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Hampden Township's library request may overwhelm system

Hampden Township's request for a library drop-box service within the municipality's borders could overwhelm delivery drivers and force the reduction of existing services, Cumberland County officials say.


Library system Director Jonelle Darr said Friday that adding another location into the county's existing contract with the Capital Area Library District would add more hours, and ultimately more cost, to delivery drivers' 40-hour-plus work week.


Darr said the Capital Area Library District contracts drivers to shuttle 1,100 items a day between nine different facilities in both Dauphin and Cumberland counties five days a week. Four of those libraries include return stops so that drivers can make space for incoming loads.


“Our driver is spending more than eight hours on the road each day,” she said. “We are trying to figure out which stops can be eliminated so he has a reasonable work week.”



John Graham Library marks National Library Week

The John Graham Library has organized exciting a series of events, speakers and special activities to celebrate National Library Week, April 14-20.


According to library director Mary Schoedel, the slate of events is more than the library has lined up in the past.


“We hope these activities will help make residents aware of the library and the services we provide,” she said.



Estate sale offers a wealth of merchandise to support library expansion

A diverse collection of merchandise – ranging from antiques, furniture and jewelry to a bamboo fly rod, Christmas collectibles and musical instruments – is lined up and priced to sell at an “estate sale” at the former Branch Creek Medical Center building April 12 and 13.


The Branch Creek Medical Center is located beside the Branch Creek in the first block of West King Street, across the creek from the library.





Shippensburg Kiwanis Club donates to library

Shippensburg Kiwanis donates to librarySusan Sanders, director of the Shippensburg Public Library, was guest speaker at a recent meeting of the Shippensburg Kiwanis Club. She discussed the status of the Capital Campaign for renovations and an addition to the library. She also talked about a grant the library received from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund to help with construction expenses.


The grant supports new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, electrical upgrades and the construction of an elevator to help make the library handicap-accessible. She also discussed the increase in the number of community residents who have been using the library, including young children attending reading programs.


The club presented two checks to Sanders. One was to support library operations, and the other was the second installment of the $5,000 pledged by the club to the Capital Campaign. Joe Cretella, club president, said the Kiwanis Club also supports the library’s summer reading program.


Photo: Tim Nye, Shippensburg Kiwanis Club program coordinator, presents two checks to Susan Sanders, director of the Shippensburg Public Library. The money will be used to support library operations and the Capital Campaign.



Book Nook to hold spring sale

The Book Nook, a used bookstore next to the Shippensburg Public Library on West King Street, conducts its spring book sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30.


There will be bargains on hardback and paperback books, children’s books, videos, DVDs, puzzles, CDs, records and games. All proceeds will benefit the library.




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