Bookworm Frolic

2017 Bookworm Frolic

August 16–19
Wednesday–Friday 9:00 AM–7:00 PM;
Saturday 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

A beloved community event for more than thirty years. Over 40,000 used books, magazines and music for sale outside at Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, with decreasing prices each day. Steep discounts on new books inside the bookstore. Great local food. All proceeds support the Historical Society.

For more information or to volunteer for the Bookworm Frolic, please contact David Sauder at (717) 393-9745 or


     Thursday           Friday      Saturday
Hardcover 3.00 2.50 2.00 1.50
Paperback (square spine and spiral-bound) 1.50 1.25 1.00 .75
Paperback (saddle-stitched and stapled) 1.00 .75 .50 .25
Single-sheet (folded or not) 1.00 .50 .25 .25
Box Special 15.00 10.00

Used-Book Categories

1. Bibles , Commentaries, Bible studies
2. Religion and Theology: Sermons, Devotional, Ministers’ Aids, Christian Education, Evangelism, Missions, Doctrine, Prophecy, Ministry
3. Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, Self Help
4. Health & Medicine, Nutrition
5. Textbooks and Education
6. Travel, Tourism, Maps: Domestic and International
7. Natural Sciences, Nature, Gardening, Agriculture
8. General Reference, “How-to”
9. History, Government, Politics, Archaeology
10. Music: Hymnals, Sheet Music, Songbooks
11. Crafts, Needlework, Hobbies, Cookbooks
12. Classical Literature, Poetry, Drama, Anthologies
13. Children and Teenage
14. Christian Fiction
15. Biography, Autobiography
16. Fiction (Hardcover)
17. Fiction (Paperback)
18. Humor, Visual Arts
19. Yearbooks, Serials
20. Computer
21. Sports and Recreation
22. Mennonite and Amish Materials and Yearbooks
23. Denominational Materials
24. Foreign Languages
25. Family and Marriage

Winter Bookfest

Need a good book to read during the long winter evenings? Come to the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society’s second Winter Bookfest. The sale of used books will take place on Thursday, February 16, from 3 p.m. to 8 .p.m.; Friday, February 17, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, February 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Winter Bookfest is a smaller indoor version of the popular summer Bookworm Frolic. It will feature some of the most popular categories sold at the Frolic. These include books for children, fiction, religious books, history, politics, Christian fiction, theological works, books related to Mennonites and Amish, plus many more.

Hardcover books will be sold for $3; paperbacks and children’s small hardbacks will sell for $1.50. New books will be put out each day.

Throughout the sale there will be discounts on select new books in the Society’s Book and Museum Store which will be open during the entire Winter Bookfest.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 18, author Ken Yoder Reed will give a dramatized monologue as Greenywalt, the main character of his new historical novel, “Both My Sons.” This novel is about the Anabaptists and Scots-Irish who settled the southeastern Pennsylvania region in early to mid-eighteenth century. Reed will speak from the stage in the museum, which is also a reconstructed original eighteenth-century log house, prominent in the story of Both My Sons.

Book prices will be $3.00 for hardcover books and $1.50 for paperback books. On Saturday many of the unsold books will be reduced to $2.00 for hardcovers, and $1.00 for paperbacks. Categories include children’s books, religious, Bibles and Bible reference, biographies, history, fiction, music, denominational books, classics, music, family, and cookbooks.

February 16 3 to 8 p.m.
February 17 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
February 18 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.