Main Library

Children’s Library



232 West Main Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Library Hours
Monday 2pm to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 8pm
Wednesday 9am to 2pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 4pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday Closed

The Library is closed on major holidays.

Ross Library front picture


Thank you Avery Dennison and employees; Lock Haven Moose; The Goulden Touch; 40&8 Club; Sons of Italy; Friends of Ross Library


 Santa's Luncheon - December 5, 2015 -  Children, parents and grandparents enjoy hearing Santa read "Twas the Night Before Christmas," tell Santa what they want for Christmas and enjoy a lite lunch of hotdogs, carrots, cookie and drink for $3.00.
10:30 doors open with activities/crafts for kids
1130 - Santa comes - all sit to hear him read; then 1/2 group forms a line to talk to Santa, bring a letter if you like,
12-130 lunch - other half begins to eat and then sees Santa



Ross Youth Services Fall 2015 E-News

 With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it's like to live in someone else's shoes.

~John Irving 


 It begins with picture books, beginning chapter books, family read-alouds, and all kinds of fiction from middle grade to young adult. Books made into movies are great fun, but they are no substitute for imagining what it feels like to be a character springing from the pages of a book. Research tells us that there is a correlation between the lack of reading good fiction and an increase in unkind behaviors and bullying among the young. Reading teaches empathy. Set a goal to read more fiction this school year.


Fall Story Time Schedule

Baby Bookworms is for the youngest listeners. It begins Wednesday, September 30 at 10AM and will run for eight consecutive weeks. This time is ideal for the listeners with shorter attention spans. There will be more music and finger plays. There will also be an age-appropriate craft, as well as a small snack.

Book Bugs is geared to the slightly older preschool age child, but younger siblings are also welcome. It begins on Wednesday, September 30 at 11AM and will run for eight consecutive weeks. The program will feature two or three stories, songs, movement, and a related craft. A small snack will be served.

Busy Bugs is geared to the predominant age in attendance. All ages are welcome. It begins on Thursday, October 1 at 10:30AM and will run for eight consecutive weeks. The program will be very similar to Book Bugs with adaptations as needed if the predominant age is on the younger side. Craft time and snack time will be included.

The theme for Fall will be Places and Spaces. We will be exploring habitats starting with the ocean. Other spaces and places will include forests, farms, ponds, extreme places, and fun places. Home will be the place for our final story program just before Thanksgiving. For Halloween we will explore some “scary” places, but not too scary.

A special Halloween event will take place on Thursday evening, October 29 with activities beginning @6:45. Meet in the Youth Wing on the second floor. The program will include stories, games, songs, craft, and a snack. This program will be ideal for older pre-school children and those in elementary grades. Dressing in a costume is great, but is not mandatory.

There will be no regular Night Bugs in the Fall, but a regular program will continue in the new year with an emphasis on arts and crafts. Stay tuned!

Ross Youth Services will be welcoming a new face to the second floor. Aidan Gscheidle is a recent high school graduate. He loves literature, poetry, music, and the library. He is replacing Rosemary Heffner, who has retired from her permanent position.



Summer Wrap-Ups:

Over 100 children participated in the Read and Report Program. Children reported 4500 books and 30,570 pages. There were 47 programs for youth in June, July, and August. Nearly 1000 people attended the programs. Many people come together to make summer a time for fun and enrichment.

Thanks go out to the following people:

~Senior Project volunteers, Mary Miller and Ethan Dale. Currently Michaela Pettingill is repainting the windows in the Youth Library.

~ Teen Volunteers: Ashley Miller, Rachel Marek, Jesse  Piergallini, and Becky Piergallini.

Program Facilitators and Adult Volunteers: Lorrie Reynolds, Claudette Ranck, Christina Onuskanich, Pete Onuskanick, Philippe Gallagher, and Ian Loewen.

 Special thanks to Michelle Hoy who stepped in once again to become a temporary Ross Library employee. Michelle is the school librarian at Bucktail. She must really love libraries and kids. She also led Lunch Bunch with whole grain pizzas and ice cream sundaes and more!

Another special thank you goes out to Lynn Talbot, who stepped in to help out last September and stayed into June. She stayed longer than she had planned when Rosemary retired and I had to be away for my operation and treatment. She was a tremendous help and paved the way for a successful summer.

Thanks to the Ross Library staff, especially Zach Kreamer who created the Disney Castle for our special Disney Night.

Thanks to all the parents, grandparent, and caregivers who brought children to programs and to check out books, and encourage reading throughout the summer months. They are the real heroes of the summer!

Congratulations to the children who read all summer long. Hope you learned something that you did not know before about all the amazing heroes you read about this summer.

Summer is a time when more people borrow books from the library. Please check under your beds and couches for any books that you may have missed. Remember we have a book drop and you can e-mail, call or leave a message on the answering machine.

Children who have art in the Summer Art Show in the gallery may pick up their art anytime after tomorrow. Children who put raffle tickets in the raffle box and did not receive a prize may stop by the Youth Library to claim a small prize.

Some Odds and Ends:

Any community member who is interested in serving on the library’s Board of Trustees or the Friends of Ross Library Board can fill out an application at the main desk.

Call 570 748-3484 or 570 748-3321 for the library’s code to sign onto Overdrive (e-books) or the Power Library through the library webpage .  Put this number before your own 5 digit library card. If you have a four digit card number, put a zero first to create five digits.

Tumblebooks and Book Flix are available through the library webpage. Tumblebooks are e-books for young people. You can click directly onto the Tumblebook icon and you do not need the code. Book Flix is part of the Power Library, so you will need the code.

If you are a Facebook user, like our three pages: Annie Halenbake Ross Library, Ross Library Youth Services, and Ross Library Adult Services. 



Hours at Ross Library:

Tuesday 10AM-8PM
Wednesday –9AM-2PM


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Another great resource available through the Ross Library website at
is Tumblebooks, e-books for children.
There are picture books and informational books
for a wide range of ages.
It’s a great way to squeeze in a few more stories
for your child while you cook dinner! 
No password is needed.
CLICK on the Tumblebooks icon on the right column of the website.


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About Youth Services at Ross
Activities for babies, children, and young adults.
Dynamic story times, hands-on art fun,
and interactive young 
adult reads.
Clifford’s Doghouse Educational play area
with puzzles, 
manipulatives, and a train table 
available for exploration and play.

Collection of audio books, CD’s, read-alongs, and magazines,
along with current and classic print titles for all reading levels,
as well as four AWE Early Literacy Station computers.

In addition, puppets, story kits, big
books, and
picture book extension materials available
by special
 arrangement for educational use.

Special events for children throughout the year,
such as author visits and entertainers,
and our summer reading program offers a gamut of daily activities.

LHU students, home school students, pre-schools,
daycares, and educators and parents are 
encouraged make use of our abundant resources.

to building community through collaboration and service.

Interested in receiving an e-letter with program information,
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contact Nancy Antram, Youth Librarian, at