The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 6, 2013

Power through projects using Power Library

The Daily Item

— LEWISBURG — End of the year school projects have you stuck inside? The Union County Library System can help. They have some great online resources you can use right from home to power through those projects and get back to the fun activities of spring.

If you’re having trouble getting started, try the Ask Here PA service ( Librarians are on call 24/7 to direct you to websites and other online resources, help you come up with keywords and search terms, and maybe suggest some things you haven’t thought of.

The system’s website at is chock-full of great information. Click on the blue and yellow POWER Library Network icon under “Online Resources” to access over 10 electronic resources. Doing a book report? Check out Contemporary Authors for complete biographical information on more than 130,000 poets, novelists, playwrights, non-fiction writers, and journalists. EBSCOhost, OmniFile Mega and OmniFile Select are great for articles from magazines and journals, and InfoTrac Newsstand has articles from more than 1,100 newspapers.

SIRS Discoverer is a general reference database for with articles and images from more than 2,100 newspapers, magazines, and government documents, along with 9,000+ educational weblinks. SIRS includes Science Fair Explorer to help you find an exciting science fair project topic and quickly connect to age-appropriate project guides. There are also biographies of over 2,000 famous and notable people, an almanac, maps, and an encyclopedia.

AP Images has photographs, audio files, and graphics to add some punch to your project. It includes more than 1 million current and historical photos, with photographs of the latest news as it happens.

POWER Library is an integral part of Information Literacy, a component of the PA Forward initiative sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association, promoting the value of libraries in the 21st Century. Libraries help all Pennsylvanians learn how to use online resources and current technology to fully participate in a digital society.      

POWER Library can be accessed through the system website or under “Online Resources” from each library website — Public Library for Union County,; Herr Memorial Library,; and West End Library,