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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 & – 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 : 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
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

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.

Maisy’s Morning on the Farm StoryWalk®

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.


Maisy's Morning on the FarmThe 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