Pursuant to CDC guidelines which state that "fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance", we request that patrons who are vaccinated make an effort to socially distance while within the library. We are also requiring staff and patrons who are unvaccinated to wear masks in the library to protect our staff and patrons who are unable to get vaccinated, whether due to health conditions or age restrictions. We ask that all our patrons be understanding as we navigate this new stage within the pandemic as we are doing our best to provide services while also maintaining a safe environment for both staff and patrons. Thank you.
Hannah Dewey, MSLS
Executive Director
What Should I Grow in My Medicinal Herb Garden?
Life in a period of heightened fear and anxiety has brought lucrative business to companies who can cash in on society's need to be safe. In response, the mother-daughter duo of Velya and Ehris Urban will share information on how people can grow their own herbal remedies right at home! While many people are aware of the effectiveness of holistic remedies, their health-store price tags are prohibitive. The Urbans will take the guesswork out of herbal gardening, and will share 11 of their favorite herbs that are easy to grow, do well in most climates, and have a variety of medicinal benefits. Preparing one's own remedies allows individuals to take an active role in one's health and well-being. Plus, it is fun, inexpensive, effective, safe, and empowering!
They are returning to deliver this free, virtual program
Monday, July 5 at 6:30 pm. Registration is necessary to receive the Zoom link/password. Registration is easy! Call 814-362-6527 or click the registration link:
General Lee's Surrender in 1865
First-person impressionist, and full-time professional living historian, Kenneth Serfass, will be portraying Union General, Ulysses S. Grant, during an in-person program on Sunday, July 18 at 2 PM. General Grant will discuss the exchange of letters that led to a face to face meeting between General Lee and himself, which would influence further surrenders and the outbreak of peace by the end of May 1865. Learn of the finer details of the meeting which led Robert E. Lee to surrender his army, ending the fighting in Virginia during the civil war.  
The library suggests that attendees practice social distancing as much as possible during this program. Masks must also be worn by any unvaccinated individuals.
Special Children's Events:
Jeffini the Great Magician
Summer has gotten off to a great start! Join in more fun at the Jan Hamilton park, Thursday, July 8 at 11 AM when Jeffini the Great Magician will perform during the Tails & Tales Summer Reading Program! This event will feature several of Jeffini's puppet friends, lots of crazy magic, and interesting facts about both animals and geography.  This is a free program for all area children.
No Registration Necessary
Strip Quilt

Many have watched the creation of this beautiful Strip Quilt from beginning to end during the library program, 'Building Blocks.' Now, everyone will have the chance to own it!! Judy Brown and Barb Haas have donated this quilt to the library and it will be raffled off during the month of July. Please visit the library to purchase tickets. One raffle ticket for $5 or three for $10.

Huge Book Sale!
We are hosting an inside book sale on Saturday, July 17th from 11 am to 1 pm. Don't let the title mislead you. We will have DVDs, puzzles, albums, and magazines available also! Fill a library tote bag with paperback books for only $10!
Adult Programs
Understanding Ethnicity and Family Migration

Let's delve deeper into genealogy with our next program, Understanding Ethnicity and Family Migration. Eric Migdal, owner of It's All Relative, LLC will be discussing the following topics:
  • history of migration
  • how ethnicity gets 'watered down'
  • family name changes and why it happens
  • name sequencing (e.g. some cultures use a combination of the father's surname and the mother's maiden name, the use of 'son' or 'sten' in a surname, etc.)

Gain valuable insight!

This free program will be delivered via Zoom, on Tuesday, July 13 at 6:30 PM. Register below to receive the Zoom link/password.
Local yoga instructor, Kathy Wright, is leading a brand new in-person yoga program at the library!
Yoga sculpt combines the benefits of traditional yoga with the benefits of strength training. Using light weights or just body weight, participants will improve endurance and mobility, while also toning muscles and strengthening their body. Individuals will need a yoga mat and 1,2, or 3 lb weights. 
No weights? Participants can use 2 soup cans the same size or 2 filled, unopened water bottles. This new program will also stream Live on the library's Facebook page on Monday, July 19 at 6 PM.

All classes are 30 minutes in length and can squeeze into any busy schedule. Best of all, they are free to our community and will also be delivered virtually, via Facebook Live on a bi-weekly basis.
No Registration Necessary
Adult Art Series
Local artist, Laura Hickey will be leading two more sessions of Adult Art. Join the fun on Wednesday, July 7 and make a mosaic magazine collage. On Wednesday, July 21 we are making a pebble art picture. Both events are in-person and begin at 6 PM. To register, call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
New Adult Book Club

Attention all bibliophiles! The library would like to offer two different book clubs for area readers, but we are looking for your input.

Please attend an inaugural meeting on Thursday, July 15 at 1 PM or 6 PM and share your ideas. We are very excited for this new venture and wish it to be enjoyable for all interested parties!

Spread the word to all your book friends and we'll see you on the 15th!
Adult Summer Reading Challenge
Registration is open for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge. Local adults aged 19 years and above can register or sign-in to their previously made Beanstack account, using the button below. This summer, reading books could make anyone a winner of a $25 Amazon Gift card. Adults simply need to complete six books of their choosing and write a short review of each book, to be entered into the library’s raffle. Complete all 10 reading challenges and earn a second entry. Adults can begin logging and tracking their books through Beanstack on June 1. The Adult Summer Reading Challenge is a nine-week program (June 1 - July 31).
Summer Reading Challenge

  • Birth - 13 yrs. Reading Challenge (June 1 - July 30):  Read and log books on Beanstack for a chance to earn prizes and badges. Prizes will be awarded on August 6 during the end-of-program picnic!
  • Teen Reading Challenge (June 1 - August 6):  Read and log books on Beanstack for an opportunity to win cool stuff! Prizes will be awarded the week of August 9.
Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program begins June 15th at 11 AM at the Jan Hamilton Park (weather permitting). This program is designed for area children, ages Birth - 6th grade. Children will hear stories, engage in fun activities, and will also receive a snack and a Grab-n-Go craft bag! The age groups and meeting days are as follows:

  • Tuesday: Birth - 5 yrs old
  • Wednesday: 1st - 3rd gr
  • Thursday: 4th - 6th gr

Registration is now open.
More Adult Programming:
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum

You’re invited to discover the fascinating history that surrounds you here in Pennsylvania! “PA History: Read It, See It” is a new series of virtual programs presented by the State Library of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. This free, virtual series is appropriate for learners of all ages, and will be held on Thursday, July 15 from 12pm to 1pm via Zoom. Learn about PA German Heritage and see what life was like in their early Pennsylvania village during this month’s “PA History: Read It, See It” event:
Landis Valley Village and Farm Market.
Creative Share

Do you have a creative work you would enjoy sharing with others (i.e. story, poem, music, art, pictures, etc.)? Then the library is your venue! Creative Share is once again welcoming participants for this in-person program on the last Monday of the month at 6 PM. We will meet 
Monday, July 26. See you there!

The Test Kitchen

Chef Rob is returning to the The Test Kitchen for a series of Summer Food Fests that will stream Live from our Facebook page. The next Fest is on July 13 at 7:00 PM. Download his recipes from the library's website and prepare the dishes alongside Chef Rob!

The Test Kitchen is a biweekly, prerecorded program. We find the recipes, prepare the food and then rate the dish! Bring your appetite! On Saturday, July 3 and July 31 at 10:00 a.m., we will share some recipes sourced from popular magazines!

Upcycle This!

Join us Thursday at 12:00 p.m. for this biweekly program.

We complete a variety of craft projects with materials easily found at home or a local thrift store.

"Upcycle This!" is a prerecorded video that is posted to the library's Facebook page, so you can enjoy it any time that is convenient for you!

Episodes can also be found on the library's website.

The magazines you know and love are now available to browse and read with Flipster, an on-line magazine service! Patrons have free access to many popular magazines from the comfort of their homes or while they are 'out and about!' Access Flipster with a computer, tablet, or phone. Flipster apps are available for download also. 
Ready to get started? Just grab your library card. On the sign in page for Flipster, click the Patron ID login link and use your barcode number. To begin, click the icon below:


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Movie Nights!

Looking for something to do with friends?! Join us for Movie Nights on Monday, July 12 and Tuesday, July 20. The fun begins at 5 PM. Enjoy Moxie on the 12th and Darkest Minds on the 20th. We will provide the snacks! This free program is made possible by the Teen Reading Lounge grant.
Area youth ages 13 - 18 yrs. are invited!
No Registration Necessary
Teen & Tween
Art Series
Local artist, Laura Hickey is returning to lead this 6-week, in-person art series, courtesy of the Teen Reading Lounge grant! The multi-week program continues through the month of July and meets every Wednesday at 4 PM. The series will include many cool art projects, such as paint pouring and faux stained glass, just to name a few! Don't miss out. Register today!
Teen Book

Middle Ground Book Club

This is My Brain in Love
I.W. Gregorio

Jocelyn Wu has just three wishes for her junior year: To make it through without dying of boredom, to direct a short film with her BFF Priya Venkatram, and to get at least two months into the year without being compared to or confused with Peggy Chang, the only other Chinese girl in her grade.

The Teen Book Club will meet in-person on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 pm. For more information email:

Deep Blue
Jennifer Donnelly

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil.

Middle Ground Book Club will meet in-person on the first Thursday of every month at 5:00 PM.
For more information email:
Dissection Lab
Do you want to see your Dad squirm or make your Mom queasy?! Then we have the perfect family program! The Dissection Lab is returning for more educational fun on July 26 - 28 at 6:30 PM. UPB professor, Orin James will walk participants step-by-step through the process of dissecting a kidney, conducting a urinalysis, and examining interesting things under a microscope! This 3-day event is for youth ages 12 - 18 yrs. Registration is necessary for the free program. Call 814-362-6527 or click the link below:
4-H Animal Program
Members of the McKean County 4-H Club will be sharing some tales of their own during the Summer Reading Program Tails & Tales event on Wednesday, July 14 at 11 AM at the Jan Hamilton park. All area children are invited to attend this free program.


Pull the strings and make the puppets dance and move about! UPB professor, Orin James will be visiting the Summer Reading Program on Thursday, July 15 at 11 AM at the Jan Hamilton park. He'll teach participants how to put on a play, complete with a marionette stage! This is a free event for youth in grades 4th - 6th. Attendees will have an opportunity to manipulate the amazing marionettes.

Messy Munchies

Laurie Maletto, nutritionist from the Penn State Cooperative Extension, will be dishing up the fun during our children's Summer Reading Program at 11 AM on July 1st at the Jan Hamilton park (weather permitting)!
We will be playing some exciting Food Bingo. Be prepared to win some great prizes!
Juice Box Heroes

Join Jim Ronan for music and fun! On Tuesday, July 20 at 11 AM, Juice Box Heroes will be held outside, at the Jan Hamilton Park (weather permitting) All are invited! Please watch the library's Facebook page for late-breaking changes and sign up for email notifications.