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!


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.

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 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.