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Restoring An Ancestor’s Grave

I knew exactly where to find the grave. That sounds like the opening of a horror story, but this is not a horror story. It is, I hope, a story about restoration, literal and figurative. The literal restoration is indeed that of a grave. The grave is that of Ambrose Magee, a Civil War Veteran...
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Revisiting Old Favorites

What kind of quarantine reader are you? Do you long to escape these troubled times and immerse yourself in historical fiction like Graham Greene’s 1951 bestseller The End of the Affair (Hoopla)? Or do you prefer to confront the pandemic head on and devour dystopian classics such as The Stand by Stephen King (Axis 360)...
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SummerQuest – Shortcuts to Dillsburg Events

SummerQuest is coming soon to the Dillsburg Area Public Library, and it will feel different this year.  Events will be online unless we get the go-ahead to safely meet in small or large groups at the library.  Our 800 minute reading challenge lives on, and our programs will give kids plenty of opportunities to learn...
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Impressions of Teaching Online

My current life’s work is shared between two part time jobs. You may have seen me as a Library Assistant at the Dillsburg Area Public Library, but during the school year I am also an adjunct instructor in Computer and Information Science at Messiah College. On March 13, we were advised to inform our students...
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Google Street View Tours

I have long been a fan of Google Maps and, in particular, its Street View mode. I use it if I am traveling to a new place or even to better understand geographic relationships. When going somewhere new, I use to get the ‘lay of the land” before actually seeing the land. I use it to...
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Book Review: American Gun

Hi, I’m Keith Greenawalt from the Dillsburg Area Public Library, part of York County Libraries. I’ve been reading American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms by Chris Kyle with William Doyle, available on Axis360 with your library card. This book is in line with what I typically read: non-fiction, especially military history....
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A Reading Guide for Spring 2020

I have four categories of books here. They overlap a little, based on four possible psychological approaches to our current conditions. Rather than mention specific titles, I prefer a broader approach dealing with collections based on one writer or even a genre. My philosophy here is based on an analogy. Christopher Morley created a book...
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Genealogy Sources

The following are recommended genealogy sources available online. Some notes on physical holdings at local institutions are available at the bottom of this page. – Keith L Greenawalt ([email protected]) FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org) – FamilySearch.org is a genealogy website that is operated Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also called the Mormon Church. Many records and...
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Craig: The Movie Critic?

If you ever find yourself in the library, staring at the shelves of DVDs and unsure of what you might want to watch. Please ask me. I am an expert, a genuine published movie critic. I was not one for long, mind you, but here’s the story about one of my many, oh so many,...
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