Mechanicsburg library to host Run for Reading event
The seventh annual Run for Reading 5K Run/Walk will return on Saturday, Aug. 10, to benefit Mechanicsburg’s Joseph T. Simpson Public Library.
The event will be at Friendship Park at 1901 Fisher Road in Upper Allen Township and will start at 8:30 a.m., with a one-mile Fun Run/Walk starting at 9:15 a.m.
Race information and registration forms are available online at www.simpsonlibrary.org or at the library, located at 16 N. Walnut St., Mechanicsburg. Fees for the 5K run are $20 per person before July 25 and $25 per person after July 25. The fun run is free.
For more information, call the library at 766-0171.
West Shore Dentists Filling a Need
On the inside, the offices of Camp Hill Dentists on Trindle Road had the look and sound of a typical dentist office.
But in the parking lot behind the building, there were tents and patients waiting patiently.
They were registering for Free Dentistry Day, seeking cleanings, fillings and extractions on a first come, first serve basis. Many arrived hours before the scheduled 8:00 am start. Most were without or in-between dental insurance coverage.
For ten straight hours, five dentists, four hygienists and ten staff volunteers kept chairs filled, and cavities too. You might call it dental philanthropy, thanks to the practices of Camp Hill Dentists and Mechanicsburg Family Dentistry.
Between patients, event organizer ,Dr. Brice Arndt, summed up their mission. "We've helped them either get out of pain, improve their smile and go ahead and raise some money for Fredricksen Library, for their fund." said Arndt. At the end of the day, 116 people had received more than 21-thousand dollars worth of free dental services. And, thanks to some area business sponsorships, a portion of that tally will help fill a "budget cavity" at Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill.
"We serve six municipalities, so we try to be the center of that and that takes a lot of money," said library director, Bonnie Goble. "So, we're going to use this to try to replace some of the state funding that gradually has been whittled away."
But, for some being helped, it was still a day of mixed emotions. Tammy Edmundson called herself a nervous nellie when it comes to sitting in the dentist's chair.
"When I thought about it," Edmundson said with a laugh, "I thought, oh my God, I was much more happier going through labor and delivery, than I am to the dentist."
Yes, Tammy survived the ordeal and is enjoying her newly repaired tooth.
Those involved in the event look forward to doing the same again next year.
New Cumberland library to host Fourth of July celebration
NEW CUMBERLAND — The grounds of the New Cumberland Public Library at 7th and Sharon streets will be home to a concert, sale and picnic for a special July Fourth celebration.
The event , from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., include a 10:30 a.m. concert by the New Cumberland Town Band. There will be an old-fashioned picnic lunch of hot dogs, barbecue, corn on the cob and strawberry shortcake.
Foundation Hall will be open for the largest used book sale of the season.
In the event of rain, the concert will be inside Trinity United Methodist Church at 415 Bridge St.
For more information, call the library at 774-7820.
Public library hosts first ‘Run to Destiny’ 5K
The Shippensburg Public Library hosts the first-ever “Run to Destiny” 5K run/walk Saturday, June 22. Proceeds benefit the Shippensburg Public Library Capital Campaign for the library’s upcoming expansion.
“We wanted to start a 5K run/walk during the year we break ground for the expansion,” said Carey Garland, assistant race coordinator for the event. “And hopefully this run/walk will become an annual event.”
According to Susan Sanders, library director, the expansion construction may begin this summer.
The run/walk course winds through the streets of downtown Shippensburg and Shippensburg University, beginning and ending at the library.
Runners can register online or on race day. Registration on race day occurs behind the library at 73 W. King St. Registration begins at noon. The run/walk starts at 1:45 p.m. To register online, visit http://timberhilltiming.com/RuntoDestiny.php.
Awards are given to top male and female participants by age group and best overall.
Parking is available at the Shippensburg borough parking lot near the police station and the borough office parking lot on North Fayette Street.
Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle celebrates grand reopening
The historic Bosler Memorial Library celebrated its grand reopening Sunday after a five-year project to add on to the library.
Patrons wandered throughout the library at 158 W. High St., Carlisle. It was the perfect opportunity to explore the 38,000-square-foot facility and the expansions and renovations it has received. Library staff escorted visitors on tours of the building, while others walked around at their own leisure. Others took advantage of the computers while some showed children to books in the youth services wing.
“We took a library that was already working well for over a hundred years,” said Jeffrey Wood, president of the library’s board of trustees. “We faced a rather desperate shortage of space and services and programs to provide in that library.”
The library’s community room was packed with those who came to see the library during the grand reopening. Abc27 News’ Valerie Pritchett served as the mistress of ceremonies, and speakers included Sen. Pat Vance, R-31, Library Director Linda Rice and Development Officer Molly Shane. Nancy George, campaign chair for the Building a Better Bosler campaign, saw the reopening as the “results” of generosity. Vance agreed.
“This is the culmination of so many years of hard, hard work, and good leadership, because none of this happens without people who are willing to step forward and lead,” she said.
The library’s improvements took a lot of time, planning and money. Wood said five to six years of planning led to a campaign to raise funds for those improvements. A total of $6.5 million was needed for the ambitious project. Wood said some declared that it could not be done, but $2.5 million alone was raised from the state. Another $4 million was raised in what Wood called an “ask process,” which involved asking individuals, institutions and corporations.
Along with raising the funds necessary to make the additions came a lot of planning. Wood is deeply interested in the history of Carlisle. He called the library an “architectural jewel” of downtown, and said the additions were built in a way that honored the library’s history. He also pointed out that the library’s stained glass window, dubbed Lila’s Window, in the eastern wing of the library remains and is complimented by the additions. Before the additions, the library was 17,000 square feet.
“We’re at 97 percent of that ($6.5 million), so the library is done,” he said, but said there were some finishing touches that needed done.
Some work still remains, as parking is an issue with the library. Wood said Grace United Methodist Church behind the library has provided additional parking, but that will end with the merging of Carlisle’s three Methodist churches. He said the Borough of Carlisle sent a letter before construction began to do all they could to provide 75 to 100 additional spaces within a block of the library.
“As you know, that hasn’t occurred yet,” he said.
Other options currently being weighed include using meters to increase the turnover time or utilizing the borough’s parking garage. He hopes that the issue will be solved sometime this year, but said the process so far has been progressing “frustratingly slowly.”
Despite some last-minute touches, those who saw the library said they liked what they saw.
Emma Mader, of Smethport, was at the ceremony with her grandparents. She visited the library when she was younger, and noted how different it looks now.
“It’s remarkable how much it’s changed since the last time I saw it,” she said.
She said the organization has also improved. She tried finding a book she liked when she was a child, and she said she found it in a matter of minutes.
Lydia Kazmaier, of Carlisle, was also impressed with the library. She just moved into town and has been utilizing the library’s services and said she would continue to do so. She commended the efforts of those that helped make the ambitious expansion become a reality.
“I think a lot of people put a lot of effort to try to fix up the library, and it looks really great,” she said.