Thursday, May 27, 2021

Here at the Library: Storybook Trail

Here at the Library

    Not really here at the library but created by the library! Located on the Sligo Spur of the Redbank Valley Trail in Lawsonham is our Storybook Trail. 

The red circle shows where the Storybook Trail is located in relation to Rimersburg

    The Storybook Trail was a collaborative effort between Eccles-Lesher Memorial Library, The Friends of the Library, and the Redbank Valley Trails Association. The trail features the book Sheep Take a Hike by Nancy E. Shaw. The book is described as a fun flock of sheep that is raring for a rugged hiking adventure. It's written in a rapid rhythum and rhyme style with colorful illustrations. A perfect book for a hiking, well walking, adventure! 

    The trail consists of 30 signs that showcase the pages of the book. Your walk will be slightly less than a mile round trip. The first part of the story is on the way out with the remainder on the opposite side of the sign posts on the way back. 
    On May 24th, several of the Friends of the Library and their husbands, a few community volunteers, Sandy Mateer of the RVTA, and myself gathered at the Lawsonham trail head to put the Storybook Trail in place. 

In addition to the story, our Friends of the Library placed a 'Little Library' on the trail. The little library is stocked with donations from the bookstore located in the upper level of the library. We stocked it with a variety of novels and children's books! The general rule for a little library is give a book, take a book, but if there is something you really want to read feel free to borrow and return! 
Digging through the railroad gravel was quite a job!

    On the gate to the Sligo Spur is a guest book, please sign it and let us know you've been there!! 
    This was a big project and will hopefully be well loved. With a good response we will be able to do this again, with a new book, next year!


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Activity Tuesday: Virtual 5K, make a Bee!

 Activity Tuesday
Percy Jackson and the Olympians | Rick Riordan

Today!! Yesterday was set up for our Storybook Trail! It's ready for your visit!! Located on the Sligo Spur of the Redbank Valley Trail in Lawsonham, stop by and see it, don't forget to sign the guest book!

NEWS NOW!! Registration for our Friends of the Library 5K is open! Your $20 registration includes a t-shirt as long as supplies last ($25 if the shirt needs to be shipped). You can register online at Run Sign Up or in person at the library. 
The Friends of the Library accept, Venmo (@ELMLFriends), check, or cash. 
If you have any questions, contact Sandy Traister at, or call us here at the library, 814-473-3800.

UPCOMING! Summer is fast approaching and with it our Summer Program! We are offering some interesting and engaging programs this summer! I hope you are all ready! Participating in our programs, as well as select other activities will give you an entry for our Grand Prize!! a PS4 and gift card to buy a game of your choice. Stay tuned for more details. 

Our Activity today is a cut-out bee. My youngest son is terrified of bees! I tried teaching him about the different kinds of 'bees' and how some were very necessary to our
 world. We read books and tried different kinds of honey. It's important to help children understand that while bees may seem scary, they are just trying to protect themselves, and their job is to help us. Didn't matter to Ethan...he's still scared of bees...

You can access the printable file here.


Monday, May 24, 2021

Linda's Book Review: Guest Review by Tina Meeker

 Linda's Book Review

Special Guest Reviewer, Tina Meeker

If Jane Austen and Beauty and the Beast had a fae baby, this would be it!

One of the things I love about Beauty and the Beast retellings is it’s so easy to relate to a book-loving girl. Curse of the Wolf Fae was full of quotes book devourers like us will love and relate to. Gemma (Our Beauty) uses fiction to escape reality. A reality that is full of social anxiety, unrequited love, and social scandal. She was seriously hurt by a scandal in her past. Not only by her ex-lover but by her family who placed the blame solely on her shoulders. Like in most recency books men are forgiven for their indiscretion but women are held to a much higher standard. I liked Gemma a lot. She isn’t a badass female warrior but instead is a different kind of survivor. One who uses her smile like armor for protection. I also liked how analytically she thinks.

Our Beast is a Fae king with his own treacherous past. He is angry and prejudice against humans, not wholly without reason. He made some very poor decisions in his life. To teach him a lesson he is forced to live in his Seelie (Human) form. When his greatest want is the freedom his Unseelie wolf form gives him.
I was asked if this book is similar to ACOTAR. It is not. The only parallel I see is that they are both outlines of the B&TB story. I guess both men have wolf forms but even that is different.
One thing I really like about this book is how our Beauty is fully aware of the curse and is actively working with the Beast to break the curse. It gave a really nice change from the original coerced imprisonment.
I really liked the progression of Gemma and Elliot’s relationship. I felt like they grew together as people as their attraction to each other grew. I did feel like Elliot was a little more of a puppy than a wolf at times. He seemed to express his insecurities much quicker than Gemma was. He was shyer than her a few times when I would have liked to see him more dominant. I wanted a little more of the predator alpha male possessiveness in his passions.

Overall This was a really light, fun, comfort read and I think if you love regency, B&TB, and fae this is definitely a book for you!

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Here at the Library: North Country Trail

 Here at the Library

    Here at the library, we have numerous books about walking, hiking, and wilderness survival. We are lucky. We have something practically in our backyard that people travel from all over the world to experience. The North Country Trail.
    The North Country Trail is the longest trail in the National Trails System. It stretches over 4,600 miles across eight states from North Dakota to Vermont. 

    The trail traverses through National Forests, State Parks, and game lands. It winds along three of the Great Lakes, through the Adirondack Mountains and shares routes with other acclaimed trails in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and New York. 

    One hundred miles of the North Country Trail are in Pennsylvania. Starting at State game land 285 on the Ohio border you travel northeast crossing the PA turnpike and winding your way north through McConnell's Mill State Park. Stop and take a look at the sailboats on Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park or keep going as you make your way toward the Allegheny River which you will follow for miles until eventually, you're on your way east headed to the Clarion River and Cook Forest State Park. 

 Once you leave Cook Forest the trail takes you north near Marienville. Most of the trail near Marienvill passes through the Allegheny National Forest with scenic overlooks, wildlife, and plentiful camping, perfect for a day hike or multi-day adventure. 

North through the Allegheny National Forest, passing by Tionesta and going through Kinzua and the Allegheny Reservoir eventually coming to the end of the Pennsylvania branch of the North Country Trail at the New York State line. 

    If you're interested in a shorter trip, there is easy access to the North Country Trail right off of Route 368 in Parker. Wind through Foxburg and Emlenton along the Allegheny River, following existing roadways and trails. Depending on how far you want to hike, you could go all the way to Cook Forest, or stop at the Clarion County Airport -another easy access point. For a short, scenic trip, hop on the trail in Cook Forest -maybe you'll see something new -a part of the forest you've never seen before.
    Given the trail's length, hikers and backpackers can go for hours, days, or even a few weeks. 

    If you're up for a challenge, look into Hike PA 50. The Pennsylvania Trail Council of the North Country Trail Association is hosting a "PA Hike 50" challenge for those who hike 50 miles on the North Country Trail in Pennsylvania during the calendar year. Visit the Allegheny National Forest Chapter to find maps and information or check out the Facebook page here. Use #PAHike50 to share your adventures on social media and when finished, fill out a PA Hike 50 Completion form. 
    There is nothing better than being outdoors! Get out there and see all the trails that our area has to offer!
If you have a topic you would like me to cover, comment below, or send me an email! eccleslesherprogramming Thanks for reading! See you next week. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Activity Tuesday

 Activity Tuesday

Our Friends of the Library Giant Book Sale was a big success! There are still books to choose from! Stop in and head upstairs to the Secret Garden Book Store and see what there is, you're sure to find something that will capture your attention. One dollar for a bag of books! We are always taking donations, keep us in mind as you do your spring cleaning. 

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!

Our at-home activity for today is Fluffy Slime! Everyone loves to play with slime, this recipe is easy and fun, the shaving cream makes it fluffy!

Here is the recipe:
2/3 cup Elmers Glue
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup water
2/3 cup shaving cream (not gel)
1 1/2 Tbsp contact lens solution

*contact lens solution must contain boric acid and sodium borate, both Renu and Equate brands work well. 

Have fun! Make sure you seal your slime in a zip bag when you're done playing with it and only place the slime on hard surfaces!

Monday, May 17, 2021

Linda's Book Review: Guest Reviewer Tina Meeker

 Linda's Book Review

Wolf Kissed by Heather Renee

Today's review is a guest review by one of our patrons, Tina Meeker. Enjoy!

I read a LOT of fantasy. A LOT... But recently I noticed I never read vampire or wolf shifter/ werewolf books. I think it has something to do with Twilight. Please don’t hurt me when I say this but….

I’ve never read the twilight series.
I think mainly because of all of the cringy reviews. Recently, I tried to watch the movies. But once he calls her spider monkey and gives her a flying piggyback through the woods I was DONE.

Ok, that’s a lot of background to explain my lack of reading this genre.
I decided I needed to give the wolves and vamps a fighting chance to enter my heart. So when the opportunity to review Wolf Kissed came around I jumped on it! I mean it sounded great and the cover was very eye-catching.
I only had a small idea I needed wolves in my life. I just didn’t realize how much I would love them!!
When I first opened my Kindle and the first page was in front of my eyes I knew it was going to be good? How you may ask?! The first line. Every book needs a killer opening sentence. Are you ready for it?

“Boobs and abs.”

Yes please, sign me up.

This book did not disappoint. I read this book in less than 24 hours and I stayed up past my bedtime on a work night. That is some high praise for me. From the beginning, it was a nonstop, page-turning adventure. Like horses out of the gate, this book takes off.
Cait is relaxing on the beach when her wrist feels like it gets stung. Enter hottie stage right and BAM She’s mated with this guy who she assumes is a bit of a creeper. From there, things spin out of control pretty quickly for her.
Have no fear, This is not an insta-love trope. Cait may feel the attraction but she is NOT ready to give up her independence for some guy who happens to be smokin hot.
There was some great story building in this book considering it’s not super long.
I really liked Cait and her best friend Embry. They have the kind of friendship all girls should aspire to have.
Roman at first, may seem a little rough. But he really is a stand-up alpha male. He’s never forceful with Cait and has tuns of patience with her. He's an all-or-nothing kind of guy and once he gets over his first hesitation isn't afraid to show his feelings for her.
My only gripe was I would have liked to see a little more interaction between them. A little more getting to know you without something figuratively blowing up in her face. I also wish she would have been a little more open to the idea of getting to know him. I have a feeling that will come in the following books.
Now for my highest praise. This is the first book I’ve read from Heather Renee but it won’t be the last. She has an amazing talent for writing that I could only dream of having. She has a way of writing that changes words on a page into a voice in my head. I never had to think about the words I was reading, it just naturally flowed.
She also has a wonderful sense of humor that had me laughing out loud a few times. I’m really glad I only need to wait a few more months for the next installment.
High five Heather Renee!

Friday, May 14, 2021

Staff Picks May

 Staff Picks

The library has many different types of entertainment to choose from. Of course books, newspapers, and magazines are always available. We also have a wide selection of movies and television shows on DVD. If you prefer the internet for entertainment, check out our computer lab! Following that theme, our staff is sharing some of our favorite things in addition to books. Enjoy!

Grace Valley Trilogy by Robyn Carr

    This trilogy was written before the Virgin River Series. These books were about a wonderful small town and the people that lived there.
    The characters seemed to have one crisis after another and they kept the reader involved. They were three wonderful stories. 


    I saw this movie advertised on TV and knew it was only available to AppleTV subscribers. I signed up for AppleTV just to watch this movie.
    The movie stars Justin Timberlake (his acting is awesome in this movie). The main character was in jail for 12 years and upon his release, he goes to live with his grandma. His grandma's neighbor is a drug addict with an abusive boyfriend and a little boy who dresses and acts like a little girl. The mother leaves the boy many times, sometimes for months. The main character's grandmother takes care of the boy when his mother is gone.
    I don't want to give any more of the movie away but, if you want to see a really good movie that touches your heart and is one you won't soon forget, watch Palmer! It is one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time. It's the type of movie I could re-watch and still enjoy as much as the first time. 

The Princess Bride

    Just to let you know, my children are rolling their eyes at this pick. I have watched this movie more times than I can count...I have also forced my children to watch this movie. There are entire scenes I can (and do on occasion) quote verbatim. 
    First released in 1987, the movie includes an all-star cast with Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin (watching early episodes of Criminal Minds have me waiting for him to say: "Prepare to die"), André the Giant, and Billy Crystal among others. The film has everything you could possibly ask for, action, adventure, romance, comedy, drama, and so much more. Directed by Rob Reiner the movie was only a modest box office success but has stood the test of time and become a classic.
    The Princess Bride was based on the book by the same name written by William Goldman in 1970 (published in 1973). Rob Reiner was gifted the book by his father and became enamored with it. He wanted nothing more than to make the book into a movie. After several failed attempts, Reiner was able to make his dream a reality.
    If you have never seen The Princess Bride, I highly recommend you do so. You will not be disappointed. If you have seen it and didn't enjoy it, I can only say that it's 'inconceivable.' Despite the eye-rolling, my children enjoy the movie also. 
    Bye-bye boys, have fun storming the castle. Think it'll work? It'll take a miracle. Bye! 


This past winter I watched a lot of true crime and fictional crime series, so by February, I was looking for something lighter to cleanse my palette, so to speak.  I'd been in the mood for something like The Office or Parks and Recreation, but those shows had been moved from Netflix over to another streaming service, and I already subscribe to too many services!  I'd remembered hearing about a show called Superstore that kind of had the same comedic sitcom vibe, so I decided to give that a try (it's available on Hulu), and I was not disappointed.

First aired in 2015, Google describes this show as being about:

" An oddball family of employees at supersized megastore Cloud 9 tackles the day-to-day grind of rabid bargain hunters, riot-causing sales and nap-worthy training sessions. Stalwart employee Amy is just trying to hold it all together despite the best efforts of her daftly clueless manager Glen and his iron-fisted assistant Dina. Rounding out the crew is new hire Jonah, a dreamy dreamer, sardonic Garrett, ambitious Mateo and sweet young mother-to-be Cheyenne. From bright-eyed newbies to seen-it-all veterans, bumbling seasonal hires and in-it-for-life managers, they're all going to get through another day -- together."

I enjoyed this show this past winter/spring for many reasons.  First, as I said before, I needed something lighthearted to pick me up from all the true crime I'd ingested.  This show tackles a lot of issues while keeping it pretty light most of the time.  The characters are fun and diverse, completely on the ridiculous side, which I appreciated, and the overall bright and colorful presentation of the show is a real treat visually (this was perfect for February/March when everything was still pretty gray and drab outside).

I still have yet to watch the final 6th season, but I've watched seasons one through five many times, or let them play in the background while I clean or do other things around the house.  I highly recommend this show if you're looking for something goofy, lighthearted, and fun to lift your spirits and give you a good laugh.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Here at the Library: The truth about Fairytales

 Here at the Library

    This past summer for our Summer Reading program, the topic was Imagine Your Story: Fairytales, Myths, and Legends. As I am preparing for this year's program I was looking over the materials from last year.  One of the activities I did for the older kids was to look at the original fairytales and see how different they are from the ones that we see from Disney.  I thought I would revisit this topic for you, incase you didn't know...

    I love books, all kinds of books. With that being said, as a book lover, I've also learned a lot about the history behind some books. One book that fascinated me was Grimm's Fairy Tales.  You probably grew up with Grimm's Fairy Tales. The original versions of the classic fairy tales are actually horrifying. These tales were so dark that they were originally intended for adults rather than children.
    The Brothers Grimm didn't actually write the fairytales. Despite the fact that Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm are often associated with Snow White and Rapunzel, the brothers didn't pen any of the stories. In fact, the stories existed long before the two men were born in Germany in the mid 1780s. They were just the first to write the stories down. Perhaps I'll get into more detail about the Brothers Grimm in another post, for now, have a look at the original version of the tales.


More appropriate title: "Cinderella and her Gang of Flying Murder Pokèmon"

Original plot: In the Brothers Grimm version of this classic childhood staple, there is a lot less musical theater and A LOT more blood and terror and bird violence.

In their version, Cinderella's stepsisters mutilate their feet in a desperate attempt to fit into the glass slipper. One of them strait up chops her toes off. The other slices off part of her heel. 
The gore does not stop there. Remember in the Disney version, Cinderella gets a bunch of birds to help her make a dress? Well, they're in the original version too -except this time, instead of having them help her with her gown, she gets them to pluck out her stepsisters' eyes. 

The Three Little Pigs

Original Plot: The one main difference between the story we all know and the original version is that the wolf  eats the two pigs who built the houses out of straw and sticks. The third pig is left to live alone in his brick fortress with only the memories of this fallen companions to keep him company. 
In other versions, the three pigs manage to catch the wolf coming down the chimney of the brick house, whereupon they boil and eat him. 

The Frog Prince

    Original Plot: Ok, so remember how, in order to turn the frog into a prince, the lady in the fairy tale has to kiss it? Well, originally the rules were a little different. In earlier versions, instead of kissing the frog, the had to either smash it to death against a wall or, very romantically, cut off it's head. 

Little Red Riding Hood
First of all, when Little Red Riding Hood arrives at her grandmother's house, the wolf has already murdered the grandmother and serves her sliced-up corpse to Little Red for a delightful meal. Fun...

Hansel and Gretel

Original Plot: A story about two kids who find a house made of candy with a witch who wants to fatten them up before cannibalizing them, which ends with them pushing her into her own oven. Can't really get any crazier and more grizzly. But some historical context can be helpful. 
    Historians thing the story was written as a response to the famine in Europe during the 14th century, when lots of parents abandoned their children and left them to starve to death. This sheds a particularly depressing light on the whole, "house made of candy" and "trail of breadcrumbs" thing. 


    Original Plot: In the Brothers Grimm version of this weirdo story, a miller makes a deal with a king, saying his daughter can weave straw into gold. The king is intrigued he wants to see this amazing feat, but makes a deal with the miller. If his daughter can't turn the straw to gold, he gets to kill her. To which the miller agrees. SMH...
    Anyway, the miller's daughter then makes a deal with an imp named Rumplestiltskin, who will turn the straw into gold for her if she gives him her firstborn child.
    When the daughter gives birth to her first child, Rumplestiltskin shows up to take it. She, obviously, says no way. Rumplestiltskin tells her she can keep her child if she can guess his name. 
    The daughter guesses correctly. Rumplestiltskin gets so mad that he stomps his foot straight through the ground and when he tries to pull it out, he rips himself in half.

Snow White

Original Plot: In the Brothers Grimm iteration of the tale, the queen doesn't just try to kill Snow White. That would be way too boring for 18th century German people. Instead, she enlists a huntsman to...cut out Snow White's liver and heart so that she (the queen) can eat them. 
Apart from the fact that at one point a prince tries to carry away a comatose Snow White, the story ends with her waking up, marrying the prince (who was trying to kidnap her) and making the queen (who nicely shows up at the wedding) put on a pair of burning hot iron shoes and dance herself to death. 

Fun stuff...greusome and interesting at the same time. If you found this interesting you can take a deeper dive by typing 'original Brothers Grimm fairy tales' into Google's search bar. Most books available are the 'child friendly' version. 
    Keep in mind, there are also other versions than the ones that I shared...some more gruesome than you can imagine. 

If you have a topic you would like me to cover, comment below, or send me an email! eccleslesherprogramming Thanks for reading! See you next week. 

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Activity Tuesday

 Activity Tuesday

With Critter Club over and Summer Reading getting ready to start, we have a bit of a gap to fill and we don't want boredom to set in! So, in the meantime, I will be posting some fun activities for you to do and keeping you up to date on the goings on here at the library. Also, on Tuesdays, I will be keeping you updated on the plans for Summer Reading and when that program begins, I will post the information. I already have some fun things planned with some BIG prizes coming this year! I'm so excited!! 

This Friday and Saturday (May 14 & 15) our Friends of the Library will be hosting a Giant Book Sale! 50¢ per bag. All proceeds go to Children's Programming at the library. Be sure to stop in. In the past few weeks we have gotten a lot of donations, you're sure to find something you like!

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 will be available starting May 17, 2021.

Finally! Our activity for the week is an indoor scavenger hunt! I would recommend this activity for Preschool and Kindergarten age children. Grown-ups may have to help with reading the clues. This is sure to keep your child busy for a bit! You can print the page Here.
Have fun! See you next week. 

Activity Tuesday

 Activity Tuesday     Today is the drawing for the Summer Reading Grand Prize, the Playstation 4. The drawing will be held on Facebook Live ...