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By conisheridan | February 1st, 2013 | West-End |

The West End Library is excited to announce the launch of Discover, a new early literacy program for children up to age five and their parents.

The Discover program features theme-based sessions that feature activities to enhance alphabet knowledge, phonetic awareness, and number, color, and shape recognition. Additional benefits of participation include following directions, interacting with other children, being patient and respectful, listening comprehension, vocabulary development, visual processing, and grammar.

Discover also introduces parents to simple activities that can help their child with reading and preparing for school, while exploring books together. Parents are encouraged to continue the learning process with take-home activities such as coloring pages, songs, and activities.

Discover will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the library. Children will be enrolled in a level that matches their age and a parent or caregiver must accompany children to the program. For more information, or to register, call 570-922-4773 or stop by the library at 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton.

By conisheridan | February 1st, 2013 | West-End |

Each year, the West End Library embarks on an annual fund drive and the response from the entire community is heartwarming. Past contributions have allowed us to purchase new materials, offer new and exciting programs, and continue serving the community as the center of information, technology, and learning.

This year, we have set a new Fund Drive goal and are once again asking for your support!

The value of your giving is returned to you in our many library services that benefit the entire community including a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction books, home-town newspapers, eBooks and audiobooks, DVDs, children’s Discovery Packs, and more. We also host fun, educational, and historical programming, the West End Readers adult book group, story times for children and our successful Summer Reading program for children and adults of all ages—reading over 3,200 books in 2012.

Once again, we thank you for your continued support of the West End Library. To make a contribution to this year’s annual fund drive send a check or money order to The West End Library, P.O. Box 111, 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton. You can also drop off your gift at the circulation desk!

As you know, every dollar counts and will be used toward creating a community resource for all ages as the center of information, technology, and learning.

By conisheridan | February 1st, 2013 | West-End |

The West End Library is now following its winter hours through February.

The library will be open from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed Wednesdays and Sundays.

When the library is closed, books may be returned using the book return located near the front door. Those who have set up the ‘My Account’ feature may use it to renew or request books.

For more information visit the library at 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton, or call 570-922-4773. The library website is also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your use at

Weather related closings will be posted on the library’s website and Facebook Closings are also reported to local radio and television stations.

By conisheridan | October 11th, 2012 | West-End |

With the support of the Degenstein Foundation, The Pittsburgh Foundation and the G. Scott and Bessie K. Guyer Foundation, the library recently added new materials and items to the children’s area.

Twelve new Discovery Packs–theme-based kits that include books, puzzles and activities for parents and children to explore together–were added, as well as a new shelving bench. The library also purchased a ‘Wild About Books’ rug and wall hanger for children’s CD/book combinations.

The children’s computer stations were updated to ensure reliable access to educational materials and interactive games. New headphones for the children’s computers were also added.

By conisheridan | October 11th, 2012 | West-End |

The Board of Trustees of the West End Library recently welcomed new member Rodd Troutman and appointed Joyce Shaw as Secretary. Shaw will be taking over for Jennifer Haines.

The Board of Trustees meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the library. Call 570-922-4773 for dates and times.

By conisheridan | September 10th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Throughout the Union County Library System, our patrons are very important to us! And that’s why we want to hear from you!

We are conducting an online survey about our websites, social media, and technology. We want to know how we can connect with you about upcoming programs, new materials, and information about the libraries and their services.

Taking the survey is simple: Go to any of the UCLS websites:;; or and click the “Take Our Survey” button. Answer the questions and click submit! It’s that easy! All answers are anonymous and confidential and your information will only be used within the Union County Library System.

We look forward to hearing your opinions and creating great ways to share information with you in the future!

By conisheridan | July 25th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Children participating in The “Dream Big—READ!” summer reading program throughout the Union County Library System are not only dreaming big, but reading big as well! And, it’s not too late to join in the fun!

“The goal of the summer reading program is to encourage children to read throughout the summer,” explains Mary Harrison, head of Children’s Services at The Public Library for Union County. “And although we are a little over halfway through program, it’s never too late to start summer reading!”

Currently, there are 354 children enrolled in the summer reading program among the three system libraries—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and West End Library, Laurelton.

Children are required to log the number of books, number of hours, or number of pages read as part of the program. So far, the participants in the summer reading program have logged over 1,000 hours, more than 2,500 books and close to 50,000 pages!

For more information on the summer reading program or how to join contact your local library: The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg at 570-523-1172; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg at 570-966-0831; or West End Library, Laurelton at 570-922-4773. You can also visit the Union County Library System website at and select your home library!

By conisheridan | July 16th, 2012 | Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Public Library for Union County sponsors an annual Bookmark Contest for children in kindergarten through fifth grade who live in Union County.

This year, contestants were asked to illustrate the 2012 summer reading theme “Dream Big–READ!” using an entry form supplied by the library.

First, second, and third places have been awarded in each category (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th).  Winning entries will be displayed in the Children’s Room of The Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Boulevard, in Lewisburg.  First Place bookmarks will be printed professionally and distributed during the summer reading program.

Here are this year’s winners:

Best Overall: Brookie Catherman

Kindergarten and First grade: Payton Derr (First), Hannah Loughhead (Second), Ethan Bomgardner (Third), Ryli Kifolo (Honorable Mention), Adrian Yoder (Honorable Mention)

Second and Third grade: Maddie Diehl (First), Kieran Inch (Second), Madison Zimmerman (Third), Isabella Landis (Honorable Mention), Kassie McTammany (Honorable Mention)

Fourth and Fifth grade: Ainsley E. Bair (First), Cassie J. Keister (Second), Grace Oldt (Third), Valerie Rakerd (Honorable Mention), Callie Lyons (Honorable Mention)

Bookmark Winners 2012

2012 Bookmark Contest Winners (from left): Ainsley Bair, Payton Derr, and Brookie Catherman

Bookmark Winners 2 2012

2012 Bookmark Contest Winner Maddie Diehl

By conisheridan | June 20th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

“Think big, work hard, and have a dream!” was the advice former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Andy Russell gave to kids on Saturday during the Union County Library System’s summer reading kick-off event “Follow Your Dreams.”

Russell was one of several professionals who participated in the event showcasing the importance of following your dreams.

“Overall it was a huge success,” said Roberta Greene, UCLS Director. “We had over 150 kids and parents participate and all had a great time!”

Each child was given a dream box, which they decorated with markers and stickers and each station had dream slips they could fill out and put in their dream box.

“It was kind of like a kid’s version of a bucket list,” explained Coni Marie Sheridan, UCLS Development and Marketing Coordinator. “It was a way for them to create goals related to each profession that they’d like to accomplish.”

Children could also enter into a drawing for a bicycle. The winner was Timothy Hollenbach.

Along with Russell, other participants included Grammy Award winning drummer Steve Mitchell, singer/songwriter KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner, local artist Angie Haines, Spanish instructor Linda Kander, magician Scott Fritz and representatives from the William-Cameron Engine Company, Mifflinburg Hose Company, Pennsylvania State Police and the East Buffalo Regional Police.

Both Sandy Trade and Wendy Rote were on hand with their therapy dogs and Alan Ard brought out one of his tractors for the kids to explore. Astronomy professor Ned Ladd also took part by teaching the proper way to look at the sun using a filter and telescope.

The summer reading program will run from June through August at each of the UCLS libraries—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and West End Library, Laurelton. Special events will be held at each of the libraries in conjunction with the summer reading program.

For more information on upcoming events, stop by any of the three libraries or check out the website at

By conisheridan | April 23rd, 2012 | West-End |

The West End Library Board of Trustees recently presented Dahle Bingaman with a plaque and the award of Board Member Emeritus 2011 for his service to the West End Library.

Dahle D. Bingaman was recently named Board Member Emeritus 2011 and presented with a plaque for his service to the West End Library. He is pictures here with board member Helen Klauger.