Greater Pittston library news for the week of Feb. 28, 2016


Read Across America begins Feb. 29

PITTSTON —The library will celebrate National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America all week with activities from Monday, Feb. 29 until Friday, Feb. 4. This is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

Celebrate Teen Tech Week from Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11 with a week’s worth of activities. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, March 7, Make your Mark Monday: Teens are invited to the library at 5:30 p.m. to make their own stamp. Feel free to craft custom design or bring in an impression of a choice.

Tuesday, March 8, Tinker Tuesday: Stop in anytime between 3 and 4 p.m. to make a bookmark out of various materials.

Wednesday, March 9, Teen Online Scavenger Hunt: The library will run this contest starting Wednesday. Pick up a instruction sheet online or at the front desk. Once the hunt is completed, email answers in by Saturday, March 12 for a chance at a prize.

Thursday, March 10, Create It Poetry Writing Day: Beginning at 5:30 p.m., participants will be given the words, but then will need to put them together to form a unique poem.

Friday, March 11, ‘Face’ Book Friday: Find a book with a face and strike a pose. Photos will be put on the library’s Facebook page.

Kids 18 months to age 5 can bring their grownup to the library for a fun story, craft and free play on Monday evenings from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Registration is required by calling the library. A new session begins Monday, March 7 and concludes Monday, April 11.

Tales on Tuesday with Miss Kristin features age appropriate stories, songs, activities, and free play for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children. The programs are as follows: Books and Babies for ages newborn to 18 months at 9:30 a.m., Terrific Twos for ages 18 months to 3 years at 10:30 a.m., and Preschool Pals ages 3 to 5 years at 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Sign-ups are available in our children’s wing or by calling the library children’s department A new session begins Tuesday, March 8 and concludes Tuesday, April 12.

The Easter Bunny will visit the Pittston Memorial Library library at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. Children up to age 6 are welcome to join for an evening with a craft, dancing, and light refreshments. Space is limited. Called the library at 570-654-9565 to register for this free event.

The next Furry Tails reading program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 12.

This St. Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17, bring some luck to the library by a purchasing a shamrock. Each shamrock has an item that the library would love to have for either its reading collection, or in house use. It could be anything from scissors to the latest New York Times Best Seller. Prices for the items will be listed, giving the option of either making a donation toward the item or purchasing it.

Celebrate “Doctor Who” with the Fangirls Fan Club at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. The club will watch a few episodes of “Doctor Who” and make their own Tardis. Register by calling the library.

Children ages 7 and up are invited to the library for a fun science activity. The next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.

Local children’s author, Paula Chaiken of Shavertown and local illustrator, Kristen Leonard of Scranton will be at the Pittston library to talk about their recently released book, “I Know Grandpa” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Copies of the book will be available for $10. Call the library to register for this free event held in the Cosgrove Annex.

The library will be offering a Ukrainian pysanky class taught by Tammy Budnovitch from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 21. This class for adults teaches the basic steps of making a pysanky. The cost for the class is $20 per person which includes supplies needed. Space is limited and reservations will be made on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a spot, stop by the library with full payment by Wednesday, March 16. Tammy will also have pysanky, as well as additional supplies, for sale at this event. For more information, call the library.

The next monthly book club meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 4 to discuss the book “We Were Liars” by E. Lockhart.

The library will have a temporary change of hours until further notice:

Monday and Thursday – Noon to 7 p.m.

Wednesday – Closed

Tuesday, Friday and Saturday – 9 to 4 p.m.

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

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.

The Crochet Club meets from 10 to 11:45 a.m. every Tuesday. Participants are asked to bring their own supplies including a hook sized I, J, or K yarn.

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.


Celebrate Dr. Seuss March 5

WEST PITTSTON — Read Across America will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 to celebrate the work of Dr. Seuss with an afternoon of theme-related activities. All ages are welcome to this free event. Call the library to register.

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.

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.

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.


Lego Club meeting March 12

WYOMING — The LEGO Club will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 12. This program is free and suitable for children of all ages. Registration is required.

The library will begin the third year of its “Tea Tips and Treasures” themed tea parties on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. There will be tea and a snack, an interactive display and a short workshop. Children can dress up and bring a doll or stuffed animal to match each theme. Ages 3 and up may attend. There is no cost for the program and an adult must stay with the child. Sign up one week ahead. The library is seeking sponsors and item donations for each program. For sponsorship details, a list of donations or to sign up a child; contact Lindsay at the library.

The dates and themes are as follows:

March 19 – Bunnies and Bonnets

April 23 – Ancient Egypt Activities

May 14 – Tiny Treasures

Preschool story time for children between ages 3-5 will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Monday, March 21.

The library will hold a discussion group during the final season of “Downton Abbey.” The group meets from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and a special finale tea will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. Reserve a spot by Wednesday, March 9.

The library is hosting a children’s Virtual Minecraft Art Show. Contest participants will design up to three original art pieces using Minecraft and e-mail them to the library. All submitted pieces will be displayed on the library Facebook and webpage during National Library Week Sunday, April 10 to Saturday, April 16. Information on the contest can be found at the library, on the library webpage and on the Facebook page.

A doll and doll clothes raffle will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. Raffle tickets are $1 each and available at the circulation desk.

The library is holding a children’s bookmark contest with its theme highlighting the library’s logo and slogan, “Adventures Beyond Books.” Entry forms are available at the circulation desk.

The library is now accepting donations using Paypal. The Paypal button can be found on the library homepage.

The library is now on Pinterest. The page can be found on

Sponsorships are needed for upcoming community activities. Information can be found on the library’s webpage or by contacting library director John Roberts.

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


Dr. Seuss celebration is March 4

LAFLIN — The Laflin Public Library will be celebrating Reading Across America, the birthday of Dr. Seuss at 4 p.m. on Friday, March 4. There will be games, crafts and light refreshments and special guest story tellers from the Luzerne County Reading Council.

Laflin Book Discussion Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 14 in the community room of the Laflin Borough Building. There will be a brief meeting as well as the distribution of the first book. New members are always welcome. For more information, call the library.

The Laflin Library Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 in the library for their association meeting. New members are welcome.

Authors Glenn Davis and Mark Smith, two of The Four Pops, will be at the library at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19. They will be doing a reading and discussion of their children’s book “The Next Notre Dame Mascot.” This event is open to all ages and light refreshments will be served. Call the library to reserve a spot.

The library will be holding its annual Paper Easter Egg Art contest for children ages 3 and older. Entry forms will be available at the library as well as on the library’s website at

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