2018 Summer Reading Program

Let us prove it to you this summer!


Because Summer Reading isn’t just for kids!

Middlemarch in Three Parts: A Summer Book Club

Tuesday, June 12 | 6:30PM | Parts 1 – 3
Tuesday, July 10 | 6:30PM | Parts 4 – 5
Tuesday, August 14 | 6:30PM | Parts 6 – end

Join us for a discussion of the beloved classic novel that follows the lives, loves, foibles, and politics of the residents of a fictional English town set amid the social unrest of the Industrial Revolution.

Chasing a Con Man: An Evening with the Author

Thursday, June 21 | 6:00PM | Bates Auditorium

Join David Howard for an engaging talk about his new nonfiction book “Chasing Phil: The adventures of two undercover agents with the world’s most charming con man” – a true life crime caper about the FBI’s first white-collar undercover sting, soon to be adapted into a movie starring Robert Downey Jr! Hear about the man behind the story, the FBI agents’ wild ride, and David’s experience writing & researching this thrilling book.

One Series to Rule Them All: A Three Part Lord of the Rings Book Club

Thursday, June 28 @ 6:30PM: “The Fellowship of the Ring”
Thursday, July 26 @ 6:30PM: “The Two Towers”
Thursday, August 30 @ 6:30PM: “Return of the King”

Pack some lembas bread, and join us in Middle Earth…err the LPL Courtyard this summer!

The Importance of Reading Earnest

Saturday, July 14 | 2:00PM | LPL courtyard

Break out your best British accent, and join us for an interactive reading of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Opioid Epidemic: A Three Part Series

Addiction: A Disease of the Mind and Body
Monday, July 30 | 5:30pm | Bates Auditorium

How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Drug Use
Thursday, August 23 | 5:30pm | Bates Auditorium

How to Talk to Children about Drugs
Thursday, September 27 | 5:30pm | Bates Auditorium

Crafternoons * Most Thursdays * 3:00PM

Join us for a new, crafty creation each week! Registration required!


Make Some Noise! * Monday, June 18 * 10:30AM

Make musical instruments with Lancaster Parks & Recreation at the library! Registration required!


Groove Pizza * Tuesday, June 19 * 2:00PM

Learn about beat and rhythm, and make your own groove-y digital tunes. Registration required!


Robotics in Motion * Wednesdays, June 20, July 18, August 1 * 6:00PM

Teens! Join us each month for a variety of robotics activities. Registration required!


Giggle Magic Toolbox Kidz * Thursday, June 28 * 10:30AM

Let’s see how kindness can be your most powerful tool. Registration required!


Swamp Songs & Marsh Melodies * Tuesday, July 10 * 2:00PM

We’ll explore how animals communicate through songs WITH LIVE CRITTERS! Registration required!


Rocks are a Blast from the Past! * Wednesday, July 11 * 6:00PM

How do we brush our teeth with rocks? Find out July 11! Registration required!


Scratch Jazz * Monday, July 16 * 2:00PM

Use the Scratch programming software to create your own (DJ) jazzy creations! Registration required!


Corduroy Visits! * Tuesday, July 17 * 10:30AM

Help us celebrate Corduroy as he turns the big 5-0! Registration required!


Minute to Win It! * Tuesday, July 17 * 1:00PM

We’ve got wacky mini games covered in this tournament style program! Registration required!


Summer Rock(s) Band * Tuesday, July 17 * 5:30PM

Come out, and jam with other teens! Registration required!


Go Green Racer STEM Challenge * Wednesday, July 18 * 2:00PM

Who will design & build the fastest green racer? Registration required!


Music & Art with Mark DeRose * Thursday, July 19 * 10:30AM

Upbeat, original songs that encourage kids to enjoy life to its fullest? Where do we sign up? Right here!


Breakdancing with Heads Up Lancaster! * Thursday, July 19 * 6:00PM

Wear sneakers and come prepared to learn some new moves! Registration required!

Science Explorers: Science Matters * Wednesday, July 25 * 2:00PM

Let’s take a closer look at the states of matter! Registration required!


Summer Rocks! with Musician Pat Kocen * Tuesday, July 31 * 10:30AM

Tell us what you love about summer (ice cream! swimming! hanging out with friends! more time to read!), and Pat will set your lyrics to a rockin’ beat! Registration required!

Basic Junkyard Drumming * Wednesday, June 13 * 2:00PM

Let’s get LOUD at the library! Registration strongly encouraged!


Toolbox Kidz Show w/ Giggle Magic * Wednesday, June 20 * 2:00PM

Let’s see how kindness can be your most powerful tool. Registration required!


Science Matters * Wednesday, June 27 * 2:00PM

Let’s take a closer look at the states of matter. Registration required!

Piggy Reading Time * Most Wednesdays * 10:30AM

Where else can you read to a therapy pig? Registration required!


What Makes Bees Buzz? * Wednesday, June 13 * 4:00PM

Let’s explore how bees make sound! Registration required!


Rock n’ Roll Over Dead * Thursday, June 14 * 6:00PM

Help us solve the mystery! Registration required!


Music & Art with Mark DeRose * Monday, June 18 * 10:30AM

Come prepared to sing and dance! Registration required!


Hop into Summer with Musical Frogs * Tuesday, June 19 * 10:30AM

We’ll be inspired by Marianne Berkes’ “Marsh Music” to create our own marshes! Registration required!


Basic Junkyard Drumming * Monday, June 25 * 10:30AM

Let’s get LOUD at the library! Registration encouraged!


Battle of the Songs * Thursday, June 28 * 4:00PM

You think you know music? Let’s see how you do in BATTLE! Registration required!


Crafttime/Buildtime * Most Fridays * Drop-in between 10:30AM-12:30PM

We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the creativity. Walk-ins welcome!



CALLING ALL MAKERS! Show off your creativity! Are you good with electronics? A master painter? A budding musician? Children, teens, and families working as individuals, in pairs, or as family units are invited to showcase what you make at the library on Saturday, July 21st. Visit the Youth Services Desk at the Lancaster City Branch library to register as a Maker. The deadline to register is Monday, July 2.