Two Years Old & Growing Strong at Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin

   Two years ago in this very column, we announced how successfully our grand reopening went of the newly expanded and renovated East Berlin Community Library, now doing business as the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin. Just like every summer, the Trone Memorial Library children’s and adult staff planned wonderful programs for all ages. Our Summer Quest program called “Libraries Rock” had 361 children registered with 90 finishing the 800 minute top goal. Everyone was certainly busy this summer, because a total of 144,957 minutes were read in East Berlin for our children’s and teens Summer Quest program. In our newly designed “Adult Summer Read” program, we had 40 “children at heart” signed up for Summer Quest and they turned in 126 raffle chances. We wish congratulations to Susan Adams for winning the gift basket for the “Adult Summer Read” program this year. We look forward to seeing all of our Summer Questers next summer when we celebrate space with the theme “A Universe of Stories!”
    As we look towards our next three month programming schedule for fall, we look at the months of September, October, and November 2018. I wanted to highlight two very special monthly programs that we have for adults, which make a difference in the community throughout Adams County. First, our “Chicks with Sticks” knitting and crocheting group meets twice per month and they make hats, scarves, blankets, and other essentials for the winter weather. Everything they make is with donated materials and the final products are distributed through cancer centers, food banks, and community organizations who have the ability to determine need of the recipients. This wonderful group of ladies have made thousands upon thousands of donated clothing articles and have been meeting for about 13 years. Their next meeting will be Tuesday, September 11th at 12 noon to 2pm.
    The other very special crafty program is called the “Piecemakers Quilt Group.” This group of very talented quilters also meets twice per month. They use scraps of 100% cotton donated fabric to put squares together around a particular theme or color. Once all of the squares have been completed, they assemble the squares into the appropriately sized lap quilt and sew together, adding fringing and a backing to the process. This group of very talented ladies have been contributing their skills to this group for four years now and have made many, many quilts. One of their favorites to make is child sized quilts to be given to Adams County area homeless and domestic violence shelters. It allows the children in these very turbulent situation something that they can keep and love while there and then take with them when they leave.
    We thank both of these groups for sharing their skills and expertise with us so that the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin can give back to not only our community, but to the entire Adams County area. Unfortunately, some of our dependable organizations who supported the “Chicks with Sticks” and “Piecemakers Quilt Group” have recently disbanded, which means hundreds of rolls of yarn and quilting supplies are no longer being donated to the library for these very important causes. We turn to the community now to ask as you are doing your end of summer or fall cleaning to think of the library. New or used balls of yarn or quilting fabrics are always welcome and would be especially useful at this time. Donations can be dropped off at the circulation desk of the Trone Memorial Library. Monetary donations are also welcome as we can purchase needed supplies through many suppliers. Please mark the memo line Chicks with Sticks or Piecemakers Quilt Group so we can use the donation appropriately. Thank you for supporting the library, so that we can support many of the other worthwhile, community service organizations, throughout Adams County this fall.

Submitted by Brandt Ensor, Director, Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin.