Greater Pittston library news for the week of April 10, 2016


Kids’ program ends April 11

PITTSTON — 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.

Play K is a six-week interactive program for kids entering kindergarten this fall where we will “play” kindergarten. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18 and is held every Monday in the Pittston Memorial Library Activity Room. Call the library to register. Children must be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016 to qualify for the program.

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

The Fangirls Fanclub will be making Pokemon-themed planners at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. Registration is mandatory by calling the library to reserve a spot.

Children ages 7 and up are invited to the library for a science activity at 4 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.

Call the library to reserve a spot for Cyber Security with Crossroads Financial at 6 p.m. on Monday, April 25.

The library is hosting Blackout Poetry Night for adults at 6 p.m. on on Monday, April 25 and at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 for teens. Participants will be given a piece of writing from old book page, newspaper article or other readings and will then black out all the words they don’t want to use and keep the ones they do. This event is free, but participants are to call the library to reserve a spot.

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.


Celebrate National Poetry Month on April 12

WEST PITTSTON — April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate the different ways to write poetry children ages 8 and up are encouraged to come to the library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to read their own works or from the books the library has in stock.

In recognition of National Donate Life Month, join Susan Koomar from the Gift of Life at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 as she explores potential to save and heal lives, regardless of age. A light lunch will be provided along with free materials to share with family and friends.

At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, learn how to sign up for a Gmail email account as well as how to send and receive email messages.

Join Wyoming Seminary History Teacher Clark Switzer at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 as he uses photographs and maps from the Luzerne County Historical Society to present a video that delves into the last 300 years of the Wyoming Valley. Coal, lumbering, ice cutting, textile and silk mills all experience growth at this time while the economy blossoms during this era as people enjoy recreation at parks, opera houses vaudeville shows and the moving pictures.

The West Pittston Library will show the films “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 30 and “A Bear Called Paddington” at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4. 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.


Minecraft Art Show display April 10

WYOMING — 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 book sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. The cost is $5 for a plastic bag of books, $10 for a canvas bag/tote of books and $20 for a box/plastic tub of book. The library is also accepting books for the sale.

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 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.

LEGO Club will meet from 11 a.m. to noon the following Saturdays: April 23, May 21 and June 25. This program is free, but registrations are required.

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 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 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


Taylor to discuss book April 11

LAFLIN — Author Barbara Taylor, along with Library Association President Melissa Werner and Librarian Nancy Coassolo will discuss Taylor’s book “Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 11 at the Laflin Public Library.

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