It Happened at the Library

There is no other institution in our community quite like the Lancaster Public Library.

To celebrate our unique role in the community and in partnership with Lancaster-based author & playwright Sandy Asher, we invite Lancaster County students in grades K-12 working alone or in groups to submit an original piece of writing or artwork relating to the theme “It Happened at the Library”!

The deadline for submissions is Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Submissions are limited to one piece of writing (up to 500 words) or one piece of artwork (up to 8 1/2″ x 11″) per student and must relate to the theme, “It Happened at the Library.” The relationship may be serious or humorous, realistic or fantastic, fictional or non-fictional. All genres are welcome: story, article, personal narrative, poem, play, drawing, painting, collage, cartoon, photograph — or any other form or style suitable for wall display and/or book reproduction.

All submissions must be accompanied by a signed statement of release. Full guidelines and the required statement of release may be downloaded HERE, picked up at the Youth Help Desk on the 2nd floor of Lancaster Public Library, or requested by email from

Submitted work may be chosen for inclusion in a book and/or in a performance piece to be created by Sandy Asher. Both the book and the performance piece will debut at the Library Happening on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Lancaster Public Library. The event will be free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be offered for sale.