Friday, June 18, 2010


As a child my parents would take me to my hometown library every Saturday morning. The main room of the children's area was brightly decorated with posters and a painted mural of popular storybook characters. There were tables and chairs that were just my size. What drew my attention, however, was the seemingly endless maze of shelves filled with books of all colors, sizes and shapes. It was a wonderful place to discover the joy of reading.

One of my favorite summer activities was belonging to Summer Reading Club. There was a different theme every year. My favorite summer was the year that we had a cowboy theme because I loved horses. The children’s librarian would hand out a sticker printed with a different breed of horse for each book read. We would stick them on a cardboard corral that we received when we registered. At the end of the summer the child with the most horses in their corral won the grand prize. The prizes were always books, most of them written by popular authors of the time-- Marguerite Henry, Beverly Cleary, and Carolyn Keene. The year that I won, in fifth grade, I received a copy of “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. I was very disappointed. I had been hoping for the latest horse story by Walter Farley or maybe “Big Red” by Jim Kjelgaard. But I still had fun and will always look back with fond memories of my summers at the library.

Libraries today have changed in a number of ways to meet the demands of our modern society, but one of their most important underlying purposes is still to help children discover the joy of reading. Summer reading programs keep children enthusiastic about reading.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Find the Value of Your Antiques

Go to Ligonier Valley Library's web page at to use our new Antiques Database.

The p4a Antiques Reference database is where you can find the answers to those questions – What is it? and How Much is it Worth? This easily searchable online database edits information about collectibles, antiques and fine art provided by over 140 major U.S. auction companies. Updated daily, each record has at least one color picture, a description, the sale price and date, and auction house name and contact information. Added biographical and historical reference notes enhance many of the records.

Click on the Online Databases button on the left side of our web site. All you need to do to log on to any of the library's free databases from your home computer is type in the 14 digit bar code on the back of your WLN library card. Need a library card? Stop in the library today to register for one. It's free if you live in Westmoreland County! Just bring current identification with you.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Westmoreland Conservation District Display

Visit the Pennsylvania Room this month and view the panel display celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Westmoreland Conservation District.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sand Bucket Raffle Winners

Ligonier Valley Library’s beach bucket basket raffle was a huge success. The raffle raised $1,464.00 for library operations.

The winners are: Debbie Rhodes, Annie Urban, Ellie Davis (shown in photo), John Landi, Pam McKay, Marilyn Siemering, Lois Menzie, Dawn Higgins, Mary Boyd and Julie Knupp.

The buckets and their contents were donated by Cathy Klinchock, Bill Stablein, Paul Fry, Polly Artuso, Virginia Alexander, Carolyn Shafer, Sandra Svilar, Jennifer Welty, Peggy McDonald, Donna McDowell and the staff of the Ligonier Valley Library.