Director Lynne E. Tharan's biweekly column
in the UniontownHerald
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'Imagination Library' has 448 Children Enrolled: March 31,
By the time you read
this, March will be finishing and we’ll be looking at my son’s
favorite holiday. No, not Easter – April Fools’ Day!!! He’s
thirty-two, now, but as a child, he would bedevil us the entire
day. Makes me almost happy he lives in Chicago, now.
Those of us involved in the Dolly Patron Imagination Library are
excited as we approach a milestone. When the program was begun, it
was believed we could manage 500 children. We are nearing that
number after only two and a half years. In late March, we had 448
children actively enrolled to receive a free book each month, and
145 who have reached the age of five and graduated.
If you have a child or children under the age of five and you
reside in either the Uniontown or Laurel Highlands School
Districts, you are eligible to register the child for the free
program. We have applications here at the library, or you can go
online at http://www.dollysimaginationlibrary.com and register that
way. Call us here at the library (724-437-1165) if you have any
Please remember the library will be closed Friday, April 2 for Good
Two deadlines in April have us watching the calendar and filling
out forms. April 15 is of course, tax day – the deadline to file
your income tax. We do not carry any tax forms here at the library,
but can print them from the IRS web site for you for $.15 a
Then, April is Census month! You’ve received your questionnaire by
now, so please answer the questions and send it in. If you are
having trouble with any part of it, bring it to the library on
Monday, Wednesday, or Friday when a representative of the Census
Bureau will be here to help you. Monday, he’s here from 4:00 to
7:00. Wednesday and Friday, he’s here from 1:30 to 4:30. This
schedule will be in place until the end of April.
If you are sorting through your collection of DVD movies and find
some you no longer want, consider donating them to the library for
We also accept used books, but please – no dusty, musty, dirty or
moldy books, no National Geographic magazines, and no text books.
I’m making this short this time. I’ve been working on our annual
report to the state for two weeks, now, and I’m nearly done. It
takes many hours of compiling figures, entering them in an online
report, and praying that it will all match our figures when it’s
complete. What a relief when it’s done!
Come see us in the library, fill out your census forms, and donate
your gently used books and DVDs to the library.
information is the currency of democracy, then libraries are its
Wendell H. Ford, U.S. Senator, Kentucky, 1974-1998
Spring Story Time for Toddlers Begins Today: March 17, 2010
convinced that you can learn something new each day, and
occasionally in unusual places. While sitting in my dentist’s chair
this week, I studied a poster in front of me. Did you know that in
the early 1900s, golf balls had square dimples?? Another poster in
his office showed me that there were golf balls at one time with
‘outie’ dimples rather than ‘innies’. Fascinating.
A sure sign of spring! No, not the reappearance of road kill along
the side of the road – the spring library story times are
scheduled. Sorry about that visual….
Miss Dianne has announced that beginning Wednesday, March 17 and
Thursday, March 18 from 11:00 A.M. to 12:00, she will again delight
the children with stories, finger~play, crafts and snacks. While
it’s geared toward toddlers, everyone is invited. The Spring Story
Time schedule will run for ten weeks, and we extend our thanks to
the Friends of the Library for their generosity in making this
We’re all in the throes of tax season, so I need to remind you that
the library DOES NOT have tax forms. Limited federal forms are
available at the Post Office and PA State forms can be found at
Rep. Tim Mahoney’s office at 66 Lebanon Street here in Uniontown.
If you have a computer and Internet connection, you can print out
your own federal forms at www.irs.gov. State forms are online at
www.revenue.state.pa.us. If you do not have Internet access at
home, you can print the forms here at the library for
15¢ a page.
Many of us are watching the mail for the arrival of our census
letter/questionnaire. When it arrives, if you have any concerns
about how to answer questions on it, a representative of the Census
Bureau will be here at the library three days a week through April
30. He will be in our Reading Lounge each Monday from 4:00 to 7:00
and Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 to 4:30.
Mark your calendar…the library will be closed Friday, April 2 in
observance of Good Friday.
Have you started your seeds, yet? A walk through some stores will
quickly get you in the mood as you see seed trays, packets of
seeds, soil – all that you need. Are you ready for a new garden
plan in your yard? Stop by and take a look at the beautiful books
we have on the subject. Lots of great ideas you can use or adapt.
It won’t be long now until planting time!!
Come see us in the library, bring your little kiddles to Story
Time, and find your tax forms online.
careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.~
W& J College Donates 'Combat-stress' Computer: Feb. 25,
you remember that lovely warm spell we had back in January? January
thaw, I suppose, but it was so warm, we had daffodils popping out
of the dirt in front of the library. Someone commented that the
Farmers’ Almanac stated we’d have snow in February that could be
measured in feet! We all pooh-poohed that…now we’re eating our
words…and shoveling day after day.
Here at the library, we have the world’s best snow shoveler –
Steve. Our sidewalks are clear and wide and salted when needed.
Thanks, Steve. You are the best.
Recently, Jeanne McFeaters, daughter of our Children’s Librarian,
donated boxes and boxes of her gently used books to our young adult
collection. They’re all popular books the teens are reading now,
and guaranteed to be used by our YAs. Authors include R.L. Stine,
Diane Hoh, L.J. Smith, and many murder mysteries, fantasies, and
dragon subjects. Stop in and browse the collection. They’re located
along the windows on the first floor.
Last month, a computer in a kiosk was delivered to the library from
Washington and Jefferson College and is meant to inform the public
about Post-Traumatic Stress and what can be done. It’s part of the
Combat Stress Intervention Program and is free for anyone to use.
Family members are encouraged to take advantage of this information
center, and it’s free.
The screen is sensitive to touch and walks you through to the next
screen. A stack of trifold pamphlets are available with phone
numbers and web site you can check into as well. It’s located just
inside the front door by the circulation desk.
We’ve been fortunate to acquire additional material for our PA
Room. Some new acquisitions include The Rockwells (Rockholds) of
Fayette County, Pennsylvania/ Dobson Sides; Families of the Andrew
Bird, Sr. Volumes I & II/ Brierly; William Galliher and Some of
His Descendants/ Galliher; Some Gallihers, Gallahers, and
Gallaghers of Fayette, Pennsylvania and Some of Their Descendants/
Galliher; The Hidden Half of the Family: a sourcebook for women’s
genealogy/ Schaefer; Pennsylvania Agricultural Society Volume 5,
partial collection of group sheets and genealogical information
from the late Jean White Cox; partial collection and examples from
the estate of the late Attorney John Core; Families of Fayette
County, Quarterly of the Fayette County Genealogical Society, Inc.
both current and past issues; Ewing Family newsletters; and Vance
We’ve also added family Bibles from:
v Holliday Family includes Neighbors, Crawford, Wood, Hardin, and
v Crawford Family Bible includes Smith
v Brownfield-Prentice Family Bible includes Beeson, Whyel,
Mitchell, Hyett, Ache, Barbour, Andrew, and Hutchison
v Hutchinson Family Bible includes Shrum, Knox, Louttit, Stacher,
Leonard, Rutter and McDonald and includes family photos
v Beryl Burchinal’s Mother’s bible
v Seeman Family Bible includes Rowen, Weimer, Ickler, Bortz, Duff,
Avery, Nixon, Burns and Guthrie
v Hopwood-Deford Bible
v Asa Ross Bible
Because of the rarity of most of these materials, they can only be
viewed here in the library’s Pennsylvania Room.
Come see us in the library, take a look at our expanded young adult
collection, use the Combat Stress computer, and look into the
fascinating resources in our Pennsylvania Room.
all read a book at one time or another that would prompt us to say,
“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be
thrown with great force.” ~~Dorothy Parker
Despite the Weather, Library Strives to Serve: February 12,
Enough already! Maybe if we stop talking about all the snow
and cold, it will leave! Repeat after me “At least we don’t
get hurricanes or earthquakes….at least we don’t get hurricanes or
earthquakes…” This is certainly one of those occasions when I
wish for heated driveways and sidewalks.
We are sorry for any inconveniences, but we’ve closed the library a
number of days during the last two weeks for the safety of our
staff and patrons during the storms and blizzards. Not
surprisingly, there were very few books returned in the book
deposit box days we were closed. It was too treacherous to
drive on the roads. We cancelled any accumulated fines on
overdue materials as well.
Recently, I spent a month organizing and barcoding our magazine
collection so we may better track what we receive, where it comes
from, and when we miss an issue. Were you aware we receive
over eighty subscriptions? Some of the most popular
Sports Illustrated, Martha Stewart Living, Time, Petersen’s
Hunting, Whitetail Journal, Reader’s Digest, Reader’s Digest large
print, Ebony, Jet, O, the Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, Ladies’ Home
Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Motor Trend, Car & Driver,
New Yorker, Golf Digest, Birds & Blooms, Family Handyman, Every
Day with Rachel Ray, Cooking Light, Cabela’s Outfitter Journal,
Christian Century, Body & Soul, Health, Vanity Fair, Consumer
Reports, and Entertainment Weekly.
For the children, we subscribe toAmerican Girl,
Sports Illustrated for Kids, Kids Discover, Family Fun, Girl’s
Life, Home Education, National Geographic for Kids, and Your Big
Backyard. While we’ve had
to reduce the number of magazines we subscribe to because of
reduced funding from the state, we strive to provide you with a
variety of publications you need.
We do not circulate the current issues, but once the newer one
arrives, we circulate the past months’ copies. You can read
the current issues here in the library, or wait until the next
month to check it out.
By way of explanation to those who placed memorial books for loved
ones, we publish the list in the Herald Standard each month.
Last week, the December list was published, and shortly, the
January list will be published. Because of the holidays and
sickness, we were late in getting the lists to the newspaper.
Our apologies for any problems this may have
Bear with us as we work our way through all the problems the snow
and emergency conditions present.
Come see us at the library…..when it’s safe
to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile
high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by
the time I read them.” ~~ Arnold
Despite Cold Weather, Library Activities Go On: Jan. 29, 2010
us in the library, enjoy a night of Scrabble, and try out
“To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.” -
Brrrr…..it is still
winter. By the time you read this, Punxsutawney Phil will have made
his prediction, but no matter what the outcome, it is still
In my last column, the library hours were listed incorrectly. Here
are the correct hours: Monday 11:00 to 8:00; Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday 10:30 to 6:00; Friday 10:30 to 5:00; Saturday 10:00 to
Also, it was brought to my attention that the library’s phone
number is not listed in the white pages of our phone book this
year. While it is listed in the City Government pages near the
front of the book, it will appear next year in the white pages as
well. In the meantime, our number is 724.437.1165.
Remember playing board games as a child? One of the all-time
favorites is Scrabble. On the third Monday of each month at 6:30,
we have a Scrabble Club that meets in our upstairs meeting room to
play, and we’re extending an invitation to you to come play, too.
You need not call ahead – just show up.
The February Scrabble meeting has been moved to February 22, the
fourth Monday as we are closed the third Monday for Presidents’
Day. After that, the club meets on the third Monday of each
We have added a new database link to our library web page called
LearningExpress. This database is available to all our registered
patrons and can be accessed from our web page or on the library’s
computers in house. LearningExpress offers practice tests,
exercises, skill-building courses and all the information you need
to improve your skills in math, reading, writing and other learning
areas. There are practice tests for GED exams, college admission
testing, and job skills tests.
It takes you from elementary school levels through college as well
as job searching and help pages. If your child needs supplemental
help with math, look at the courses and practice tests available
for them at all age levels. To access this resource, simply click
on the logo on our main web page and it will ask you to register.
Your user name should be your four-digit library card number. It
will ask you for a six digit number, but I’ve been assured our four
will work. If it doesn’t, please let us know.
Next, you are prompted to enter a password of at least six
characters. Be sure you write it down so you will be able to
remember it the next time you use the database.
Take a look at this valuable resource and spread the word to others
who could benefit from its use.
Grant Helps Local Library: January 15, 2010
Old North Wind and Old Man Winter have certainly been tossing us
around this winter. How bad is it when you find you’re
counting the number of days you’ve seen the sun
Because of the snow and cold last week, the Friends of the Library
meeting scheduled for January 11 was cancelled. They will
meet again on February 8 at 1:00 here in the library. Anyone
interested in meeting this group of dedicated Friends is invited to
attend. We meet in the meeting rooms on the second
You may have seen the publicity in the local papers about the grant
we received from Rep. Tim Mahoney. His generosity enabled us
to purchase much needed administrative computers for bookkeeping,
cataloging and my office work as well as assisting us with our
utility bills this winter. Unlike many Pennsylvania libraries
that have had to reduce their hours of operation, Uniontown Public
Library has maintained our usual schedule. We are open Monday
from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from
10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I want to talk a bit about overdue books and how the whole thing
works. If you have our books, videos, DVDs, audio books, or
magazines out and they come up two weeks or more overdue, a letter
will be sent to you at your home address. In that note, it
will list the books you have and also the fine amount UP TO THAT
DATE the letter was written. That means that by the time you
bring the books back, more fines will have
Overdue fines are $.15 a day for all materials, so if you have ten
books out overdue, you’ll see a fine totaling $1.50 for each day
those materials are overdue. You can call us on the phone
(724.437.1165) to renew your books two times. The only books
we cannot renew are rentals or books that are on
If you try to return a book or books during hours we are closed or
on a day we are not open, please place the books in the Book Return
you’ll find on the outside wall on the Jefferson Street side of the
As 2010 begins, I want to say a huge thank you to our Board of
Directors who manage to keep us operating so successfully.
They meet once a month on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:30
here in the library. 2010 meeting dates are February 9, March
9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14,
October 19 (the third Tuesday), November 9, and December
Come see us in the library, say thank you to Rep. Tim Mahoney for
his support of the library, and return your overdue books,
read something that will make you look good if you die in the
middle of it.” ~P.J. O'Rourke
Winter is a Good Time to Catch Up on Reading: January 6, 2010
We're solidly planted in the first week of 2010, and we know for
certain it's winter. Some of our friends have taken off for warmer
climates, but we true Pennsylvanians are in for the long
What do you do to help pass the cold, winter months? Many, many
folks catch up on the reading they didn't do when weather was nice
and they were outside. Others save up the inside jobs for when it's
cold. All summer long, my husband says, "That will be a good winter
project for me.". ...don't ask. Or maybe it's a good time to begin
a new hobby or learn a new skill.
If you need a book to assist you with your winter projects or
hobbies, I know where you can find just about everything you need!
You guessed correctly -here at the library. Our extensive
collection of craft books, tons of books on home repair and
projects, and more fiction and non-fiction books will keep you
occupied until spring arrives. I just checked out one my
mother-in-law recommended -it hasn't been out of this library in
eleven years! But we have it!
Our January calendar is set on our web page. Go to
www.uniontownlib.org and click on UPL Calendar to see what events
are listed there and the times for each. We will be closed on
Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, so some events
have been moved to a different Monday as a result.
Also, while you're on our web page, pause to look at all the Santa
and kids photos on the home page slide show. Some are smiling,
others are not so sure, but all are charming.
As a reminder to those who do not have a library card and would
like to get one with us, there are some variables. If you reside
within the city of Uniontown limits, you may have a library card
free. If you live outside the area but within Pennsylvania and have
a library card from your home library with an Access PA sticker on
it, we can issue you a free card to use our library.
If you do not have a library card and live outside our area, we can
issue you a card for a fee of $20 for six months or $35 for a full
year and the card can be used by those in your family who reside
with you. Your card includes all borrowing privileges for the
Uniontown Public Library as well as use of the Internet
An Internet use only card can be purchased by those living outside
the city for a small fee. To get a card, bring along a photo ID
with your current address on it. If your photo ID does not have
your current address on it, bring in a piece of mail you've
received at your current address that includes your name and the
new address on it. We will ask you to fill out a registration card,
then issue you a number. Your actual card will be ready a week to
ten days later and can be picked up here at the library.
New Year Blessing to all. Come see us in the library, find a new
hobby, and if you don't have one, get a library card. "There's
nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair
job to be done around the house." -~ Joe Ryan