The Columbia County Traveling Library is a valuable tool for education and enjoyment throughout the County. Please visit as often as possible. Click on the link below for the dates and times the Library will be in the Catawissa Borough. If you would like more locations please contact the Library at (570)387-8782.
Note that browsing in person will not be available until further notice because of the rise in Covid-19 cases. See letter below for details.
Message from Ammon Young, Library Director
Because we are experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases and Geisinger is nearing system-wide capacity, we feel the responsible thing to do is to limit services to pick-up and drop-off only with no in-person browsing by patrons. The schedule for the library and bookmobile will stay the same as it has been recently.
Patron pick-up and drop-off will be from a table at the inner library entrance or at the front window of the bookmobile.
The N4Cs Library is not available because the N4Cs is closed for Covid-19 mitigation. Books may be requested for pickup at the County Library or Bookmobile.
Any requested library item can also be picked up at the Orangeville Public Library.
Many of our users are now experienced with reserving books through the catalog, and we strongly recommend doing that. We can show you how to do it if you would like.
You can browse the online catalog via our website and view results by author, by keyword or subject search, or by doing a copyright search for 2020 to see the latest new books. You can limit to books that are on the shelves (‘In’), by Fiction or Non-Fiction, and by Adult, Children, or Young Adult. We can also take requests by phone or email. Staff can also pull ‘mystery bags’ for adults and children with personalized recommendations based on your reading history.
Staff and volunteers will continue rigorous precautions as we handle the books. All returned items will be quarantined for at least four days, which is a research-based timeframe after which the virus is no longer transmissible on surfaces of library books. To be extra safe, you can choose to quarantine library items in your home for four days after receiving them. You should not need to wipe down or do anything else to sanitize the books, but it is ok to wipe down the mylar or vinyl covers.
It is highly unlikely that the state will shut the library down completely, but we do not know what the coming weeks will bring. We strongly suggest that you stock up with 4-8 weeks of books just in case. This will also reduce the number of visits which is safer for everyone. The loan period has been extended to eight weeks and fines are suspended through January 31.
Finally, thanks to several volunteers, we have the capacity to offer contact-free home delivery to about 20 individuals who are particularly vulnerable because of age, medical conditions, or lack of transportation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-387-8782 to request to be paired up with a volunteer who can help you request books as well as deliver them to you.
On behalf of our staff and board members, please be safe. We care about you. And we hope that reading or listening to books will bring you some pleasure during this challenging time.
NEW CATAWISSA STOP
Starting Monday, January 25, our Catawissa area bookmobile stop will temporarily move from Rohrbach’s Farm Market to the Catawissa Christian Church, which is at 319 Main St. next door to the Catawissa Branch of First Columbia Bank. The bookmobile will be in the parking lot behind the church from 12-6pm. You can park in the lot off the alley between the bank and the church. The bookmobile is still not open for browsing, but you can pick up and drop off books there and staff can pull books for you on site. When Rohrbach’s re-opens in the spring, we will move back there.
No appointment will be needed to use the County Library at 702 Sawmill Road.
Curbside and home delivery services are still available upon request.
There will be a limit of 5 people at a time (including staff and volunteers) in the library so there may be a short wait if the library is full.
The limit will not apply to quick transactions like returning books or picking up reserved books.
Everyone must wear a mask that covers their face and nose, must sanitize hands upon entering, and must stay 6 feet apart unless they are part of the same household.
The Library can help you access free online e-books, audiobooks, and video books for kids via our website at www.travelinglibrary.org — click ‘Online Library’ at the top of the page.
The Bookmobile is operating on a limited schedule for pick-up and drop-off only.
The Bookmobile is off the road for winter break until January 4.
This schedule will be updated for January-March by Dec. 23 at 3pm.
Week A Jan. 25 | Feb. 8 & 22 | Mar. 8 & 22 Starting Monday, January 25, our Catawissa area bookmobile stop will temporarily move from Rohrbach’s Farm Market to the Catawissa Christian Church, which is at 319 Main St. next door to the Catawissa Branch of First Columbia Bank. The bookmobile will be in the parking lot behind the church from 12-6pm. You can park in the lot off the alley between the bank and the church. The bookmobile is still not open for browsing, but you can pick up and drop off books there and staff can pull books for you on site. When Rohrbach’s re-opens in the spring, we will move back there.
Week B – Benton Area Feb. 1 & 15 | Mar. 1, 15, & 29 12–6pm
Country Fresh Market
4435 Red Rock Rd., Benton PA 17814
702 Sawmill Rd., Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(Come to library entrance.)
Week A – Mifflinville/Lime Ridge Area Jan. 28 | Feb. 11 & 25 | Mar. 11 & 25
Mifflinville Fire Hall
605 Market St., Mifflinville PA 18631
Week B – Millville Area Jan. 21 | Feb. 4 & 18 | Mar. 4 & 18
Millville Christian Church
245 E. Main St., Millville PA 17846
County Library Hours
(702 Sawmill Rd, Bloomsburg – near Lightstreet)
Monday – Tuesday 9am–3pm
Thursday – Saturday 9am–12pm
Pick-up and drop-off only at library entrance in lower parking lot in the rear of the building.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off Locations
If more convenient for you, we’ll leave the book for you to pick up from a community partner near you. You can drop off your books and other items there also!
Orangeville Public Library
301 Mill St., Orangeville
Monday – Thursday 2:00 – 7:00 P.M.
Saturday 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
(Book drop available in lobby at other hours.)
N4Cs Community Center (CURRENTLY CLOSED)
42 Community Dr., Benton
Monday – Thursday 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Friday 6:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Saturday 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.