Become a Library Angel
From now through Jan. 5, the Youngsville Library has a special tree on display near its circulation desk filled with ornaments listing basic items, and their costs, that are vital to the survival of the community library, everything from electric bills to DVDs to copy paper and even general donations (just to name a few).
Community members who take an ornament from the tree and donate monies to help support the library will receive a "Library Angel" to place back on the tree. Last year some community members chose to make an Angel Tree donation in memory of a loved one or made an Angel Tree donation in the name of a family member (in lieu of a Christmas gift).
Angel Tree at Youngsville Library
Santa is coming
Santa Claus is expected to make his annual arrival by horse-drawn trolley to Youngsville this Saturday, Dec. 4, during the annual Hometown Christmas. According to Dick Thomson, Santa will take part in Youngsville’s Santa Claus parade starting from Champion’s Laundry Mat parking lot at 4 p.m. and head downtown. After the parade, Santa will join with the Youngsville Public Library friends, who will be located in the former Sew-What shop on Main Street next to the American Legion where he will greet children. The library friends will be downtown during the Hometown Christmas this year instead of at the library building.
Students and staff at the Warren County Christian School took time recently to pack shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, a Christian organization led by Franklin Graham, which shares gift shoeboxes with kids around the world who are in need.
The Library Angel Tree program is sponsored by the Friends of the Youngsville Library and was first implemented last year in response to the first wave of drastic financial cuts that the library experienced at the state and county levels.
"Because the Youngsville Library has experienced both a second and third wave of cuts in state support since 2009, the Friends of the Library recognized the importance of the Library Angel Tree program and agreed that the Library Angel Tree will now become an annual fundraising event." said Library Director Kristy Wallace. "Last year, we had over 40 community members who either became a Library Angel or who made a Library Angel donation in honor of someone. Thanks to the generosity of these 'Angels' the library was able to purchase basic-needs items such as stamps, copy paper, and circulation materials. The Library Board, Friends and I are so appreciative of all the community members who actively support the library throughout the year. And this Library Angel Tree program has truly become yet another vital means for our library to counteract a portion of the over $10,000 loss in income that we have been experiencing on a yearly basis."
To become a Library Angel, stop by the Youngsville Library during business hours and or you can mail a general Library Angel Donation to: Youngsville Public Library c/o Library Angel Program, 100 Broad St., Youngsville, PA 16371. Be sure to include the name you would like to be placed on the Angel Tree. The library's business hours are: Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from noon until 4 p.m. The library is closed Thursdays and Saturdays.
at current location
The Youngsville branch of the Northwest Savings Bank will be holding festivities on Saturday, Dec. 4 at its current location, inside the building, and not as previously announced at their new location during Youngsville's Hometown Christmas.
There will be free cookies and hot chocolate. John Beard will be doing magic for the kids from 3 to 4 p.m. and the band Fire and Ice (Joan Papalia-Eisert and Paul Eisert) will be playing Christmas music from 5 to 6 p.m.
Children's Art Raffle,
During the Hometown Christmas Celebration in Youngsville on Saturday Dec. 4, the kids from the Rouse Day Care Center will be the "Featured Artists" at the Allegheny Artistry Gallery. Located at 106 E. Main St., the gallery will present the paintings and drawings of these budding artists.
Matted pieces of art will be auctioned as a fundraiser to benefit the day care center. Tickets can be purchased at the day care center or at the Artistry on the day of the event. A decorative bag will be beside each picture to receive tickets from bidders. Winners will be announced at about 3 p.m.
Refreshments for the artists and visitors will be provided by Nelson's Funeral Home/Crematorium, music will be provided by the Silver Winds Flute Choir.
The Youngsville High School String Orchestra will be performing during the Annual Victorian Christmas Open House held by the Warren County Historical Society on Friday, Dec. 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Warren County Historical Society is located at 210 Fourth Ave., Warren.
For more information, call 723-1795.
Youngsville will have an independent decorating contest on Friday, Dec. 16. ROY members will judge the Youngsville area decorated houses.
If you would like to have your house be part of the Youngsville competition, call Cherri Watson at 563-9235 or Helga Laibacher at 563-4959.
The YHS Alumni Homecoming Committee has announced that the 2011 Youngsville High School Alumni Homecoming weekend has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 15, beginning with the homecoming parade and gathering Friday evening, at the alumni tent during the Youngsville High School Homecoming football game; and ending on Saturday, Sept. 17. Saturday's activities include an alumni breakfast in the morning and a Saturday night dinner buffet and dance at the Youngsville Fire hall.
Interested YHS classes planning reunions may contact 563-3566 or 489-3789 for information. Homecoming committee member Sonna Sanden suggests, "This is an easy way to organize your reunion and reconnect with classmates!"
in WCCBI competition
Warren County businesses are in a WCCBI holiday competition with Christmas decorations of all kinds. And, the Allegheny Artistry Local Artist's Co-Op is the only Youngsville business entered in the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI) decorating contest.
The Artistry invites everyone to see their decorations featuring natural botanicals such as dried flowers, grasses, vines, pine cones, and evergreens. A listing of all participating businesses can be seen at www.WCCBI.org. Then, after seeing each business's efforts, vote for your favorite decorations.
The WCCBI holiday contest has two categories: One is for windows and exterior of businesses; and the other is for interior decorations. The prize for each category is a free one-year WCCBI membership for the winning business. And, voters can win a $50 Warren County business gift certificate.
To register a paper ballot, you can go into the business and vote on site, or vote on line.