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 www.hoopladigital.com and click ‘Sign Up.’ Tablet and smart phone users can download the Hoopla app from their app store (just search for “Hoopla Digital”).
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?
West End Library’s Book and Yard Sale
Friday, May 23 & Saturday May 24 – 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Book Sale is held at West End Library, 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton
Yard Sale is held at the Hartley Township Community Center, 1724 Route 235, Laurelton
Confused about your health care options? Get help over the phone or schedule a one-on-one appointment with a Certified Health Care Insurance Advisor:
1-800-790-8501 to schedule a weekday appointment at the Public Library for Union County in Lewisburg.
570-939-5892 to schedule a Saturday appointment at the Public Library for Union County in Lewisburg.
1-855-849-1510 for the Geisinger Trusted Advisor phone help or to schedule an appointment at Geisinger in Danville.
Have a new device? The library offers popular audiobooks and eBooks to download on a computer, MP3 player, iPod, smartphone or tablet. Browse for bestsellers, classics, fiction, or nonfiction for all ages and borrow a title today.
Your Library Card — Don’t leave home without it!
And now you don’t have to with the Union County Library System’s new key chain library card!
Whether checking out materials at one of the three library locations or downloading eBooks and audiobooks through Overdrive, your library card will always be handy and easy to find.
Library users can upgrade to a new card free of charge by visiting the circulation desk and trading in their current library card. All account information will remain the same, including the information saved in the online ‘My Account’ feature.
Upgrading to a new library card will affect users of Overdrive. If you have items on hold or on a wish list, this information may be lost. However, titles currently downloaded should not be affected.
The new library cards, featuring a bright new design, will be available September 1. Each key chain library card comes with a standard size card as well.
Residents of Union County can obtain a free library card by visiting any UCLS location—the Public Library for Union County, 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg; or West End Library, 45 Ball Park Road Laurelton.
Library cardholders may check out books, DVDs, music CDs, books on CD and magazines, as well as use the library’s public computers with Internet access. Cardholders may also use the ‘My Account’ feature 24/7 to place holds and renew materials, as well as access online databases.
A library is the place in the community that collects stories about things real and imagined. In the spirit of that role as the gatherer of tales, the Union County Library System is hosting a community writing project entitled, “Union County – My Memories: Stories in Celebration of the Union County Bicentennial.” The project coincides with the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Union County.
Residents of all ages are invited to submit a memoir of their own, using no more than 200 words, about Union County. Possible topics include growing up in Union County, a person of influence, local impact of a world event, focus on a special location, event or activity, reflections on a personal photo, or first impressions as a new resident to the county.
Workshops to assist writers on composing their entries will be conducted by Gale Duque. Gale has taught for 30 years in various locations from Finland to Penn State and Bucknell. Upon retiring from Bucknell as a Writing and Teaching Consultant, she taught several Memoir Writing Workshops for Bucknell’s Institute of Lifelong Learning program.
Workshops are held at The Public Library for Union County at 7 p.m. Thursdays, September 5—Getting Started, September 19—Revising, and October 3—Editing and at Mifflinburg Bank & Trust at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, September 4—Getting Started and September 18—Revising . The final session on editing is Wednesday, October 2 at Herr Memorial Library.
Completed memories can be submitted on the Union County Bicentennial website or on any of the UCLS library websites—Public Library for Union County, Herr Memorial Library, or West End Library—and must be received by October 15, 2013.
Typed entries may be submitted along with a completed registration form available at any of the UCLS libraries in Lewisburg, Mifflinburg or Laurelton.
The submissions and a photo of the author will be displayed at the Public Library for Union County in Lewisburg, Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg and West End Library in Laurelton during the month of November.
BookFlix™, a selection of classic fiction stories paired with non-fiction informational picture books on the same subject and video stories with eBooks in nine categories including Animals and Nature, Music and Rhyme, ABC’s and 1,2,3s, and Celebrations, is now available through POWER Library!
Each paired set has games, puzzles, and aids to develop literacy skills, as well as a read-along feature to enhance vocabulary.
To access BookFlix™ click on Online Resources and then POWER Library.
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.
Lori Bartholomew and Nancy Normann, Master Gardeners with the Penn State Extension, are visiting the West End Library at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 24 to talk about composting.
During this interactive program, the gardeners will discuss two different styles of composting. The first is for outdoors and is based on the correct ratio of carbon- and nitrogen-rich yard and garden waste. The other can be used indoors or outdoors and uses earthworms to process kitchen vegetable scraps. Both formats provide a way to conserve and recycle what often goes to the landfill.
Register to attend by calling the library at 570-922-4773 or visiting the circulation desk at 45 Ball Park Road, Laurelton.