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.

The 2017 Bookworm Frolic is sponsored by Robert H Ranck, inc.

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

Book Signing

Come hear Romaine Stauffer speak about her newest book, “Loyalty Test,” during the bookworm frolic. “Loyalty Test” explores the experience of the immigrant Christian Burkholder, who was a Mennonite Bishop in Groffdale during the Revolutionary War, and how he navigated living faithfully in a time of war. She will speak at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Stauffer wrote children’s Sunday school lessons for Christian Light Publications for 25 years as well as many short stories for all ages published by Christian Light. Other books include: “Hidden Riches,” “Circle of Love,” “Sandi’s Anchor of Hope,” “Annie’s Day of Light,” “A Home for Sarah,” and “Aaron’s Civil War.” She has also written two church history books.

Born near Ephrata, Pa., Romaine Stauffer attended Ephrata Mennonite and Lancaster Mennonite Schools where her favorite subjects were history and reading. These interests naturally complemented each other and lent themselves to her writing hobby. She married Leroy Stauffer of Berks County in 1967 and still lives there, having raised six children born from 1968-1983, in addition to 10 grandchildren. She is a member of Fairhaven Mennonite Church (Mid-Atlantic Mennonite Fellowship) in Myerstown, Pa.

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.

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.


Bookworm Frolic Donors

Robert H Ranck; Bird-in-Hand Bake Shop; Bird-in-Hand Bakery; Country Store, Mount Joy; Darrenkamp’s; Dart Container; Giant Foods; Katie’s Kitchen; Kunzler & Co.; Lapp Valley Farm; Louis Landis; Oregon Dairy; S. Clyde Weaver; Sharp Shopper; Stoltzfus Meats; Strasburg Market Basket; Village Farm Market; Weis Markets; Yoder’s Country Market;

Thank you for your support.