The Herr Memorial Library is launching a $700,000 capital campaign. The campaign has received a significant boost after being awarded a $250,000 Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund library facilities grant with support of $150,000 from CDBG endorsed by the Union County Commissioners and generous contributions from a number of donors. During the upcoming public phase, the library must raise the final $200,000 to complete the campaign. To make the final $200,000 within reach the Degenstein Foundation provided a challenge grant of $25,000 to the campaign to support construction of the Teen Space. This grant will match any new donation to the campaign dollar for dollar beginning in February. “This project has been in the planning stages for several years. It is a great feeling to know that it is now going to become a reality. This will be a wonderful community space and help keep us relevant way into the future,” said Kelly Walter, Library Director.
To position the library for continued growth, the funds raised through the capital campaign will help build and furnish a two-story 2,665 square foot addition. The new addition features an all purpose community room, renovated basement for a teen space, an elevator for easy access to all levels, a new handicapped entrance, and other features. The increase in space provides opportunity for additional programming and more community involvement. Following a successful campaign, construction on the addition would begin in the Fall of 2015. The campaign is co-chaired by John and Sherri Uehling, long-time residents and leaders in the Mifflinburg community. John Uehling is the CEO and Founder of Contrast Communications, a communications and IT firm based in Mifflinburg. “Herr Library is such an asset to the community of Mifflinburg,” said John Uehling. “We are proud to be part of this effort to help keep the library as strong a resource as possible. These many generous contributions will no doubt provide us with the much-needed momentum to hit our goal.”
Join us for the “Love Your Library” Library for Life capital campaign launch party Thursday, February 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The event is open to the entire community and all ages. It will feature a “Love Your Library” scavenger hunt that showcases the spaces to be renovated, “Love Your Library” crafts for kids in the Discovery Room, coffee in the library’s future “cafe” space and refreshments throughout the building. The plans for the renovated library will be available for viewing.
Love your library and become a donor for the Herr Memorial Library: Library for Life capital campaign. To make a donation to the capital campaign, visit the Herr Memorial Library at 500 Market Street in Mifflinburg or visit our website www.HerrLibrary.org/CapitalCampaign.
The Herr Memorial Library is hosting its 2nd Annual Children’s Cookie Baking Contest & Holiday Event on Thursday, December 18th from 6-7pm.
There is a panel of judges to taste and rate the entries including Library Director Kelly Walter, Lauren Elasser of The Miss Cupcake and even Santa himself. Cookies are sampled, judged and prizes awarded based on taste and appearance for each of the four categories. The four categories include children ages 2-5 (assisting a caregiver), children ages 6-10 (some caregiver assistance) and children ages 11-16 (unassisted) and overall best! Entries of 1 dozen cookies of any kind must be dropped off at the library on Wednesday, December 17th between 9am & 5pm and winners are announced on December 18th. Each entrant must complete a registration form prior to the event available at the circulation desk or online and provide a recipe. Each child receives a goodie bag upon delivery including a Kids Can Cook cookbook provided by Weis Markets. Winners will each receive a prize and certificate as well as have their winning recipe posted in the lobby, on the website and Facebook page for all to enjoy. Second and third place winners will also receive a certificate.
In addition to the cookie contest results, the event includes a holiday craft, cookies, music by John Hollister and a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas by Santa himself. Bring a camera for photos with Santa!
For more details or to register your child for the cookie contest, call 570-966-0831 or visit the circulation desk at Herr Library.
The Herr Memorial Library is currently accepting entries for its annual ornament raffle. The winner will be drawn on January 5, 2015.
The ornament was created and hand-painted by Mifflinburg natives Alan and Linda Elliott. The scene on this year’s ornament is a commemorative 80th Anniversary Edition of the Herr Memorial Library.
This is the fourth year the ornaments have been donated to the library, with the proceeds going to children’s programming. This original, one-of-a-kind ornament is signed and dated by the artists and is a great addition to any collection.
For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, visit the library at 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg or call 570-966-0831.
Over the holidays, the Herr Memorial Library is selling autographed books & plush animals from children’s author Richard Mickelson. Richard is launching his latest published works entitled Richie the Teddy Bear Gets a Kitten and The Frog Who Jumped Over The Moon. Also available are Mickelson’s vast collection of Richie The Teddy Bear books and The Wizard of Oz, Where Is He Now?
The autographed books, plush animals and book & plush sets make excellent holiday gifts and are available for purchase through December 10th. The prices range from $4.95 to $16.95 and do not include tax. Portions of the proceeds benefit the Herr Memorial Library. Payments can be made in the form of cash or check and is required at the time of order.
To place an order, visit the Herr Memorial Library during regular working hours. Click here to download the entry form. Richard Mickelson is also visiting the library and doing a book signing on Wednesday, December 10th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. For more information, please visit our website at www.herrlibrary.org, the library or call 570-966-0831.
Kick off your Black Friday shopping at the Herr Memorial Library BeadforLife Marketplace Fair Trade Jewelry Sale from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on November 28th.
BeadforLife co-founders Torkin Wakefield, Ginny Jordan, and Devin Hibbard met Millie Grace Akena while walking through a crowded Ugandan slum. Millie told Torkin, Ginny and Devin how much she loved to roll beads out of recycled paper, and proudly showed them a bag full of her unique handmade necklaces. Through word of mouth, women across North America began to purchase the beads and were captivated by the stories of resilient Ugandan women and BeadforLife began. Be inspired by hardworking Ugandan women lifting themselves out of poverty through bead and jewelry making. Proceeds benefit women in Uganda and the Herr Memorial Library.
Get your holiday shopping done early! Visit the Herr Memorial Library on 500 Market Street in Mifflinburg.
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.
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.
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 Zinio.com, 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 www.unioncountylibrarysystem.com or call/visit any of the three libraries: The Public Library for Union County, Herr Memorial Library and West End Library.
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 @herrlibrary.org) 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 www.herrlibrary.org . For additional information call 570-966-0831.
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 LabelsForEducation.com 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 Facebook.com/LabelsForEducation 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.