Local Columns

Audiobooks are booming

Editor’s note: This week’s At the Library column was submitted by Vince Giordano, director of the Juniata County Library. Mifflin County Library Director Molly Kinney’s column will return next Saturday. Having just come back from a library conference in Kentucky, I had the chance to read ...

New and popular titles at the Juniata County Library

“Billions of Bricks,” by Kurt Cyrus Our summer reading theme in 2017 is “Build a Better World.” One way to read in that spirit is to read this book with your little one! A counting book, “Billions of Bricks” leads readers through the day in the life of a construction worker ...

I’m an advocate

Each of us cares about something, something beyond ourselves. We eat what we care about. This is to say we spend our energy/effort, attention and time on what we are passionate about. We engage in activities and actions that speak in favor of, recommend or argue for a cause, support or defend ...

Support ‘real news’ in region

The term 'news media' can mean a lot of different things these days, but at the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, the news media that we work with are Pennsylvania's newspapers and online-only news publications. There are 77 daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, more than 175 non-daily ...

I Googled it

We all do it. When we need information we open up our internet browser, go to Google or some other search site, and type in what we want to know. Voila! You get 366,000 results in .54 seconds. Instant information! But, is it really what you want to know? How accurate are the results? See, ...

You’re so lucky

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard, “You’re so lucky to work in a library. You get to read all day and your job is to check out books” I could make a substantial contribution to my favorite charity. Usually, I just laugh. When I have the time I might try to enlighten the ...

Thank you to those who protect us

This has been a busy week in the newsroom, and by extension, a busy week for local law enforcement and first responders. In my time as a reporter, I’ve participated in my fair share of siren-chasing. While my usual areas of interest — education and religion — don’t typically require ...

Smug for 30 seconds

I sat down at my desk feeling just a teeny-tiny bit smug. The 15-page, 200-plus question annual report with supporting documentation from the county commissioners, Lewistown Borough, Union Township, and the library’s board of directors was verified, locked and submitted to our district ...

A pink mixer is just a pink mixer

Good morning, America! What are we offended by today? I’ll just go ahead and tell you: pink kitchen appliances. You read that correctly. Appliance brand KitchenAid is under fire over an advertisement on its website featuring pink products designed to raise awareness of breast cancer. ...

Creative thinking: Part II

At the end of last week’s column, I asked, “Can you make a connection between the story I shared and thinking creatively?” For those of you who missed reading the paper last Saturday here is a brief synopsis. I was consulting with a small town library and discovered a drive-by funeral ...