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.
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 www.kelseysdream.org or to learn more about frogs or to visit Clyde Peelings Reptiland, visit www.reptiland.com.
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 www.TDsCATs.com. And be sure to stop by the circulation desk of the Herr Memorial Library or visit www.herrlibrary.org to pick up a copy of a “SPARK CARD” so that you too can document your kind acts in the community.
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
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?
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?
Herr Memorial Library presents “The Bibbidi Bobbidi Book Reading Challenge.” The reading challenge is open to children of all ages and will run May 17th thru June 7th. The challenge is designed to encourage children to read more library books, as well as, challenge readers to step out of their comfort zones. We will provide some reading suggestions and include books with topics on royal life, kings, queens, princesses, princes, castles, tea parties, fairies, magic, crowns, dancing, knights, jewels and fairy tales to name a few.
Children participating in the reading challenge must read, or be read to by a caregiver, at least ten books. An entry form, complete with rules and reading suggestions, can be picked up at the Circulation Desk of the library. After the books are read and participants have completed an entry form noting their list of book titles, they can be turned in at the Library Circulation Desk or Children’s Library area. There will be two winners who will get to select a prize from our prize basket and have their names mentioned in a future press release and on our Facebook page.
For more information on “The Bibbidi Bobbidi Book Reading Challenge,” visit the circulation desk of the library, e-mail Lorie Hernesh the Children’s Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-966-0831.
The book sale held at the Herr Memorial Library, 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg
May 15th – 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
May 16th & May 17th – 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
On Saturday March 1st, the Herr Memorial Library hosted a Dr. Seuss Birthday Party where Children’s Program Coordinator, Lorie Hernesh, announced The Dr. Seuss Scavenger Hunt Reading Challenge for the month of March. The challenge was designed to encourage, motivate and inspire children and adults of all ages to love books, to celebrate the joy of reading together and to challenge readers to step out of their comfort zones. Some Seuss-Spirational reading suggestions taken directly from Dr. Seuss’s book subjects and titles were provided.
Children participating in the reading challenge had to read, or be read to by a caregiver, at least ten books and adults must have read a minimum of five. Herr Memorial Library had a total of 53 entry forms with over 500 books checked-out for this challenge.
The winner for the adult category is Jackie Baker and the five child winners include Jonathan Rohland (age 3), Olivia Snyder (age 2), Gailyn Baker (age 10), Amelia Fullam (age 2) and Emma Bailey (age 4). Thank you to all of those that participated in the contest and congratulations to our winners!