Main Library

Children’s Library



232 West Main Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745

Library Hours
Monday 2pm to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 8pm
Wednesday 9am to 2pm
Thursday 10am to 8pm
Friday 9am to 4pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday Closed

The Library is closed on major holidays.

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Annie Halenbake Ross Library Serving Clinton County 107 Years


Mission Statement

Share the resources and services of the libraries within our communities,
stress the importance of life-long learning for all ages in five areas of literacy
- basic, financial, civic and social, health and information technology.  
Maintain material on local community issues and events.  


WORLD WAR I WEEK: JULY 7-15 All programs held at Ross Library. WWI lasted from 1914-1918. Ross Library is celebrating those who fought in WWI by offering a week’s worth of programs for all ages and many topics. All during the week there will be drawings for prizes at 25 cents per ticket.

July 7, 10 AM: Breakfast of WWI - Join the library staff for a breakfast that soldiers in WWI might have eaten.

July 7, 7 PM: Walking tour, “One Century Ago” by Lou Bernard - Walk the streets of Lock Haven and hear about city life during the early 1900's.

July 8, 10 AM: Bifolkal Film double feature: “Remembering Automobiles” and “Remembering Fashion”  Seniors remember their first automobile and fashions of the early 20th century. Youth can learn about early automobiles and what people wore back then.

July 10, 7 PM: “WWI Chemical Weapons” by Kevin Range   -   Millions died needlessly because military and civilian leaders were slow to learn about the new weapons of 1914. World War I had technological developments in engineering, metallurgy, and chemistry which produced  deadlier weapons than known. 

July 11, 6:30 PM: “LHU In WWI” by Joby Topper, LHU The Central State Normal School was a private corporation until the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania took over in 1914. It was founded to prepare teachers for the public schools. LHU Librarian will relate LHU history of the early 1900's.   

July 13, 7 PM: Lock Haven Paranormal Seekers: The World War I Investigation. In a spooky twist to World War I \Week, the Lock Haven Paranormal Seekers will return to the Ross Library to discuss a past investigation with a WWI connection. This team will show photos, recordings, and other evidence of a soldier who may be haunting a local building. 

July 14, 10 AM: Doughboy Doughnuts - Doughboys were men the Americans sent to France during WWI. Fried dough or Doughnuts were made in 1917 by Ensign Helen Purviance of the Salvation Army in France and were given to the soldiers in France. Hear how the two came together.

July 14, 11 AM: “Memories of WWI” by Eleanor Kodish - Friends of Ross Library Volunteer of the Year, 91 year old Eleanor will talk about her family’s stories of WWI. Residents are invited to come and share their stories as well.

July 14, 7 PM: Walking tour, “WWI” by Lou Bernard  - What was the City of Lock Haven and Clinton County like during in WWI? Join the walking tour to find out.

July 15, 10 AM: Book club discussion, “The Harlem Hellfighters” by Max Brooks.  The Harlem Hellfighters were the first manned by black enlisted soldiers with black and white officers in WWI. They became  known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” and the best known African American unit of World War I. 

July 15, 2 PM: “Pennsylvanians in WWI” by Norman Houser
 July 15, 3 PM: WWI Songs: Barbershop Quartet by our local Lock Haven Rotarians who will delight all who visit with their tunes as a parting gift to World War One Week.


 PA Wilderness Skills
2nd Tuesday thru September, 2017
5pm   Ross Library Patio

July 11 - Natural Shelter building
August 8 - Making Pine Pitch Glue
September 12 - Build a Bugout Bag


George Stefanski taught a drawing series designed for young people ages 12 and up.
Goal - create a comic strip with Theme "Be the Best You: My Life, My Story"
 Comics are displayed  in the YA area 
For more information on upcoming programs
contact: or call 570 748-3484.

 SUMMER WALKING TOURS by Lou Bernard, Adult Programmer and local historian. During the months of June and July Lou Bernard will walk the streets of Lock Haven and tell fascinating stories about the people, homes and events associated with Clinton County. No registration; Free to all in rain and shine. Each tour begins at the Ross Library Patio at 7 PM and lasts one hour.
Wear comfortable shoes and bring an umbrella if it rains.

June 16: Odd Architecture throughout Lock Haven
June 23: Piper Aviation along the Piper Aircraft Buildings in Lock Haven 
June 30: Church Street, Lock Haven
July 7: One Century Ago in Downtown Lock Haven -  Walk the streets of Lock Haven and hear about city life during the early 1900's.
July 14: World War I in Downtown Lock Haven - What was the City of Lock Haven and Clinton County like during in WWI? Join the walking tour to find out.
July 21: “For The Love Of Helen” - Hollywood comes to Lock Haven
July 28: To Be Announced

Walk-in help with laptops and ipads at Ross Library

Monday 4pm to 8pm;
Tuesday by apointment; 
Wednesday 10am-2pm;

Outreach at Clinton County Community Center
Thursdays 9am to noon;
Saturday by appointment

For more information call the Ross Library at 570-748-3321. Ask for Mary-Jo. 

Last Saturday of the month
10am Ross Library 3rd Floor
Join a group who like to discuss books of all genre (topics)

 June 24 - Michael Crichton's "Prey."

Adults 18 + NEED Help Reading or learning ESL (English as a 2nd Language)? Ask at Ross Library 570 748-3321 for a tutor.

Check out the BRANCH LIBRARIES page for program information at Renovo and Friendship Libraries.

Display of an individual's hobby or organization's project for a month. Interested in Displaying  -----ask at the main desk or call 570-748-3321

June - Annie Halenbake Ross Library Artifacts
July - World War I  

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