Current Events

Thursday, November 16, 2017


     John Moore will present “The defiant Northumberland editor vs.President John Adams.” In 1798 the U.S. government enacted the Alien and Sedition laws, which, among other things, made it illegal to criticize the president of the United States. These laws didn’t sit well with Thomas Cooper, editor of the Northumberland Gazette. In June 1799 he published blistering criticism of the president. One of his readers sent the article to the U.S. government. In April 1800, Cooper stood trial in Philadelphia, charged with libeling Adams. Convicted, Cooper spent six months in jail.

     A retired newspaper editor, Moore will provide details of the case and tell why the news media today enjoys the freedom to criticize our government.


Closed for Thanksgiving November 22 and 24


The library will be closed on Wednesday, November 22 and Friday, November 24 in observance of Thanksgiving.  We'll reopen on Monday, November 27 at 1:00 p.m.


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Annual Holiday Dinner

At the Front Street Station, Northumberland

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

A brief meeting and election of officers and board members will follow.

Special holiday entertainment by the Susquehanna International Folk Dancers,

Alexa Spaventa, Dixie Gavason, and John Moore.

Reservation deadline is Wed., Nov. 29.



We Need Your Help . . .


Get rid of all of those unwanted, gently used things cluttering your cabinets, closets, drawers, and garage! Pack them up and donate them to our annual sale today. Your donations ensure that our sale will be successful and, best of all, that stuff will be gone! We’re sorry but we can’t accept clothing, bedding, pillows, stuffed animals, college textbooks more than one year old, or encyclopedia sets. Call 570-286-4083 to arrange a time to drop off your donation. Thanks for your support!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Last day the Library and Museum are open

until Friday, March 2nd, 2018.



February 15, 16, & 17, 2018

Annual Indoor Yard Sale

A sure cure for the winter blues when “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”  Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss it!  We’ll accept donations of clean, gently used items through Feb. 12. 


Third Thursday Programs for 2018

All programs will be held at the Hunter House, 1150 N. Front St., Sunbury and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Speaker: Joseph McGinley Jr. of Kulpmont. 

Topic: The Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918 and how it affected the Anthracite Region.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Speaker: Barb Spaventa

Topic: 78 Pennsylvanians died when a concrete dam failed in the Potter County community of Austin in September 1911. Some of Barb’s ancestors, the Ripples, lived in the town, but were spared.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Speaker: Glenda Strouse 

Topic: the Old Chillisquaque cemetery near Route 147.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Program to be announced at a later date.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Speaker: Kathleen Van Schuyler 

Topic: Kathleen’s family genealogy. Kathleen recently visited Salem, Massachusetts, to visit the place where one of her ancestors, the Rev. George Burroughs, was hanged for witchcraft in 1692.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Speaker: Daniel Schwalm

Topic: The Hessians who settled in Pennsylvania following the American Revolutionary War, included his ancestor, Johannes Schwalm, who was captured at Trenton in December 1776.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Annual Dinner Meeting - location and details to be announced at a later date.