Sherry Feeser – 2017 United Way of Adams County Education Advocacy Award Winner

Congratulations to Sherry Feeser, our Children’s Services Coordinator, on this very special award from the United Way of Adams County.

The Winning Nomination:

Have any of you been fortunate or maybe I should say unfortunate enough to work in a group/partner project? Possibly in school, college, a volunteer opportunity, or your job?  Partnering to complete a task can be stressful. Some individuals may hear their employer or teacher say “this will be a group project”, and they are overcome with an instant rush of unpleasant thoughts. You may think will we accomplish the task, can we truly share the work responsibilities, and can I rely on this person to follow through with their commitment to the project, will this project make a difference?

Well, if those uncertainties are in your mind right now I know you have never teamed up with tonight’s 2017 Education Award recipient, Sherry Feeser, Children’s Librarian at the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library in East Berlin. As a wife, mother of 4, soccer, softball, and basketball mom, Sunday school teacher, active PTO member, librarian, and crafter she still has time to take on another community project with a colleague because she sees a need. Sherry always willing to help friends, family, and community.  I have called her to schedule an event or meeting and her respond is never “no” but usually she will say “Let me check my calendar, I can squeeze that in, don’t worry.”

Our first attempt at teamwork was a community outreach program “Never too Young to Read”. Never too Young to Read is a 1 hour workshop designed to empower parents. The workshop consist of sharing information, modeling reading strategies, and stressing the benefits of reading to their young child.  Each parent leaves with a children’s book, backpack, educational game, and Adams County Library card. To date we have conducted 12 parent workshops at various locations in the county such as SCCAP/work ready program, Non Violent Intervention Services (NOVIS), SCCAP homeless shelter, and several community food banks. That was our first endeavor together.

Were we successful? Yes! Sherry’s love of books, the library, and calm friendly personality has influenced many parents. I know this be true when a first time visit occurred at the library.  Father and his daughter, we spoke with, had spoken to a few weeks before at a NOVIS meeting.

That project went extremely well, and I know Sherry really needed something else to add to her schedule. One day she called me with a great idea! So we have leaped into another imitative titled Reaching Home, Sherry and I will be going into the Adams County Prison working with incarnated parents. In 3 sessions we will discuss children’s literacy, make audio recordings of the parent reading a children’s book, then mailing home the book and recording so the child can listen to their parent’s voice reading them a story while in prison.

Now let’s go back to the questions we thought about earlier regarding a partner project.

Sherry Feeser:

Commitment to the project-yes

Supported you partner through the project-yes

Has the task been accomplished-yes

Did we make a difference-absolutely

Sherry with your heart felt support of Adams County families, Ready to Learn and the mission of the United Way you share your time, your expertise and your passion. You inspire us and the people around you. And this community is better because of you. Thanks to you, were creating opportunities for a good life for all.

And so Sherry, the United Way and Read to Learn salute you and present you with the 2017 Education Award.

Diana Fasnacht

Director, Ready to Learn

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8th Annual Dinner & Silent Auction Pictures

Thank you to all who attended the 8th Annual Gala Dinner. Among the guests were four former Board Presidents: Pat Biese, Greta Englund, Bob Greer and Sandy Abnett! They were joined by representatives of the Adams County Library System, Scott and Karen Coyle (@Scott and Co Fine Jewelers) who donated the beautiful necklace for our Treasure Chest game, and members of the East Berlin Lions Club who presented Library Director Brandt Ensor with a generous donation. A highlight of the evening was a most engaging presentation by guest speaker, Linda Clark. A fine time was had by all!

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Updated Donation Opportunities

More donation levels continue to sell for naming opportunities in our newly expanded and renovated library. If your family or business is interested in naming opportunities, please contact the Library Director today at 717-259-9000.

Here are the naming opportunities that are still available:

 

 

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East Berlin Community Library Wins National Award

CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced 13 2015 award winners honoring the best in public library service, innovation and outreach.

The Allie Beth Martin Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, recognizes a public librarian for demonstrating a range and depth of knowledge about books and other library materials and the distinguished ability to share that knowledge. This year’s award of $3,000 will be presented to Carolyn Gast, Head of Children’s & Teen Curriculum, Howard County (Md.) Library System.

The Baker & Taylor Entertainment Audio Music/Video Product Award includes $2,500 in audio music and video products for the circulating collection of the selected recipient. This year’s winner, Kirbyville (Tex.) Public Library, will use the award to expand the audio music/video circulation collection for juvenile patrons. The main focus for expansion will be in three specific areas: curating a selection of audio music and video products that stimulate visual pathways, pre-literacy skills, and provide exposure to varied vocabulary and languages; maintaining products that encourage development of language and logical reasoning as a vital part of literacy and social skills as well as interpersonal communication skills; providing products in the collection targeting preteen and teens with materials that address appropriate educational milestones in language, math, history, and science as well as addressing body image, personal ethics, conflict resolution, and peer pressure.

The Charlie Robinson Award, sponsored by Baker & Taylor, honors a public library director who has been a risk taker, innovator, and change agent with a $1,000 award. Susan Considine, Executive Director of the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library was chosen for her vision, library outreach, and expansion. Former IMLS Director Susan Hildreth said that during her term as Director, “the Fayetteville Free Library, under [Considine’s] leadership… has served as a showcase for the community and for other libraries both nationally and internationally.”

The DEMCO New Leaders Travel Grant provides funds to new public librarians to enable their attendance at major professional development events. This year’s grantees receive grants between $1,000-$1,500 to attend a PLA continuing education event. Grantees are: Elizabeth Raczkowski, Youth Services Librarian, Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library; Erin Morrow, Adult Services Librarian, Beaumont (Calif.) Library District; Mallorie Colvin, Technology Specialist, Troy (Mich.) Public Library; Martha Cordeniz O’Hara, Head of Adult Services, Lake Bluff (Ill.) Public Library.

The EBSCO Excellence in Small and/or Rural Public Library Service Award honors a public library that demonstrates excellence in service to a community of 10,000 people or fewer. This year’s $1,000 award recognizes the East Berlin (Pa.) Community Library, for participation in the community’s week-long 250th anniversary “Founder’s Day” events, which included the hiring of an historical storyteller, updating the local history book, and hosting a family carnival.

The John Iliff Award, sponsored by Innovative, honors the life and accomplishments of John Iliff, early adopter and champion of technology in public libraries. This award provides a $1,000 honorarium to a library professional or library that has used technology and innovation as a tool to improve services to public library users. It is presented to Colin Tomele, Cleveland Heights-University Heights (Ohio) Public Library for the “Book a Room” custom online calendar.

The Romance Writers of America Library Grant is designed to provide a public library the opportunity to build or expand its romance fiction collection and/or host romance fiction programming. This year’s $4,500 grant is awarded to the Elkhart (Ind.) Public Library in order to develop a collection that serves the community. The library also plans orient staff to the new collection, host a writers workshop, and partner with a local theater to screen the newly released documentary, Love Between the Covers.

The Upstart Library Innovation Award honors a public library’s innovative or creative service program with a $2,000 honorarium. The 2016 winner is Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, Ill. for Gold Star Partners, which took a traditional summer reading program in a new direction – providing new opportunities for learning and fun through involved community partners.

PLA also offers two awards for feature articles contributed to its bimonthly journal, Public Libraries. This year’s first place winner ($500 prize) is Kati Irons, Pierce County (Wash.) Library System, for her feature article ”Low-Hanging Fruit: Learning How to Improve Customer Service, Staff Communication, and Job Satisfaction with Process Improvement” (January/February 2015). The honorable mention and a $300 prize winner is Douglas Crane, Palm Beach (Fla.) County Library System, for his feature article “May I Ask You A Question? Lessons Learned from Interviewing Public Library Leaders” (November/December 2015).

PLA President Vailey Oehlke, along with the award sponsors and PLA members will recognize all of the award winners as part of the PLA Member Welcome Breakfast on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla.

PLA award winners are chosen by the PLA Award juries and the Public Libraries Advisory Subcommittee. For more information on PLA Awards and to volunteer for jury or committee appointments, visit www.pla.org or contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve, and its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

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Donate Online To EBCL!

The East Berlin Community Library has a great new way to donate online through Square. Click on the following link to donate online today….

http://mkt.com/east-berlin-community-library

Click the donation amount you would like to pay by adding that level to your basket. Then check out to process the donation and send it to the library!

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Support the East Berlin Community Library While Ordering On Amazon.com

Hi All,
While you’re ordering your holiday gifts consider this:
Amazon.com has a perfect way to do your online shopping this year and support the East Berlin Community Library. Click on the following link or picture below and a percentage of your purchase goes directly to the East Berlin Community Library. It’s that simple! Bookmark it on your computer and use it all year long.
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