The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

August 9, 2013

Writers wanted for Bicentennial memoir project

LEWISBURG — A library is the place in the community that collects stories about things real and imagined. In the spirit of that role as the gatherer of tales, the Union County Library System is hosting a community writing project entitled, “Union County — My Memories: Stories in Celebration of the Union County Bicentennial.” The project coincides with the 200th anniversary of the establishment of Union County.

Residents of all ages are invited to submit a memoir of their own, using no more than 200 words, about Union County. Possible topics include growing up in Union County, a person of influence, local impact of a world event, focus on a special location, event or activity, reflections on a personal photo, or first impressions as a new resident to the county.

Workshops to assist writers on composing their entries will be conducted by Gale Duque who has taught for 30 years in various locations from Finland to Penn State and Bucknell. Upon retiring from Bucknell as a writing and teaching consultant, she taught several memoir writing workshops for Bucknell’s Institute of Lifelong Learning program.

Workshops are held at The Public Library for Union County at 7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 5 — Getting Started, Sept. 19 — Revising, and Oct. 3 — Editing; and at Mifflinburg Bank & Trust at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4 — Getting Started and Sept. 18 — Revising. The final session on editing is Oct. 2 at Herr Memorial Library.     

Completed memories can be submitted on the Union County Bicentennial website at or on any of the UCLS library websites — Public Library for Union County,; Herr Memorial Library,; or West End Library, — and must be received by Oct. 15.

Typed entries may be submitted along with a completed registration form available at any of the UCLS libraries in Lewisburg, Mifflinburg or Laurelton.

The submissions and a photo of the author will be displayed at the Public Library for Union County in Lewisburg, Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg and West End Library in Laurelton during the month of November.

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