We're delighted to be able to announce a pair of upcoming programs at the library. On May 19 at 3 p.m., we will host a Heart Health seminar in the community room. This event is free and open to the public-stop by and learn about a few ways to keep your heart healthy.
You may have read about the travels of Madalyn Goss in a recent article in The Sentinel. We're very happy to note that she will be here at the library on May 22 at 6 p.m. to talk about her experiences traveling in Saudi Arabia.
Our recent Friends of the Library book sale went very well-over 10,000 books were sold. Now that the sale is over, we will only be accepting donations on certain days-our Friends volunteers will be here during open hours on the first Saturday of June and July to accept donations. Please use the library's rear entrance when bringing your donations.
Many of you may have already received a letter from us recently. Our library has started our spring fund drive. We are seeking to raise $6,000 so that we can continue to provide the services that you've come to value, from Story Hour and the Summer Reading Program to access to the newest bestsellers and ebooks. Even a small donation will go a long way toward helping us meet our goal, and each and every donation is appreciated.
Our legislators in Harrisburg are currently working on the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Cuts in library funding at the state level over the past few years have resulted in fewer open hours for our library, and have hurt libraries across the state, with many libraries closing branches, cutting staff, and reducing other services. The only way there will be any restoration of state funding for libraries will be if our legislators hear from their constituents about how important libraries are to them. Please consider taking the time to write, email, or call our elected representatives; contact information for Juniata County's state representatives is available on our library's website (juniatalibrary.org) along with sample letters for patrons to use. Please consider adding in personalized reasons why the library matters to you. These statements will go a long way toward conveying the importance of libraries in the lives of their constituents. Thank you in advance for your support of the library.
Brady Clemens is the director of the Juniata County Library.