Local Columns

Tears and smiles

The great philosopher, Dr. Seuss, said, “Do not cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” For the past few weeks I’ve tried to remember these immortal words because I am crying more than I am laughing. About six years ago a wonderfully enthusiastic and very charming man ...

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 check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant 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 ...

Thankful and blessed

We have a customer who visits us every day to use the internet. When I ask him how he is, a smile lights his face and his quiet, soft, compassionate voice replies, “thankful and blessed.” I so admire this gentleman because he truly believes every day of his life is blessed and he is ...

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 check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant 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 ...

Boo!

The world seems like a scary place, especially this time of year. Jack-o-lanterns with their fiendishly frightening faces leer at us from front porches. Faceless witches and scarecrows dot the landscape, seemingly alive as they sway in the breeze. We turned an ancient Irish harvest festival ...

WAR: ‘The alarm had been sounded’

“We trust we have courage and Resolution” wrote Lincoln, Massachusetts Committee of Correspondence in the wake of the Boston Tea Party in 1773, “sufficient to encounter all the honors of war in the defense of those Rights and Privileges civil and religious, which we esteem more valuable ...

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 check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant 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 ...

Quiz time

My goodness, it’s been a busy week. Everyone I’ve talked to seems to be juggling commitments and rearranging their rearrangements. My Southern friends would say, “Y’all have more on your plate than you can say grace over.” Consequently, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed and no one has ...

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 check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant 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 ...

Schlep and tote, bend and stretch

Several weeks ago, as I was helping an elderly lady and gentleman unload boxes of books from their car, I remembered a pivotal moment in my life. It was a memory of the graduation ceremony for my doctoral degree. The Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Library and Information ...