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HOLIDAY CLOSINGS - Tuesday, December 24 & Wednesday, December 25.


Check library loans. Update your contact information. Set up a reading history. Place requests. Do you have library fines/fees? Please play online with SmartPay. It is convenient, easy to use, and secure.

Please visit the Events Calendar to see all library events, and to register for programs. Connect with us on our social media pages for daily updates and library news. Got a question? Contact us at library@derrytownship.org

Library Construction/Renovation News

Artistic rendering of the family entrance.

Interior library renovations are in full swing. Plans include a new teen area, a new story time area, and a family entrance (artistic rendering above). Any changes to normal operations will be announced with as much notice as possible. Completion is expected in early spring 2020. Read more.

Got library fines? Take advantage of a great offer!

100% Library Fines Forgiveness and Donation of Personal Care Items

Receive 100% discount off library fines December 1 to 30 with a donation of personal care items in exchange for one item for each account. Please donate normal or standard size. All items must be in their original container with packaging intact. Items not accepted: Used products, sample size products, medicine, medical supplies. Personal care items are to benefit a local non-profit organization, Love INC. Read more.

2020 Winter Reading Program

“Reading Vegetable Garden"

The 2020 Adult Winter Reading Program, “Reading Vegetable Garden,” begins Thursday, January 2, 2020. Stop by the library any time after that date to sign-up. Read four books according to the genre of your selected vegetables to be planted in your garden. Individuals 16 and older can participate. Sign-up incentives and gift card prizes are graciously provided by the Friends. Please contact Julie Brnik at jebrnik@derrytownship.org or call 717-533-6555 ext 3717 if you have any questions.

Program highlights from December to January 2020

10th Annual Holiday Movie Extravaganza

Monday, December 23 at 6:30 pm. Come to the library’s 10th Annual Holiday Movie Extravaganza in your pajamas ready to be transported to the Jolly Old England! Join us for The Muppet Christmas Carol, and enjoy popcorn and apple juice, and maybe a few surprises. For families with children age 4 and up. If you have questions, please contact the Children's Librarian, Rita Smith, at ritahuntsmith@derrytownship.org or cal the library at 717-533-6555 ext. 3708.

Winter Break Film Festival

Thursday, December 26 at 10:00 am. Toy Story 4. (Rated G) Enjoy a fun family movie. Major complications ensue when Bonnie turns a spork into a toy, but he sees himself as an eating utensil instead. Woody, Buzz and co. have to set out into the world to find him, reunite with Bonnie, and resolve his existential crisis. Registration is not required. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions, please contact the Children's Librarian, Rita Smith, at 717-533-6555 ext. 3707, or send Rita an e-mail at ritahuntsmith@derrytownship.org

'80s Aerobics Experience

Thursday, January 2, 2020. 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Tweens and teens in 6th grade and higher, channel your inner Jane Fonda and practice your jazzercise skills while listening to classic ‘80s jams. Costumes are encouraged! Break out those leg warmers and prepare yourself to dance into the New Year. Presented by Kendra Mase. Registration is not required. If you have questions, please contact Kendra Mase at 717 533-6555 ext. 3708, or send an e-mail to Kendra at: kmase@derytownship.org

Wee Build Block Party

Friday, January 3, 2020. 10:00 am. NEW! Encouraging learning through play, Wee Build is part of the Pennsylvania State Libraries initiative to incorporate hands-on learning into libraries. With the materials provided, children will build and experiment, manipulate objects, work with others, count and measure, talk about what they are building, and build vocabulary. For preschool age children (3-5 years) and their families. Please register online, or call the library at 717-533-6555.

Baryna - Russian Music, Dance, and Song!

Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm. The Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya (Russian: Барыня) is known as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion) and balalaika contrabass. With their vibrant costumes and lively dance and music, Barynya will transport us across the world without ever leaving the library! This Friends Children’s Program is suitable for children in grades K-5. Registation is not required, and everyone is welcome.

The Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges and Versammlinge Presented by William Donner

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. William Donner will explain the history, cultural context and significance of Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges and Versammlinge. William W. Donner is a professor of anthropology at Kutztown University. His book about the Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges – Serious Nonsense: Groundhog Lodges, Versammlinge and Pennsylvania German Heritage will be available for sale and signing. Read more. Please register online.