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By conisheridan | July 5th, 2013 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Monday, May 20 is a day many people will never forget as the entire nation watched as an EF5 tornado terrorized the town of Moore, Oklahoma, leaving in its wake lives lost, homes destroyed and schools desolated.

In the days that followed, many other towns were affected by tornados, leaving one disaster after another. So many people were now faced with rebuilding their lives from scratch.

After seeing the devastation in Moore, the Union County Library System (UCLS) is ‘digging into a cause’ with a project called Bookmarks & Backpacks: Libraries for ‘Moore’ Hope.

Throughout June and July, each library in the system—Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; and West End Library, Laurelton—is collecting school supplies for students and teachers, as well as supplies for infants and toddlers.

“Our goal is to fill a tractor trailer,” said Kelly Walter, director of the Herr Memorial Library, where the idea for the project originated. “We’d like to collect backpacks, tote bags, and diaper bags and enough materials to fill each of them.”

For school-age children, the UCLS is collecting the following items: backpacks for boys and girls, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, highlighters, pencil cases, notebooks, notepads, binders, bookmarks, books, stickers, glue, glue sticks, erasers, blunt scissors, tissues, hand sanitizer, and lunch boxes/bags for boys and girls.

For teachers, the library system is collecting: tote bags, pens, pencils, markers, dry-erase markers, highlighters, planning calendar 2013/2014, notebooks, binders, bookmarks, construction paper, reference/educational books, reward stickers, paper clips, stapler, tape, scissors, tissues, hand sanitizer, water bottles and lunch bags.

Items being collected for infant and toddlers include: diaper bags, diapers, wipes, ointments, hand sanitizer, baby blankets, bibs, stuffed toys, teething toys, baby bottles, baby cereal, and prepackaged toddler/infant snacks.

Gift cards to Walmart, Target and Staples are also being collected. These will either be used to purchase supplies to fill the bags or sent along as part of the donation.  Local businesses are also encouraged to donate recyclable shopping bags (non-plastic).

Items may be dropped off at any of the three UCLS locations through July 24. The goal is have these items to Oklahoma at the beginning of August before the school year begins.

For more information, visit the UCLS website at www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com or stop by your local UCLS library. For specific questions, contact Coni Marie Sheridan, Development & Marketing Coordinator at 570-523-1172.

By conisheridan | June 10th, 2013 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Union County Library System, in partnership with the Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance, wants you to Dig Into the Susquehanna River Valley while Digging Into Reading this summer!

Children participating in the summer reading program are encouraged to discover the historical treasures of the Susquehanna River Valley by visiting area locations and attending library programs.  Participants who visit at least three locations may enter to win prizes including admission to T&D’s Cats of the World, all-day ride passes to Knoebles Amusement Resort, tickets to a family show at Bucknell’s Weis Center for the Performing arts, and tickets to the Elias Center for the Performing Arts Puppet Theatre.

Start your exploration by visiting your local Union County Library—Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; or West End Library, Mifflinburg—and pick up a passport. Then visit at least three of the participating locations on the back with a parent or guardian, now through August 31, and get your passport stamped. Attending a program at one of the participating libraries can be considered one of the three visits.

Once you’ve gotten at least three stamps, drop off your passport at your local library and choose a prize from the treasure chest.  All eligible passports will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Reading program participants must complete the reading requirements of their home library to be eligible for prizes.

For more information call your local Union County Library or stop by the circulation desk. Readers in Snyder and Northumberland counties are also participating in the Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance Passport Program.

The Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance is made up of the Snyder, Union, Northumberland, Montour and Milton Historical Societies, Packwood House Museum, Slifer House Museum, Mifflinburg Buggy Museum, and the Susquehanna River Valley Visitor’s Bureau.

By conisheridan | May 7th, 2013 | Herr |

The Herr Memorial Library recently announced the winning classrooms at Mifflinburg Elementary in the 2013 Cartridges for Kids contest held this spring! Overall the school collected a total of 642 recyclable items.

The winning classrooms are: Mrs. Gangloff, kindergarten with 62 items collected; Mrs. Renninger, first grade with 92 items collected; and Mrs. Wagner, second grade with 137 items collected–the most out of all the classes!

Each of the winning classrooms received prizes for their hard work in this program!

By conisheridan | May 7th, 2013 | Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Readers of all ages are invited to unearth a good book this summer and Dig Into Reading during the 2013 summer reading program—kicking off at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at the Mifflinburg Community Park featuring award-winning children’s performer Steven Courtney.

This year’s theme is about all things underground—dirt, plants, fossils, animals that burrow, buried treasure and more. Special programs and events incorporating this theme will be held at each of the three Union County Libraries–Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; and West End Library, Laurelton. All programs are free and open to children of all ages and abilities.

The overall goal of the reading program is to encourage children to continue reading and learning throughout the summer. Children to complete the summer reading program are eligible to receive prizes.

This year, the UCLS libraries, in  partnership with Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, are excited to announce that each child who completes the summer reading program will receive a free pass to Reptiland where they can see the ‘Dinosaurs Come to Life’ exhibit. Other prizes may be awarded depending on each library’s program details.

The libraries are also partnering with the Susquehanna River Valley Heritage Alliance with a historical passport adventure to encourage children in the summer reading program to explore local historical sites including landmarks and museums. More information about this program will be available later this spring.

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 | March 25th, 2013 | Herr |

The Herr Memorial Library is currently accepting book donations in good condition in preparation for its annual book sale to be held in May.

Along with books, the library will also accept donations of DVDs in good condition. Donations that will not be accepted include encyclopedias, text books, Reader’s Digest condensed books, VHS and cassette tapes, and books or DVDs in unacceptable condition.

The book sale will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18 in conjunction with Mifflinburg’s May Fest.

Donations may be dropped off at the library at 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg during regular hours of operation. The library is open from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information on book and DVD donations or the upcoming book sale, stop by the library or call 570-922-0831.

By conisheridan | March 25th, 2013 | Herr |

The Herr Memorial Library and the Mifflinburg Elementary School are partnering up, once again, for the sixth annual Cartridges for Kids recycling/Earth Day program.

Beginning Thursday, March 14, kindergarten, first-, and second-grade classrooms at Mifflinburg Elementary School will have a container for students to fill with used inkjet and laser ink cartridges and small unwanted electronic devices. These items include cell phones, GPS devices, iPods, video games and consoles, digital cameras, laptops, PDAs (like Blackberries) and DVDs.

The containers will be collected on Thursday, April 18. Library staff will count the number of usable items and the winning classroom in each grade will be announced on Thursday, April 25. The winning classrooms will each receive a prize from the library.

The goal of this program is to teach the students about recycling, how to preserve our environment by keeping harmful items out of landfills and to raise funds to support children’s programming. Since the program first began, the library has received over $4000 through the Cartridges for Kids program.

For more information on the Cartridges for Kids program visit the library at 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg or call 570-966-0831. Items may also be dropped off at the library by members of the community; however, those items will not be considered part of the contest.

By conisheridan | March 25th, 2013 | Herr |

In addition to offering book to borrow, Herr Memorial Library also subscribes to nearly 40 magazines and newspapers. Patrons with a valid UCLS library card can check out magazines. The newspapers are available to read at the library.

Older issues of the magazines, as well as donations of other magazines from area residents, are now available to buy for $0.25 each. Th money raised from this second-hand magazine sale will be used to continue the library’s periodical subscriptions. Available titles cover a variety of subjects including cooking, travel, scrapbooking, automobiles, fashion, parenting, sports, lifestyle and nature.

Along with the second-hand magazines, patrons are also invited to “adopt” a magazine that the library currently subscribes to by donating the cost of the annual subscription.

For more information, contact Kelly Walter, library director, at 570-966-0831 or visit the library at 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg.

By conisheridan | February 4th, 2013 | Herr |

The Herr Memorial Library is hosting Spudfest from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 at the Mifflinburg Fire Station—325 Chestnut Street, Mifflinburg.

Enjoy a baked potato bar with the works—from the standard potato toppers to some that are slightly unconventional—a salad, drink and dessert. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 for adults ($9 at the door), $6 for children ages 4-10 ($7 at the door), and children 3 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased at the library located at 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg. For more information call 570-966-0831.

By conisheridan | February 4th, 2013 | Herr |

Members of Senior Girl Scout Troop #61098 of Mifflinburg recently decorated the walls at Herr Memorial Library with snowflakes that were decorated at a recent cookie rally hosted by the local Girl Scouts Service Unit. The snowflakes were to be sent to Newtown, CT as part of the “Snowflakes for Sandy Hook” project; however, according the project’s Facebook page, they have received so many donations, they can no longer accept anymore. It was suggested on the site to hang the snowflakes locally to show support for the Newtown community.

Pictured are (left to right): Maria Darrup, Olivia Hauger, Hannah Sauers, Adrianna Houtz, Rebecca Darrup, and McKenna Walter.