Greater Pittston library news for the week of April 17, 2016


Play K begins April 18

PITTSTON —Play K begins at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18 and is held every Monday in the Pittston Memorial Library Activity Room. The six-week interactive program aims to prepare children to enter kindergarten through play. Call the library to register. Children must be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2016 to qualify for the program.

The Luzerne County Library System presents “Scratching The Surface: 300 years of Wyoming Valley History” through programs this month. At 6 p.m. Monday, April 18, Wyoming Seminary History Teacher Clark Switzer will use photographs and maps from the Luzerne County Historical Society 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 in the lower level of the library. Books available are hard covers, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, biographies, children’s books, audios, DVDs, travel, science, parenting, sports, Christian, coffee table books and more. Book donations beginning with the year 2000 are accepted during library hours. All children’s books and classics are accepted.

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

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

Kids 18 months to age 5 can bring their grownup to the library for a fun story, craft and free play from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Monday evenings. Registration is required by calling the library. A new session begins Monday, April 25 and concludes Monday, May 30.

The furry Tails Reading Program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. Call the library to register.

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.


Learn to save lives April 20

WEST PITTSTON — In recognition of National Donate Life Month, join Susan Koomar from the Gift of Life at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 at the West Pittston Library 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.


Library to be closed April 22

WYOMING — The Wyoming Free Library will be closed on Friday, April 22 for staff training.

The 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. The next event will be held Saturday, April 23 with a theme of “Ancient Egypt Activities.”

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.

Libraries work on joint projects

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


Chair yoga class will be April 20

LAFLIN — A chair yoga class with certified yoga instructor Sandy Seyler will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 20. This is a free class, no previous yoga experience is needed and is for all ages. The class will involve chair poses, modified to everyone’s mobility, gentle stretching, and breathing. Space is limited, and registration is required by calling the library.

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