New Oxford Area Library

122 North Peter Street
New Oxford, PA 17350
phone: (717) 624-2182
fax: (717) 624-1358

Mon/Thurs: 2 pm to 8 pm
Tues/Wed/Fri: 11 am to 5 pm
Sat: 10 am to 4 pm

Pen names, discussions and more…

Recently, I had the pleasure of a conversation with a high school student about the books written by Erin Hunter. She just found out Erin Hunter is the pen name of five authors of “Warrior Cats, Seeker Bears and Survivors” (Victoria Holmes, Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui Sutherland, and Gillian Philip). You will find these series in the Juvenile and Young Adult collections in the library. This made me think about the pen names of adult fiction authors.

What do Mark Twain, Sophie Kinsella, Stephen King and George Orwell have in common? These are all pen names (or pseudonyms) for well-known writers.  Mark Twain is Samuel Clemens, Madeleine Sophie Wickham is Sophie Kinsella, Stephen King is Richard Bachman. One of my favorite authors, Victoria Holt, has also written as Philippa Carr and Jean Plaidy.  Western novelist Pearl Gray dropped his first name and changed the spelling of his last name to become Zane Grey because he believed that his real name did not suit the Western genre.

            The 2017 Adams County Reads One Book Nonfiction Selection “The Indifferent Stars Above – The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party” by Daniel James Brown is scheduled for our April Readers Forum - an adult book discussion on April 13 at 9:00AM. You can get your book at any of the Adams County Libraries and share your thoughts in a book discussion. The book “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan is the title for the Readers Forum book discussion March 9 at 9:00AM.

The Book Shelf, an adult book discussion group reading mystery titles, will be talking about “Betrayal of Trust” by J. A. Jance on March 2 at 9:00AM. We will be reading “Buckingham Palace Gardens” by Ann Perry for the discussion on April 6 at 9:00AM. Registration is required for these discussions and the library provides the books for the discussion groups.

            Take time to improve your computer skills this winter. Free One on One Tutoring Computer Classes are available by appointment.  To register, call the library at 717-624-2182   Basic computer classes will be scheduled.

            The new schedule for Build with Legos and Duplo Blocks on Saturdays is February 11, March 11, April 8 and May 20 at 10:30AM. Bring a friend and build; we also have a great supply of Magna Tiles to use.          

You will see the orange Playaway Launchpads- a preloaded tablet for kids at the library.  These were provided by a grant from the Robert C. Hoffman Foundation. Ask the librarian about the Alien Takeover Space ages 3-5, Problem Solver STEAM ages 8-10 and Look Up Look Down Environmental issues ages 5-7. You need your library card to use the Launch Pads in the library.

A special Thank You goes out to our Model Train Volunteer. J & L Junction has been on display for over 5 years, the train was purchased by the Friends of the New Oxford Area Library. As always it was enjoyed by all ages. It will be in storage and will return in November with a few new items.


New Oxford Area Library   122 N. Peters St.  New Oxford, PA  17350


Hours: Mon and Thurs 2PM-8PM  Tues, Wed, Fri 11AM – 5PM  Sat 10AM – 4PM Sunday closed.


Submitted by Wilma Krepps, Branch Manager, New Oxford Area Library