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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 www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com.

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.

By conisheridan | April 4th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Penn State Extension, will be offering a Cooking for Crowds course led by Extension Educator Lynn James MS, RD, LDN, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at The Public Library for Union County,  255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg.

Training topics include: foodborne illnesses;  preventing conditions that lead to foodborne illnesses; safe purchasing, storage, preparation and service for crowds; monitoring and record keeping; cleaning and sanitizing and more.

Click the link below for the Cooking for Crowds brochure with the registration form attached. Please fill out the registration form and send with payment to the Penn State Extension Sunbury Field Office at 443 Plum Creek Road, Sunbury, PA 17801.

If you have questions or would like additional information call the library at 570-523-1172.

Cooking for Crowds Brochure & Registration Form

By conisheridan | March 29th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The Public Library for Union County will be hosting its One Book Every Young Child program for toddlers and preschools, along with their parents and caregivers at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 6. This program will also be part of  Getting Ready for Kindergarten on Thursday, April 5.

Stop Snoring, Bernard! by Zachariah OHora is the 2012 book chosen for the One Book Every Young Child program.  The program supports early childhood literacy efforts and emphasizes the importance of reading early and often to children, as well as engaging them in conversation and other activities around books.

For more information on the One Book Every Young Child program or to register to attend, contact the library at 570-523-1172 or stop by at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg.

By conisheridan | March 29th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

Kit Sisson will be leading free Tai Chi classes for teens and adults on Mondays from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Public Library for Union County. Tai Chi is a traditional soft-style Chinese martial art. These classes are being offered in addition to the classes offered on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Please register to attend by calling the library at 570-523-1172 or stopping by at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg.

By conisheridan | March 20th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

Although spring has just begun, the flowers are in full bloom at The Public Library for Union County.

Think Spring, a colorful collection of floral paintings by local artist Caroline Bavitz is currently on display through April 20. The Winfield resident has been painting for over 40 years and works mainly in acrylics. On display are colorful portraits of tulips, daffodils, lilacs and more.

The Lewisburg Sunset Rotary also has an informational display in the library’s lobby focusing on Women in Rotary.

To view these displays, stop by the library at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg during regular business hours from 9:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

By conisheridan | March 12th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Diet, nutrition and fitness will be the focus of the Libraries for Health Expo slated for 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at The Public Library for Union County.

This all-age event will feature something for the entire family with story time, child fingerprinting by the Buffalo Valley Regional Police and live demonstrations including cooking, yoga and Tai Chi.

Evangelical Community Hospital will provide body composition screenings which include body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentages. A registered dietician will be available for risk counseling.

Geisinger Health System will be offering blood pressure screenings through the Lewisburg community practice clinic and cancer screening information in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center. Through a grant from Kohl’s Cares for Kids, Geisinger will also sponsor children’s activities, including Nintendo Wii Fitness and a raffle for a children’s bicycle and helmet.

The Special Olympics from Union and Northumberland counties will be showing off their Bocce ball skills, while the Penn State Extension will be offering healthy cooking demonstrations, with a special focus on diabetes. For children, the Extension will offer “Color My Plate” activities.

The Union-Snyder Community Action Agency will offer information on providing healthy food for families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the WIC program, a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

Along with the live demonstrations there will also be health and wellness information and representatives from area organizations including the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., Donald Heiter Community Center, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, the Girl Scouts and more. An additional raffle of a healthy foods basket, donated by the Natural Food and Garden Store, Ltd. will also be held.

The Libraries for Health Expo is a project of the Union County Library System—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and the West End Library, Laurelton—in conjunction with the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger Health System, and the Penn State Extension. The Libraries for Health group was formed in 2010 to improve and expand health materials in the libraries’ collections through a $20,000 LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant received by the library system.

For more information on the Libraries for Health Expo, visit the library at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg or call 570-523-1172.

By conisheridan | March 8th, 2012 | Lewisburg |

The tickets for the 23rd annual Flowers & Fantasy charity auction are sold out! However, tickets for the iPad2 raffle are still available. Cost is $5 each or 5 for $20. The winning ticket will be drawn during the auction; however, you need not be present to win!