A recent bake-and-book sale has given the struggling Panther Valley Library in Lansford enough of a boost to keep its doors open, at least for awhile.

The library, in the former United Methodist Church at 117 E. Bertsch St, has been able to expand its hours and is offering children's activities starting next Wednesday and culminating in a Halloween party on Oct.. 27.

The library is now open on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and then from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

However, the open hours depend on whether staff or volunteers can be available during those hours, said board president Marie Ondrus.

Further, the library plans to hold special Halloween craft activities for children from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 13, 20 and 27, under the direction of Assistant Director Bridget Cannon. The Oct. 13 session will involve making paper plate masks; on Oct. 20, children will make spooky spider crafts. The tykes will get to show off their masks and spider crafts at the Halloween party on Oct. 27.

Goodies for the party will be donated by volunteers, and the library will host a Trick-or-Treat night on the same night that the borough has its official trick or Treat night.

Borough Council has yet to announce a date.

The library, which is approaching its 10th. anniversary, was created by the Lansford Historical Society, which bought the church nine years ago and then raised the money and provided volunteer help to begin operations.

But the going has not been easy, with funding a constant worry. the library, which serves Lansford, Summit Hill and Nesquehoning, does not receive state funds.

Dodson and Cannon have been working for free, and on Sept. 17, the library appointed a new board of directors. they include Ondrus; Christy Nothstein, Oswald Davila, Michele Beshock, Stephen Brunda, Noah Watkins and Kathy Marek.

The library now has a Facebook page, which can be accessed by typing Panther Valley Public Library into the social networking site's search engine. For more information, call the library at (570) 645-3780.