Why would a global chronicle of arts and culture point to the Hollidaysburg Area Public Library?
Because in addition to offering a great selection of books, our library is one of the first anywhere to lend ukuleles! Smithsonian.com featured this opportunity in “Pennsylvania Libraries Will Let You Check Out a Ukulele” (January 12, 2016).
This program is a great example of how our Community Room–and our new facility overall–enriches our area. Our hosting of the Allegheny Ukulele Kollective events helped lead to the lending program throughout Central Pennsylvania (with special credit to our own Miss Melanie Ramsey!).
Since the opening of our new building in 2014, our circulation and visits have risen over 20%. Here are some areas of interest from recent events or displays: Windows 10, Storytelling, Star Wars, Ballet, Poetry, Astronomy, Ceramics, Exchange Students, Retro Gaming, Beekeeping, Bicycling, Homeschooling, Nesting Dolls, Emergency Preparedness, LEGOs, Climate Science, and Voter Registration. Plus our popular book clubs!
Add in our collection of over 40,000 materials, 19 public computers, other meeting rooms and our well-equipped kitchen, and the library is a priceless resource for growth and connection.
Priceless, but with a cost of about $720 for each day of operation. Over half of our operating funds comes from local donations. Will you fund one day or part of a day? Your investment will touch individuals of all ages, and the effect will ripple over generations. You will help form and transform lives.
Donations can be mailed to Hollidaysburg Area Public Library, 1 Furnace Road, Hollidaysburg, PA 16648.