Local Columns

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 ...

Book versus movie

Did you know that the Mifflin County Library has movies to circulate? Then I started thinking about some movies that we have that are based on the book. And the five reasons why the book is (almost, see No. 4) always better than the movie. And remember, don’t judge a book by its movie. ...

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. “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” by Jon Meacham I wrote ...

The time has come for these reforms

“…Of the people, by the people, for the people.” That is how our government was intended to run, and it is the only way we will ever succeed. Since first being elected as a public official, I vowed to do my part to restore public confidence and trust in government. That is a promise to ...

Great American Read

This summer, the Mifflin County Library will participate in PBS’s the Great American Read. This is an eight-part television series that explores and celebrates the power of reading. The show will explore how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books ...