Books and reading are the foundation of our library. We hope this page helps you select new (and classic) books to read.
Book clubs and reader’s advisories:
Join our Dear Reader Book Clubs. Each day we’ll email you a 5-minute portion of a book. During the week you can read 2-3 chapters and decide if you want to check the book out of the library. Every Monday we start new books. Sign up and start reading. Clubs include: Fiction, Business, Science Fiction, Audio, Nonfiction, Romance, Mystery, pre-publication, Teen and Good News.
Join the world’s largest online book club at Library Thing. Catalog your books from Amazon, the Library of Congress and 690 other world libraries. Import from anywhere. Find people with similar tastes. Find new books to read. Free Early Reviewer books from publishers and authors Enter 200 books for free.
Did you know:
- You can pick up a free copy of the monthly newspaper, Book Page: America’s Book Review, at the library.
- That the library subscribes to the Daily Item and USA Today and various magazines. They are located on the second floor.
- We have an ever-expanding collection of downloadable books. They are can be found at eBranch2Go
- If we don’t own a book and you you think the library might be interested in purchasing the book for our collection, either call the Library at 473-8201 or send a message with the contact form
- Check Access PA to find out what local libraries might own the item. Submit an Inter-library Loan request by using this formor calling the library (473-8201) or stopping in.
Parenting Books and DVDs Available:
We are currently working to expand upon our collection of parenting books and DVDs. We have recently purchased books on topics as diverse as pregnancy, autism, ADHD, pre-maturity, toilet training, sending a child to college, adoption, children of lesbians and gays, ways to keep toddlers occupied and discipline techniques. We continue to expand upon this collection. If you have any suggestions for additional types of materials to purchase, please contact C. Lynn Williams.
Programs at the Library:
We offer many programs for both children and adults. For information about what is currently going on, or planned for the near future, please see our Calendar. For more information, please contact: Children’s Services Coordinator: Kim King or Library Director: C. Lynn Williams Phone: 570-473-8201
A Family Place Library:
Family place Libraries expand services to children and families. We have redesigned our Library space to become a fun, family destination. Parent and child workshops focus on good health, early learning, parental involvement, and socialization. Learn more about Family Place Libraries by visiting
Accelerated Readers and Guided Readers:
Lists are available at the library to help you find appropriate books. If you already know the book you are looking for, check the library catalog to check if we own it.
Are you the parent, family member or friend of a preemie?
Check out our preemie resources, just for you!
Looking for Parenting Advice Online?
- Family Education: Provides loads of information about education and children’s developmental stages. Includes pregnancy to age 18.
- Your Big Kid at the Baby Center: Your “big kid” will change a lot between the ages of 5 to 8. Find out more about the physical, social and emotional, and speech and language developmental milestones to expect from older kids, and get great expert advice on tackling the tough topics.
- Baby Center: Information about your baby’s development from pregnancy through 24 months. Subscribe to weekly emails while you are pregnant!
- Brainy by Five: This web site helps parents, families, teachers and community members in preparing all young children, ages birth to five, for success in school and in life. This website provides information regarding quality early childhood care and educational programs in Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties and is brought to you by Early Care and Education Community Engagement Groups in this five-county region.
GCF Learn Free
GCFLearnFree.org® creates and provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. By delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE, GCFLearnFree.org is a worldwide leader in online education.
Education Portal has launched some exciting new programs to help students learn more efficiently, earn their degrees on time and save money on their education. Take free online courses packed with fun & engaging video lessons.
How it Works: No registration or login needed. Watch fun & engaging lessons taught by world-class educators. When ready, pass an exam and earn real college credit (optional) that is accepted by 2,900 colleges. Learn how simple it is.
900 free online educational videos at Educational Portal : The collection of free online video resources cover 21 different course topics from English literature to calculus to macroeconomics . The 5-10 minute videos are taught by subject matter experts and designed to make even the most complex topics easy and accessible. Catalog of all courses
You can download hundreds of audio books and listen on your computer or transfer books to a portable device, like an iPod, iphone or MP3 player. You can also download thousands of e-books. Read the latest best sellers, fiction, and nonfiction on your e-reader or mobile device including Kindle, iphone, iPad and more. Try it, it’s easy! It’s free! (Login in using your library card number. Don’t enter any spaces. ) Newest Audiobooks | Newest eBooks
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Mango Languages is an easy to use online learning system teaching practical conversation skills for a wide variety of popular languages.
With everyday dialog from native speakers, engaging interactive lessons, and a unique intuitive teaching style, Mango increases your ability to use, adapt and build on what you learn.
In no time at all, you’ll be able to navigate all sorts of everyday situations — get directions, order a meal, make new friends — the possibilities are endless! Watch a video to learn more
Login to Mango Languages using (PL3142 followed by the last 7 digits of your library card). Try Mango Languages today.
PA legal Research
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Want a professional librarian to find your answer? We’re here to help you get answers to your questions, any time and anywhere you have internet access. We’ll be doing what libraries have always done best; quickly getting you the accurate, unbiased information you need. Available 24/7. Let’s us help you find an answer.
Do you need more information about an illness or medication? Ask a Health Librarian. Geisinger Medical Center’s Community Health Librarian will mail or e-mail you personalized, up-to-date health information. All requests are confidential and the service is free of charge. The information is not intended to replace talking with your doctor or as a diagnosis.
The following databases and resources are available for your use. Please contact the library for assistance, if needed.
How do I Login to POWER Library and other databases?
Enter the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library code PL3142, followed by the last 7 digits of your library card.Do not enter any spaces.Example: PL3142******* when prompted for this information.
What is available on POWER Library
(Resources listed alphabetically below)
Catalog holdings of 3,000 + Pennsylvania school, public, academic and special libraries are included in this online resource. Search by author, title, subject or keyword to locate over 44 million items.
Access One of the World’s Largest Collections of Photography, Video and Graphics
AP Images Collection is a primary source database from the Associated Press, one of the oldest and largest news organizations in the world that takes users on a sensory journey through history. With photographs, audio sound bites, graphics and text spanning over 180 years, this collection captures the greatest events in history – and brings them to life.
Content Includes: Over 12 million photographs dating back to 1826. More than 36,000 audio sound bites. Professionally produced collection of more than 340,000 graphics. Graphics include maps, graphs, charts, logos, flags, illustrations and more.
is Pennsylvania’s statewide live chat reference service and is a free service to all residents of Pennsylvania, offering live chat reference 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
We’ll be here to help you get answers to your questions, any time and anywhere you have Internet access. Unlike other “expert” sites on the Web, there is no charge to use our service. We’ll be doing what libraries have always done best — quickly getting you the accurate, unbiased information you need.
Find auto repair and service information for most car models starting in 1954. Factory drawings and step-by-step photographs. Technical service bulletins and recall information. Wiring diagrams for easy viewing printing. Specifications, maintenance schedules and “Care
& Repair Tips” with a complete troubleshooting section. Estimate repair costs before visiting the mechanic. Learn more about how your car works, visit the Auto IQ section for videos and animated demonstrations.
A guide to current writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures and television. Author biographies are included.
Interactive multimedia eBooks with audio narration teach children, teens and their parents how to stay safe on the internet. eBooks titles include: Avoiding Predators Online, Playing Games Online, Protecting Your Privacy Online, Stopping Cyber bullying, Teens Stopping Cyberbullying and Using Social Networks.
Electronic books (eBooks) are available through this link. eBooks by EBSCOhost are full text searchable and available for use on personal computers in online formats. Over 15,000 subject based non-fiction books.
Focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology.
Kids Search provides access to books and encyclopedias, magazine and newspaper articles, and photos and video clips for Kindergarten through grades school students. Kids Search provides elementary school students with an easy-to-use, graphically-appealing interface they can use to search. Lexile limiters (reading level) are included.
(Library Information Science & Technology Bibliographic online resource that provides coverage on subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, online information retrieval, information management and more. LISTA indexes more than 600 periodicals plus books, research reports and proceedings. With coverage dating back to the mid-1960s, it is the oldest continuously produced online resource covering the field of information science.
Provides full text for magazines, trade publications and periodicals covering general interest subject areas including business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. Content Includes: Full text for more than 1,350 general reference resources.
Full text for more than 350 reference books. Image Collection containing over 910,000 photos, maps & flags.
Designed specifically with middle school students in mind, this resource provides full text for popular, middle school appropriate magazines, covering a wide array of topics. All full-text articles included in the database are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles). Content Includes: Full text for thousands of biographies and historical essays, primary source documents, image collection of over 910,000 photos, maps and flags.The content in Middle Search: Main Edition is updated on a weekly basis.Built in translation and audio reader to speak the content of articles.
Access News from Around the World with Newspaper Source Plus
Providing the latest news from the leading national (U.S.) and international news sources, Newspaper Source Plus contains over 1,000 leading full-text newspapers, providing users with access to millions of full-text articles. The database contains comprehensive full text for major newspapers, including extensive cover-to-cover full text for many of the top-tier newspapers.
Primary Search: Main Edition -Written and Created for Kids. Designed specifically with elementary school students in mind, Primary Search: Main Edition provides access to popular full-text magazines for elementary school research. All full-text articles are assigned a reading level indicator (Lexiles), this allows users to read along at their own pace. In addition to magazines, this database provides access to full-text biographies and books, as well as an Image Collection of over 910,000 photos, maps and flags. Primary Search: Main Edition is updated weekly, and contains full-text information dating as far back as 1990. Subjects Include: Science, Health, Math, Writing, Geography, and much more.
Searchasaurus provides access to a dictionary, an encyclopedia, magazine articles, and an image library for elementary and middle school students. Lexile limiters (reading level) are included. Complete with erupting volcanoes, dinosaur guide and compass, Searchasaurus is an exciting and easy way for young researchers to experience online searching. It is an animated interface with a dinosaur theme that encourages young researchers to enhance and develop basic search skills.
Discoverer helps students develop their research, writing, language,and computer skills. Only the best, most unique, and most relevant resources are selected for SIRS Discoverer. Now with Science Fair Explorer and Skills Discoverer.
Provides indexing and abstracts for 280 peer-reviewed journals. Teacher Reference Center provides many subjects for teachers needs,including: Assessment, Best Practices, Continuing Education, Current Pedagogical Research, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Instructional Media, Language Arts, Literacy Standards, School Administration, Science & Mathematics and Teacher Education.