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By conisheridan | August 9th, 2013 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

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.

By conisheridan | July 22nd, 2013 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

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.

By conisheridan | July 5th, 2013 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

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 or stop by your local UCLS library. For specific questions, contact Coni Marie Sheridan, Development & Marketing Coordinator at 570-523-1172.

By conisheridan | June 10th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

The inaugural exhibit in the new Public Library for Union County Art Gallery is scheduled for June 15 featuring the Photography of Brienna Flewelling. An artist’s reception is slated for 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, June 17.

Brienna is the daughter of Colleen and Ken Flewelling of New Columbia and a freshman at Milton Area High School. This past year, her photography has won first place in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Junior Women’s Club of Milton Annual Arts Contest; first place in the 108th Legislative District Art Show; and second place at the state level of competition.

“I love expressing myself through art,” explained Brienna. “Having my artwork in a gallery is a wonderful opportunity to show the public my work, gain exposure and grow through my craft. It is an inspiration knowing people will see my work and I hope that such an experience will open new pathways in my future.”

Along with photography, Brienna also enjoys writing and aspires to become a photojournalist. Her photography will be on display throughout July 31.

Throughout the fall and winter, the library’s lobby area underwent significant renovations to create the new art gallery space. This project was funded through a grant from the Edna M. Sheary Trust.

“The art gallery is an ideal place to offer library users a glimpse of the range of artists and media in our area,” said Roberta Greene, library director.

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

By conisheridan | June 10th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

The Public Library for Union annual used book sale will be held Wednesday, July 17 through Saturday, July 20 at Faith Lutheran Church, 2349 Old Turnpike Road, Lewisburg.

More than 40,000 sorted hardcover, paperback, audiobooks and vintage books, as well as CDs and DVDs will be available. Selections are refreshed daily.

Books will be sold for $20 per bag and bags will be provided by the library. For small purchases of one or a few books, a smaller amount will be accepted. Items in the “Better Books” section will be priced individually.

A lunch stand will be open daily and the church is air-conditioned and handicap accessible.

The hours for the sale will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 17-18; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 19; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20.

Due to limited storage space and in preparation for the book sale, the library stops accepting donations of books, CDs and DVDs on June 28. We will begin accepting donations again on August 1.

For more information, visit the library website at or call 570-523-1172.

By conisheridan | June 10th, 2013 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

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.

By conisheridan | May 7th, 2013 | Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

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.

By conisheridan | April 11th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

Children and their parents or caregivers and invited to join us for a Mother Goose Celebration at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1.

This interactive nursery rhyme program will allow children to act out the nursery rhymes–including looking for sheep, jumping over candlesticks, dancing and more! It is designed to enhance early learning and literacy development.

Register to attend by calling 570-523-1172. This program is one of the ways in which The Public Library for Union County supports the PA Forward Initiative by providing Basic Literacy opportunities for learning. To learn more about PA Forward, visit the website at

By conisheridan | April 11th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

To celebrate the Bicentennial of Union County, the Artists’ Guild of Lewisburg, the Lewisburg Arts Council, and the Union County Bicentennial Committee invite you to participate in ‘Sketch Union County’ on Saturday, May 4. This free event is open to everyone: artists and art lovers of any age.

Those who likes to draw, sketch, paint, or look at others’ drawings, sketches, and paintings are encouraged to participate and appreciate the beauty in and of Union County.

Imagine–in towns and fields and parks and backyards and along stream banks all across Union County–artists all sketching on the same day to capture, on paper, a moment in time, and then coming together at the end of the day to share their work. The goal of ‘Sketch Union County’ is to preserve, through artwork, a present moment in Union County–for the future.

All artists, art-lovers and those from Union County and beyond are invited to the “Sketch Share” from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg, to view and celebrate everyone’s work. Bring your Bicentennial Passport and get it stamped!

During the “Sketch Share” at the Library, photos will be taken of all the sketches on display and those photos will be uploaded to a photo-sharing website.

For more information and guidelines, visit the Union County Bicentennial website at

By conisheridan | April 11th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

Readers can now get instant access to free eBooks with one click onto any device—including tablets, eReaders, smartphones, and laptops—using OverDrive Read™ part of The Next Generation Experience.

OverDrive Read™ is a new browser-based technology that requires no software or downloading and allows readers to go from one device to another without ever losing their place. Available titles can be downloaded to a device or users can choose to begin reading right away in the web browser.

Along with OverDrive Read™ The Next Generation Experience also features One-Step Checkout™, new responsive design compatible with both mobile and desktop devices, and new discovery tools providing better search options.

To become familiar with the many new features of The Next Generation Experience, Sarah Biallas, UCLS AmeriCorps member, will be hosting training sessions throughout April at all three libraries.

Training will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15 at West End Library, Laurelton and at 7 p.m. Tuesdsay, April 16 at Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg. There will also be training sessions held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13 and April 27 at The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg.

To access the library’s digital collection, go to and log in by selecting your home library and entering your Union County Library System library card number.

For more information, to register for one of the training sessions, or if you have trouble logging in, call your local UCLS Library at 523-1172 for The Public Library for Union County; 966-0831 for Herr Memorial Library; and 922-4773 for West End Library.