Library Director Lynne E. Tharan's biweekly column in the Uniontown Herald-Standard Newspaper
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Uniontown Public Library Holds Scholastic Reading Competition: May 22
We welcomed the students at 8:30 and began the competition at 9:00 after a light snack of homemade muffins in the cafeteria at St. John Byzantine School. The students were raring to go, but all were well behaved. Throughout the morning, they were questioned on the books they read, and by noon, we had our winners.
First place went to ‘The Dream Team’ from Lafayette Middle School. Second place was ‘A.J.’s Paperbacks’ from A.J. McMullen Middle School. Third place went to ‘The Page Burners’ from Ben Franklin Middle School; fourth place to ‘The Wright Sisters’ from Laurel Highlands Middle School, and fifth place to ‘Dumbledore’s Army’ from Laurel Highlands Middle School. Congratulations to all who participated, not just the winners.
Our Wednesday/Thursday Story Times end this week, and now we’ll concentrate our efforts as we prepare for our Summer Reading Club. Registration for it begins June 10.
For the Memorial Day weekend, please note that the Uniontown Public Library will be closed on Saturday and Monday, May 25 and 27. Regular hours resume Tuesday, May 28.
I received an email from Brady in the Pennsylvania Room stating, “I have marked the price of A Vintage History of a Vintage Family down from $23.20 to $10.60 (includes tax). It is a family history, but it contains information on local history, and may be interesting to some patrons in that regard. Stop in if you are interested or give us a call. 724-437-1165.
Come see us in the library, congratulate a reader, and thank a service man or woman on the Memorial Day weekend.
“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”~~Anne Lamott
Uniontown Public Library's Online Card Catalog: June 7, 2013
As you may have learned if you are one of our patrons who uses our online card catalog, it has not been working this past week, but cross your fingers – it should be up and running on Friday. The main frame server we operate from is located in Washington, PA at the Citizens Public Library, and this past week, seven more libraries in Washington County were added to the Polaris family. When that happens, the server is shut down to add the additional libraries and their patron records and catalog of books.
What does that mean for you, our library patron? It means you can go to our web page, click on the online catalog, and search for a book to see if it’s in our collection. If it is not there, go to the top of the catalog page and select the entire Washington/Greene database to search. Then, if one of those libraries has the book, later this summer, you will be able to place a reserve on it right there, and the book will be sent to our library for you to pick up. TaDah!
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing one of the Restaurant Coupon books lately, now would be a good time – you will receive a free ‘I am a Friend of the Uniontown Public Library’ mug. Come by and pick one or two up!
Beginning Monday, June 10, you can register your child/ren for the annual Summer Reading Program in the Children’s Room. The program Miss Dianne has developed for the children this year is another outstanding event for the library. Our first program will be on Thursday, June 13 and features our absolute favorite friend, Doc Dixon. The program begins at 1:00, so be on time – you won’t want to miss a minute of it.
Here at the Uniontown Public Library, we are celebrating three birthdays this month. Laurita Soisson’s birthday is Sunday, June 2, former Librarian, Christy Fusco has a birthday on Tuesday, June 4, and dear Sandy Michotte’s birthday is June 7. Happy, Happy Day to all three.
A reminder to those of you with pre-schoolers at home. If you reside in the Uniontown or Laurel Highlands School District, and your child or children are under the age of five, they are eligible to receive a free book in the mail every month! All you need to do is fill out a brief form here at the library – no restrictions except you must reside in either school district mentioned above.
The books are appropriate for the age group, and are sponsored by local individuals or businesses in our area. If you have any questions, call me at 724-437-1165.
“Books are open doors to other dimensions where everything is possible and nothing is forbidden.” ~~ Danny Tyran
Uniontown Library Upgrades Online Card Catalog Database: June 19. 2013
While we’re talking about our amazing summer programs, I want to thank some folks who make it all possible for the Uniontown Public Library to put on such a phenomenal summer event. We thank St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, the Friends of the Library, Dollar General Stores, Sheetz, The Maxx, Duck Hollow Discovery Learning Center, The Community Foundation of Fayette County, Linda Jennings, McDonalds, Lorraine Jones, Doris Coldren, Rose Ann Joseph, Melba Gillingham, Chris Bryan, Lynn Dairy Queens, WalMart, and those individuals who contributed to Ten to Spend.
This summer in the Children’s room, we are welcoming two ladies who will be assisting Miss Dianne. Look for Linda Jennings and Mary Pace during the week helping patrons register children, find books, check out your books, hand out prizes, and answer questions.
If you are a regular library user, you know our Polaris circulation system was down for a while, and when it came back to us, there were many glitches to be fixed. We resolved many, but there are still some that we’re working on. Thank you for your patience. We’ve cancelled all fines incurred from May 31 through June 26. After June 26, we’ll be charging fines once again.
One plus of the Polaris upgrade is that now, from your home computer, you can go to our web page (www.uniontownlib.org) to access the card catalog and place a request for a book. Now, though, if we do not have the book or if our copy is out, you can still place a request that will be filled right away by another library in our system that owns the book. The book will be sent to us on the delivery van for you to pick up here at the Uniontown Public Library. While this library has the largest and finest book collection not only in Fayette County, but in the southwest area of Pennsylvania, we cannot have every book you might want, so this new service will help you find just what you need.
Also, if you use OverDrive, let us know if you are having problems.
Are you a fan of Pittsburgh baseball? Want tickets for a game at a reasonable price? Stop in to the library and pick up a form to order tickets for the July 30 DOUBLE HEADER between the Pirates and the Cardinals. Tickets are $18 for the grandstand with a free Pirates cap, or $11 for the upper grandstand. Last day to order your tickets is June 28, so hurry.
Come see us in the library, enjoy Doc Dixon, and request a book.
“They (librarians) are subversive. You think they’re just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They’re like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn’t mess with them.” ~~ Michael Moore.
Uniontown Library is Abuzz with Activity This Summer: July 3, 2013
Did you know that clover contracts its leaves at the approach of a storm? If flowers stay open at night, the weather will be wet the next day. The faster a cricket chirps, the warmer the temperature will be. I think our crickets have been chirping their little legs off!
Also, if corn husks are thicker than usual, a cold winter lies ahead. Lightning in the south is a sure sign of drought, and bees will not swarm before a near storm. Consider yourself informed! Aren’t you glad you read this column?
The library has been a very busy place the last few weeks with children and parents in and out all day. Our Summer Reading program with Doc Dixon and his psychic bunny saw over one hundred attendees. The following week, Butterflies by Heather was a huge draw as well. We’ve been seeing a few butterflies already on the butterfly weed flowers we have planted outside the library from the last time Heather was here.
This week, we will not have a Thursday program, as the Uniontown Public Library will be closed to celebrate the 4th of July. Now, next week though, on July 11 at 1:00, we are eagerly anticipating the fun with Wally, the Therapy Dog. Come learn what it takes to be a therapy dog, hear about their training, and see who they help.
The Friends of the Library will again be sponsoring the annual Scholastic Book Sale on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from August 2 through the 11th. If your child is registered for the Summer Reading Club and has read ten books by then, they will receive a coupon good for $10 in merchandise at the Book Fair. Anyone can come by and shop for books during that time as well. You do not need a child with you for admission. Our thanks to the Friends for sponsoring the Book Fair.
Through a generous donation, we received a collection of fiction written by African American authors. You can find these titles on the main floor, on top of the window ledge bookcases, and a list of the authors and their titles at the circulation desk.
Come see us in the library, meet Wally, the Therapy Dog on Thursday, and read an author you’ve never read before.
Jenna found this quote. “Librarians! Librarians always know how to find things. That was their job even before the Internet.” ~~from This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Uniontown Library to Feature Special Guests as Part of Summer Reading Program: July 17, 2013
We want to thank everyone who offered condolences on the passing of our dear friend, Sandy Michotte last week. We are still trying to grasp the loss, and your sympathies have helped some. Sandy truly was a gift in our lives. By her example, she taught us patience with stressful situations, kindness to those who were rude, and gentleness with strength. Safe travels, Dear Friend. Our wishes for peace for Bob, Michelle, Sean & Ashlee, Barrette, Sean, Blaire, and Buddy and Mildred.
Tomorrow, (Thursday, July 18) our Summer Reading program will be presented by our favorite veterinarian, Dr. Amy who will talk to us about the Avian Conservation Center and explain what a raptor is. We are hoping she will bring some along, too.
The following week, on Thursday, July 25 at 1:00, the Stage Right Players will delight us with their production of “Dog in Boots”, and I promise you, there will be laughter emanating from the meeting rooms. We love Stage Right – always a fun time for the children and adults, both.
Miss Dianne tells me we now have over 450 children registered for the Summer Reading Program! Phenomenal!! If you’d still like to register your child or children, stop by anytime we are open and sign up the kids. There is still plenty of summer fun and activities for them to participate in.
Not only does reading keep your children busy on rainy summer days when they can’t play outside, they are keeping their reading skills sharp so that they will maintain their reading level this fall when they return to the classroom.
We are now issuing new plastic library cards that include a key ring card for those who prefer that. It will give you a new number, as well, so if you use our OverDrive link to borrow ebooks, ask us how and when to use the new number.
Come see us in the library, register a child for the Summer Reading program, and pick up your new library card.
My quote this week combines two of my favorite things – books and cats.
“He loved books, and when he found one open on the table he would lie down on it, turn over the edges of the leaves with his paw, and after a while, fall asleep for all the world as if he had been reading a fashionable novel.” ~~ Theophile Gautier
Uniontown Library Will Hold Its Book Fair This Week: July 31, 2013
Our Thursday Summer Reading show this week is the Carnegie Science Center’s Dinosaur Detectives. All you dinosaur fanatics be sure to be here by 1:00 so you don’t miss a minute of the event.
Next Thursday, August 8, we will see the final program of the summer. We welcome the Nemacolin Wildlife Animal Show with our favorite Baby Animals! Everyone loves this – don’t miss it.
The final week for the Summer Reading Program will be the week of August 5-10.
Our Dolly Parton Imagination Library registration has reached 630 children right now. These children are each receiving a free book each month in the mail. With funds raised locally, we are able to keep them reading and building their very own library.
Children between birth and age five are eligible to receive free books. We have applications here at the library or you can register your child online at www.imaginationlibrary.com. There will never be a fee for you.
If you would like to sponsor a child or children, please drop a check in the mail and send it to the Community Foundation of Fayette County at 2 E. Main Street, Uniontown and write ‘Dolly Parton Imagination Library’ on the memo line. It costs $30 a year to sponsor one child, but please consider sponsoring more than one. We have so many children who need this program.
If your child is already registered but you have moved recently, please contact me at the library with your change of address so we can keep the books coming to you. Books generally arrive during the third week of the month.
Want to know who the 2013 inductees were for the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame? Come to the library and take the stairs or elevator to the second floor and walk to the display case beyond the elevator. While you are there, check out all the cases with other inductees plaques. There are also two exhibit cases full of local sports memorabilia.
Come see us in the library, visit with baby animals and the Scholastic Book Fair, and sponsor a child in the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program.
“When I think of all the books still left for me to read, I am certain of further happiness.” ~Jules Renard
Welcome to Our New Staff Member: August 23, 2013
You may recall that Maria volunteered for us the year between her undergraduate degree and returning to Pitt for a Masters degree. She enjoyed library work then, so this position seemed a natural progression at the right time. Please stop in and say hello as she learns all the ins and outs of the PA Room.
Many of you know that we generally accept donations of used books, unless they show signs of mold, mildew or are dirty or musty. For a while, now, we are not able to take donations of books – we’re overloaded! We can take new titles (within the last year), DVDs, magazines and children’s books, though.
If you can hold onto them until this winter, please do so; otherwise check with St. Vincent DePaul, Salvation Army or Goodwill to see if they are accepting donations of used books.
Our perpetual, inside book sale has many new titles for you…new as in more books added to the sale, but not necessarily current. There are bargains galore at $1.00 for a hardcover book, $.75 for a trade paperback (the larger ones), and $.25 for the mass market paperbacks.
We also placed a large number of thirty-three and a third record albums in the vestibule book sale, and they are free. There are many classical records, operas, and individual instrumentalists.
Are you on FaceBook? Do you know the Uniontown Public Library and the Uniontown Friends of the Library have FaceBook pages? Recently, our Jenna has been helping with the library’s page and adding wonderful pictures and facts of trivia. We also post activities happening in the library. Please take a look and ‘like’ us.
Come see us in the library, meet Maria Sholtis, and carry home some bargains.
“Books fall open, you fall in. When you climb out again, you’re a bit larger than you used to be.” ~ Gregory Maguire