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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: www.publibuc.org; www.herrlibrary.org; or www.westendlibrary.org 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 www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com 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 www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com.

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.

By conisheridan | April 4th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Penn State Extension, will be offering a Cooking for Crowds course led by Extension Educator Lynn James MS, RD, LDN, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at The Public Library for Union County,  255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg.

Training topics include: foodborne illnesses;  preventing conditions that lead to foodborne illnesses; safe purchasing, storage, preparation and service for crowds; monitoring and record keeping; cleaning and sanitizing and more.

Click the link below for the Cooking for Crowds brochure with the registration form attached. Please fill out the registration form and send with payment to the Penn State Extension Sunbury Field Office at 443 Plum Creek Road, Sunbury, PA 17801.

If you have questions or would like additional information call the library at 570-523-1172.

Cooking for Crowds Brochure & Registration Form

By conisheridan | March 29th, 2012 | West-End |

Are you interested in homeschooling your children, but not quite sure where to start? Come out to the West end Library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, for a discussion with Scott Zimmerman, Mifflinburg Intermediate School Principal and Homeschool Coordinator, and parents who currently homeschool their children. Ask questions of families already involved in homeschooling, examine sample curricula and student portfolios; and find answers to the laws and regulations governing homeschooling in Pennsylvania.

For more information on this program, stop by the library at 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton, or call 570-922-4773.

By conisheridan | March 12th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Diet, nutrition and fitness will be the focus of the Libraries for Health Expo slated for 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at The Public Library for Union County.

This all-age event will feature something for the entire family with story time, child fingerprinting by the Buffalo Valley Regional Police and live demonstrations including cooking, yoga and Tai Chi.

Evangelical Community Hospital will provide body composition screenings which include body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentages. A registered dietician will be available for risk counseling.

Geisinger Health System will be offering blood pressure screenings through the Lewisburg community practice clinic and cancer screening information in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center. Through a grant from Kohl’s Cares for Kids, Geisinger will also sponsor children’s activities, including Nintendo Wii Fitness and a raffle for a children’s bicycle and helmet.

The Special Olympics from Union and Northumberland counties will be showing off their Bocce ball skills, while the Penn State Extension will be offering healthy cooking demonstrations, with a special focus on diabetes. For children, the Extension will offer “Color My Plate” activities.

The Union-Snyder Community Action Agency will offer information on providing healthy food for families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the WIC program, a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

Along with the live demonstrations there will also be health and wellness information and representatives from area organizations including the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., Donald Heiter Community Center, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, the Girl Scouts and more. An additional raffle of a healthy foods basket, donated by the Natural Food and Garden Store, Ltd. will also be held.

The Libraries for Health Expo is a project of the Union County Library System—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and the West End Library, Laurelton—in conjunction with the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger Health System, and the Penn State Extension. The Libraries for Health group was formed in 2010 to improve and expand health materials in the libraries’ collections through a $20,000 LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant received by the library system.

For more information on the Libraries for Health Expo, visit the library at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg or call 570-523-1172.

By conisheridan | February 27th, 2012 | West-End |

The West End Library in Laurelton will resume its regular business hours beginning Saturday, March 3.

 The library will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays; and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The library is closed Wednesdays and Sundays. 

For more information about the West End Library call 570-922-4773 or stop by at 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton.