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Back to school raffle!

Back to School raffle basket

We are holding a raffle of Back to School supplies!  Proceeds will support library operations.  The winner will receive a basket containing:

  • Back pack
  • 2 three ring binders
  • Crayons, washable
  • Elmer’s glue sticks
  • Locker organizer
  • Scotch tape
  • Dozen pencils
  • Stapler
  • Crayola colored pencils
  • Smiley stickers
  • index cards
  • Fun erasers
  • Blunt scissors 4+
  • Scissors 6+
  • Math tools – protractor, compass, folding ruler, calculator
  • 4 1-subject notebooks
  • 2 packages of 3-ring binder paper
  • Pink wedge erasers
  • School glue, washable

Chances are 1 for $1 or 6 for $5.  The drawing is Friday, August 27th!

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Book Page subscription cancelled due to budget cuts :(

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Unfortunately, we are no longer able to subscribe to Book Page due to the cuts in our budget.  The subscription cost $432  per year for the library to maintain, and due to the loss of more than $22,000 in state aid, we have been forced to cut our budget for materials like this by more than half.  However, you can still access Book Page’s content for free at:


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Help us keep the books coming! Buy an item from our “wish list”!

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Help us keep getting the books our patrons expect!  Click here to see our “wish list” and purchase items for our collection:


If you do get something for us, please be sure to note it on the list (you can use the “Buying this gift elsewhere?” to note if you get us the items somewhere other than Amazon) so we take it off.  Donations to the library are tax-deductible!  Our EIN is 232063457.

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Power Library powered down-let your legislators know what you think!

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This year’s state budget included a 73% cut in the funds that pay for the Power Library, which provides many of our online services.  You may have noticed the change this month in the databases that are no longer available to you as a library patron.  This includes the loss of Ebscohost among other services.  Many of these resources were very valuable to students.  For individual libraries to purchase these resources themselves would cost as much as $40,000 per library at a time when library budgets have also been cut significantly in many cases (including here in Aston).

The Governor and the state legislators are now beginning the process for next year’s budget.  Let them know what you think about the “Library Access” money that funds these online resources by going here:


Thanks for your interest in this important issue!

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How much are you saving by using our Library?

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Use the Library Savings Calculator to find out how much money you save by using our library!

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New Books!

We’ve added some more new books to the collection!

Click on the cover below to request the book or see if it’s on the shelf:

Treasure Hunt

Wake Up Dead

Blood Ties

13th Hour

Happiness Project

Sting of Justice

Faces of the Gone


Eating Animals

Shades of Grey

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New Books!

We finally were able to make another book order!  Here are some of the titles we just added to our collection (click on the book cover to see if it’s in or place a hold):

Gathering Storm



The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Swan Thieves

Winter Garden

Remarkable Creatures

First Rule

Fantasy in Death

Stones Into Schools

Our book budget is reduced by 53% this year, but we’re still trying to get the best, most interesting materials to add to our collection.  Have a suggestion? Click the “Leave a Comment” button, or contact us, and we will try to get it.  Even better- if you have some recently-published books you’re finished with, consider donating them to the library.  We really appreciate all the help we can get!

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Please Give To Our “Donation Tree”!

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Help us help you!  Please consider a donation to our “tree” this holiday season.  These are some supplies that we could use to keep our operation going:

  • Boxes of pens
    • Blue
    • Black
  • Boxes of paper clips
  • Single size staplers
  • Boxes of standard staples
  • Quality adult scissors
  • Rolls of scotch tape
  • Packages of post-its
  • Bottles of white-out
  • Highlighters
  • Sharpie markers
  • Packages of rubber bands
  • Jumbo black markers
  • Boxes of tissues
  • Juice boxes (for storytime)
  • Packages of color construction paper
  • Jumbo construction paper
  • Packages of glue sticks
  • Elmer’s glue bottles
  • Washable water color paints
  • Bottles of washable tempera paint
  • Reams of copy paper
  • Boxes of crayons
  • Boxes of sidewalk chalk
  • Packages of googeley eyes
  • Packages of white paper plates
  • Packages of white paper bowls
  • Packages of styrofoam cups
  • Jumbo crayons
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Holiday stickers

Any of these items would be greatly appreciated.

Also, we are always happy to accept gifts of recent books, CDs and other materials, and we are always happy to accept monetary gifts as well.

Thanks and Happy Holidays,

Aston Library Staff

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Jimmy Rollins Cap to Raffle!

Jimmy Rollins Cap to Raffle!

To help raise money for the library, we are raffling a Phillies cap autographed by Jimmy Rollins!

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5!

Buy a chance at the circulation desk!

The drawing will be on December 23rd.

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Painful Budget Cuts Begin January 1

Budget Cuts..
Due to the severe cut in state support for public libraries, we will unfortunately have to make some difficult cuts for our 2010 budget.

We expect to be working with a budget almost $27,000 lower than our 2009 budget. We have already lost $5200 in expected funds in 2009 due to the cut in state support and the lengthy state budget impasse.

The cuts so far:

  • Our budget for purchasing books and materials will be cut by 53%.  This will mean we will have far less new books next year, and other items like magazine and newspaper subscriptions will have to be cut as well.
  • The library’s hours will be changed to:
    Monday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Closed Sunday (a cut of 5 open hours per week)
  • Staff will receive no raises or cost of living adjustment and will see some of their hours cut back.
  • We may close for more holidays.
  • Other cuts will occur due to the Delaware County Library System struggling with the budget cut as well.  These may include the loss of Inter-Library Loan, Reciprocal Borrowing, and increases in fines and fees.
  • Stay tuned for more details.

We regret having to reduce the services we provide to the public, but this major decrease in our budget gives us no choice.  We encourage our patrons to contact their state legislators to let them know how they feel about the importance of public libraries and their funding.

Stephen Sarazin, Director
Aston Public Library

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