Greater Pittston library news for the week of Nov. 29, 2015


Friends of the Library to meet Monday

PITTSTON — A holiday storytime with Judge Lesa Gelb and state Rep. Mike Carroll will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Pittston Memorial Library.

The Fourth Annual Handmade Holiday Gift Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

Families are invited to the Pittston Memorial Library at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 for some family fun with Frosty. There will be a viewing of “Frosty the Snowman” and then kids can make “Frosty ‘candy’ Trees.” Kids are invited to wear their pajamas. Call the library at 570-654-9565 to register for this free event.

Penn State Master Gardeners will be at the Pittston library to talk about preparing gardens for the spring season. Classes are $4 each, payable at the front door or in advance or $10 for all classes of this series. The last date for the series is 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Children ages 18 months to age 5 can bring their grownup to the library for fun story, craft and free play from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Monday evenings. Registration is required by calling the library.

Tales on Tuesday with Miss Kristin features age-appropriate stories, songs, activities and free play. Registration is required by calling 570-654-9565, ext. 26. Sign-ups are available in the children’s wing.

Adult computer classes will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. every Thursday. The class goes over email, mouse skills and web surfing. Registration is required by calling the library.

Volunteer opportunities are available at the library. Opportunities include helping in the library, or with the Friends of the Pittston Library group. If interested, fill out a volunteer form at the front desk.

Board games for all ages are available at the front desk and can be used anytime.

Children ages 3 to 11 are invited to the Lego Club from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Pittston Memorial Library.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program at the library is free and open to all children in the community from birth to kindergarten. The child will receive a bag with an age-appropriate book to keep in his or her collection.


Bus trip to New York City Dec. 5

WEST PITTSTON — The West Pittston Library’s New York City Holiday Bus Trip Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5. Cost is $30 and proceeds benefit the library. The Martz Bus will pick up at 6:30 a.m. at Corpus Christi Parish of West Pittston, 605 Luzerne Ave., and will drop off and pick back up at 6:30 p.m. sharp on 8th Avenue between 50th and 51st streets. Call 570-654-9847 or stop in to the library to register.

Stop by to enjoy tea, scones and other baked delights in memory of Alice Judge Costello from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Information will be available explaining how to honor or memorialize a loved one with a donation to the library.

Join David Kyle Johnson, Associate Professor of Philosophy at King’s College, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 10 for an entertaining, yet insightful look at the evolution of Christmas. Johnson will take a close look at the history of the holiday, and the social, political and economic issues that surround it as well as answering the question, “Who the heck is Krampus?” Call 570-654-9847 or stop in to the library to register.

Antiheroes in Literature Book Discussion will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursdays. The group includes an informal discussion and refreshments while examining popular fiction’s more unconventional characters. Call the library to register for this free program.

The West Pittston Library Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month.

The Library Laboratory is back every Tuesday at 6 p.m. to continue engaging kids ages 9 and up in science-based, hands-on learning activities. Measure, mix, compare, experiment and test in a fun environment. Class size is limited.

Kindergarten Readiness Program will be held at 1 p.m. every Friday. This early-literacy enhanced program is designed to introduce children to the library, get them interested in books and develop the skills needed for school. Register by Wednesday of each week.


Fill-A-Bag sale begins Nov. 30

WYOMING — The library is hosting a Fill-A-Bag book sale and holiday sale on from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1 and Wednesday, Dec. 2. The library is seeking the following books and holiday items for the upcoming sale:

• Adult fiction – hardcover and paperback

• Children – chapter books, easy readers, picture books

• Cookbooks, sports, biographies

• Holiday items for all major holidays (Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.)

The library will not accept textbooks, medical books, magazines, Readers’ Digest condensed books, reference, travel, books that are stained or have no covers or Christmas trees. Donations for the sale can be dropped off during normal business hours. The cost per bag is $5.

The library will host a wine making and tasting event on from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple and are available at the circulation desk.

Pre-school story time for children between ages 3 and 5 will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays Dec. 7 and 14. There will be story time on Nov 30.

A Charlie Brown Christmas party will be held from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. Children of all ages are invited to make Charlie Brown-themed activities followed by Snoopy snacks. Space is limited, so please call or Facebook the library to register.

The Crocheting Club will meet every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.


Library closed for Thanksgiving

LAFLIN — The Laflin Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will reopen at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 1.

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