Greater Pittston library news for the week of March 27, 2016


Book club meeting April 4

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

Teens age 12 to 18 are invited to participate in a free screening and discussion of the documentary film, “Miss Representation” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, at the library. Snacks will be provided from Purple Squirrel and Pittston Popcorn and registrations are required by emailing Noelle Kozak at

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.

To celebrate National Libraries Week, the library will be holding a week’s worth of events with a 1980’s theme:

• Monday, April 11 — Coloring and Name that Tune: Adults are invited to the library from 6 to 8 p.m. to enjoy some relaxing ’80s themed coloring and to try to name that ’80s tune for a prize.

• Tuesday, April 12 — Sand Art for Kids and Teens: Kids and Teens are invited to the from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. library to make sand art. Registration is required by calling the library

• Wednesday, April 13 — Aww Yeah the ’80s Photo Contest: The library will be running this contest all of Wednesday. Submit your best ’80s throwback photo or recreation for a chance at a prize.

• Thursday April 14 — ’80s Family Movie Night: Come to the library at 6 p.m. for a screening of the ’80s classic “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” on the big screen. Register by calling the library.

• Friday April 15 — ’80s Book Trivia: All week the library will have a trivia sheet available. Submit answers for a chance at a prize.

The Pittston Library is honoring this year’s recipient of the Jean Yates Award, Lois Ostrowski, with a dinner to be held Saturday, April 16 at the library. For tickets and information on this major library fundraiser call the library.

The Luzerne County Library System Presents: Scratching The Surface: 300 years of Wyoming Valley History. Using photographs and maps from the Luzerne County Historical Society, Wyoming Seminary History Teacher Clark Switzer will be at the library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18 for a program called “Building Our Heritage 1900 to 1940.” Call the library to register for this event.

The Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library are having a Giant Spring Book Sale from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 21.

Come to the library for Money Smart Week to be held Saturday, April 23 until Saturday, April 30. Money Smart information, book displays, unclaimed searches, and more will be available all week. Call the library to register.

Swing into Spring with the Poets on Saturday, April 23 at Genetti’s Hotel in Wilkes-Barre, where there will be a dinner/dance featuring the Poets. All proceeds benefit The Pittston Library, Greater Pittston YMCA, and the Care & Concern Clinic. Tickets are $40 per person which includes dinner and cash bar. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. Tables of 8 or 10 can be reserved with full payment. Tickets can be purchased at the Pittston Library or at the Pittston YMCA.

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.


Films showing in West Pittston

WEST PITTSTON — The West Pittston Library will show 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.


Purchase Krispy Kreme doughnuts

WYOMING — The Wyoming Free Library is hosting a Krispy Kreme doughnut fundraiser. The cost is $7.50 per dozen of glazed doughnuts and money is due when the order is placed. The sale starts on Monday, March 28 and ends on Monday, April 18. The pick-up date is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 23. Orders can be placed at the circulation desk.

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

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.

Guest speaker Chris Halbohm, director of Kingston-Keystone Hypnosis Institute and Weight Loss Center, will be at the library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. 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’s “Tea, Tips, and Treasures” themed tea parties are held from noon to 1 p.m. 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:

April 23 – Ancient Egypt Activities

May 14 – Tiny Treasures

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.

Libraries work on joint projects

The Pittston Memorial Library, West Pittston Library and Wyoming Free Library will hold Amnesty Week from Monday, April 11 to Saturday, April 16. Patrons can bring in a non-perishable food item to the circulation desk and have $1 in current fines waived. Fines will not be waived for the following situations: previous fines for damaged or lost materials, magistrate fees, lost library cards or items that belong to other libraries in Luzerne County. All food collected will be donated to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank.

The Pittston Memorial Library, West Pittston Library and Wyoming Free Library are holding a “Little Miss and Mister Library” contest. Children ages 7 to 10 who are members of either library are eligible. The applicants are required to submit an essay to their local library entitled, “What I Like About My Library.” Essay deadline is Saturday, April 23 and winners will be announced Monday, April 25. Submissions can be dropped off at the three participating libraries. For information, visit, or

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