and soothing sounds.

Wee Sing and Learn ColorsWee sing & learn colors by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp – Uses colorful farm characters in every size and shape to help children learn to identify colors.

Barbie and the pink shoes
– Dance your way to a magical adventure with Barbie as Kristyn, a ballerina with big dreams! When she tries on a pair of sparkling pink shoes, she and her best friend, Hailey, are whisked away to a fantastical ballet world. There, Kristyn discovers she must dance in her favorite ballets in order to defeat an evil Snow Queen. With performances to the legendary Giselle and Swan Lake ballets, it’s a wonderful journey where if you dance with your heart, dreams come true!

PINK Books For Young Adults

Hot Pink : The Life and Fashions of Elsa SchiaparelliHot Pink: the life and fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli – Presents the life and accomplishments of the fashion designer, from her early life of poverty, to her successes in the Paris fashion world, her collaboration with well-known artists of her day, and the influence of her innovative designs on later fashion.

Harsh Pink: Color Me Burned by Melody Carlson
– Reagan Mercer is just trying to fit in at her new high school when she bumps one of the most popular girls from the cheerleading squad, but when she eventually becomes part of the in-crowd, she finds their behavior–and her own–disturbing. Includes discussion questions.

PINK Books For Adults

The Russian Pink : A NovelThe Russian Pink: a novel by Matthew Hart – When “The Russian Pink”, a stunningly large rose-hued diamond, makes a surprise appearance around the neck of Honey Li, the wife of surging presidential candidate Harry Nash, Alex Turner, an investigator for the Treasury Department’s diamond division and former C.I.A. agent, finds himself spiraling down a seemingly endless rabbit hole. A diamond like that always carries secrets, but the web of mystery behind “The Pink” is more complex than Alex could ever image. Starting with the trail of damage from botched sting operation, Alex wavers between legal and illegal tactics, friends, family, and foes to find out why a mysterious Russian double agent betrayed him and the diamond ended up on a potential path to the White House. For wherever the Russian Pink goes, secrecy, deception, and death surely follow.

Fix and Forget-it Pink Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good – Features more than seven hundred slow-cooker recipes, with options for breakfasts, snacks, soups, main dishes, desserts, and beverages, and includes stories, tips, photos, and recipes from breast-cancer survivors.

Murder of a Pink Elephant by Denise Swanson – Skye Denison, a school psychologist in Scumble River, Illinois, tries to clear her brother’s name when he becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the lead singer of his band, the Pink Elephants, while elsewhere in town students are behaving very strangely, and a developer is trying to buy up farmland to build an amusement park.

Drunk Tank Pink : And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and BehaveDrunk Tank Pink: and other unexpected forces that shape how we think, feel,
and behave by Adam Alter – Why are people named Kim, Kelly, and Ken more likely to donate to Hurricane Katrina victims than to Hurricane Rita victims? Are you really more likely to solve puzzles if you watch a light bulb illuminate? How did installing blue lights along a Japanese railway line halt rising crime and suicide rates? Can decorating your walls with the right artwork make you more honest? The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it’s no wonder that we resist the idea that we’re deeply influenced by our surroundings. As profound as they are, these effects are almost impossible to detect both as they’re occurring and in hindsight. Drunk Tank Pink is the first detailed exploration of how our environment shapes what we think, how we feel, and the ways we behave.

Little Pink House: A True Story About Defiance and Courage by Jeff Benedict – Describes Susette Kelo’s fight against the eminent domain process through which she nearly lost her home to pharmaceutical interests, and the controversial Supreme Court decision that resulted.


PINK PANTHER (1964)DVD PINK (1964) – A bumbling, disaster-prone inspector invades a Swiss ski resort and becomes obsessed with capturing a jewel thief hoping to lift the legendary ‘Pink Panther‘ diamond.

PRETTY IN PINK (1986) – A poor girl falls in love with a rich guy, and it angers both their families and their friends.

THE RETURN OF THE PINK PANTHER (1975) – Inspector Clouseau is summoned to recover the world’s largest diamond, stolen from a seemingly secure museum, and focuses on an English peer as the most likely suspect.

PINK Music to Enjoy

Greatest Hits... So Far!!!  The Dark Side of the Moon

Greatest hits– so far!!! / Pink

Dark side of the moon Pink Floyd 


Tails and Tales Donation Drive for Pet Pantry of Lancaster County

In honor of our Summer Reading Program theme, Tails and Tales, the library will be holding a donation drive for the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County.

The donation drive will run from July 12th through July 24th.

Stop by the library see our donation display and choose a fun paw print, bone, or fish tag that has a suggestion for an item to donate printed on it, then return the item(s) you are donating back to the library.

The Pet Pantry of Lancaster County was started in 2011 and has been able to grow into an organization that is there to “Meet the Need” of animals and their families right here in Lancaster County. They focus on only Lancaster County. Averaging over 400 adoptions a year, 1,000 feral cat TNR surgeries a year, 70,000+ pounds of dry dog/cat food given out a year, 150+ families helped a year, over $250,000 in veterinary care a year to those in need, and 50+ life saving veterinary procedures a year for animals with nowhere else to turn to for help, the Pet Pantry truly has become the animal welfare organization in Lancaster County that is there to “Meet the Need” of animals and their families right here in Lancaster County and surrounding areas!!

Check out the Pet Pantry’s website for more information.

Pet Pantry’s Wish List can be found here.