Pennsylvania Libraries are at risk, but you can help…


PA Public Libraries are assets to their communities. We offer books, magazines, audio material, puzzles, and Wi-Fi hotspots, but we are so much more than that. We’re a quiet place to fill out a job application or to register for classes. We promote childhood literacy, helping children explore their world through Story Hour and year-round programming. We help with research questions and with accessing information and social services. Libraries are also one of the few remaining places that cost nothing to access.

But right now, libraries are at serious risk due to a lack of state aid funding. PA libraries have only been guaranteed 5/12 of their accustomed state aid funding — that’s a shortfall of more than $10,000. That’s why we’re asking patrons and members of the community to help us by calling their elected officials and asking them to fully fund the Public Library Subsidy line in November.

Our calling campaign begins on Monday, the 21st of September, and continues until November. By making our voices heard, we’ll ensure that PA public libraries continue to serve their communities long into the future.


Contact information:

Representative Parke Wentling (R), PA House District 17

395 High St. PO Box 17, Conneaut Lake, PA 16316. Phone: (814) 382-7200

142 Main Street East, Suite 1-W, Girard, PA 16417. Phone: (914) 774-3105

134 High St., New Wilmington, PA 16142. Phone: 1-855-249-2427

162A East Wing, PO Box 202017, Harrisburg, PA 17120-2017. Phone: (717) 783-5008


Contact Page (Form):


Senator Michele Brooks (R), PA Senate District 50

100 Hadley Rd, Suite 9, Greenville, PA 16125. Phone: (724) 588-8911, Fax: (724) 588-5464

16678 McMath Ave., Meadville, PA 16335. Phone: (814) 337-8132, Fax: (814) 337-5055

99 Erie St. Suite 1, Edinboro, PA 16412. Phone: (814) 734-2783, Fax: (814) 734-2789


Contact Page (Form):


Congressman Mike Kelly (R), Federal House District 16

208 E. Bayfront Parkway, Suite 102, Erie, PA 16507.

Phone: (814) 454-8190   |   Fax: (814) 454-8197


Contact Page (Form):

Schedule a Meeting (Form):


Sample script:

Hello, my name is [your name]. As a voter in your district, I’m calling to ask [Name of Legislator] to support full funding for libraries in the November budget decisions.

I am a [board member/staff member/a patron] of the [Name of Library]. [Share a story about how your library makes a difference in your life or your community.]

Libraries are at the center of community renewal and transformation. They support the educational and recreational needs of ALL community members; however, they need adequate funding to provide these services.

Please support full level funding for libraries in the November budget decisions to ensure your constituents are well served.  Thank you for your time.






Updated Hours of Operation

Our updated hours of operation are as follows:

Monday . Wednesday . Friday

11:15 – 6:00 PM; last entry 5:15 to allow for sanitation.

Tuesday . Thursday

11:15 – 5:00 PM; last entry 4:30 to allow for sanitation.

All patrons must be masked, and there is a limit of 4 patrons at a time.

Curbside service continues to be available during all working hours. We are happy to offer early appointments to high-risk patrons. Please call us at 814-382-6666 to schedule an appointment.

It’s time for our last Story Time Art Lesson with Miss Jena!

We have greatly enjoyed sharing Miss Jena’s stories and art projects with our patrons this summer. Join Miss Jena as she reads the story “One Hungry Monster,” written by Susan Heyboer O’Keefe and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. Then stay tuned to learn how to make your very own fluffy monsters!

For the Fluffy Monsters project, you will need:

-washable markers
-aluminum foil
-spray bottle or damp paper towel
-watercolor paper or white cardstock
-shaving cream
-Elmer’s School Glue
-container for mixing
-spoon or popsicle stick for mixing
-spoon or paintbrush
-googly eyes, eyes drawn with Sharpie Marker or cut from magazines
-optional: glitter or sequins, yarn, tissue paper
As always, if you’ve enjoyed this story and art lesson, be sure to share it with friends and visit Miss Jena on Facebook Jena Schieb Art and at her website at

It’s time for another Story Time Art Lesson with Miss Jena!

Listen as our friend, Miss Jena, reads the story There’s a Dragon in Your Book, written by Tom Fletcher and Illustrated by Greg Abbott.

For the Dragon Design project, you will need:

-Watercolor paper, heavy cardstock or tag board
-Watercolor paint, food dye and water or other washable paint
-Table salt
-Spray bottle
-Paint brush
-Glue stick
-Paper for the back of the collage (not necessary if making a sculpture)

-Oil pastel or crayons

If you’ve enjoyed this story and art lesson, be sure to share it with friends and visit Miss Jena on Facebook ( and at her website at

And stay tuned for the last of Miss Jena’s Story Time Art Lessons!

It’s time for another special Story Time Art Lesson with Jena Schieb!

We are so pleased to share the second of four very special Story Time Art Lessons, facilitated by our friend, Miss Jena!

Listen as Miss Jena reads Colors, by Jenna Kurtzweil, with illustrations by David Rodriguez Lorenzo. Then stick around for an art project making Rainbow Weaves!

For this project, you will need:
-Cereal box or similar cardboard
-Paper towels
-Wooden skewer, rod or pencil
-Magic Markers, paint brush, water cup OR food dye and clear containers
-Yarn or string, cut up plastic bags or fabric
-Hole puncher or screwdriver, pen

If you’ve enjoyed Miss Jena’s lesson, be sure to visit her website at and connect with her on Facebook at Jena Schieb: Art for more fun art projects and ideas!

Introducing a very special Story Time Art Lesson with Jena Schieb!

We are so excited to invite you to a very special story time with our friend, Miss Jena! Listen as Miss Jena reads Mr. King’s Castle, by Geneviève Côté. This story teaches children about the importance of protecting our environment so that all of our friends can enjoy it! Then, stick around for a fun art project: making your own castle prints. Be sure to visit Miss Jena’s website at and connect with her on Facebook at Jena Schieb: Art for more fun art projects and ideas! 


Here are the materials you’ll need:

-Corrugated cardboard cut into shapes
-Cardboard sheet
-Paint brush
Foam stamping-
-Styrofoam plates
-Magic Markers
-Paint brush
-Water cup
Block stamping-
-Tray, plate or aluminum foil to hold paint

Margaret Shontz Memorial Library will Reopen on Monday, August 17th!

Margaret Shontz Memorial Library will reopen on Monday, August 17th.

Our new hours of operation are:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:15 – 5:15, by appointment only

Tuesday and Thursday from 11:15 – 4:30, walk in service


While we are so pleased to welcome library users back, there are a few new procedures and protocols that we’d like to share with you.

Currently, our occupancy is limited to four patrons at a time. We ask patrons to please limit their time in the library to 15 minutes per appointment. All patrons must wear a mask, and we ask patrons to make use of the hand sanitizing stations available throughout the library. All reading materials and WiFi hotspots will be available for check out. Computer and printing services are also available, and faxing is available by appointment. Special appointments are available for high risk patrons and those who require additional assistance.

Curbside service will still be available.

Please give us a call at 814-382-6666 to set up your appointment today!

Summer Reading Activity Bags are Ready for Collection!

Children participating in the Pre-K and Children’s Summer Reading Programs may now collect their Summer Reading bags! Collection will follow the same rules as curbside pick up. Please call us at 814-382-6666 to arrange a time for pick up. When you arrive, please call us from your vehicle and we will place your child’s bag on top of the book return. Please remember to wear a mask when picking up your child’s bag!

A Message (and Story) from Governor Wolf

We appreciate Governor Wolf’s acknowledgement of the amazing work that public libraries perform in communities across Pennsylvania. You can listen to his message about Summer Reading Programs here, and join him for a special story time as he reads I Just Like You, written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom and published by Boyds Mill Press.

Children’s Summer Reading Magic Show!


We are very pleased to present the virtual “Just Imagine” magic show from children’s performer Steve Haberman!

Steve is one of several performers whom we looked forward to welcoming this summer. Although we’re sad that the pandemic has put our plans on hold, we are so appreciative of Steve’s generosity, and we look forward to the time when we can welcome him back in person!

In the meantime, please enjoy — and share! — this virtual magic show!