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By conisheridan | February 6th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

Environmental Education and Stewardship Staff from R.B. Winter State Park are offering P.L.A.C.E., an interactive course about land use and developing communities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at The Public Library for Union County.

This program is designed for teachers in grades 6-12, and is based on the Pennsylvania Land Choices curriculum. While exploring social studies, science, engineering, civics and environmental studies, the curriculum encourages students to become involved in their community and to conserve its natural and historic resources. ACT 48 credits are available for participants.

Registration is required by March 1 by calling the R.B. Winter State Park office at 570-966-1455. Coffee and tea will be available; however, participants must supply their own lunches.

This program is one of the ways in which The Public Library for Union County supports the PA Forward Initiative by providing Civic and Social Literacy opportunities for learning.

By conisheridan | February 6th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

The Public Library for Union County will be hosting its 24th Annual Auction, An Evening of Mystery, on Saturday, March 16 in the Terrace Room at the Langone Center on the campus of Bucknell University.

This fundraising event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature complimentary wine and beer, a deluxe dinner buffet and both silent and live auctions with auctioneer Neil Courtney.

The annual auction is one of the primary fundraising events for The Public Library for Union County, which is the headquarters for the three-member Union County Library System.

Attending this event is a great way for people to meet area residents and business owners who support the library, while bidding on unique items, jewelry, trip packages and more! Wine balloons will also be available this year, as well as raffles and a door prize.

Tickets are $50 each and are available for purchase at the library’s circulation desk. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis until sold out. All proceeds from the event will be 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 conisheridan | October 23rd, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The Public Library for Union County recently hosted an Edible Book Contest in conjunction with the Lewisburg Cooking Club.

Participants were asked to create something out of 90% edible materials that represented the title, a character or theme of a book. All entries were judged on project description, creativity and use of edible materials, overall appearance and implementation of theme.

Ken Flewelling took First Place in the adult category with his entry for “Children of the Corn.” He used corn kernels and Sour Patch Kids (photos on the Adults’ page).

Kelly Csernica, baked her depiction of “Horton Hears a Who” and added Twizzlers and a marshmallow to claim First Place in the teen category. Brie Flewelling used Fruit Rollups, candy corn and toothpicks to create her vision of  ”Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She took second place in the teen category. Photos of the entries can be found on the Teens’ page.

The children in the SUM SACC Program used peppers, lettuce, raisins, green beans, and more to create their entry for “The Grouchy Ladybug, which took First Place in the child category. Gabriella and Kim Vaillancourt, took Second Place for their very “Pinkalicious” cupcakes. Photos of the entries can be found on the Children’s page.

The library would like to thank the judges and all those who took part in this unique competition! Check our website and Facebook for future contests!

By conisheridan | October 12th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The results are in! The grand prize winning photograph in the ‘Union County at Night’ amateur photography contest—which was professionally framed by The Open Door Gallery, Lewisburg—is Elias Church by Candlelight taken by Darcy Decker.

The contest, hosted by The Public Library for Union County, was open to amateur photographers of all ages and was held in conjunction with the “Dream Big—READ!” summer reading program.

Top finishers, each receiving a ribbon, are: Silhouettes, taken by Sherry Brouse (first place); Not All Who Wander Are Lost, taken by Michael Caruso (second-place); and Rail Trail Under Full Moon, taken by Dan Fineran (third-place).

Darcy Decker was the Grand Prize Winner of the 'Union County at Night' Amateur Photography Contest.

By conisheridan | October 11th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

Misha Kelbatyrov and Jessica Heid will be leading free yoga classes in October, November and December to fulfill requirements needed to become certified instructors through YogaFit.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring their own yoga mat or large towel. Participants do not need to attend all sessions.

Registration to attend by calling 570-523-1172.

By conisheridan | September 11th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

Do you like to play with your food? If so, why not enter the Edible Book Contest, hosted by the Public Library for Union County and the Lewisburg Cooking Club.

Children, teens and adults are encouraged to enter this unique, one-of-a-kind contest, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 22 at The Public Library for Union County. Professional food artists are encouraged to enter as well, in the professional category.

Entries must represent a title, major character or theme of a book and be made of 90% edible material and foodstuffs—10% non-edible material may be used for props. All entries must be room-temperature-tolerable.

Entries will be judged a panel of local judges. Ribbons will be awarded for first-, second-, and third-place winners in each category—children (5-12), teens (13-17), adult (18+) and professional. There will also be a People’s Choice Award for Best Edible Book, voted on by library patrons. Judging will begin at 7 p.m. and winners will be announced at the conclusion of the event.

Deadline for registration is October 15, 2012 and all entries should be delivered to the library at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on October 22. For more information visit the library or call 570-523-1172. Click on the Children, Teens, or Adults tab for a downloadable registration form.

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 | September 4th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

Celebrate Banned Book Week, September 30 through October 6, with The Public Library for Union County.

Books that have been banned from libraries throughout the United States will be on display next to the children’s circulation desk and at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, library staff will be reading children’s books that have been banned from public libraries.

Join us and celebrate your FREADOM!

By conisheridan | September 4th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The Public Library for Union County is excited to announce that we now have a weekly Chess Club!

The Chess Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the library and is open to players of all skill levels.

Jessica Gallegos, an experiences Chess player and instructor will be leading this group. Please register to attend by calling 570-523-1172 or visiting the circulation desk.

By conisheridan | July 25th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

Thousands and thousands of books lined the tables in the gymnasium of Faith Lutheran Church last Wednesday for the opening of the 2012 Annual Used Book Sale presented by The Public Library for Union County. By Saturday afternoon, there wasn’t much left.

The book sale raised a total of $23,343.90; a $484.80 increase over last year. All proceeds from the sale are used to augment the collection of books and materials available for the community to use. The annual book sale is one of the library’s largest fundraisers.

The library will begin accepting donations on August 1 in preparation for next year’s book sale.

And don’t forget, the Better & Vintage Book Sale will be held November 14-16 in the large community room at The Public Library for Union County.