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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.

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.