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New Library Service Takes Root in Mechanicsburg

New Library Service Takes Root in Mechanicsburg

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  • Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Book Trilogy Traces Elizabethville Woman's West Virginia Roots.

    Friday, August 22 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-08-22 12:59:44 GMT
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
    For many of her 87 years, Anna Jean Bennett Ditty was told, "You ought to write a book!" So, ten years ago, she did. In fact, she needed three books to cover her life, starting with "The House on the Hill," about growing up with three siblings in a small West Virginia town during the depression, with a hard-working mom and an absentee father.Browsing through her first book, Ditty paused to point out a childhood picture of her baby brother Dickie."He's my baby brother," she said. "My momma alw...More >>
  • Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Perry County Church Given New Life

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 11:02 AM EDT2014-08-19 15:02:59 GMT
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
    A big reason why Darlene Barrick fought to save the Mahanoy Union Church from bulldozers lies in the small cemetery next to it."This is Ulysses Grant Baker. My grandfather Baker," said Barrick, pointing to one of several headstones in the church cemetery with direct family ties. "He helped build the church."At another stone she added, "This is my Uncle Albert who fought in World War One."Since closing in the early 1960's, the church suffered heavily from neglect and vandalism. But stepping in...More >>
  • Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Chancel Makeover Marks Dillsburg Church Centennial

    Friday, August 15 2014 9:17 AM EDT2014-08-15 13:17:26 GMT
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
    St. Paul's Lutheran Church is an easily recognized landmark of downtown Dillsburg, standing high on a hill, with large stain glass windows and an adjacent prayer garden.But it's inside the church where a remodeling project marks the celebration of the building's 100th anniversary.The most noticeable change is the altar area, now several feet wider, and easier to access.Pastor Lois Van Orden says the centennial seemed like the perfect time to modernize the chancel and choir area."The thing tha...More >>
The Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg is well known for its extensive inventory of books, DVDs and CDs. And now, seeds. That's right. It is now a library where patrons can borrow seeds.

Adult Services Director Rebecca Swanger says it works just like when borrowing books. From a recycled card catalog cabinet, library patrons can borrow vegetable, herb or ornamental seeds, plant them, let some of their crop go to seed, then return those seeds for others to borrow. The idea "sprouted" from the Cumberland County Commission for Women who provided "seed" money to launch the program.

"People have been really excited to have this opportunity to borrow seeds," said Swanger. "That way they don't have to purchase a whole packet of seeds and end up not using a lot of them"

Fresh from borrowing lettuce, carrots and broccoli, library regular Jen Vogelsong joked that this was her first time burying something she got from the library. She started with tiny broccoli seeds.

"We'll see how it turns out," said Vogelsong, troweling a small hole in her garden bed. " I have a black thumb, but I figured it's worth a shot. I love home grown veggies."

Next up, Vogelsong buried a handful of circus carrot seeds. "My nieces like to help me in the garden and I thought it would be cool to have carrots that are white and purple in addition to orange."

Harvesting seeds from crops can be tricky, even for experienced gardeners. So, if patrons run into trouble, they can simply return store bought packets of organic heirloom seeds.

"I just like the idea of people growing things in their back yard and having fresh food to cook with with their family," said Vogelsong.
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