Greater Pittston library news for the week of Aug. 14, 2016


‘Meet the Artist’ Aug. 14

PITTSTON — Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library will hold a “Meet the Artist” event from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14 in the John P. Cosgrove Center. The artist is Pittston Township’s Piera Santi-Morotto.

The second “Chalk the Walks of the Library” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16. The event is a project of the Joy Team and is all about spreading joy, optimism and inspiration through sidewalk chalk.

The Pittston Memorial Library’s 5K run/walk for literacy: Book it Through Pittston will be held Saturday, Sept. 10. The race will be held in honor of Tom and Dianne Tigue and the proceeds will benefit literacy programs for kids, teens, and adults.

The evening before the race, Friday, Sept. 9 there will also be a Book It… Kick Off at the Red Mill. This will include celebrity bartenders, a specialty drink, and the opportunity to have an early check in for the walk/run.

Following the event an adult literacy initiative will be started in the Tigues’ honor offering GED, college, work prep, and computer classes. Corporate sponsors, swag donations, runners/walkers, and volunteers are still needed. For more information on how to donate or sign up for the race, visit For more information, call the library.

Tales on Tuesday with Miss Kristen will begin Tuesday, Sept. 20 and run until Tuesday Oct. 25. The program features age appropriate stories, songs, activities, and free play for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children. The program is as follows:

Books and Babies – for ages newborn to 18 months, 9:30 a.m.

Terrific Twos – for ages 18 months to 3 years, 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Pals – ages 3 to 5 years, 11:30 a.m.

Registration is required and sign-ups are available in the children’s wing or by calling the children’s department.

Tickets are now on sale for a 1920’s Gangerster Murder Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser taking place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 in the John P. Cosgrove Center. The theme is “Crime and Punishment” and will include a Family Style Italian Dinner catered by JustFred. Tickets are non-refundable and can be purchased over the phone or at the Pittston Library. They are $55 for one ticket, or two for $100 (a two dollar surcharge will be added for all credit card purchases). This is a 21 and over only event. For more information, call the library.

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

Monday and Thursday – 10:30 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday – Closed

Tuesday and Friday – 9 to 4 p.m.

Saturday – 9 to 1 p.m.

Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library meet at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month. New members are always welcome.

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 Coloring Club meets at 1 p.m. every Friday and on scheduled evenings.

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.


Italian program is Aug. 18

WEST PITTSTON — Sarah Piccini, assistant director of the Lackawanna Historical Society, will hold an Italian Immigration program at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18 at the West Pittston Library. She will about Italian immigration into the region from 1880-1930 and the lasting impacts it has had on our culture as well as our pizza.

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.


Book sale is Aug. 27

WYOMING — Fill-a-bag book sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Wyoming Free Library. The cost per bag is $5. The library is accepting books for the sale.

The Ravenous Readers Book Discussion will meet at noon Saturday, Sept. 10 to discuss “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl at the Wyoming Free Library. The book discussion is free and open to children in grades 2-6. In addition to the book discussion, children will make lickable wallpaper, design a candy bar wrapper and invent their own candy. Call the library to register.

The Tea, Tips and Treasures program is celebrating its 30th event from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10. Children ages 3 and up will enjoy an interactive fairy tale theme tea party with activities, a short workshop, tea and snacks. The program is free, but space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling the library.

The Literary Snoops Book club will resume at noon Wednesday, Sept. 14 and meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month. Participants can bring a bag lunch.

The library will hold a discussion group during the second season of “Podlark.” The discussion group will meeting from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19 for a season one catch-up. The season two discussion will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. every Monday beginning Sept. 26 and concluding Nov. 28.

A Minecraft arts and craft program will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 24. The program is free and open to all ages. Contact the library to register.

The library is selling Boscov’s Friends Helping Boscov’s Friends shopping passes. The passes worth $5 each and offer a 25 percent discount on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Passes can be purchased at the front desk and all proceeds benefit the library.

Reading help will be available at the library for children in grades 1-4 from 1 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday. Call the library to register.

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