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210 Center St, PO Box 98, Meyersdale PA 15552 • Phone (814) 634-0512 Fax (814) 634-0512 • Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm Saturday 10am-5pm

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Sidewalk Project

The Meyersdale Public Library was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies for its Sidewalk Replacement project. The sidewalks on the Center Street side of the library will be completely replaced in May, and the handicap ramp will be repositioned for easier access. This grant was made possible through the FPL Energy Meyersdale Wind Power Fund and the Benjamin Bosler Fund. Additional funds to complete the project were provided through private donations, local organizations, and the Meyersdale Public Library Friends of the Library group.

New computers and tablets

If you haven’t been to the library lately we have some new and exciting things. Thanks to a state grant and our library system, all seven of our public computers are new. We also now have a convertible laptop/tablet with Windows 8, so it’s a great way to learn how to use the newest version of windows as well as a tablet. We also have a LeapPad Ultra tablet for children that includes games and educational apps. Both of these items are for in-library use only. Before using the laptop or tablet, a user agreement form will need to be read and signed, and BOTH a photo ID and library card are required. If you lost your library card, one can be replaced for $1 by bringing in your photo ID. Enjoy!

New Shelving

The library recently received a grant in the amount of $3,000 for a project to add a row of new shelves in the biography section, and to replace sections of old shelving. Funding was provided through the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies by the Penelec Fund for the Future of Greater Johnstown, the Somerset County Community Fund, and the FPL Energy Meyersdale Wind Power Fund. Additional funding was also provided by the Meyersdale Library Friends of the Library group, who raise funds for the library through events such as Wine Tasting at the Mansion and Death by Chocolate. The project is expected to be complete by spring of 2015.

Elf on the Shelf

The Elf on the Shelf is causing mischief in the library. Once you spot his hiding place, leave him there, and let library staff know where you saw him to receive a candy cane!! All ages welcome to play daily from December 1-24.
Have fun!

Meyersdale Library now offers Ancestry Library Edition

The Meyersdale Public Library has a new resource that uses technology to make tracing family trees easier. Ancestry® Library Edition, a Web-based reference tool distributed by ProQuest, will allow you to start exploring your roots by searching a surname. Anyone can come into the library to dig into Ancestry Library Edition’s millions of records – as far back as the 1400s.

The library is responding to a growing interest in family history that’s captured not only Meyersdale but America as a whole. A new nationwide survey* shows 73% of Americans want to learn more about their roots, up from 60% in 2000. Twenty-five percent of those surveyed became interested after searching for a family surname online, pointing to the increasing popularity of Internet-based genealogy.

Ancestry Library Edition is available on the library’s Internet stations located in The Meyersdale Public Library. Once connected to Ancestry Library Edition, you’ll find a friendly opening screen that asks for the name of the person to be searched. Key in the name, click on “Search” and Ancestry Library Edition scans its vast selection of U.S. federal and state census data, birth, marriage, and death records, military records, Social Security death records, and immigration lists. It also includes an extensive collection of information from the U.K., including images census records and civil registrations. Additionally, probate records dating back to the 1500s are included from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The information you find are pieces of a puzzle that you’ll assemble. These records have “clues” to the past – places where ancestors lived, names of relatives, birth or death dates, etc – that lead to more information. Names can be added to form the “tree” or searched to find more clues.
Genealogy is a wonderful hobby for anyone who wants to know more about where they came from, and we’re delighted to provide resources that are simple enough for beginners, yet provide deep and broad content sets that will help veteran genealogists advance their research.

For more information about how to access Ancestry Library Edition at the library, please call 814-634-0512.

Catalog upgrade

On Wednesday, September 24th, our catalog will be down for an upgrade. For that day, library cards will be required to check items out, we cannot accept a photo ID. If you have lost your card, please be sure to replace it before the 24th. Cards cost $1.00 to replace and a photo ID must be presented. Thank you for your understanding.

Coffee & Conversation

The Meyersdale Public Library would like to welcome everyone to our new “Coffee and Conversation” book discussion group. The program is free and open to anyone. It’s as simple as reading the program book and joining us for a cup of coffee and an engaging conversation. Please call the library at 814-634-0512 to register, so that we may call you when the books are available to check out. The books will generally be made available about one month before the scheduled program. The schedule and book selections for 2014 are as follows:

Saturday, September 20th at 10:30am -The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Saturday, October 18th at 10:30am —Twentieth Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
Saturday, November 15th at 10:30am — Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Saturday, December 13th at 10:30am — An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor

Access to FREE Auto Repair Resources

Before your next trip to the mechanic, take an online detour and check out POWER Library. Repair information and specifications for more than 35,000 vehicles are available for free from the state’s POWER Library, www.powerlibrary.org. And all you need to access the information is your free library card!
The information in the Auto Repair Reference Center (ARRC) comes from Nichols Publishing, the former publisher of the Chilton auto repair manuals. It has nearly 857,000 drawings and step-by-step photographs, about 99,000 technical services bulletins and recalls, and more than 158,600 wiring diagrams.
The first step in using the ARRC is to choose the year of the vehicle (anything from a 1954 Volkswagen Beetle to a 2014 Mazda6), then work through the make, model and engine specifications. This valuable resource contains repair information, technical service bulletins, wiring diagrams, maintenance intervals, full specifications, an estimator for labor times and costs, and diagnostic information for most vehicles.
Each screen has several tabs. The Vehicle Search takes you to the initial search screen for the vehicles. The AutoIQ tab has a short video presentation about the different parts and systems of a vehicle. The topics include fuel management, heating and air conditioning, and brakes.
The Care & Repair Tips section provides links for information about caring for and repairing your vehicle, as well as the necessary tools for buying parts and supplies. This section provides information beyond what your mechanic tells you and can also provide information to help you complete basic maintenance issues yourself. Finally, the Troubleshooting tab is a great place to start to diagnose problems with your vehicle.
There are several ways you access the POWER Library: Visit directly at www.powerlibrary.org and click on “List All E-Resources” at the top of the page, or visit www.meyersdalelibrary.com for access.
POWER Library is an integral part of Information Literacy, a component of the PA Forward initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association, promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century. Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to fully participate in a digital society. POWER Library is a service of Commonwealth Libraries, a Division of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. It is supported by the taxpayers of Pennsylvania.

2014 Summer Reading Program

Registration is now open for the Meyersdale Public Library summer reading program:

Children’s Summer Reading Program

The children’s program is open to kids in pre-school through age 12. The program is every Friday from 10am-12 noon from July 11th through August 8h. There will be games, crafts, prizes, and special guest speakers.

Teen Summer Reading Program

The teen program is open to teens and tweens age 11-18. Registration forms must be returned by July 11th and reading logs may be picked up at time of registration. Reading may begin on July 11th. Once five hours of reading is complete, bring your reading log into the library to choose which prizes you’d like your raffle tickets to go toward (5 hours of reading = 5 raffle tickets), and to select a piece of candy. All participants are welcome to attend the pizza party and raffle on August 8th at 7pm. No need to be present to win raffle prizes.

Adult Summer Reading Program

Open to ages 18 and up. Entry forms may be picked up at the library, but reading may not begin until July 11th. Each book or audio book read qualifies you for one raffle ticket. The more books you read, the more raffle tickets you get! Turn in your entry forms by each Thursday to be entered into the weekly drawing. Drawings take place Friday mornings from July 18th-August 8th and the winner will be notified by telephone.

Lions Club Citizen of the Year Annual Banquet

This year the Meyersdale Lions Club is honoring Citizen of the Year Dean O’Neil. Dean was on the library’s board of directors for many years and also served as board president- we hold him very dear to our hearts and are pleased to see him honored at this event. Doors open at 5:45 on May 17th at the Meyersdale Elks Lodge. Dinner begins at 6:30pm. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at Thomas Drug Store or Clapper’s Building Materials. The deadline to purchase tickets is May 5th. For additional information about this event, please call 814-634-8978.

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