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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.

By conisheridan | July 25th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Children participating in The “Dream Big—READ!” summer reading program throughout the Union County Library System are not only dreaming big, but reading big as well! And, it’s not too late to join in the fun!

“The goal of the summer reading program is to encourage children to read throughout the summer,” explains Mary Harrison, head of Children’s Services at The Public Library for Union County. “And although we are a little over halfway through program, it’s never too late to start summer reading!”

Currently, there are 354 children enrolled in the summer reading program among the three system libraries—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and West End Library, Laurelton.

Children are required to log the number of books, number of hours, or number of pages read as part of the program. So far, the participants in the summer reading program have logged over 1,000 hours, more than 2,500 books and close to 50,000 pages!

For more information on the summer reading program or how to join contact your local library: The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg at 570-523-1172; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg at 570-966-0831; or West End Library, Laurelton at 570-922-4773. You can also visit the Union County Library System website at and select your home library!

By conisheridan | July 16th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The Public Library for Union annual used book sale will be held Wednesday, July 18 through Saturday, July 21 at Faith Lutheran Church, just west of Lewisburg along State Route 45, across from Brookpark Farm.

More than 45,000 sorted hardcover, paperback, audiobooks and vintage books, as well as CDs and DVDs will be available. Selections are refreshed daily.

Bags for books will be provided by the library and the cost is $20 per bag. 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.

The hours for the sale will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 18-19; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, July 20; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 21.

Due to limited storage space and in preparation for the book sale, the library is not accepting donations of books, CDs and DVDs at this time. We will begin accepting donations again on August 1.

For more information call 570-523-1172.

By conisheridan | July 16th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The library has discontinued Value Line due to its cost. Visit Value Line online for complimentary reports, industry analysis and quote look-ups at

For more financial information on our website, click on “Find an Answer” and then “Personal Finance.”

By conisheridan | July 16th, 2012 | Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Public Library for Union County sponsors an annual Bookmark Contest for children in kindergarten through fifth grade who live in Union County.

This year, contestants were asked to illustrate the 2012 summer reading theme “Dream Big–READ!” using an entry form supplied by the library.

First, second, and third places have been awarded in each category (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-5th).  Winning entries will be displayed in the Children’s Room of The Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Boulevard, in Lewisburg.  First Place bookmarks will be printed professionally and distributed during the summer reading program.

Here are this year’s winners:

Best Overall: Brookie Catherman

Kindergarten and First grade: Payton Derr (First), Hannah Loughhead (Second), Ethan Bomgardner (Third), Ryli Kifolo (Honorable Mention), Adrian Yoder (Honorable Mention)

Second and Third grade: Maddie Diehl (First), Kieran Inch (Second), Madison Zimmerman (Third), Isabella Landis (Honorable Mention), Kassie McTammany (Honorable Mention)

Fourth and Fifth grade: Ainsley E. Bair (First), Cassie J. Keister (Second), Grace Oldt (Third), Valerie Rakerd (Honorable Mention), Callie Lyons (Honorable Mention)

Bookmark Winners 2012

2012 Bookmark Contest Winners (from left): Ainsley Bair, Payton Derr, and Brookie Catherman

Bookmark Winners 2 2012

2012 Bookmark Contest Winner Maddie Diehl

By conisheridan | June 25th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The Home Canning Workshop being presented by the Penn State Extension at The Public Library for Union County at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27 has been cancelled.

The Color Me Healthy program for children, being held in conjunction with this workshop has also be cancelled.

For additional programs being held at the library visit the website calendar!

By conisheridan | June 20th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

“Think big, work hard, and have a dream!” was the advice former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Andy Russell gave to kids on Saturday during the Union County Library System’s summer reading kick-off event “Follow Your Dreams.”

Russell was one of several professionals who participated in the event showcasing the importance of following your dreams.

“Overall it was a huge success,” said Roberta Greene, UCLS Director. “We had over 150 kids and parents participate and all had a great time!”

Each child was given a dream box, which they decorated with markers and stickers and each station had dream slips they could fill out and put in their dream box.

“It was kind of like a kid’s version of a bucket list,” explained Coni Marie Sheridan, UCLS Development and Marketing Coordinator. “It was a way for them to create goals related to each profession that they’d like to accomplish.”

Children could also enter into a drawing for a bicycle. The winner was Timothy Hollenbach.

Along with Russell, other participants included Grammy Award winning drummer Steve Mitchell, singer/songwriter KJ Reimensnyder-Wagner, local artist Angie Haines, Spanish instructor Linda Kander, magician Scott Fritz and representatives from the William-Cameron Engine Company, Mifflinburg Hose Company, Pennsylvania State Police and the East Buffalo Regional Police.

Both Sandy Trade and Wendy Rote were on hand with their therapy dogs and Alan Ard brought out one of his tractors for the kids to explore. Astronomy professor Ned Ladd also took part by teaching the proper way to look at the sun using a filter and telescope.

The summer reading program will run from June through August at each of the UCLS libraries—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and West End Library, Laurelton. Special events will be held at each of the libraries in conjunction with the summer reading program.

For more information on upcoming events, stop by any of the three libraries or check out the website at

By conisheridan | May 30th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The days for the Brown Bag Flicks listed in the Adult/Teen Summer Reading brochure are incorrect. All of these programs will take place at 1:oo p.m. on Fridays as listed below.

Friday, June 15 – The Great Dictator

Friday, June 29 – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Friday, July 13 - Miracle at Midnight

Friday, July 27 – Jakob the Liar

Please contact the library at 570-523-1172 with any questions regarding this change.

By conisheridan | May 24th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg |

Readers of all ages will explore the night this summer as the Union County Library System presents “Dream Big–READ!” as its 2012 Summer Reading program.

“Follow Your Dreams” is the theme for this year’s kick-off celebration slated for 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Ard’s Farm Market, Lewisburg. Kids will be able to try their hand at carpentry, drawing, painting, magic and more! They’ll also have the opportunity to talk to local professionals, including firemen, police officers, and teachers, about how they followed their dreams.

Special Guest, Andy Russell, former Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker, will discuss how he not only followed his dreams of becoming a professional athlete, but also served his country and earned a degree in Economics.

Along with the kick-off celebration the libraries in the system—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and West End Library, Laurelton—will be hosting various activities throughout the summer including stargazing and moon lore, dreams and wishes, space exploration, nocturnal animals and even pajama story time and slumber parties!

The goal of the summer reading program is to encourage children of all ages to continue reading throughout the summer months and to offer unique, fun, family activities.

The 2012 Summer Reading Program is open to children in elementary through high school, as well as adults and families. Those interested in participating can register during the kick-off event or at their local UCLS library beginning June 4.

Keep checking the UCLS website for upcoming programs and special events happening throughout the summer at each of the libraries!!

By conisheridan | April 23rd, 2012 | Lewisburg |

Pictures from left: Melanie Weber, head of adult services; Lori Bullard, silver award recipient; Sally Kobus, gold award recipient; Barbara Baylor, gold award recipient; Patrice Dupuis, silver award recipient; and Roberta Greene, library director.

The Public Library for Union County on Friday held a Volunteer Recognition event to thank and honor its volunteers.

Keith Phelps of Country Farm & Home presented a program on nighttime gardening. He put together a beautiful container garden which included  snapdragons, baby wing begonias, a dusty miller, annual dianthus, helio white marguerite daisies, supertunias, a snow crystals alyssum, and ornamental  curry. Voluteer Scott Basom won the arrangement at the conclusion of the event.

Also during the event, four volunteers were presented with the Presidential Award for Volunteerism. They were Lori Bullard, silver award; Patrice Dupuis, silver award; Sally Kobus, gold award; and Barbara Baylor, gold award. The Presidental Award for Volunteerism recognizes the efforts of volunteers in community organizations around the country.