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By admin | October 31st, 2014 | Lewisburg |

Gallery 255 – November 2014 – Heather Adams

“Pens stuck in my hair, camera strap wrapped around my wrist, I go where my feet and the light take me,” said Heather. The Art of Travel photography exhibit by Heather Adams is on display starting November 1st in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County.

Heather is a locally-based professional photographer who specializes in creative portraiture and event photography. Her work is characterized by quiet moments and a strong narrative element. “I am always looking for a new adventure, a new challenge, a new way to see and present the world,” said Heather

An opening reception is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information on Heather, visit heatheradamsphotoworks.wordpress.com.

By admin | September 23rd, 2014 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Starting October 1, the Union County Library System is offering free access to digital magazines through Zinio, a subscription service that allows library cardholders who live within Union County to gain free access to complete digital magazines, including full-color pictures, keyword searching and interactive elements.

Readers can choose from a collection of popular digital magazines to read online in any web browser or to download free for offline reading through the Zinio app. Apps are available for PCs and Macs, and for most major mobile devices including iPad/iPhone, Android devices, Kindle Fire/HD, Nook HD, Windows 8 and BlackBerry Playbook. Our initial starter collection includes popular titles such as Family Fun, HGTV Magazine, The Economist, Newsweek, Do It Yourself, Seventeen and Family Handyman and more.

The Union County Library System plans to expand this collection as more publishers join Zinio. All titles in the library collection are available to all library cardholders at any time with unlimited simultaneous access. These digital magazines never expire or need to be returned!

To access Zinio, you will need a library card and an email address. Visit Zinio.com, click sign up and enter your information. Then visit our website and click on the Zinio logo, click sign in and then click on create new account. The account setup will be complete once you submit your library card information. Once your account is established download the free Zinio app and login with the username/password you noted during the account setup.

Need one-on-one help with Zinio? We’ve got you covered! Call or visit any of the three libraries and schedule an appointment with Jeff Seebold, Technology Training Services Coordinator.

For more information, visit our website www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com or call/visit any of the three libraries: The Public Library for Union County, Herr Memorial Library and West End Library.

By admin | September 3rd, 2014 | Lewisburg |

The Union County Library System has added Mango Languages to all library locations. Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Weather it is for business, travel or personal development, Mango makes learning a language fun! Getting started is easy and free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Use it at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®. We encourage you to sign up for a free Mango account so you can keep track of your finished lessons.

To learn more about Mango, stop by the library and ask a librarian for an introduction. Library card holders can access Mango through the library website and clicking on the Mango icon. For more information, contact any of the three Union County Library System libraries: The Public Library for Union County, Herr Memorial Library or West End Library.

By admin | September 2nd, 2014 | Lewisburg |

The second annual Lewisburg Area High School Alumni Art Show is on display in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County starting Wednesday, September 3rd through the month of September.  The show, coordinated by Cyndy Shaffer, represents over fifteen alumni from the class of 1949 to 2010. Work ranges from stained glass to costumes to photography.  It includes art created by local alumni artists and as far away as Hungary and Taiwan. Some of the work is for sale to benefit the Green Dragon Foundation and the artists’ creative endeavors.

An opening reception is scheduled for Tuesday, September 9th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The artwork is set to reappear at the Alumni Reception, October 4th at the Country Cupboard.

Artists and organizations are encouraged to apply to exhibit items of artistic, cultural and intellectual interest in the library’s gallery and/or display cases. For more information, visit publibuc.org/adults/whats-on-display/.

By admin | August 28th, 2014 | Lewisburg |

Award-winning, bestselling author Beverly Lewis makes a stop in Lewisburg to promote her novel The River, set in Lancaster County. With nearly 18 million copies of her books in print, Beverly signs and gives a brief talk on The River, along with other reader favorites of yours, on Monday, September 8 at 3:00 pm at the Public Library for Union County.

As one of the top-selling authors in the inspirational market, Lewis is not only the leading author of Amish fiction, but also its pioneer: She created the genre with the release of her first adult novel, The Shunning, in 1997. Recent surges in both reader interest and publisher output of Amish fiction have gained national attention, garnering coverage by Time magazine, the BBC World News service, The Wall Street Journal, and Nightline, among others.

Beverly Lewis, born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, is The New York Times bestselling author of more than eighty books. Her stories have been published in eleven languages worldwide. A keen interest in her mother’s Plain heritage has inspired Beverly to write many Amish-related novels, beginning with The Shunning, which has sold more than one million copies and was recently made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. In 2007 The Brethren was honored with a Christy Award. She has been interviewed by both national and international media, including Time magazine, the Associated Press, and the BBC. Beverly lives with her husband, David, in Colorado. Visit her Web site at www.beverlylewis.com for more information.

For more information or to register to attend the book signing call 570-523-1172 or visit the library.

By admin | August 4th, 2014 | Lewisburg |

Using colored pencils “I can draw, blend an infinite variety of colors, focus on details, work on a wide variety of different papers and surfaces and carry medium with me,” says artist Barbara Baker. Barbara’s colored pencil drawings will be on display in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County throughout the month of August.

Loving art as a child, Barbara copied trains drawn by her grandmother. She majored in art in high school, worked for the federal government and then returned to art by majoring in Illustration at the Philadelphia College of Art (now The University of the Arts). Working mainly in colored pencils, Barbara has also explored other mediums such as watercolor, acrylics, pastels and photography.  “I see art everywhere – in nature, in people, in commercial products, in trash and junk,” Barbara says. She loves to make the ordinary beautiful and turn trash into treasure.

Barbara is a member of the Lewisburg Arts Council. She is the chairperson of the Indoor Art Show and the Photography Show, both part of the annual Celebration of the Arts. She also teaches both children and adults at the YMCA Art Center in Sunbury and Milton. Barbara will be conducting a Colored Pencil Workshop on August 18 at the Public Library for Union County. To register, call 570-523-1172 or visit the library.

Artists and organizations are encouraged to apply to exhibit items of artistic, cultural and intellectual interest in the library’s gallery and/or display cases. For more information, visit publibuc.org/adults/whats-on-display/.

By admin | June 24th, 2014 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Union County Library System is offering a new, refreshingly quick and free way to get music, television shows, movies, and audiobooks. Starting July 1st, library patrons can use Hoopla Digital to access an array of audio and video materials via Netflix-style streaming on their computers, tablets and smart phones. It’s the latest addition to the Library’s extensive menu of electronic resources.

All Hoopla content is available on demand. No holds necessary. No waiting. Users can watch or listen to their selections via online streaming or by temporarily downloading selections to a mobile device for viewing without an internet connection. Downloaded titles are automatically removed at the end of their checkout period, eliminating worries about late fees. The service works from all major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Hoopla’s digital collection counts tens of thousands of titles – some 100,000 CDs; 10,000 audiobooks; 3,000 movies; and 500 TV series – and continues to expand. Because the Library is charged each time an item is checked out on one of its cards, we currently limit users to 4 items per card per month. Each TV episode counts as an item. Checkout time for videos is 72 hours. For music CDs, it’s seven days. And for audiobooks, it’s three weeks. All you need is a valid library card!

Excited? We are! To get started on July 1st, visit www.hoopladigital.com and click ‘Sign Up.’ Tablet and smart phone users can download the Hoopla app from their app store (just search for “Hoopla Digital”).

By admin | May 28th, 2014 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Union County Library System, which includes The Public Library of Union County, Herr Memorial Library and West End Library, is hosting its annual Summer Reading Kick-off Event on Friday, June 6th at the Mifflinburg Community Park. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Fizz, Boom, READ” which explores all things science.

To explore the theory that kindness is contagious, readers can participate in “The Kind Acts Experiment” to spark a positive reaction within the Union County community. This experiment is designed to motivate, encourage, inform and inspire those living and working within Union County to perform various acts of volunteerism, good deeds, charity, donation, fundraising and overall acts of kindness to fellow individuals, charities and organizations in need.

Help test this theory and turn this “experiment” into a “movement.”

  • Stop by the circulation desk of any Union County Library and pick up a copy of a Spark Card (a version for kids and a version for teens/adults are available)
  • Complete five (5) kind acts. (On the “Kind Acts Spark Card,” color one (1) spark symbol for every kind act that you do and briefly write what the kind acts were on the lines provided.)
  • Connect five (5) boxes in a row either across, up, down or diagonally to complete the “SPARK”! Simply return your completed form to any Union County Library to receive a free gift while supplies last.

The Kind Acts Experiment will run June 2nd thru August 15th. So the question is….do you have the spark?

Download the Kids Spark Card

Download the Teen/Adult Spark Card

By admin | April 29th, 2014 | Lewisburg |

Saturday, May 3 – 10 am – 1 pm
Join us for the Libraries for Health Expo 2014! Fun for all ages!

Over 30 local health, fitness and nutrition agencies
Free Health Screenings
Demos
Children’s Activities
Healthy Snacks

By admin | March 28th, 2014 | Lewisburg |

Watch nature come to life through the works of Russell Kiefer in Gallery 255 at The Public Library for Union County during the month of April. Russell Kiefer will be available to talk about his work during a reception at the library on Tuesday, April 1st from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for more information click here.