The Herr Memorial Library offers young adult and children’s collections, books on tape and CD, magazines, videotapes, DVDs, reference materials, downloadable audiobooks and eBooks, and special themed bags.
These canvas tote bags are filled with four to nine books related by themes, subjects, or authors, as well as laminated sheets of ideas for crafts, games, and other activities for children who are preschool and elementary school ages. Some of the subjects available are “Winter,” “Presidents,” “Autumn,” and “Poetry.”
Three special theme bags are based on notebooks produced by the Mike Messina Foundation that promote healthy lifestyles for children. The notebooks were donated to the Herr Memorial Library by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Lewisburg and may be checked out with a valid library card.
Teachers, parents, and home-schoolers have been pleased with the themed bags, which may also be checked out. Newer selections include bags focusing on “Fire Prevention,” “Self Esteem,” and “Bullying.”
Most of the library’s special programs are designed to serve children, and these programs are consistently filled to capacity. During the school year, the library offers story times for infants, toddlers and preschoolers, reading clubs, proctoring of exams, and programs for home-schooled children.
Staff members from Herr Memorial Library continue to coordinate with Katharyn Nottis, associate professor of Education at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, to offer an outreach program for children in Amish and Mennonite schools in western Union County. The presentations, which involve student teachers from the university, are given throughout the school year and supplement the children’s science education by offering information and presentations on subjects such as soil science, stream health, and wildlife. Read story at Bucknell.edu
In April 2004, Herr Memorial Library was selected by the Pennsylvania Library Association to receive a “Best Practice Award” for small libraries for its “Baby Story Time.” The educational program, which is geared toward infants and their caregivers, provided opportunities for learning early-literacy skills. Read story at PAlibraries.org
As educational standards and practices have evolved, so has children’s programming at Herr Memorial Library. Because the title “Story Time” no longer accurately reflects the content and educational value of the creative early-learning programs offered by the staff, the library now offers “Discover” programs. A colorful brochure that outlines the children’s Discover programs is available for parents and caregivers at the front desk. Funding from the Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way supports the library’s Discover programming.
The library also offers a summer reading program that annually serves more than 250 children. The 2012 theme is “Dream Big: Read.”