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By admin | October 13th, 2014 | Herr |

October 18 marks the 80th anniversary of the Herr Memorial Library. To celebrate this monumental achievement, the Mifflinburg Kiwanis and the Herr Memorial Library are teaming up to sell 80th Anniversary crocks.

The crock features an artist rendering of the Herr Memorial Library and reads “80th Anniversary Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.” The six inch short gallon crock is handcrafted by Bujno Pottery out of Lancaster County. The first 80 crocks will be numbered to celebrate the 80th anniversary. After the first 80 crocks are sold the rest will not feature a number. The cost is $40 and the proceeds benefit the Mifflinburg Kiwanis and the Herr Memorial Library.

To pre order a crock, visit the Herr Memorial Library at 500 Market Street in Mifflinburg or the Mifflinburg Kiwanis by calling 570-966-0623. Crocks will be available for pick up by early December. For more information, visit the library or call the library 570-966-0831.

By admin | October 13th, 2014 | Herr |

Tickets are still available for the Herr Memorial Library’s Dinner & Auction slated for Saturday, October 18 at the Carriage Corner Restaurant in Mifflinburg.

This year’s event includes wine balloons, a live auction, and a buffet dinner. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 6:30. The live auction, with auctioneer Brian “Bucky” Glass, will follow. Items up for bid include 4 Penn State University football tickets for the November 1 game against Maryland, an over-night stay at Triple Creek Lodge in Millheim, a weekend Chesapeake sailing trip, a one hour photo session and 11×14 portrait from David Cooney Photography, and much more. Some raffle items include Pompeii Street Soap Company assortment, gift certificates for local restaurants, Origami Owl bracelet and more.

Get your ticket today! Cost is $30 per person and tickets are available from any board member, advisory board member or at the circulation desk at the library at 500 Market Street in Mifflinburg.

For more information, contact Kelly Walter, Library Director, at 570-966-0831 or visit the library’s circulation desk.

By admin | September 23rd, 2014 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Starting October 1, the Union County Library System is offering free access to digital magazines through Zinio, a subscription service that allows library cardholders who live within Union County to gain free access to complete digital magazines, including full-color pictures, keyword searching and interactive elements.

Readers can choose from a collection of popular digital magazines to read online in any web browser or to download free for offline reading through the Zinio app. Apps are available for PCs and Macs, and for most major mobile devices including iPad/iPhone, Android devices, Kindle Fire/HD, Nook HD, Windows 8 and BlackBerry Playbook. Our initial starter collection includes popular titles such as Family Fun, HGTV Magazine, The Economist, Newsweek, Do It Yourself, Seventeen and Family Handyman and more.

The Union County Library System plans to expand this collection as more publishers join Zinio. All titles in the library collection are available to all library cardholders at any time with unlimited simultaneous access. These digital magazines never expire or need to be returned!

To access Zinio, you will need a library card and an email address. Visit, click sign up and enter your information. Then visit our website and click on the Zinio logo, click sign in and then click on create new account. The account setup will be complete once you submit your library card information. Once your account is established download the free Zinio app and login with the username/password you noted during the account setup.

Need one-on-one help with Zinio? We’ve got you covered! Call or visit any of the three libraries and schedule an appointment with Jeff Seebold, Technology Training Services Coordinator.

For more information, visit our website or call/visit any of the three libraries: The Public Library for Union County, Herr Memorial Library and West End Library.

By admin | September 22nd, 2014 | Herr |

Attention all kids! Grab your pet (real or plush) and start reading! Beginning October 1st through October 28th the Herr Memorial Library are taking entries for the Ruff’s Readers “Read To Your Pet” photo contest. In conjunction with Ruff’s Readers monthly reading challenge the photo contest theme is a photo of kid(s) of all ages reading a book to their pet(s) (real or plush).

According to Mutt-i-grees in the Library and The Pet Savers Foundation, “Reading to a dog provides a relaxed atmosphere, which allows participants to practice reading skills. It also builds self-esteem and confidence and provides an environment for children to link reading with a positive association: a connection to a dog. The presence of a dog provides an opportunity for struggling readers to develop skills and discover the fun of reading.” Other benefits include lower blood pressure, and a reduction in stress and anxiety. Children are able to read at their own pace, pets do not pass judgment, laugh or criticize the child as pets are less intimidating than the children’s peers. Reading to any pet such as a dog, cat, bird, rabbit, horse, lizard, hamster, fish or even a plush pet gives every child the opportunity to participate in the photo contest.

Entering a photo for the contest is easy! Stop by the library or visit the library website for photo contest details and pick up an entry form. Photos will be accepted until October 28th by email (lhernesh or by bringing in the photo print to the library. Voting will take place October 29th. Library staff, patrons and professional photographer Mayor David Cooney owner of Gallery 358 David Cooney Photography are voting on the winner. The winner receives a prize basket and the photo displayed in the library and on the library Facebook page.

For entry form and rules, stop by the library at 500 Market Street in Mifflinburg or visit the library’s website at . For additional information call 570-966-0831.

By admin | September 3rd, 2014 | Herr |

You can help the Herr Memorial Library earn free merchandise such as computers, audio/visual equipment, physical education equipment, reference books, musical instruments or even a minivan, simply by collecting Labels for Education participating product UPCs and beverage/sauce caps and give them to the Herr Memorial Library.

“This year our goal is to collect 5,000 points, and we’re asking the community to help,” said Lorie Hernesh. “If we work together, we can build better programs.”

It’s easy to pitch in! Visit for a complete list of participating products and begin saving your UPCs and/or beverage/sauce caps. Be sure to check out the Facebook page at to find out about additional ways to earn Labels for Education bonus points.

For more information on how to be a part of the Herr Memorial Library Labels for Education collection drive, contact the program coordinator, Lorie Hernesh at 570-966-0831.

By admin | August 27th, 2014 | Herr |

During the summer reading program at the Herr Memorial Library, patrons and staff combined their coins to help raise money for Kelsey’s Dream. On July 31st, during the “It’s A Frog’s Life” Program, the Discover Class for children up to age 5 and their caregivers had an opportunity to meet Kylie Kuhns of Kelsey’s Dream who had introduced “Hopper the Cancer Crusher.” The Hopper is a plush frog play therapy toy for children undergoing cancer treatment and is used as an educational tool, as well as, to provide comfort for children all around the country.

“Since the children would be learning about the life cycle of a frog in class, tying in “The Hopper” seemed like a great idea since Herr Memorial Library was also participating in the Kind Acts Experiment and trying to promote good deeds within the community,” said Lorie Hernesh, the Children’s Program Coordinator.

As an incentive and to learn more about frogs, all those that donated were automatically entered into a drawing to win (2) free passes to Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland! The library was able to raise enough money for 2 Hoppers and the winner of the drawing was Brandon Grove. Thank you to everyone who donated for this great cause. For more information on Kelsey’s Dream, please visit or to learn more about frogs or to visit Clyde Peelings Reptiland, visit

By admin | August 19th, 2014 | Herr |

Special friends of Herr Memorial Library make a “SPARK” as part of the Kind Acts Experiment by donating money to help sponsor an animal at T&D’s Cats of the World Wild Animal Refuge in Penns Creek.

By all working together and each contributing a little bit, children, patrons and staff helped to raise $103 and chose to sponsor the white tiger at T&D’s. According to the T&D’s website, a tiger can consume 200-250 pounds of meat each week at a cost of $1.00 per pound, making it very costly to care for the animals. This sponsorship money will help with some of those expenses.

For all those that donated towards the sponsorship, they were entered into a drawing to win the 2 free passes to T& D’s and the winner of the drawing was Maggie Roat (7), who regularly attended the Summer Reading Evening Program at the Herr Memorial Library.

For more information on sponsoring an animal at T&D’s, visit And be sure to stop by the circulation desk of the Herr Memorial Library or visit to pick up a copy of a “SPARK CARD” so that you too can document your kind acts in the community.

By admin | July 22nd, 2014 | Herr |

Volunteers, Donations, and Help are still needed! We have several local organizations looking for help/volunteers/donations! Check off a box on your Spark Card by helping any of the organizations listed in this pdf

Help/Volunteer/Donation Opportunities

The pdf contains the names of the organizations, contact information as well as tasks for kids, teens and adults. The whole family can help!

Do you have the spark?

By admin | June 24th, 2014 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Union County Library System is offering a new, refreshingly quick and free way to get music, television shows, movies, and audiobooks. Starting July 1st, library patrons can use Hoopla Digital to access an array of audio and video materials via Netflix-style streaming on their computers, tablets and smart phones. It’s the latest addition to the Library’s extensive menu of electronic resources.

All Hoopla content is available on demand. No holds necessary. No waiting. Users can watch or listen to their selections via online streaming or by temporarily downloading selections to a mobile device for viewing without an internet connection. Downloaded titles are automatically removed at the end of their checkout period, eliminating worries about late fees. The service works from all major browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome.

Hoopla’s digital collection counts tens of thousands of titles – some 100,000 CDs; 10,000 audiobooks; 3,000 movies; and 500 TV series – and continues to expand. Because the Library is charged each time an item is checked out on one of its cards, we currently limit users to 4 items per card per month. Each TV episode counts as an item. Checkout time for videos is 72 hours. For music CDs, it’s seven days. And for audiobooks, it’s three weeks. All you need is a valid library card!

Excited? We are! To get started on July 1st, visit and click ‘Sign Up.’ Tablet and smart phone users can download the Hoopla app from their app store (just search for “Hoopla Digital”).

By admin | May 28th, 2014 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Union County Library System, which includes The Public Library of Union County, Herr Memorial Library and West End Library, is hosting its annual Summer Reading Kick-off Event on Friday, June 6th at the Mifflinburg Community Park. This year’s Summer Reading theme is “Fizz, Boom, READ” which explores all things science.

To explore the theory that kindness is contagious, readers can participate in “The Kind Acts Experiment” to spark a positive reaction within the Union County community. This experiment is designed to motivate, encourage, inform and inspire those living and working within Union County to perform various acts of volunteerism, good deeds, charity, donation, fundraising and overall acts of kindness to fellow individuals, charities and organizations in need.

Help test this theory and turn this “experiment” into a “movement.”

  • Stop by the circulation desk of any Union County Library and pick up a copy of a Spark Card (a version for kids and a version for teens/adults are available)
  • Complete five (5) kind acts. (On the “Kind Acts Spark Card,” color one (1) spark symbol for every kind act that you do and briefly write what the kind acts were on the lines provided.)
  • Connect five (5) boxes in a row either across, up, down or diagonally to complete the “SPARK”! Simply return your completed form to any Union County Library to receive a free gift while supplies last.

The Kind Acts Experiment will run June 2nd thru August 15th. So the question is….do you have the spark?

Download the Kids Spark Card

Download the Teen/Adult Spark Card