Introducing hoopla!

Hoopla is a fantastic new online resource that allows library patrons to instantly borrow digital movies, music, ebooks and more using just your library card! It’s free and easy to sign up! Visit

New Books for January!


Jasmine Aimaq, The Opium Prince

Jeffrey Archer, Hidden in Plain Sight

Jennifer Chiaverini, Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters (available in print and BCD)

Lee Child, The Sentinel

John Connolly, The Dirty South

Richard Paul Evans, The Noel Letters

Fannie Flagg, The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop

Nicci French, House of Correction

Emma Glass, Rest and Be Thankful

Kristin Harmel, The Book of Lost Names

Megan Hunter, The Harpy

Lisa Jackson, You Betrayed Me

Thomas Perry, Eddie’s Boy

J. D. Robb, Shadows in Death

Jess Walter, The Cold Millions

Stuart Woods, Shakeup


Janet Evanovich, Fortune and Glory (available in print and BCD)

Stephen Spotswood, Fortune Favors the Dead


Margaret Atwood, Dearly

Elizabeth Berg, I’ll Be Seeing You

Blake Gopnik, Warhol

Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights


Neil Gaiman, Pirate Stew

Jennifer Gennari, Muffled

Karen Jameson, Woodland Dreams

Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End

New Books for November!

We know how frustrating curbside can be for patrons who enjoy browsing our shelves for books. That’s why we’re doing our best to publish lists of our newest books to help guide you in placing your curbside orders.

This list is arranged by genre/item type and alphabetically by the author’s surname. We can’t guarantee all items will be in stock at any given time, but we can certainly put you on the waiting list if they are checked out. 



Rumaan Alam: Leave the World Behind

Fredrik Backman: Anxious People

David Baldacci: Daylight

Kevin Barry: Night Boat to Tangier

Darcey Bell: Something She’s Not Telling Us

Brit Bennett: The Vanishing Half

Jeff W. Bens: The Mighty Oak

Sandra Brown: Thick as Thieves

Steph Cha: Your House Will Pay

Jennifer Chiaverini: Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters

Beatrice Colin: The Glass House

Michael Connelly: The Law of Innocence

Liv Constantine: The Wife Stalker

Bernard Cornwell: War Lord

Jeffery Deaver: The Goodbye Man

Jude Deveraux: Chance of a Lifetime

Jennie Fields: Atomic Love (LP)

Vince Flynn: Total Power

Lucy Foley: The Guest List

Ken Follett: The Evening and the Morning

Tana French: The Searcher

Heather Graham: Dreaming Death

Heather Graham: Seeing Darkness

Philippa Gregory: Dark Tides

John Grisham: A Time for Mercy

Xiaolu Guo: A Lover’s Discourse

Elin Hilderbrand: Troubles in Paradise

Alice Hoffman: Magic Lessons

Nick Hornby: Just Like You

Rachel Howzell Hall: And Now She’s Gone

Lisa Jackson: Last Girl Standing

Lisa Jewell: Invisible Girl

Iris Johansen: Chaos

Karen Kingsbury: Someone Like You

Yun Ko-eun: The Disaster Tourist

Dean Koontz: Elsewhere

Kevin Kwan: Sex and Vanity

Mike Lupica: Robert B. Parker’s Fool’s Paradise

Mike Lupica: Robert B. Parker’s Grudge Match

Debbie Macomber: Jingle All the Way

Emily St. John Mandel: The Glass Hotel

Fern Michaels: The Brightest Star

Denise Mina: The Less Dead

Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Mexican Gothic

Michael Nye: Until We Have Faces

Ilhan Omar: This is What America Looks Like

Chuck Palahniuk: The Invention of Sound

James Patterson: Coast-to-Coast Murders

James Patterson: Three Women Disappear

Jodi Picoult: The Book of Two Ways

Ian Rankin: A Song for the Dark Times

Nessa Rapoport: Evening

J. D. Robb: Shadows in Death

Nora Roberts: The Awakening

Marilynne Robinson: Jack

Nicholas Sparks: The Return

Katherine St. John: The Lion’s Den

Emma Straub: All Adults Here

J. Courtney Sullivan: Friends and Strangers

Ruth Ware: One by One

Stuart Woods: Bombshell

Evie Wyld: The Bass Rock



Ann Cleeves: The Darkest Evening

Joanne Fluke: Christmas Cupcake Murder

Sophie Hannah: The Killings at Kingfisher Hill

Stuart Turton: The Devil and the Dark Water



Stacey Abrams: Our Time is Now

Rahaman Ali: My Brother, Muhammad Ali

Anonymous: Becoming Duchess Goldblatt

Anne Applebaum: Twilight of Democracy

Sarah Blaskey: The Grifter’s Club

Libby Copeland: The Lost Family

Ruth Goodman: The Domestic Revolution

Wojciech Jagielski: All Lara’s Wars

Catherine Grace Katz: The Daughters of Yalta

Laura Lippman: My Life as a Villainess

Barack Obama: A Promised Land

James Patterson: Murder Thy Neighbor

Geraldine Schwarz: Those Who Forget

Jacob Soboroff: Separated

Jia Tolentino: Trick Mirror

Alex Trebek: The Answer Is…

Chris Wallace: Countdown 1945

Jonathan Daniel Wells: The Kidnapping Club

Bob Woodward: Rage



Guinness World Records 2021

Tessa Allen: Sometimes People March

Tami Charles: All Because You Matter

Misty Copeland: Bunheads

Ben Hatke: Julia’s House Moves On

Carole Lindstrom: We Are Water Protectors

Sam McBratney: Will You Be My Friend

Sara O’Leary: Maud and Grand-Maud

Rick Riordan: The Tower of Nero

Karen Schwabach: Starting from Seneca Falls

Tricia Elam Walker: Nana Akua Goes to School

Sandra Neil Wallace: The Teachers March!

Sennah Yee: My Day With Gong Gong

Introducing NewsBank

Patrons can now access local and national newspapers through NewsBank.

Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S., including The Meadville Tribune. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

To access NewsBank, you’ll need your library card number (if you’ve forgotten your number or lost your card, you can call the library at 382-6666 for assistance). Click the link below:


Enter your library card number. Then, simply search for your desired newspaper using the search bar. There is no cost for this service.


Margaret Shontz Memorial Library will be moving to curbside on November 30, 2020


Due to rising cases of COVID-19 throughout our community, Margaret Shontz Memorial Library, in Conneaut Lake, will be open for curbside service only.

To reserve books, you can call us at 814-382-6666 or send us an email at

You can also reserve books online by visiting For assistance placing an online hold, please give us a call.

When your order is ready, you will receive confirmation from us, either through email or a phone call. We will make an appointment for you to pick up items. All items will be bagged and available to collect on top of the blue book return.

Our hours of operation are:

MWF: 11-6

TTh: 11-5

Follow us on Facebook for updates.

While we aim to fill orders as quickly as possible, please be advised that it might take up to one business day to fill your order and we cannot promise same day service. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this difficult time.

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!