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Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2008 7:02 am | Updated: 8:31 pm, Wed Sep 11, 2013.

Beyond books

Head to Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, for these cool programs:

• 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15: The Teen Gamers Club invites you to play Xbox and enjoy free snacks.

• 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16: The Teen Book Discussion Group will talk about "A Great and Terrible Beauty," by Libba Bray. Set in a Victorian boarding school, the book features mystery and dark fantasy surrounding a gossipy clique of girlfriends.

To register for either program, stop by the library or call 738-9291.

Or check out these programs from Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St.:

• Teen Dungeons and Dragons Club: 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25 and Nov. 8 and 22, in the Windolf Room

• Teen Advisory Board Meeting: Suggest a program, activity, book or game for teens; 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the HUB (the teen space on the second floor). For September, the library is interested in starting new book clubs, including Techno-Geeks, Street-Lit, Mystery, Poetry, Sci-Fi and Spiritual.

• Teen Fantasy Book Discussion Club: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, in Bates Auditorium; "Tithe" (Sept. 20), "Valiant" (Oct. 25) and "Ironside" (Nov. 22), all by Holly Black

• Teen Anime Club: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, in Bates Auditorium; "Howl's Moving Castle" (Sept. 13), "Spirited Away" (Oct. 11) and "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" (Nov. 8)

• Teen Walk through Central Market: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Meet in the HUB.

All programs are free, but registration is requested. To register, call 396-9313, ext. 124.

Homework help

If you're feeling overwhelmed by homework as the school year gets underway, check out live homework help from

The Internet-based tutoring program allows students to connect to math, science, social studies and English teachers, via an online classroom. Help is available 2 to 10 p.m. every day, for students in fourth through 12th grades. Free access is available through the Lancaster County library system with a valid library card. Log on to your local library's Web site for more information.

Fair days

For rides, games, live music and tons of food, visit the York Fair, which runs through Sept. 14.

From racing pigs to stiltwalkers and harness horse races, the fair features something for everyone.

Tuesday is Student Day, with free admission until 8 p.m. for students and Scouts. The fair's Grandstand concert series concludes Sept. 14, with a Freestyle MX show at 6 p.m. (See Now Playing for a list of Grandstand music acts.)

For more information and a complete list of fair events and hours, check out


• Lindsay Lohan's pa, Michael, 48, told E!News last week that he and his longtime girlfriend, 24-year-old Erin Muller, have become engaged. But it's unofficial for now: Michael says he has a number of "family issues" to resolve first.

• It seems that beneath his image as the adorable "Mac Guy" from those Apple ads, Justin Long is a world-class Lothario. The New York Daily News says Justin, who has recently unentangled himself from Drew Barrymore, has been spotted "making out hard-core" with Kirsten Dunst. K.D. has previously been linked to Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Hartnett, Andy Samberg and Orlando Bloom.

• Scientists at 220 Laboratories Inc. aren't happy with Kate Hudson: The company has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court that accuses the "Almost Famous" star of stealing its secret formula for hair-care products. 220 says Hudson used its super-secret ingredient - volcanic ash - to make David Babaii for WildAid, a new hair-care line she has developed with celeb stylist David Babaii. Hudson's people say the lawsuit is "baseless and without any merit."

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