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HARRISBURG, Pa. — During the MLB all-star break, compete in an “MLB The Show 16” home run derby challenge at Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, on July 12 at 4:30 pm. The Library may not have the bats, home plate, foul poles, or an outfield fence, but during 2016 Summer Reading Club, we will have the controllers, games, and snacks. Competition abounds—all you have to do is “knock one out of the park.” Program length two hours; no registration required.
 
The “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Dauphin County Library System, BB&T, Centric Bank, Fulton Bank, M & T Bank, Mid Penn Bank, PNC, and UGI Utilities with additional support provided by Wells Fargo. For more information on The Library’s Summer Reading Club, go to dcls.org or call the Youth Services Department at 566-0949, ext. 217.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sports lovers of all ages are invited to come meet Philadelphia Phillies’ Catcher Darren Daulton at The Library. Daulton will be at East Shore Area Library to sign autographs and take pictures with fans on Wednesday, June 29, at 6:00 p.m. The legendary Phillies’ catcher is visiting Dauphin County Library System as part of the “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” Summer Reading Club.

 

Daulton will talk about his career and answer questions from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. Following a brief intermission, he will sign autographs and take photos with fans, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Each guest will be permitted one picture with Daulton and one autographed item. Registration is required. To register, visit dcls.org or your local library

 

The “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Dauphin County Library System, American Sentinel Insurance Company, BB&T, Capital BlueCross, Centric Bank, Fulton Bank, M & T Bank, Metro Bank and Mid Penn Bank with additional support provided by Wells Fargo. For more information on The Library’s Summer Reading Club, go to dcls.org or call the Youth Services Department at 566-0949, ext. 217.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sports lovers and collectors should mark their calendars for June 25. Michael Osacky, certified vintage sports card and memorabilia appraiser, will be at The Library to share his passion for collecting and to give pointers on how to get the most out of the hobby. This informative event is being offered during The Library’s sports-themed “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” 2016 Summer Reading Club. Guests are welcomed to bring one vintage sports collectible for a free verbal appraisal. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit dcls.org or call your local library.

 

Sports Card and Memorabilia Appraisal events will be held at the following library locations:

 

Northern Dauphin Library

683 Main Street, Lykens

Saturday               June 25           10:30 am

 

East Shore Area Library

4501 Ethel Street, Colonial Park

Saturday               June 25           2:00   pm

 

The “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Dauphin County Library System, BB&T, Centric Bank, Fulton Bank, M & T Bank, Mid Penn Bank, PNC, and UGI Utilities with additional support provided by Wells Fargo. For more information on The Library’s Summer Reading Club, go to dcls.org or call the Youth Services Department at 566-0949, ext. 217.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Are you feeling creative? Artist Alicia Fenicchia will be at The Library for “Paint and Create” during “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” 2016 Summer Reading Club.  Fenicchia will guide teens through creating a painting and then show how to bring the work to life with paper, recycled magazines and book pages. The only limit to the perfect painting is your creativity. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit dcls.org or call your local library.

 

Paint and Create events will be held in both June and August, at the following locations:

 

Elizabethville Area Library

80 N. Market Street, Elizabethville

Thursday              June 16                       6:00 pm

 

East Shore Area Library

4501 Ethel Street, Colonial Park

Thursday              August 11                    6:00 pm

 

William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library

200 W. 2nd Street, Hummelstown

Tuesday                August 16                   6:00 pm

 

The “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Dauphin County Library System, BB&T, Centric Bank, Fulton Bank, M & T Bank, Mid Penn Bank, PNC, and UGI Utilities with additional support provided by Wells Fargo. For more information on The Library’s Summer Reading Club, go to dcls.org or call the Youth Services Department at 566-0949, ext. 217.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Calling all children with creative minds! During the “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” 2016 Summer Reading Club, The Library will host an “Almost Anything Goes” Derby. Design, build and race your derby car to the finish line. There is only one catch: You must use our wheels! The Library will have a number of materials to build a car from, or kids can bring their own supplies to craft a truly unique design. Try racing a block of cheese, a kart built from Legos, or, perhaps, even a baseball mitt. Can your design cross the finish line first? Program length one hour, no registration required. 

   

The Library’s Almost Anything Goes Derby will be held at the following locations: 

   

Kline Library 

530 S. 29th Street, Harrisburg 

Tuesday                June 14           10:15 am 

   

Elizabethville Area Library 

80 N. Market Street, Elizabethville 

Thursday              July 7              10:15 am 

   

East Shore Area Library 

4501 Ethel Street, Colonial Park 

Wednesday          July 20                        10:15 am & 1:30 pm 

   

William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library 

200 W. 2nd Street, Hummelstown 

Thursday              July 28                        10:15 am
 

The “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Dauphin County Library System, BB&T, Centric Bank, Fulton Bank, M & T Bank, Mid Penn Bank, PNC, and UGI Utilities with additional support provided by Wells Fargo. 

   

For more information on The Library’s Summer Reading Club, go to dcls.org or call the Youth Services Department at 566-0949, ext. 217. 

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HARRISBURG, Pa.—  Join The Library in June for three events where adults can settle in for an hour of social coloring. Coloring generates wellness and stimulates brain areas related to motor skills, the senses and creativity. The Library will provide coloring sheets and colored pencils, but feel free to bring your own favorite coloring tools with you. Visit dcls.org or call your local library for more information. Registration is not required.

 

These programs will be held at the following locations:

 

East Shore Area Library

4501 Ethel St, Harrisburg

Sunday           June 2           2:00 – 3:00 pm

 

Northern Dauphin Library

683 Main St, Lykens

Wednesday    June 15          6:30 – 7:30 pm

 

Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library

2410 N. 3rd St, Harrisburg

Thursday        June 28          6:30 – 7:30 pm

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HARRISBURG, Pa.—  The Johnson Memorial Library will be temporarily closed beginning on Friday, June 10 through Sunday, July 31 while the Millersburg School District completes structural improvements to the Millersburg Middle School. During this closure, library users are encouraged to visit the Elizabethville Area Library. Hours of operation for the Elizabethville Area Library are listed below.

 

Elizabethville Area Library

Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

 

Johnson Memorial Library will reopen on Monday, August 1. For more information on the closure call the staff at Johnson Memorial Library at 717-692-2658 before June 10, or the Elizabethville Area Library at 717-362-9825 between June 10 and August 1.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — From June 1 until August 30 readers of all ages are invited to participate in The Library’s “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” Summer Reading Club. Again this year, participants can explore this reading club by going to dcls.org or visiting their local library to register. Make sure you also pick up a Summer Reading Club Guide or visit dcls.org to learn about all the fun planned at The Library this summer.

 

All children who register for Summer Reading Club will receive a free “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” temporary tattoo or sticker. After reading a total of 10 hours throughout the summer, children up to age 12 can turn in their log for a free book and a chance to win their very own Kindle Fire Kids Edition. After reading 5 hours, children can bring their log to the Library to receive an “Explore your Community” bag filled with free coupons from local organizations and businesses.

 

Teens and adults ages 13 and up are also eligible to participate in the “On Your Mark, Get Set… Read!” Summer Reading Club. Teens and adults who register for Summer Reading Club online or in The Library will receive a free Summer Reading Club Lanyard. Teens who complete a log with eight books or other items from The Library will receive a choice of a prize book or earbuds. Adults who complete a log will receive a Summer Reading Club Lunch Cooler. A completed log will earn the participant an entry into a random prize drawing for local gift cards. In addition, one Kindle Fire will be given away as the grand prize at each of The Library’s locations.

 

There are three fun ways for children to earn their ticket to the Summer Reading Club Fun Festival on August 27 at Fort Hunter. Completed reading logs will earn children a completion certificate that serves as their ticket to the Summer Reading Fun Festival. Participants can also attend six Summer Reading Club Programs or check out books six times during the summer to complete their Summer Reading Club Card. A completed Club Card also serves as a ticket to the Summer Reading Fun Festival. And finally, school-aged children can complete the online decathlon adventure at dcls.org/adventure and print out the Decathlon Certificate to present at the Festival for entry.  

 

Free events for all ages will be the highlight of the summer’s festivities: get ready to be amazed by Magical Nick, watch an “Animal Olympics” competition featuring scaly critters from the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary, the City Islanders will help kids work on their soccer skills at “Soccer Shots,” teens can learn the basics of improvisational theater at Improv 101 or catch a superhero movie at “Comic Book to Movie,” and adults can meet Phillies catcher Darren Daulton or learn about sports memorabilia at Michael Osacky’s appraisal event. These are just some of the many programs that will be held at various libraries throughout the summer. Go to dcls.org to find a complete listing of the summer’s events or register for Summer Reading Club and get the Summer Reading Club Guide with all the details.

 

The “On Your Mark… Get Set… READ!” Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Dauphin County Library System, BB&T, Centric Bank, Fulton Bank, M & T Bank, Mid Penn Bank, PNC, and UGI Utilities with additional support provided by Wells Fargo. For more information on The Library’s Summer Reading Club, go to dcls.org or call the Youth Services Department at 566-0949, ext. 217.

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HARRISBURG, Pa.—  Join The Library in May for a hands-on exploration of T-shirt Bleaching techniques. Adults and teens who attend will be walked through the process of creating a unique, wearable piece of art using a bleach solution and stencils. The Library will supply the materials for the bleach solution, the stencils and a practice shirt. Bring your own shirt for your final creation. Registration for this program is required. Visit dcls.org/adultevents or call 836-2130 for more information or to register.

 

T-shirt Bleaching workshops will be held at the following locations:

 

Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library

2410 N. 3rd St, Harrisburg

Wednesday    May 18      4:00 pm

 

Elizabethville Area Library

80 N. Market St, Elizabethville

Thursday        May 26      6:00 pm

 

Due to the bleach solution used, do not wear good clothing to this program.

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HARRISBURG, Pa.—  The Dauphin County Library System Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of Rob Lesher as the system’s next Executive Director upon the retirement of current Executive Director Richard Bowra. Lesher will begin on February 22.

rlesherLesher comes to Dauphin County Library System with more than 20 years of library experience, including 12 years as Executive Director of Adams County Library System. After completing his Master of Library Science degree at Syracuse University in 1996, he began working as the Head of Information Services at the Adams County Library System in Gettysburg. Lesher became the Assistant Director of the system in 1998 and was appointed to the top position in 2004. He was responsible for overseeing the construction of the Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville in 2007 and the expansion of the Branch Library in Littlestown in 2011. In addition, Lesher served as the President of the Pennsylvania Library Association in 2011 and received a Certificate of Merit from the same organization in 2015. Lesher has been a member of the Rotary Club of Gettysburg for 11 years and has served as Treasurer of the club during the last 2 years. He has also served on the Board of Healthy Adams County and Family First Health’s Gettysburg Facility Steering Committee.

Born in Harrisburg, Lesher grew up in northern Dauphin County. “I’m a strong believer in the power of the public library to improve lives, inspire imagination and strengthen community. I am looking forward to returning to the area and taking the reins of this system that has been providing library service for more than 100 years,” said Lesher. “It will be my goal to guide The Library in keeping pace with the many changes that face libraries in the 21st Century.”

rbowraOutgoing Executive Director Richard Bowra is retiring after 41 years with Dauphin County Library System – 30 as Executive Director. During his leadership, the system has seen a tremendous amount of change, including the transition to a digital catalog that can be accessed from anywhere. Among the honors awarded to the system during Bowra’s tenure as Executive Director were a John Cotton Dana public relations award in 1988, a Gale Cengage Learning Financial Development Award in 2010 and recognition as Simply the Best Library in 2013 by Harrisburg Magazine.

Under Bowra’s direction, The Library implemented a variety of innovative community services – from expanding early childhood education programming to most recently reinstating an aggressive and creative slate of programs for adults. The system also added more than a hundred computers to its libraries, reflecting the growing importance of technology in society. The system also provides an online “Ask the Librarian” service.

Bowra has led the system through multiple successful capital campaigns which resulted in the building of 3 new libraries and the renovation and upgrade of 4 others. New facilities include Northern Dauphin Library in Lykens, Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library in uptown Harrisburg and the William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library in Hummelstown. The Elizabethville Area Library, East Shore Area Library in Colonial Park and the historic McCormick Riverfront Library in downtown Harrisburg received major updates to the original structures, and the former Kline Village Branch in Kline Plaza was relocated to a larger standalone facility on 29th Street in Harrisburg. He led the library system through many funding challenges, including a major cut in State library funding in 2003. His close work with Dauphin County Commissioners has resulted in a steady funding source from the county during his tenure.

“I attribute my success at Dauphin County Library System to the dedicated library staff that has remained flexible in the face of change throughout the years,” said Bowra. “These are the committed people who make a difference every day in the communities we serve.” 

When asked about his impending retirement Bowra said, “Helping to guide Dauphin County Library System into the 21st Century for the past 30 years has been the most rewarding work of my professional career. With Rob at the helm, I am confident that the system will continue to expand, adapt and continue providing Dauphin County citizens with the best mix of traditional and digital services available.”

Dauphin County Library System provides residents of the county with free access to virtually any materials imaginable, both current and ageless. It has books, movies, music, magazines, online access, people to help with research and programs to help residents of the county grow. The library is the place to satisfy your curiosity. To learn more about The Library visit dcls.org. Getting a card is free -- just bring your driver’s license or other proof of residence to any of the eight DCLS libraries, or register online at dcls.org.

Notes to editors: Photos attached. The following individuals are available for telephone interviews on a limited schedule Rich Bowra, Rob Lesher, Annie Garner, DCLS Board of Trustees selection committee, and Dauphin County Commissioner Mike Pries. To arrange interviews with Rich Bowra, Rob Lesher or Annie Garner call Christina Lauver at 234-4961 x 114 or 418-2378. To arrange an interview with Commissioner Pries call Amy Richards Harinath at 780-6311.