Your Library Card — Don’t leave home without it!
And now you don’t have to with the Union County Library System’s new key chain library card!
Whether checking out materials at one of the three library locations or downloading eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive, your library card will always be handy and easy to find.
Library users can upgrade to a new card free of charge by visiting the circulation desk and trading in their current library card. All account information will remain the same, including the information saved in the online ‘My Account’ feature.
Upgrading to a new library card will affect users of Overdrive. If you have items on hold or on a wish list, this information may be lost. However, titles currently downloaded should not be affected.
The new library cards, featuring a bright new design, will be available September 1. Each key chain library card comes with a standard size card as well.
Residents of Union County can obtain a free library card by visiting any UCLS location—the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg; or West End Library, 45 Ball Park Road Laurelton.
Library cardholders may check out books, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD and magazines, as well as use the library’s public computers with Internet access. Cardholders may also use the ‘My Account’ feature 24/7 to place holds and renew materials, as well as access online databases.
A library is the place in the community that collects stories about things real and imagined. In the spirit of that role as the gatherer of tales, the Union County Library System is hosting a community writing project entitled, “Union County – My Memories: Stories in Celebration of the Union County Bicentennial.” The project coincides with the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Union County.
Residents of all ages are invited to submit a memoir of their own, using no more than 200 words, about Union County. Possible topics include growing up in Union County, a person of influence, local impact of a world event, focus on a special location, event or activity, reflections on a personal photo, or first impressions as a new resident to the county.
Workshops to assist writers on composing their entries will be conducted by Gale Duque. Gale has taught for 30 years in various locations from Finland to Penn State and Bucknell. Upon retiring from Bucknell as a Writing and Teaching Consultant, she taught several Memoir Writing Workshops for Bucknell’s Institute of Lifelong Learning program.
Workshops are held at The Public Library for Union County at 7 p.m. Thursdays, September 5—Getting Started, September 19—Revising, and October 3—Editing and at Mifflinburg Bank & Trust at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, September 4—Getting Started and September 18—Revising . The final session on editing is Wednesday, October 2 at Herr Memorial Library.
Completed memories can be submitted on the Union County Bicentennial website or on any of the UCLS library websites—Public Library for Union County, Herr Memorial Library, or West End Library—and must be received by October 15, 2013.
Typed entries may be submitted along with a completed registration form available at any of the UCLS libraries in Lewisburg, Mifflinburg or Laurelton.
The submissions and a photo of the author will be displayed at the Public Library for Union County in Lewisburg, Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg and West End Library in Laurelton during the month of November.
BookFlix™, a selection of classic fiction stories paired with non-fiction informational picture books on the same subject and video stories with eBooks in nine categories including Animals and Nature, Music and Rhyme, ABC’s and 1,2,3s, and Celebrations, is now available through POWER Library!
Each paired set has games, puzzles, and aids to develop literacy skills, as well as a read-along feature to enhance vocabulary.
To access BookFlix™ click on Online Resources and then POWER Library.
Monday, May 20 is a day many people will never forget as the entire nation watched as an EF5 tornado terrorized the town of Moore, Oklahoma, leaving in its wake lives lost, homes destroyed and schools desolated.
In the days that followed, many other towns were affected by tornados, leaving one disaster after another. So many people were now faced with rebuilding their lives from scratch.
After seeing the devastation in Moore, the Union County Library System (UCLS) is ‘digging into a cause’ with a project called Bookmarks & Backpacks: Libraries for ‘Moore’ Hope.
Throughout June and July, each library in the system—Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; and West End Library, Laurelton—is collecting school supplies for students and teachers, as well as supplies for infants and toddlers.
“Our goal is to fill a tractor trailer,” said Kelly Walter, director of the Herr Memorial Library, where the idea for the project originated. “We’d like to collect backpacks, tote bags, and diaper bags and enough materials to fill each of them.”
For school-age children, the UCLS is collecting the following items: backpacks for boys and girls, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, highlighters, pencil cases, notebooks, notepads, binders, bookmarks, books, stickers, glue, glue sticks, erasers, blunt scissors, tissues, hand sanitizer, and lunch boxes/bags for boys and girls.
For teachers, the library system is collecting: tote bags, pens, pencils, markers, dry-erase markers, highlighters, planning calendar 2013/2014, notebooks, binders, bookmarks, construction paper, reference/educational books, reward stickers, paper clips, stapler, tape, scissors, tissues, hand sanitizer, water bottles and lunch bags.
Items being collected for infant and toddlers include: diaper bags, diapers, wipes, ointments, hand sanitizer, baby blankets, bibs, stuffed toys, teething toys, baby bottles, baby cereal, and prepackaged toddler/infant snacks.
Gift cards to Walmart, Target and Staples are also being collected. These will either be used to purchase supplies to fill the bags or sent along as part of the donation. Local businesses are also encouraged to donate recyclable shopping bags (non-plastic).
Items may be dropped off at any of the three UCLS locations through July 24. The goal is have these items to Oklahoma at the beginning of August before the school year begins.
For more information, visit the UCLS website at www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com or stop by your local UCLS library. For specific questions, contact Coni Marie Sheridan, Development & Marketing Coordinator at 570-523-1172.
Lori Bartholomew and Nancy Normann, Master Gardeners with the Penn State Extension, are visiting the West End Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 24 to talk about composting.
During this interactive program, the gardeners will discuss two different styles of composting. The first is for outdoors and is based on the correct ratio of carbon- and nitrogen-rich yard and garden waste. The other can be used indoors or outdoors and uses earthworms to process kitchen vegetable scraps. Both formats provide a way to conserve and recycle what often goes to the landfill.
Register to attend by calling the library at 570-922-4773 or visiting the circulation desk at 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton.
For more than 30 years, the residents of Hartley Township and its surrounding areas have been a significant support system of the West End Library and we’d like to say “Thank You” for your continued support.
The library began in 1980 when several citizens developed the idea for a library in the village of Laurelton. Although there was no funding, no staff, and no inventory, they managed to still follow through with their idea. The library was staffed by community volunteers and the books in the original collection were donated by community members.
To this day, the West End Library still relies heavily on the support of it’s community. By visiting the library, participating in programs and events, and contributing materials and funds, the community has helped the library remain as a staple of the community.
So, once again, we’d like to thank the community and its members for continuing to support the library. We’d also like to thank the volunteers who serve on our Board of Trustees and those who’ve assisted us with the shelving project and our annual Book and Yard Sale. We could not continue to thrive without you
The Union County Library System, in partnership with the Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance, wants you to Dig Into the Susquehanna River Valley while Digging Into Reading this summer!
Children participating in the summer reading program are encouraged to discover the historical treasures of the Susquehanna River Valley by visiting area locations and attending library programs. Participants who visit at least three locations may enter to win prizes including admission to T&D’s Cats of the World, all-day ride passes to Knoebles Amusement Resort, tickets to a family show at Bucknell’s Weis Center for the Performing arts, and tickets to the Elias Center for the Performing Arts Puppet Theatre.
Start your exploration by visiting your local Union County Library—Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; or West End Library, Mifflinburg—and pick up a passport. Then visit at least three of the participating locations on the back with a parent or guardian, now through August 31, and get your passport stamped. Attending a program at one of the participating libraries can be considered one of the three visits.
Once you’ve gotten at least three stamps, drop off your passport at your local library and choose a prize from the treasure chest. All eligible passports will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Reading program participants must complete the reading requirements of their home library to be eligible for prizes.
For more information call your local Union County Library or stop by the circulation desk. Readers in Snyder and Northumberland counties are also participating in the Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance Passport Program.
The Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance is made up of the Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Montour and Milton Historical Societies, Packwood House Museum, Slifer House Museum, Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, and the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor’s Bureau.
Readers of all ages are invited to unearth a good book this summer and Dig Into Reading during the 2013 summer reading program—kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Mifflinburg Community Park featuring award-winning children’s performer Steven Courtney.
This year’s theme is about all things underground—dirt, plants, fossils, animals that burrow, buried treasure and more. Special programs and events incorporating this theme will be held at each of the three Union County Libraries–Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; and West End Library, Laurelton. All programs are free and open to children of all ages and abilities.
The overall goal of the reading program is to encourage children to continue reading and learning throughout the summer. Children to complete the summer reading program are eligible to receive prizes.
This year, the UCLS libraries, in partnership with Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, are excited to announce that each child who completes the summer reading program will receive a free pass to Reptiland where they can see the ‘Dinosaurs Come to Life’ exhibit. Other prizes may be awarded depending on each library’s program details.
The libraries are also partnering with the Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance with a historical passport adventure to encourage children in the summer reading program to explore local historical sites including landmarks and museums. More information about this program will be available later this spring.
A traditional May Day Celebration, complete with a garland dance around the Maypole will be held Saturday, May 4 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the West End Library.
Adults and children are invited to dress up in their best enchanting garbs and join in the fun! There will be live music, Maypole weaving, dancing around the Maypole, flower garlands, props, costumes, games and more! Learn about the tradition of May Day and why it’s celebrated while having fun with your family.
Please register to attend this program by calling the library at 570-922-4773 or visiting the circulation desk at 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton. In the event of rain, this event will be held at the Hartley Township Community Center.
The West End Library is currently looking for a few volunteers to assist with a shelving project scheduled for Saturday, May 11. The library will be closed while new shelving is installed.
Volunteers are needed to remove books from the current shelves so the new units can be installed. Volunteers will then return the books to the new shelves.
Those interested in helping with this one-day project should contact Susan Epley, library director, at 570-922-4773.
While the library is closed, books can be returned using the book drop out front or renewed using the ‘My Account’ feature. The library will reopen at 1 p.m. Monday, May 13.