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Pets and libraries – Part II

September 24, 2016 The debate about animals in the library is still raging among the online discussion groups and I have monitored them closely so that Mifflin County Library can try to avoid the problems/challenges... more »»

Animals and the library – Part I

September 17, 2016 I am not a pet person. Let me explain. It’s not that I don’t like animals. I do like them. Perhaps it stems from my upbringing. You see, my father trained and raced harness horses for a livin. more »»

Labor Day, after the fact

September 10, 2016 The Friday before Labor Day always gave me pause. When I was a child, it meant school would start in a few days. New television shows and episodes premiered right after the holiday. more »»

‘Where were you when the twin towers fell?’

September 10, 2016 It has joined other events in history of which people ask, “Where were you when ... ?” Sept. 11, 2001, is a day I will never forget, and sometimes it feels like only yesterday. more »»

I didn’t know…

September 3, 2016 Have you ever had a week so full of frustration that you wanted to bang your head against a wall? Climb into bed and pull the covers over your head and never emerge? Tattoo a big red F for failure o... more »»

‘Who’s on First?’

August 27, 2016 Are you familiar with Abbott and Costello’s comedy sketch “Who’s on First?” When I watch that routine I howl with laughter at the clever word play and the sheer comedic genius of this 1930s and 40s... more »»

Olymp-aholic finds her next addiction

August 20, 2016 Hello. My name is Molly. I am an Olymp-aholic. I am absolutely addicted to the Olympics. I love the pomp and pageantry of the opening ceremony. more »»

Library cards

August 13, 2016 Let’s play Jeopardy. I’ll be Alex Trebek, sans mustache. Are you ready? Hands on your buzzer. Here is the category: Library Cards. more »»

Shelter Scoop

August 12, 2016 Are you considering adding a feline friend to your family? If so, have you ever considered adding two? There are many benefits to adopting two cats or kittens. more »»

Back to school

August 10, 2016 Back to school means back to school lunches. Whether your child gobbles up cafeteria goodies or takes treats from home, send along pocket change for ice cold milk. more »»

Beets become a trendy super food

August 10, 2016 While growing up, it was about this time every year my aunt would visit for the specific purpose of harvesting and canning beets from our garden — or at least that’s what it seemed like to me! While... more »»

Po-key what?

August 6, 2016 Do you know how difficult it is for libraries to break into, be included, or influence a popular culture phenomena? It’s tough. more »»

Lafayette commands Pennsylvania troops as Revolutionary War heads toward Yorktown

August 6, 2016 May 1781 found soldiers of the Pennsylvania Line encamped at York, about to make a 250-mile overland march to Tidewater Virginia. The American Revolutionary War had been under way for six years. more »»

‘Mary, Mary, quite contrary’

July 30, 2016 Have you visited the library lately? Did you take time to stop and look at the garden in front of the Kish and Lewistown buildings? Have you been following the progress of the new garden at the... more »»

Yearbooks at the library

July 23, 2016 The young face smiled at me from the pages of a high school yearbook. The shag haircut so popular in the early 1970s had not a single gray hair. more »»

The time to stand together is now

July 13, 2016 Words cannot express the sorrow and shock we feel for our brothers and sisters in Dallas. more »»

Perpetual motion

July 9, 2016 According to Wikipedia, a perpetual motion machine is a hypothetical machine that can do work indefinitely without an energy sourc. more »»

Eulogy for Lois Duncan

July 2, 2016 My heart is sad as I write this week’s column because iconic children and young adult author Lois Duncan has die. more »»

Library animals

June 25, 2016 True story. This week four boys came to the library and loudly announced they were bored. Uh-oh. Those two B words together are cause for alarm because bored boys usually mean trouble. more »»

Books and water don’t mix….

June 18, 2016 Once upon a time four friends went to the beach. more »»

I am always your American flag

June 14, 2016 I’ve been to the moon. I’ve been burned. But more often I’m honored. I’m your American flag. more »»



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