The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library will hold the annual Winter ReSort Book Sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.

The Book Resort warehouse is located at 225 N. Marshall St. On-site parking is available free in the lot along East Fulton Street.

The sale offers 20,000-plus books of all genres and on all topics, fiction and nonfiction. Records, videos and audiobooks, and videos are also for sale. Most items cost 50 cents to $2, but some are individually priced higher. Sunday is half-price day.

All proceeds benefit the library’s operating budget.

The Friends group holds several book sales each year that raise over $200,000 for the library. Additionally, the Friends have two bookstores that are open year-round: The Marshall Street Book Shop at the front of the the warehouse building, and the Juliana Bookstore on the first floor of the Duke Street Library.

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‘Food For Fines’ in Columbia

From now through Saturday, Columbia Public Library will accept nonperishable food and personal hygiene items in lieu of fines on overdue or lost materials.

Each can of tuna, bottle of shampoo or other such item will be credited as $1 paid on a patron’s outstanding fine. The limit is 10 items, or $10, and the offer applies only to fines imposed by the Columbia library.

Hands Across the Street volunteers will distribute all the items to winter shelters in the borough.

Donations are also welcome from those who do not owe the library money.

Program set on Indian massacre

Jack Brubaker, author of the 2010 history “Massacre of the Conestogas,” will discuss how the Paxton Rangers in 1763 obliterated a peaceful tribe of Conestoga Indians, focusing on the Lancaster County magistrates and ministers who allowed the tragedy to occur and never punished the perpetrators.

The talk by Lancaster Newspapers’ “Scribbler” columnist and retired investigative reporter is set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy.

Registration for this free program is required. Stop by the main desk at the library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, or call 653-1510.

Author talks about craft, reads

Writer Sarah Manguso will talk about the craft of writing at 4:30 p.m. and read from her work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Philadelphia Alumni Writers House, Franklin & Marshall College. Both events are free to the public.

Manguso is author of the award-winning “The Guardians: An Elegy for a Friend,” a Salon Top 10 Book of the Year. She also wrote the memoir “The Two Kinds of Decay,” the story collection “Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape,” and the poetry collections “Siste Viator” and “The Captain Lands in Paradise.”

Sufism explored at E-town

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, author of “Sufism for the Western Seeker: Path of the Spiritual Traveler in Everyday Life,” offers his perspective during a “Spiritualism and Sufism” program at 8 p.m. Friday at Bowers Writers House, Elizabethtown College.

The program is free to the public; for more information, contact Jesse Waters at or 689-3945.

2 Mennonite authors featured

Two Mennonite women from different generations will speak on “What We Learned From Writing Our Nonfiction Books” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Mellinger Mennonite Church, 1916 Lincoln Highway East.

•Valerie Weaver-Zercher is managing editor of trade books at Herald Press and author of “Thrill of the Chaste: The Allure of Amish Romance Novels.”

•Shirley Hershey Showalter, retired president of Goshen College, is the author of “Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World,” a memoir about growing up in Lancaster County. (See photos in article at far right on this page.)

The program, sponsored by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and 1719 Hans Herr House & Museum and moderated by Mary Lou Weaver Houser, is free to the public. Both books will be offered for sale, with the authors available for signing. For more information visit

Le Hinton poem makes anthology

Lancaster resident Le Hinton’s poem “No Doubt About It (I Gotta Get Another Hat)” has been chosen for inclusion in The Best American Poetry 2014.

Hinton’s poem was originally published in Little Patuxent Review, Issue 13, Winter 2013.

This latest anthology of contemporary verse was guest-edited by National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes, who wrote the introduction.

The series is edited by David Lehman, who wrote the foreword. The volume includes notes from the poets about the writing of their poems.

Bookstore nominated for award

Aaron’s Books, Lititz, has been nominated for the 2014 Pannell Award from the Women’s National Book Association. The award, co-sponsored by Penguin Young Readers Group, recognizes booksellers who promote books and reading among children. (The store itself was named for the owners’ son, now 11 years old.)

Aaron’s is known for its annual Lititz Kid-Lit Festival featuring nationally known children’s writers and illustrators presenting workshops and signing books. The store also works with school librarians.

Bookstore co-owners Todd and Sam Dickinson, said to be “honored and thrilled” at the nomination, are now assembling a packet to submit to the WNBA demonstrating how they’ve promoted children’s reading. They welcome letters from customers and photos from past events involving children for inclusion in the packet.Contact the store, 35 E. Main St., Lititz, by emailing or calling 627-1990.

The award winner will be announced at BookExpo America in New York City on May 30.

Award nominations sought

The Lancaster-Lebanon Reading Council is seeking nominations for its Celebrate Literacy Award until Feb. 28.

The award, to be presented in April, was developed “to recognize an individual, an institution, or any agency that has made significant contributions to the promotion of literacy.”

For more information, email Karen Davis at, using “Celebrate Literacy” in the subject line.

Grant benefits preschoolers

Milanof-Schock Library, Mount Joy, recently received a $25,000 grant from the Clarence Schock Foundation that will be used to support the library’s Skills for Schools Project, which aims to provide parents and children with tools to enhance preschool and kindergarten instruction and ready children for school.

The money will purchase computer equipment and software designed for children ages 2-8, books, CDs, DVDs, and electronic devices.