Local Columns

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to read first. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant new releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a ...

Charge me up

As a library administrator, I’m always looking at “trends.” What’s popular, what’s the latest and the greatest, and how does it relate to libraries? I think I’ve said — probably several times — that James Patterson is THE GUY; the author that everyone wants to read. Well, he ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to read first. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant new releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call 717-436-6378 to have a ...

Journalists – like those killed Thursday – are real people

Thursday’s tragedy at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md. hit close to home for me and two of my colleagues. Brad Simpson, Chief Financial Officer, Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association, Robin Quillon, Publisher of The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown and myself were meeting in a conference room ...

20 years of Harry Potter

I can hardly believe it’s been 20 years since the release of the first Harry Potter book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” It really doesn’t seem possible that it has been that long. Now, I admit: I wasn’t a fan at first. I found the first three chapters of the first book ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to read first. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant new releases available here at the library. Visit our online card catalog at juniata.sparkpa.org to search today or call (717) 436-6378 to have a ...

Book versus movie

The setting is a jet airliner thousands of feet above the ground, winging its way from a dreary, cold spring day in Harrisburg to sunny Orlando. There are six seats, three on each side of the aisle, all occupied, with each occupant engaged in a different activity: one is asleep with his head ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

The Great American Read is an eight-part series on PBS that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are ...

Library ready for summer

My least favorite library question is this: “Will the library have any activities this summer?” I’m not really allowed to roll my eyes. It isn’t at all professional. Let me just say that the Mifflin County Library will always have activities in the summer (and all year round). But ...

New book drop

I always want to talk to people. I’m always looking for new ideas and feedback. Some people call them “complaints” but it’s all in your attitude. If a library patron feels strongly about something to come to me and tell me, then I should really consider it feedback and not someone just ...