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By admin | January 26th, 2015 | Lewisburg |

Tantalize your taste buds at the Public Library for Union County’s 26th Annual Auction, A Tapestry of Taste, slated for Saturday, March 14.

Held in the Terrace Room at the Langone Center on the Campus of Bucknell University, this fundraising event begins at 5:00 pm and features complimentary wine and beer, a deluxe dinner buffet dinner and both silent and live auctions.

Bid on unique items including jewelry, trip packages, gift certificates and more while socializing with community members and business owners who also support the library! The event also includes wine balloons and a raffle for an Apple tablet.

Tickets are $60 each and are available for purchase at the library’s circulation desk beginning January 12. Tickets are sold on a first-come first-serve basis until sold out. All proceeds from the event are used to augment the collection of books and materials available for the community to borrow.

For more information on the auction or to purchase tickets, visit the library at 255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg or call 570-523-1172.

By admin | January 2nd, 2015 | Lewisburg |

Calling all art lovers! The Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg is exhibiting art by its guild members in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County throughout the month of January.

The Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg exhibit is the first member’s only show featuring the work of 31 guild members. The exhibit showcases a wide variety of mediums such as watercolor, decorative fiber art, colored pencil, painted silk, photography, and acrylics and oils. The Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg began in 2012 when a few artists got together to share their work, offer support, develop friendships and to show and sell their artwork. As the Guild grew, they began adding trips to local galleries and offering plein air opportunities. Membership for the Artists’ Guild is open to visual artists who are also members of the Lewisburg Arts Council. For more information or to become a member visit http://www.lewisburgartscouncil.com/local-arts/

A reception is scheduled for Tuesday, January 6 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

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 | December 1st, 2014 | Lewisburg |

“Adventure and experimentation are chosen over safe and predictable outcomes. As a result of this mindset, I consistently create over a hundred pieces a year. Whenever possible, the plein air piece is finished on location,” said Susan Nicholas Gephart whose colorful and impressionistic plein air pastel and oil paintings are on display in Gallery 255 at the Public Library for Union County throughout the month of December.

Susan has been painting for forty years and has shown with The Pastel Society of America, The Art of the State of Pennsylvania, and is in the permanent collection of The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art. Susan organizes Hameau Farm Studio Artist Retreats, and is founder of the Plein Air Painters of Central PA. She is a Dedicated Workshop Instructor for Gamblin Oils, and demonstrates Sennelier and Unison Pastels. Susan teaches locally at Brushstrokes in Lewisburg, and her work can be seen at Faustinas Art Gallery in Lewisburg. For more information on Susan visit her website www.snicholasart.com

An opening reception for Susan is scheduled for Friday, December 5th from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public.

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 | November 4th, 2014 | Lewisburg |

The Public Library for Union County holds its Fall Book Sale Wednesday, November 19 through Friday, November 21 in the community room at the library.

More than 2,000 hardcover, paperback, and audiobooks are available, as well as vintage books. Special sections are devoted to Pennsylvania topics and to Civil War materials. Many children’s books, as well as CDs and DVDs are included. All books are priced individually. There is also a selection of specialty books up for silent auction.

The sale is from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 20; and from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, November 21 at the library at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg. It is fun for the whole family and every child gets a free book.

For more information, call 570-523-1172 or visit the website at www.publibuc.org.

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/.