Introducing our new rotating Playaway Collection!

This month, we’re pleased to offer patrons access to our new rotating Playaway collection! A Playaway is a simple-to-use, all-in-one audiobook that just requires a pair of earphones, a speaker, or a car adapter to use. Press the power button, hit play, and enjoy the story. It’s that simple!

Every few months, we’ll receive a new collection of Playaways to share with you! This collection includes the following titles:

Rick Atkinson, Battle of the Bulge

Avengers Age of Ultron: The Junior Novel

Mary Balogh, Someone to Honor

The Best of the Best Horror of the Year

John Biggins, The Two-Headed Eagle

Alan Bradley, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d: A Flavia de Luce Novel

Betty Boyd Caroli, First Ladies: The Ever-Changing Role, From Martha Washington to Melania Trump

Diane Chamberlain, The Dream Daughter

Agatha Christie, The Secret Adversary

Chris Colfer, Adventures from the Land of Stories

Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Stephen Coonts, The Russia Account

Bernard Cornwell, The Empty Throne

Catherine Coulter, The Rebel Bride

Clive Cussler, Pirate

Dinesh D’Souza, America

Patricia Falvey, The Girls of Ennismore

Fannie Flagg, The Whole Town’s Talking

C.W. Gortner, Mademoiselle Chanel: A Novel

Chris Grabenstein, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library

John Grisham, The Whistler

Guys Read True Stories

Carl Hiaasen, Bad Monkey

J.A. Jance, Cold Betrayal

The Jungle Book: The Strength of the Wolf is the Pack

Jan Karon, Come Rain or Come Shine

Karen Kingsbury, Chasing Sunsets

Catherine Lowell, The Madwoman Upstairs

Antonia Malchik, A Walking Life

Michael McFaul, From Cold War to Hot Peace

Joe McGinniss Jr., Carousel Court

Joyce Meyer, Let God Fight Your Battles: Being Peaceful in the Storm

Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins, Upside Down Magic

L.M. Montgomery, Chronicles of Avonlea

P.J. Ochlan, The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis

Bill O’Reilly, Hitler’s Last Days

Mary Pope Osborne, Stage Fright on a Summer Night

James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, The Games: A Private Novel

James Patterson and Marshall Karp, NYPD Red

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

Randall Platt, Professor Renoir’s Collection of Oddities, Curiosities, and Delights

J.D. Robb, Devoted in Death

Nora Roberts, The Liar

Mac Rogers, Steal the Stars

Karen Rose, Every Dark Corner

Victoria Scott, We Told Six Lies

David Sedaris, Calypso

Dashka Slater, The 57 Bus

Angelo Surmelis, The Dangerous Art of Blending In

Harry Turtledove, Through Darkest Europe

J.A. White, The Thickety: The Whispering Trees

Jocko Willink, Way of the Warrior Kid: Marc’s Mission

Sherryl Woods, Michael’s Discovery

Stuart Woods, Naked Greed

 

Call us at 814-382-6666 to find out more and to place your order today!


How to Place an Electronic Hold

We’ve really enjoyed hearing from our patrons who have called or emailed to request books. However, if you’re pressed for time or simply want to send your request at a time that’s more convenient for you, it’s easy to place an electronic hold on library materials.

The CCFLS libraries have put together this easy-to-use guide for placing electronic holds. Simply click on the link to learn about the process. If you get stuck, call us at 814-382-6666 and someone will be glad to help you.

https://ccfls.org/2020/05/28/how-to-place-an-online-hold/

Curbside Service

After a successful first week of offering curbside service, our library has made the decision to expand our hours of operation while we are still closed to the public.

Beginning on Monday, June 22nd, we’ll be offering curbside service from 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Tuesday and Thursday.

You can place a book order over the phone by calling us at 814-382-6666.

You can also place electronic holds on items. Simply go to shontz.ccfls.org. On the right-hand side, you’ll see the words “Catalogue Search”. Beneath that box, you can type in a keyword, or look for the author’s name or the title of the book, if you know it. Under the search bar is a drop down menu with search options. When you’ve chosen your book, click “place hold”. You will be prompted to log in to your account. Your “login” is your library card number and your password is your last name. If you have misplaced your library card or experience difficulties with logging in, please call us. Fill in the appropriate information to place your hold. Once your hold has been filled, you’ll receive an email (if you have an email address on file with us), and you’ll also receive a phone call, during which you can schedule your pick up.

When you arrive at the library, please call us from your car. The librarian will place your items in a brown paper bag with your name on it, and leave it on the book return book. If you have any items to return, please leave them in the book return. Wear a mask and be sure to observe social distancing, especially if other patrons are present.

We’ve missed you!

While we’ve been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been working hard on plans to safely resume our services and get our books out to patrons.

We are still unable to open the library to the public. However, we are available to take calls between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Beginning on Monday, June 15th, we will begin offering curbside services. You can begin to place book holds over the phone at 814-382-6666 or online at shontz.ccfls.org. Please keep in mind that there may be some delay as we process requests. Each patron is limited to 5 holds. When your order is ready, we will call you and offer a pick up slot. Please let us know if you require extra time or assistance. When you arrive to collect your order, please remain in your vehicle and call the library. We will put your bagged items on a table outside the library and you may collect them once the librarian is safely inside.

This summer, we are trialing a new online Summer Reading Program, hosted by READSquared, and we’re making it available to the whole family! There are options for preschoolers, children, teens, and adults. The program is free. Sign up to record your reading, earn badges, win prizes, and be entered into an end of summer drawing! You can register here at shontz.readsquared.com. If you get stuck, call our library at 814-382-6666 or send us an email at shontz.pl@ccfls.org or amber.pouliot@ccfls.org and we’ll be happy to help you.

As always, thank you for supporting our library! We can’t wait to see you again — even if it’s at a distance!

Remember, you can still access e-books and online periodicals while we’re closed!

 

Margaret Shontz Memorial Library might be closed, but did you know you can still access a wide range of e-books, digital periodicals, and other online resources from the comfort of your home?

Visit https://ccfls.org/online-resources/ and browse books on Overdrive https://ccfls.overdrive.com/. To sign in, simply use your library card number and your surname as your password.

In addition to our library’s well-developed collection of e-materials, many businesses are also offering free e-books, audio books, and children’s educational material in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Audible is offering hundreds of free audio stories for children and young adults https://stories.audible.com/start-listen.

Scholastic has made available a number of free courses for children and parents who are homeschooling https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html.

Keep well! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Looking forward to our Summer Reading Program!

Dear Patrons,

While we wait for our libraries to reopen in Crawford County, we are eagerly looking forward to our annual Summer Reading Program at Margaret Shontz Memorial Library!

This year, our theme is Imagine Your Story, and we have so many fun activities and performers to fire your children’s imaginations and inspire them to dream big! As a sneak peek, you can expect to meet Jungle Terry’s exotic animals, build a coach for Cinderella out of recycled materials, and learn about the importance of bees to the sustainability of our way of life!

Check back often for updates and a list of dates and times, coming soon!

 

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Coronavirus update

Dear Patrons,

In compliance with Governor Wolf’s mandate, our library will remain closed until April 6th 2020. Please hold on to your library materials and do not place them in the book return. No fines will be charged for any overdue items during this period of closure.

The CDC has issued instructions to help limit the spread of COVID-19, which are available here: https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

Stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!