Bookworm Frolic


2018 Bookworm Frolic

August 15–18
Wednesday–Friday 9:00 AM–7:00 PM;
Saturday 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Browse books without having to worry about rain or hot sun during this year’s Bookworm Frolic. It begins Wednesday, August 15, and continues through Saturday, August 18. The sale opens at 9 a.m. every day, closing at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

“With 40,000 books to choose from, you never know what treasures you might discover,” says Bookworm Frolic coordinator Jonathan Weaver-Kreider.

There are twenty-five categories of books, ranging from paperback fiction to biographies to science. While there are rare and unique books to be found in many of the genres, the most popular genres are children’s books, Christian fiction, history, and classical literature.

Food will be available throughout the Frolic. Thoze Guys will be on site serving breakfast, sandwiches, and more Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday The Bountiful Feast will bring their roving restaurant to the frolic.

Book prices start between $1 and $3, with prices dropping each successive day. During the final two days of the Frolic, there is a “box special” where prices are reduced even further—$15 per box on Friday, and $10 per box on Saturday.

The Society’s year-round bookstore will also be open, selling new and used books, folk art, music, games, and genealogical resources. There will be a ten-percent discount on all new books, and a twenty-five-percent to seventy-five-percent discount on select titles. This event is free and open to the public.

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


Volunteers Needed for Bookworm Frolic

Looking for a fun and interesting volunteer activity for a group from your church or for yourself?  The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is seeking assistance with its annual Bookworm Frolic from August 15-18.  We need help with moving books in the days preceding the sale, with tasks during the sale, and with clean-up on the last day.   Contact Jon Weaver-Kreider 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 third Winter Bookfest. The sale of used books will take place on Thursday, February 15, from 3 p.m. to 8 .p.m.; Friday, February 16, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, February 17, 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.


February 15 3 to 8 p.m.
February 16 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
February 17 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.