59 West York Street

Biglerville, PA 17307


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Summer Reading Club in Biglerville

Summer Reading Club in Biglerville
It is hard to believe after the long, snowy winter Gettysburg endured, but summer vacation is near at hand.  Most kids in the county have their last day of school on Friday, June 6th.  This summer the Adams County Library System kicks off its annual summer reading club on June 1st.  Children through the age of 13 can earn prizes by reading.  A win-win situation!  Every week readers keep track of how long they have read.   If they reach 2 hours for the week, only about 15 minutes a day, they report to the library staff and receive a prize.  Prizes include bookmarks and books, and there is an incentive each week of the 8 week club.  The smallest members of the family can benefit as well.  They accumulate time by having someone read to them.  An older sibling can read to a child and the time will count for both of them.
Reading through the summer ensures kids’ reading skills stay sharp.  But, above all, reading is fun, and there is time in the summer to explore at one’s will, without a teacher’s mandates.  Children expand their world by seeing through another’s eyes, they learn new things and they improve their reading skills.   In my opinion, all reading is worthwhile reading, whether it be the classics, graphic novels or the latest best-sellers, and the ACLS has a great selection of all of these. 
In conjunction with our summer reading club, the Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville will host a number of free family events.  First, on June 10th at 7 pm, join master gardener Kalai Wherley as she demonstrates how to grow vegetables without a garden.  All supplies are provided, and each child will be able to take home their own container gardening project.  Please call or stop by to register.
Other events in June include a performance by magician David Rojahn, a “shocking” show on electricity by the Whitaker Center, and free play with LEGOS, always a popular program.  In July, we’ll host a duct tape extravaganza:  we supply the tape and instructions, and the kids take home whatever they create.  We’ll have an afternoon of hands-on simple science experiments, and a discussion and demo by naturalist Andy Yoder on lava rocks and volcanic eruptions.  Stop by the library for a complete calendar of summer programs, or check  www.adamslibrary.org to find a listing for each ACLS library.
I’ve recently transferred from the Littlestown Library to the Harbaugh-Thomas Library.    Both are beautiful libraries, and valuable resources for our Adams County residents, and I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to enjoy and serve each community.  Jess Laganosky, the previous manager of the Harbaugh-Thomas Library, has not left the ACLS­­--she now heads the Public Services Department at the Gettysburg Library.   The Littlestown Library welcomes new manager Val Hoski.  Feel free to drop by and say hello!
The Harbaugh-Thomas Library (677-6257) is open Mondays noon-6, Tuesdays and Thursdays noon-8, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 -6, and Saturdays 9-5. The library is located at 59 West York Street, Biglerville.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Saturday, February 15


Due to the weather, the Adams County Library System, including the Harbaugh~Thomas Library, are now CLOSED for today, February 15. 

Stay safe!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Thursday, February 13

Due to the predicted wintery weather conditions that are heading our way, thanks to Winter Storm Pax, the Adams County Library System (including the Harbaugh~Thomas Library) will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, February 13th.

Stay warm and safe!

Tax Forms

Great news! 

The 1040 tax booklets have arrived! The library currently has the federal tax forms and booklets and the state form and booklet.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Basic Adult Computer Classes

Know someone who may be interested in taking basic computer classes? 

The first class, Using the Mouse, will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 1pm and again at 6:30pm. 

Registration is required; just let us know what time works best for you!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Winter Happenings at the Harbaugh~Thomas Library

Winter Happenings at the Harbaugh~Thomas Library

Brrr! It’s cold! As I write this article, the temperature has dipped below zero a few times today, and the wind chill factor makes it feel very frigid outdoors. Maybe by the time you read this article it will not be as cold, and this first full week in January will just be a memory.
If you’re looking for something to do during these cold days, why not visit the Harbaugh~Thomas Library? The library offers more than just books; we have something for everyone. Books, movies, music, magazines, computers, wi-fi…it is all here at the library. Read the latest issue of a favorite magazine. Check out a cookbook and find new recipes for dinner. Catch up on your favorite TV shows. And, as always, if a copy of an item is not available at the library, we can put you on hold for the next available copy.
While visiting the library, check out some of the programs we offer for everyone. Storytimes take place Tuesdays at 6:30pm and Wednesdays at 10:30am. Tuesday storytimes are perfect for preschoolers and early elementary school-aged children. Wednesday storytimes are perfect for preschoolers aged 2-5. Each storytime features stories, activities, crafts and fun. No registration is required.
If you attend a Tuesday night storytime on the third Tuesday of the month, or wish to do something fun with the family, come to Family Game Night at 7pm. The library supplies board and card games; families can select a game and play anywhere in the library. The next Family Game Night will take place Tuesday, January 21. No registration is required.
The 2014 Teen Book Chat starts on Thursday, January 30 at 6pm. Typically held the fourth Thursday of the month, from 6pm-7pm, January through October, Teen Book Chat lets high schoolers come together and discuss a book while munching on pizza and snacks. The January book is “An Abundance of Katherines” by John Green. Copies are available for pick up at the library; registration is required.
Adults interested in historical fiction novels and mysteries may want to attend Journey through Time book discussion. Held the third Tuesday of every month at 7pm, this book discussion is a new program at the library. The first meeting of the year will be January 21, and we will be discussing “The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain. Copies are available for pick up at the library; no registration is required.
Our adult basic computer classes will begin again this February. Held the third Thursday of the month, February through October, each class focuses on a different aspect of the computer. The first class, Using the Mouse, will take place on February 20 at 1:00pm and again at 6:30pm. Choose a class time that best fits your schedule. Each class size is limited, so registration is required.
The Harbaugh~Thomas Library is located at 59 West York Street in Biglerville. Our hours of operation are Mondays 12pm-6pm; Tuesdays 12pm-8pm; Wednesdays 10am-6pm; Thursdays 12pm-8pm; Fridays 10am-6pm; and Saturdays 9am-5pm. For more information about any of our programs, you can call us at 717-677-6257. Also, visit our web page at harbaughthomas.blogspot.com or our Facebook page – just search “Harbaugh Thomas Library” in the search box to find us! Hope to see you soon!