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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 www.paforward.org.

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 www.uc200.org.

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 eBranch2go.lib.overdrive.com 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.

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

Union County is celebrating its 200th birthday and has created a Passport to kick-start your exploration of the county while imagining what it might have been like to live, work, and celebrate here during other time periods–all while enjoying what Union County has to offer today and in the future.

Each of the three libraries in Union County–Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; and West End Library, Laurelton–have these Passports available for community members and visitors to pick up.

By completing your passport, you’ll experience local history at its best during your travels, plus become eligible to win some great prizes along the way!

The Passport program is just an appetizer to wet your Bicentennial appetite, so please fill your place with more offerings from the website at www.UnionCounty200.org or by clicking on the logo below!!

By conisheridan | February 20th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

Tickets to The Public Library for Union County’s 24th Annual Auction, An Evening of Mystery, have been sold out for the second year in a row!

“Tickets went extremely fast this year,” said Library Director Roberta Greene. “We are looking forward to a fun, successful evening!”

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.

The auction will be held on Saturday, March 16 in the Terrace Room at the Langone Center on the campus of Bucknell University and will feature complimentary wine and beer, a deluxe dinner buffet and both silent and live auctions.

For information on donating to the auction or volunteering at this year’s event, contact the library by calling 570-523-1172.

Although tickets are sold out to attend, raffle tickets for an iPad Mini or Kindle Fire HD are still available for $5 each or 5 for $20. Stop in at the library at 255 Reitz Boulevard, Lewisburg to get yours today! Drawing will take place during the auction; however, you need not be present to win!

By conisheridan | February 6th, 2013 | Lewisburg |

The Public Library for Union County currently has tax forms available; however, some forms and instruction booklets have not arrived yet.

We received this email today regarding the remaining forms:
TFOP participants will continue to receive their initial shipments of 2012 individual income tax forms and schedules over the next 3-4 weeks.
Instruction 1040 has posted to www.IRS.gov and is currently in the process of being printed.  We do not have a scheduled ship date at this time, but will update the TFOP Shipping Information chart once we receive a ship date.  A TFOP Alert will be sent once shipping information becomes available.
Until your shipment of Instructions 1040 arrives, please encourage the use of www.IRS.gov to view or download the individual instructions for the Form 1040 family of tax forms and schedules.
If you placed an order for tax forms and instruction, please wait to receive your order before placing a reorder.
TFOP Administrator
As soon as the we receive the remaining materials, it will be posted on the library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PubLibUC.

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.