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
Learn a new language with . . . Mango Languages
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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Ask Here PA
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)
ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry
Is a source researchers rely on for major trade and industry news. It includes in-depth coverage of companies, products, executives, trends, and other topics for more than 1,250 publications, with over 1,140 in full-text. With ABI/INFORM Trade & Industry, users can study and compare specific trades and industries, including telecommunications, computing, transportation, construction, petrochemicals, and many others.
Catalog holdings of almost 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.
More than a million current and historical photographs and graphics can be searched by date, place and subject. More than 800 photographs are added to the archive daily. Also contains newspaper text and audio files.
Ask Here PA
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. Unlike other "expert" sites on the web, there is no charge to use our free service. We’ll be doing what libraries have always done best; quickly getting you the accurate, unbiased information you need. Available 24/7.
Auto Repair Reference Center
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. Biographies of these authors are included.
Cybersmarts on POWER Library
Five interactive multimedia eBooks with audio narration teach children 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 and Using Social Networks.
eBooks by EBSCOhost
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 12,000 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.
Provides millions of full-text articles from more than 1,400 newspapers, including Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Christian Science Monitor, The Financial Times (London), The New York Times, The Times (London), USA Today and many others. Ability to search by specific newspaper section to deliver more precise results. Comprehensive coverage of current events, including national, global and regional perspectives, as well as first-hand accounts of historical events. Listen to articles read using built in player or download MP3 files to listen to on mobile devices.
LISTA (Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts)
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 magazines with full text articles, page images, article abstracts, and citations from thousands of sources. Articles from nearly 4,000 publications and article abstracts and indexing from 3,500 publications +. Covers Education, General Science, Humanities, Social Sciences and Business.
Provides a 100% full-text articles from more than 2,500 publications. It is a multidisciplinary.
Readers’ Guide Select
Provides 100% full-text for the most popular general-interest magazines published in the United States and Canada.
Science Full Text Select
Provides full text content from 320 journals with full text articles, indexing and abstracts.
SIRS Discoverer, an award-winning general reference resource for learners and researchers in grades 1-9, makes learning fun and intuitive. 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. SIRS Discoverer 2 Minute Demo
Quick Start User’s Guide