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Library services and upcoming July programs

LEWISBURG – The Union County Library System, which consists of Herr Memorial Library, Mifflinburg, The Public Library for Union County, Lewisburg, and the West End Library, Laurelton, will begin the next phase of its reopening on Wednesday.

Following guidance from the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, the Union County Library System will expand its services while ensuring the safety of employees and patrons.

Patrons will have the option of placing online orders for pick-up in the library at the circulation desk or they may request materials in-person at the circulation desk. In-person assistance allows a staff member to help patrons select books from the online catalog and then draw the books from the shelves while the patron waits.

Computer will be available for use by appointment only. Please call ahead to schedule an appointment. Copy machines will also be available for use.

Materials checked out before the libraries’ closure on March 16 are asked to be returned by Tuesday. Any fines that occurred during that period will be waived. The collection of overdue fines will resume after July 1.

For the safety of our staff and patrons, masks are required to enter the building and social distancing practices will be followed. Specific computer stations are marked for use and spaced more than six feet apart. All heavy traffic areas and high-touch surfaces such as computers, door handles, are cleaned frequently. All returned library materials are quarantined for three days before being placed back into the library collection.

The following guidelines have remained the same:

• 30 item limit per library card account.

• Individuals unable to wear masks due to medical reasons can call the library for curbside delivery.

• All items bagged in plastic for safety.

• All items must be returned to the book drop. Staff cannot accept returns.

• Sign up for a library card at UnionCountyLibraries.org or pick up an application at the library.

• Assistance from Distance, remote technology support, is offered by technology training services coordinator, Jeff Seebold. To make an appointment, call 570-884-4370.

• Book donations will not be accepted at this time.

July programing

• Knight bootcamp, 3 p.m. July 9: Train to be a knight. This is an outdoor event for ages 5 to 12. Limited spots available. Register to attend by calling 570-523-1172.

• It’s all Greek to me, 2 to 3 p.m. July 15: Ancient Greece/Greek Mythology themed games. This is an outdoor event for ages 5 to 12. Limited spots available. Register to attend by calling 570-523-1172.

• Schmarter than you think: The wit and wisdom of Pennsylvania German humor, 11 a.m. July 18: For over 100 years, a vibrant tradition of humor existed among Pennsylvania’s ethnic German populations. Much of it reflects the earthy, day-to-day realities of farm life. Other targets — greed, stupidity and pomposity — illustrate both the timeless truths and the absurdity of the human condition. Historian Bruce Teeple will share these hilarious insights from “schtories” of long ago on the Union County Library System PA or YouTube page.

• Myths and legends of the sky, 7 to 8 p.m., July 23: Listen to stories told about the myths and legends of the Native Americans. Native American myths and legends tell the reason for day and night, why events happen in nature, the origin of the stars and other wonders of the night sky. This is an outdoor event during twilight hours for ages 5 to 12. Social distancing will be implemented. Limited spots available. Register to attend by calling 570-523-1172.

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