Monday, June 14, 2021

Linda's Book Review

 Linda's Book Review



Double double, twins spell trouble…

Hunter and Mercy Goode are twin witches, direct descendants of the founder of their town of Goodeville. As their ancestors have done before them, it is now time for the twins to learn what it means to be Gatekeepers–the protectors of the Gates to different underworlds, ancient portals between their world and realms where mythology rules and nightmares come to life.

When their mother becomes the first victim in a string of murders, the devastated sisters vow to avenge her death. But it will take more than magic to rein in the ancient mythological monsters who’ve infected their peaceful town.

Now Hunter and Mercy must come together and accept their destiny or risk being separated for good. 


  I love my fantasy books! This week's book was ok. It could have been better, in my opinion, but it was enjoyable since it is the kind of book that interests me. I also liked that it was written by P.C. Cast and her daughter, Kristin. 
   The two sisters in the story are twins, Mercy and Hunter Goode. They are (Good) witches of course. They live with their mom Abigale and their cat Xena. My favorite character in the book is Xena for many reasons. One reason I can't discuss or it gives away a secret from the book. When the girls turn 16 they have a ritual and have to choose a goddess who helps them with their magic. During this ritual something goes totally wrong and their lives are never the same.
   This is the first book in a series and I know I will read the next one to see what happens to the twins and their friends.


Letterbox Instructions

Summer Reading Letterbox Instructions

Please Read Carefully and Follow All Instructions

 Below you will find directions to each of the six letterboxes that have been placed for our Summer Reading event. Each box has a different stamp and ink color that identifies which box was found. To claim your entry for the Playstation, either bring in the stamped paper or take a picture of it and send it to me via email at or send a dm through our Facebook or Instagram. Include your name and phone number in any of the above communication. 

Refer to this post about letterboxing if you aren't sure how to letterbox:

If you decide to letterbox, please replace the box and its contents exactly how you found them.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Thank you and have fun!



North Country Trail letter box

Location:  Parker PA

Boxes  1


This box is located at the Parker Trailhead of the Allegheny River Trail.  To reach the trail head look for the North Country Trail sign located on Route 368 at the Clarion County end of the Parker Bridge.  If coming from Parker, turn left at the North country trail sign. If coming from Sligo/Callensburg turn right at the North Country Trail sign.  Continue short distance down the dirt road to the Parker Trailhead.  Stand at the start of the paved trail, just before the yellow posts.  Look behind and under the first large rock on your left to locate the box

Printable Link:


Brady’s Bend Overlook Letterbox

Location: Brady’s Bend Overlook

Boxes 1

Park in the Scenic Overlook parking lot.

Head NE toward the wooden fenced-off area, stopping at the line of stones across the path.

Turn left to face the large boulder sculpture standing on an asphalt area.

Walk to the boulder.

Take 5 paces past it to the overlook chainlink fence to a concrete slab on the ground.

You will find the letterbox hidden under a broken chunk of concrete near the upper right corner of the slab near the fence

Printable Link:


Phillipson Turn Table

Location:  Rimersburg, PA

Boxes:  1


This box is located at the Phillipston Trailhead of the Armstrong Trail.  The address is 94 North Apple St. Rimersburg, PA 16248.  The road to this area is accessed from Rt. 68, approximately 1 mile east of East Brady and 6 miles west of Rimersburg,  There is a sign on Rt. 68 to the East Brady Rod & Gun Club at the top of the Phillipston Rd.  This is where you turn to reach the trailhead.

The turntable is located close to the trailhead.  There is a sign indicating the Railroad Heritage area of the Armstrong Trail.  Proceed a short distance on the limestone trail following it into the the turntable area.  Once you've arrived at the historical marker there is a cement sidewalk leading to a refurbished area of the the turntable.  Follow the sidewalk until it ends.  Immediately to your right there is a crevice by a large rock.  The box is located in the crevice.

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Coaling Tower on Armstrong Trail

County:  Armstrong


Boxes:  1


Directions for accessing by bike trails: The coaling tower in 1/2 mile From the Redbank Trailhead of the Armstrong Trail.  It is 3 miles from the turntable in Phillispston near that trailhead.  It's a short distance, and is visible, from the junction of the Redbank and Armstrong trails.  If you access the Redbank Trail in Lawsonham, it's about 6 miles south.


To access the Redbank Trailhead by road, you need to travel through the small village of Redbank.  The Redbank road is located 2 miles southwest of Widnoon.  Once you are on the Redbank Road there is a sign that says No Outlet.  The road ends at the trailhead, approximately 3 miles.  There are directional signs on the trail.....  .5 mile to Coaling Tower.


Once you've arrived, stand between the historical marker and the wall of the coaling tower, facing the river.  Walk approximately 17 paces to the opposite edge of the trail(the river side).  Look under the log directly in front of you!

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Coke Ovens Letterbox

County: Clarion

Boxes 1

From the Redbank Valley Trailhead in New Bethlehem near Zack's Restraunt, head toward Climax/ South Bethlehem. 

Walk/Run/Bike approximately a mile and a half. You will cross over the new trail bridge where the trail washed out. The Coke Ovens are on your left just after you cross the bridge.

There is a sign that tells about the Coke Ovens and what they were used for. Just past the sign is a large flat rock. The Letterbox is located directly across the trail from the large flat rock, on the ground under the ledge and behind an easily moved rock. 

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Climax Tunnel

County: Clarion

Boxes 1

From the parking area for the Redbank Valley Trail in Climax.

Walk into the tunnel headed toward New Bethlehem.

The metal bracing of the tunnel has a slight jut out about 30 feet into the tunnel. The area is distinguished by chain link fence. 

On the right side of the tunnel, inside the first metal brace at the bottom. You will find the letterbox behind a rock. 

Printable Link:

Friday, June 11, 2021

Here at the Library: Letterboxing

 Here at the Library


    As part of our Summer Reading program this year, we are incorporating Letterboxing. Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that combines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle-solving.
    You may have heard of Geocaching. Geocaching employs the use of a GPS (global positioning device) to find the cache. Letterboxing is similar however, it uses clues, usually found online, that will lead you to the location of the box. Sometimes a compass is needed.
    Letterboxes are small weatherproof containers that are hidden in publicly accessible places such as parks, trails, or landmarks. You can find the directions to letterboxes at or

The following instructions are for traditional letterboxing, for our Summer Reading letterboxing you just need a piece of paper or notebook. If you forget there is a small notepad in the box.

What do you need to letterbox? A letterboxing journal. Each box contains a stamp and usually a stamp pad. Use your journal to collect stamps from the different boxes you visit. In your letterboxing kit, you will also want a stamp that is all yours. Use your personal stamp to mark on the letterbox's logbook that you were there. The owners of the boxes like to see all different colors on their logbooks so you may also want to bring your own ink pad.

Summer Reading Instructions:

In the Summer Reading packet that was sent home from school there was a page with the title 'Area Adventures.' The six locations that the letterboxes will be hidden are:

1. The Railroad Turntable near Phillipston

2. The Railroad Tunnel near Climax

3. The North Country Trail near Parker

4. The Coke Ovens on the Redbank Valley Trail near New Bethlehem

5. The Coaling Tower on the Armstrong Trail near Redbank. Where the Armstrong Trail meets the Redbank Valley Trail

6. The Brady's Bend Overlook 

The clues will be posted on June 15th on the Activity Post on this blog.

Here is what the boxes look like:

Inside is a stamp, ink pad, and a small pad of paper. As I said before, you should take a pad of paper with you, but if you forget use a piece of the notepad. The stamp and ink color identify where you found the letterbox, please don't remove them. Use the ink pad and stamp to mark your paper. Bring, or send a photo of the stamp to me for your entry for the grand prize.

Make sure that you put the box back where you got it and that it's hidden from view! If you have any questions as to how letterboxing works feel free to ask me! You can message me on our Facebook or Instagram pages, or email me at, or stop into the library!

Don't forget, clues will be posted on June 15th!!

Friends of the Library: Sandy Traister

 Friends of the Library
Our Library is lucky enough to enjoy a Friends of the Library group. This group was formed as a non-profit charitable group to help support our library. Most Friends groups are adaptable groups that fit the needs of the communities and the libraries they support. In our case, the Friends of the Library runs our used book store (we always welcome donations), helps us purchase necessary items for the library and supports our children and youth programs through volunteer work, advocacy, and fundraising.

The mission of our Friends is to advocate and raise awareness of the library and its many programs.

Here we will introduce you to some of the members of our Friends group and let you learn a bit about each of them. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact one of the existing members or any of us here at the library!

I asked each member of the Friends of the Library the following questions. Today we are getting answers from Sandy Traister.

1. What is your favorite book?
I am currently liking all of J.D.Robb's books

2.What did you want to be when you were small?
A Foreign Correspondent

3. Who is your hero?
Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and my hero!

4. If you could share a meal with any four people, living or dead, who would they be? 
My parents and my mother and father-in-law

5. What was the last book you read?
Last Scene Alive by Charlaine Harris

6.What is your favorite part of being in the Friends of the Library?
Helping support the library. It is a gem to have in our small community and I want others to know that.

Thanks for reading! Next month will have the same questions answered by another member of the Friends of the Library!


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Activity Tuesday

 Activity Tuesday

Next Tuesday will be our first Summer Reading Activity! We will be having a Drive-In Movie in the back parking lot of the Methodist Church. The movie will be Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon.

Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it's up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.

The movie will start as soon as it's dark enough! 8:45-9:00 and runs 1hr and 57min. Popcorn and drinks will be provided as long as supplies last. Audio will be broadcast through 88.1 FM. Just sit in your car, relax, and watch the movie! 

Our Friends of the Library group is hosting a Virtual 5K. A virtual 5K can be run, walked, skipped, hopped...whatever you wish to do, on your own time at any time. The registration fee is $20 and includes a t-shirt as long as supplies last. If you are not local, you can still participate, we will ship your shirt for an extra $5. 
You can register online at:
or you can visit the library and pick up a paper application. Applications are available now!

Don't forget to visit the Storybook Trail in Lawsonham! The story will be up until Labor Day, be sure to sign the guestbook! 

Keep an eye on the blog for more upcoming activities!

Monday, June 7, 2021

Linda's Book Reviews: Guest Review

 Linda's Book Review

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Guest Review by Kelly

    First I have to say, I didn't read this book in the traditional way, I listened to the audiobook. If you didn't read last Thursday's Here at the Library post on audiobooks I will tell you that I listen to audiobooks of stories that come highly recommended but I don't necessarily want to take time to actually READ. This book was excellent. The narrators made the story come alive. If you've ever wanted to try an audiobook, Fangirl is a good place to start.  

    Fangirl is a coming of age story that is smart, funny, and genuine. The story focuses on Cather, an 18 year old entering into her first year of college with her twin sister Wren. I identified with Cather, who is somewhat of an introvert and nerd. She's fascinated by the Simon Snow series, which I would compare to Harry Potter. Cath writes FanFiction as Magicath and tells her own version of how the story ends.
    Cath doesn't want to party, she's afraid to leave her dorm room, her roommate is weird, her sister doesn't want to hang out. The only things she has are class and Simon. As the story progresses, Cath finds her own place...her own identity without her sister...without being a twin. The story makes it's way from a lighthearted tale that is quirky and upbeat, moves to a darker story about mental health, and shifts back to fun and intriguing. 

    I enjoyed Cath a lot. I enjoyed her finding her own path and relationships. I enjoyed Levi more..but that's all I'll say lest I give too much away! 

    In the audiobook, there were two different narrators, a woman who told the main story...Cath's story,  and a man with an English accent who read the excerpts of Simon Snow's story. This made the story. I enjoyed it immensely! If you choose to read the physical book and enjoy Cath's version of Simon's story, you can read it in Rainbow Rowell's next book Carry On and the one after that Wayward Son (the geek that I am can't help but think of Supernatural, if you know you know) and the final book in the Simon and Baz trilogy Any Way the Wind Blows. 

    I listen to audiobooks when I'm exercising, doing chores, driving, etc. and I found myself looking for things to do so I could listen to more of the book! Give it a shot and let me know what you think! 

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Here at the Library: Audiobooks

 Here at the Library
    Here at the library, we have audiobooks. We also have our Overdrive and Hoopla, apps where you can borrow and download audiobooks for your devices. If you have questions about how to use the apps for your devices, give us a call! We'll be happy to help you!
    As I've stated before in some of my posts, I like to listen to podcasts. I listen to them while I'm on the treadmill, or outside running, or washing dishes, or cleaning the house, or mowing the lawn, or on my way to get the point. I listen to podcasts a lot. However, I caught up on all the episodes of my favorite podcast and while there are others that I like, they are lacking something. I stumbled upon something outside of my usual true crime genre and found a podcast called, 'What Should I Read Next?' Now, I love me some books, but I have a TBR (to be read) list a mile long and growing. Did I really want to listen to a podcast that will give me more books that I want to read? I needed something for my morning exercise session so I tapped download. To my surprise, the podcast didn't hurt my problem, it helped it. The episode I chose to listen to had a guest who was a woman in 7 different book clubs. 7!?! I can only read one book at a time, and while I am a fast reader, I don't know that I could join 7 book clubs and still be able to read what I enjoy. The host asked her how it was possible, her answer startled me. In addition to reading a physical book, or on a tablet, she listened to audiobooks.

    So here's the question. Does listening to an audiobook 'count' as reading the story? There are arguments for and against. A lot of people view listening to audiobooks as "cheating", they aren't really reading the book. But, they're still getting all the information from the book, just because they aren't reading words on a page. Does that mean it doesn't count? 
    A 2019 study by the Journal of Neuroscience states that whether the words of a story come from listening or reading, it appears that the brain activates the same areas to represent their sematntics or meaning. 
    To settle the debate, various experiments have been done to see if reading is actually better than listening to an audiobook. First, you have to know that everyone has a different style of learning. Currently there are seven different styles of learning, basically this just means that what works for one person will not work for another. I'll get into that more later, after I explain the different arguments. One of the biggest arguments against audiobooks states that people usually listen to the stories while doing something else, like I often do, cleaning, exercising, etc. Due to the fact that we are doing a task, our brain isn't entirely focused on the story. Therefore we aren't retaining the information the same way we would have had we actually read the book. Another 'against' argument says that due to the way that the narrator reads the book, the listener may be influenced into certain assumptions or ideas based on their tone or expression. In simple terms the narrator passes their impressions and ideas on to the listener and as a result the listener doesn't form their own impressions. Finally, some argue that listeners aren't as likely to retain what they've read (heard).

    The 'for' arguments. The most obvious argument for the legitimacy of audiobooks is that the content is the same regardless of whether the book is being read or listened to. To say that listening to a book isn't the same as reading, excludes all visually impared people from being able to say that they are a reader...which seems extremely unfair. To cancel out the argument that listeners don't retain what they've read/heard,  a 2016 study had a selection of people read sections of Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken, while others listened to the same sections. After they read or listened to the story they took a quiz that tested their comprehension and memory. The study found that people were able to recall just as much from listening to an audiobook as they were from reading. When doctors compared semantic brain maps for listening and reading the researchers found that they were almost identical. 

    There are advantages and disadvantages to listening to audiobooks. In my case, I have no trouble reading a physical book. I actually start to panic if I don't have a book to read! BUT, I can't read more than one book at a time, my brain gets confused. I can, however, listen to an audiobook and read a physical book without getting the plot and characters confused (sidenote, I do not read a book and listen to an audiobook simultaneously). With audiobooks I can visit the books that are recommended to me that I don't actually want to read all that much and I can take the time to read a physical book that I DO want to read. I can try a new genre, or 'meet' an author that I haven't 'met' before.
    Audiobooks open the door to the world of books to those who struggle reading. One of my children, I'm not naming which one so I remain alive for another day, has trouble focusing and struggles with reading assignments. Their teacher recommended that they try the audiobook and use it along with the physical book. This was the perfect solution. When it was hard to pay attention to the words, the audiobook filled in and kept them going. 

    The content of a book remains the same whether it's read or listened to. If you're interested in giving an audiobook a try you can find them almost anywhere you find your books. I mentioned before that audiobooks can be found on Hoopla and Overdrive. Here are some additional sources for free audiobooks for children:

For Teens

Soon you'll be able to get audiobooks through Spotify, you can also try audible free for 30 days. 

    Try an audiobook. Let me know what you think!

Linda's Book Review

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