Book Sale will benefit Manheim Community Library

By on April 22, 2015

The Friends of the Manheim Community Library will host a spring book sale at the Manheim Farm Show Exhibition Center, Adele Ave., Manheim Thursday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to noon, and 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday, May 15, from 3 to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items featured in the sale include children’s and teen books, fiction and non-fiction hardbacks and paperbacks, travel books, text books, dictionaries, music CDs, DVDs and video games. As in previous years, book sale items will be dramatically reduced on the final day of the sale, and on Saturday, patrons can fill a bag for $5.

This is the second year that the library’s Friends group has hosted the sale. Stacey Barrick, president of the non-profit and a ninth generation Manheim resident, said that when the group began hosting the two annual book sales (one in the spring, and the other in the fall), it implemented some changes.

The library is located on the second floor of the borough building at 15 E. High St. Book sales had been held in the community room on the lower level of the building. They were moved last year to the Farm Show Exhibition Center, which was completed in time for the 2013 Farm Show.

Volunteers sort books for the upcoming book sale. They are, front row (left to right) Noel Rohrer, Virginia Badger, Maria Madigan, Carol Phillips, Colin Rohrer and Quintin Rohrer; back row (l-r) Skip Hetrich, Leigh Ann Rohrer and Gina Burkhart. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

Volunteers sort books for the upcoming book sale. They are, front row (left to right) Noel Rohrer, Virginia Badger, Maria Madigan, Carol Phillips, Colin Rohrer and Quintin Rohrer; back row (l-r) Skip Hetrich, Leigh Ann Rohrer and Gina Burkhart. (Photos by Rochelle Shenk)

“There’s better parking there, both for book drop offs and for the book sales, and it’s more accessible,” Barrick said.

Two book and material drop-offs have been scheduled at the center for the upcoming book sale. Anyone with materials for the book sale may drop them off on Monday, May 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Book sale volunteers in teal aprons will be on-hand to receive and sort books.

Another change implemented by the Friends group is a “Friends Only” preview event. For the upcoming book sale, the preview is May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Barrick stressed that while Friends members are encouraged to bring guests who may be interested in membership, only Friends members may purchase books and materials that night. Friends memberships may be purchased for $20.

“It’s a reward for being a member of the Friends group and supporting the library,” Barrick explained.

Volunteers are also needed before and during the book sale. To sign up, visit timetosignup/com/mclfriends/view/36110. For more information about the book sale, call the library at 665-6700 or visit manheimlibrary.org.

The Manheim Farm Show Exhibition Center will be the site of the Friends of the Manheim Community Library’s spring book sale.

The Manheim Farm Show Exhibition Center will be the site of the Friends of the Manheim Community Library’s spring book sale.

 

Friends of Manheim Library continues to grow

A little over a year old, the Friends of the Manheim Community Library has raised $17,000 in support of the Manheim Community Library’s programming.

“Most libraries across the state have a Friends group. Our library in Manheim is such a valuable community resource. There are reading programs and educational opportunities as well as Internet access,” explained founding member and Friends president Stacey Barrick, “Our group does not want to run the library. We want to make the community aware of this wonderful resource.”

She pointed out that in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011, the library served patrons in yet another way. People whose homes were flooded visited the library to use the Internet and to recharge cell phones and other electronics.

During its first year of operation, the Friends group not only raised funds but it has also grown from a handful of founding members to 100 members. Friendships, as the memberships are known, can be purchased for $20. This year’s goal is to grow to 250 members. Ultimately the group would like to reach 500 members.

Barrick said that having an active membership of 500 families will assure ongoing activities in support of the library. In addition to Friendships, the organization also raises funds through hosting two book sales yearly and hosting a holiday event, Holiday Crossings, as part of the Christmas in Manheim initiative.

“The funds that we’ve raised are earmarked for enhancing programs such as the summer reading program and expanding the reach of the library,” Barrick said.

Information provided by the library indicates that over the past 10 years programs have increased and attendance has skyrocketed as has demand for electronic services. Last year the library served an average of 900 patrons each week. In 2013 5,364 people attended the 154 library programs, while Wi-Fi access was provided to 8,814 unique users. The library is also participating in the county-wide library early childhood literacy program 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.

One of the other purposes of the library’s Friends group is to support a move to a bigger library, ideally all on one floor. Skip Hetrich, who serves on the library’s facility committee, said that the library does indeed need more space. It currently uses 2,620 square feet of space on the second floor of the borough office at 15 E. High St. It’s been at the location since 1977. Most programs have been held in the lower level community room since 2012. An elevator, which was installed a few years ago, provides handicap and stroller access to both the library and community room.

Even more than space, parking is a concern. Currently parking is available in Market Square or at a municipal parking lot on North Wolf Street. Barrick said that the concern with the municipal lot is that patrons, including moms with kids in strollers and senior citizens, have to cross busy High Street to get to the library.

Hetrich said that the library has been searching for a new location for over five years.

“We’re not looking for a ‘perfect fit,’ we know that we may need to do some renovations. But parking and space layout are key concerns,” Hetrich stressed.

In June 2011, the library had announced plans to purchase a 5.3-acre site along Ferdinand and Oak streets to construct an 18,400-square-foot facility. But those plans fell through. Early last year, the library was eyeing Stiegel Elementary School as a new location, since it’s slated to be abandoned by the school district. The summer reading program had been held there for a number of years, so the library was familiar with the layout of the nearly 50,000-square-foot building. Although the building would be too large for the library to use on its own, it could be used by another party as well.

Originally the school district had planned to vacate Stiegel by the end of next year. However the timeline changed when Doe Run Elementary was found to be structurally unsound, and the former middle school was put back into service as “Doe Run on Gramby” in October of 2014. Stiegel and HC. Burgard elementary schools will now remain in services until the new Doe Run and the new Gramby Street elementary schools are completed. During an interview last month, school district officials indicated that all these projects are expected to be completed in time for the 2018-19 school year.

“It’s going to be a long wait until Stiegel is available. We haven’t found any other site, so right now we’re trying to decide what our next step is,” Hetrich explained.

Whatever that step is, Barrick said the Friends of the Manheim Community Library will be there to support it. For more information about the Friends of the Manheim Community Library, visit manheimlibrary.org or the group’s Facebook page.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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