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By conisheridan | April 23rd, 2012 | Herr |

The Cross-Stitch class at Herr Memorial Library is moving to Thursdays!

Kathleen Flynn Irion will be leading this fun and crafty course every Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Cost is $3 per class and participants should bring their own scissors.

This class is open to all levels of cross-stitch enthusiasts from the very beginners to the seasoned experts. It is a place for socialization, friendship and a great way to learn and share new ideas and techniques.

Registration is not required for this class. For more information visit the library at 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg or call 570-966-0831.

By conisheridan | April 4th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Penn State Extension, will be offering a Cooking for Crowds course led by Extension Educator Lynn James MS, RD, LDN, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 3 at The Public Library for Union County,  255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg.

Training topics include: foodborne illnesses;  preventing conditions that lead to foodborne illnesses; safe purchasing, storage, preparation and service for crowds; monitoring and record keeping; cleaning and sanitizing and more.

Click the link below for the Cooking for Crowds brochure with the registration form attached. Please fill out the registration form and send with payment to the Penn State Extension Sunbury Field Office at 443 Plum Creek Road, Sunbury, PA 17801.

If you have questions or would like additional information call the library at 570-523-1172.

Cooking for Crowds Brochure & Registration Form

By conisheridan | March 12th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

Diet, nutrition and fitness will be the focus of the Libraries for Health Expo slated for 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at The Public Library for Union County.

This all-age event will feature something for the entire family with story time, child fingerprinting by the Buffalo Valley Regional Police and live demonstrations including cooking, yoga and Tai Chi.

Evangelical Community Hospital will provide body composition screenings which include body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentages. A registered dietician will be available for risk counseling.

Geisinger Health System will be offering blood pressure screenings through the Lewisburg community practice clinic and cancer screening information in conjunction with the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Center. Through a grant from Kohl’s Cares for Kids, Geisinger will also sponsor children’s activities, including Nintendo Wii Fitness and a raffle for a children’s bicycle and helmet.

The Special Olympics from Union and Northumberland counties will be showing off their Bocce ball skills, while the Penn State Extension will be offering healthy cooking demonstrations, with a special focus on diabetes. For children, the Extension will offer “Color My Plate” activities.

The Union-Snyder Community Action Agency will offer information on providing healthy food for families, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and the WIC program, a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

Along with the live demonstrations there will also be health and wellness information and representatives from area organizations including the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., Donald Heiter Community Center, Greater Susquehanna Valley YMCA, the Girl Scouts and more. An additional raffle of a healthy foods basket, donated by the Natural Food and Garden Store, Ltd. will also be held.

The Libraries for Health Expo is a project of the Union County Library System—The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg; Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg; and the West End Library, Laurelton—in conjunction with the Union-Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger Health System, and the Penn State Extension. The Libraries for Health group was formed in 2010 to improve and expand health materials in the libraries’ collections through a $20,000 LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant received by the library system.

For more information on the Libraries for Health Expo, visit the library at 255 Reitz Blvd., Lewisburg or call 570-523-1172.

By conisheridan | February 27th, 2012 | Herr |

It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg, is having a party at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6. 

This event will feature stories, games, crafts and even birthday cakes donated by the New Berlin Lucky Clovers 4-H Club as one of its community service projects. 

“I love Dr. Seuss,” said Kelly Walter, library director. “This is going to be such a fun event for everyone!” 

Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 children’s books including The Cat and the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, and Horton Hears a Who.  

For more information or to register for this event, stop by the library at 500 Market Street, Mifflinburg or call 966-0831.

By conisheridan | February 27th, 2012 | Herr |

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

Beginning Thursday, March 1, kindergarten, first-, second- and third-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 19. Library staff will count the number of usable items and the winning classroom in each grade will be announced on Thursday, April 26. 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 | February 8th, 2012 | Herr, West-End |

Both Herr Memorial Library and the West End Library took part in the VOICE (Volunteer Opportunities in Community Endeavors) Speed Volunteerism Event on February 2 in Mifflinburg. This event is designed to bring potential volunteers together with community organizations to hopefully make a successful match. Over 45 matches were made at this particular event and it was a huge success. Check out this video by The Daily Item

By lindahoma | January 27th, 2012 | UCLS, Herr, Lewisburg, West-End |

The Union County libraries offer downloadable audiobooks and eBooks for people on the go, like you!   The libraries downloading site is now called eBranch2Go.  The name has changed but all the easy-to-use features remain the same.  To borrow audiobooks and eBooks online, you will need a library card from one of the member libraries – the Public Library for Union County, the Herr Memorial Library and the West End Library.  Some devices require free software before you download an audiobook or eBook (available at eBranch2Go).   Information about downloading audiobooks and eBooks and about compatible devices is available on the site.  Go to Getting Started for more information or call the Public Library for Union County at 523-1172.