Greater Pittston library news for the week of March 13, 2016


Local authors to host event

PITTSTON — Local children’s author Paula Chaiken of Shavertown and illustrator Kristen Leonard of Scranton will be at the Pittston Memorial Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Mrach 19 to discuss their recently released book, “I Know Grandpa.”

A craft will follow the reading and talk. Copies of the book will be available for $10. Call the library at 570-654-9565 to register for this free event held in the Cosgrove Annex.

The Adult Coloring Club will meet Fridays at 1 p.m. and on scheduled evening in the new community room. Supplies are provided. Celtic Coloring is the next evening meeting to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 14.

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.

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.

Kids aged 18 months to 5 years 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. This session 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. This session concludes Tuesday, April 12.

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.

The Wee Build program is held Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. for children ages 1 through 11. The new toys used promote development in many skills and allow children to express themselves through play. Stop by the library and start building.

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.


Crazy Creature Census March 15

WEST PITTSTON — Children ages 6 and under will gather at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15 with their favorite stuffed animal and participate in a Crazy Creature Census. The program is designed to add a little math to your family routine. There will also being reading from Bedtime Math and stickers, puzzles and games for the children to bring home. Call the library to register.

Barbara Soyka, a 13-year master gardener, will instruct and advice participants how to grow the “best tomatoes ever” at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. Call the library to register.

Essential Oils 101 program will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 for an Introduction to Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Call the library to register.

A Drive-In Movie program will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Each child should bring a large box to sit in and a shoe box. The movie to be announced. Call the library to register.

A workshop to help participants learn how to become engaged in their health care will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21. Healthcare providers will be available to teach how to obtain, process and understand basic health care information and services. Call the library to register.

Celebrate National Craft Month at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 by creating a custom engraved necklace with basic washers from a hardware store. Cost is $5. Call the library to register.

The library will be showing the films “Charlotte’s Web” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29; “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 and “A Bear Called Paddington” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Call the library to register.

Sean Carroll, an adjunct instructor of English at Misericordia University and member of the Society for American Baseball Research, will give a presentation on some of the great writing that has celebrated the game of baseball with a special presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31. Call the library to register.

The Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8’s Club, a 8-week after school club designed to build children’s interest in math will begin in April. Children will participate in a different type of math club with activities and gadgets to bring home. The club is limited to the first 12 students in grades three through five. Go to for more information.

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.


Tea party is March 19

WYOMING — The library will begin the third year of its “Tea, Tips, and Treasures” themed tea parties from noon to 1 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 p.m. The next theme is Bunnies and Bonnets on March 19.

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 Furry Tails Reading Program will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19. Call the library to register.

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

The Ravenous Readers Book Discussion will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9 to discuss the book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling. The book discussion is free and open to children in grades 2 through 6. Pizza and soda will be provided and participants will discuss the book and make their own Harry Potter bookmark. Call the library to register.

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.


Discussion group meets March 14

LAFLIN — 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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