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Local Columns

Following a book from author to our shelf

Did you ever wonder how a book becomes a book? New titles just seem to magically appear on our new book shelves. Well, they did until COVID-19. Now, we don’t have bestsellers that were published three months ago and folks are wondering why. So, here is the condensed version of my lecture ...

New and popular titles at Juniata County Library

An update on the library: We have begun offering curbside service. Our temporary library hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m.; and Friday, 3 to 6:30 p.m. Until further notice, our building and library services (public computers, copies and faxes, etc) will ...

Thank you for making us proud

As we assess the overall impact of the global pandemic COVID-19, I want to shed some light on what I have observed in our community. I have watched/seen our community members including senior citizens, local business owners and the students in the Class of 2020 become victims of this virus. ...

Fame EMS marks National EMS Week

To the editor: Across the country, National EMS Week is celebrated May 17-23, 2020. The designated week recognizes Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and the work of Paramedics and EMTs. Fame EMS traditionally celebrates by inviting the community to an open house and hosting events for our ...

Travel online from home

I’ve waited until the very last minute to write my column this week, hoping that I could share information about the Library’s reopening. Unfortunately, we have received no new word regarding our operating hours or when we may be able to be open again. What have you been doing during ...

Our legacy: Capitalism, not socialism, is our basis

The title of a great book by Todd Andrlik: “Reporting the Revolutionary War; Before it was History, it was News”, has a lot of truth embedded in it, much like the adage, “it’s too good to be true.” But what about when today’s news is history? “History repeats itself.” ...

How can we continue to support our region’s small businesses?

Our lives have all taken a dramatic turn in the last few weeks. Our community, which was built on the backs of hard-working, blue-collar workers, has faced many challenges throughout its history, but nothing like the one we are facing today. It has been encouraging, however, to see so many of ...

Remember, we’re all in this together

As we all face unprecedented times of rapid change in our country, we can still remain calm and hopeful. Small town America is still the heart and soul of this country and we are all lucky enough to be part of “small towns” and benefit from that mentality. As Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown ...

Gardens and libraries

Last week I ordered a book titled “Libraries & Gardens: Growing together.” I think it should have been titled “Libraries and Gardens Growing Together if the Librarian Has a Green Thumb.” I ordered this book for a very special reason. In case you haven’t noticed, our garden is ...

Reacher back on streets

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 ...