Local Columns

I didn’t know the library did that!

I was in the grocery store, which is, by the way, the worst chore in the world. I try to buy healthy foods but somehow the chips just end up in my cart! Anyway, I was in the produce section when a library patron came up to me and said, “It’s too bad the library doesn’t send faxes. I had ...

Just ‘fore’ fun!

I was at the Schlow Centre Region Library in State College for a meeting when I stopped by the administrative offices to see an old friend, DJ. She, like me, is a former children’s librarian and she, like me, left the children’s room for admin duties within the library. DJ: What’s ...

The ABCs

From the time a child is born, parents and caregivers do their best to teach the child all of the things that will prepare them to head off into the world of academia. First, a child is encouraged to say their first word. Some say, “Mama.” Some say, “Dada.” Others say, “puppy” ...

Generations of readers

“Have you ever thought of becoming a member of the Mifflin County Library Board?” This sentence was spoken to me in casual conversation on a crisp fall day in a local park. I really didn’t think much about it at the time, simply went about my business of the day. It was only later ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

You can find all of these titles at the Juniata County Library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you. Join us for our first Winter Reading Program. It runs all winter until March 20th ...

A look behind the curtain

It’s always an interesting experience being able to look behind the curtain, seeing all the moving parts of an operation, and then being invited to participate in it. My time working with and advocating for the Mifflin County Library system has been such an occasion. The typical ...

Fore the library

There's something very soothing about being in a library. It may be the relative quiet, or the comfy chairs. It may be the shelves of books that we've loved, or the promise of those that we've yet to read. It may be the knowledge that no matter how many books we check out, it won't cost a red ...

The making of a readaholic

Readaholic — Noun (slang): One who loves to read books. YourDictionary, Wiktionary and Wordsense.eu all gave the same definition when I asked Google to give me the meaning of readaholic. Being a lifelong researcher, I felt I needed to double and triple check before I could confidently give ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

You can find all of these titles at the Juniata County Library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a helpful library staff member assist you. Join us for our first Winter Reading Program. It runs all winter until March 20 ...

Just bring the book back!

I was in my early 20s when “Seinfeld” became a hit on TV. I loved all of those crazy characters like Kramer and Puddy but also Man-hands, the Soup Nazi and Uncle Leo. Recently, I was at a Red Cross blood drive with Mifflin County Commissioner Rob Postal, eating some cookies in the ...