Greater Pittston library news for the week of Feb. 19, 2017


Dental hygiene program is Feb. 20

PITTSTON — An information presentation from dental hygenist Susan Smith, from Dr. Walker’s office located in Pittston, will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20. This program is for children ages 2 and up. For reservations, call the library.

A Pre-Oscar Party will be held at the library as participants will view some of the nominated movies. “Zootopia,” rated PG, will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20; “Arrival,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 10 a.m. and later “Hacksaw Ridge,” rated R will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday Feb. 25. Call the library to register.

The Pageturners Tween Book Club for students in grades four and five will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 as the group will go over “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt. A light snack will be provided and participants will make a craft related to the book. Call the library to register.

Tales on Tuesday with Miss Kristen Boettger returns Tuesday, Feb. 28 and concludes Tuesday, April 11. Programs are: Books and Babies — ages newborn to 18 months, 9:30 a.m.; Terrific Twos — ages 18 months to three, 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Pals — ages three to five, 11:30 a.m. Registration is required.

The next session for Grown-Up and Me begins Monday, Feb. 27 and concludes Monday, April 10. Children ages 18 months to five can bring their adult to the library for a fun story, craft and free play from 6 to 6:45 p.m. every Monday.

The Winter Read-O Program for children ages infant to fifth grade continues through the end of March. Participants can stop in the library to pick up a sheet and complete requirements for a special prize.

The Hands on Club, for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 2.

Teen Reading Week will be celebrated from Sunday, March 5 to Saturday, March 11 for teens in grades six through 12. The programs include:

• Teen Online Scavenger Hunt — Pick up an instruction sheet online or in the teen section and once the hunt is completed, email the answers to the library by March 11 for a chance at a prize.

• Book Spine Poetry — Stop by the library and create an original poem using only book titles. Creations will be posed on social media.

• An hour of Coding — King’s College computer science major, John Kozak, will be on hand at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9 to shoe participants how to use computer coding to play a game, or make their own game. Registration is required.

• Filmmaking 101 — As part of Teen Reading Lounge activities, actor.director Vinne Langdon III will teach teens how to write and direct a commercial. Pre-registration with Teen Reading Lounge is required.

The next Furry Tails Reading Program will be held from 10 to 1!:30 a.m. Saturday, March 11.

Roaming Readers Book Club meets at 11 a.m. every Tuesday. Participants get the opportunity to walk, talk and listen to an audio book. Each walk lasts 30 minutes. Call the library to register.

Fiber Art Afternoon is held from 1:30 to 3:3o p.m. every Thursday. Participants will bring their own supplies and work on crochet, knitting and felting.

The Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library meet at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month. New members are always welcome. For more information call 570-654-9565.

Lego Club meets Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. Library provides the Legos, but adult supervision is required and participants are required to help clean up.

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.

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.

Board games for all ages are available at the front desk and can be used anytime.

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.


Introduce kids to the kitchen Feb. 22

WEST PITTSTON — The library, in conjunction with the Junior League of Wilkes Barre, will bring a program to introduce kids to the kitchen. The program will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. In this program kids of all ages will learn to measure, spread, whisk, slice and eat in a healthy way and will cover basic nutrition with a food group relay race and have books available to explore the topics further. Each child will make their own Antipasto Salad Skewer appetizer and a healthy hummus and cucumber lunch wrap with copies of the recipes to take home. To participate in this program, each child will need to supply their own butter knife, cutting knife, cutting board, small mixing bowl, measuring spoons and whisk. Limited to the first 10 children.

Join Children’s Program Coordinator Summer Belles from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in creating an infinity scarf out of chunky yarn using just your arms. Bring 2-3 skeins of yarn — the chunkier, the better.

Kindergarten Readiness Program is 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. Parents can spend some fun one-on-one time with their child, or grandchild, as we read books together, sing songs, play games and make crafts centered around the weekly, kid-friendly theme. Learn pre-reading techniques that can be done at home to enhance their skills. Register by Wednesday of each week.


See ‘The LEGO Batman Movie’ Feb. 25

WYOMING — The library is having a special field trip to see the LEGO Batman Movie Saturday, Feb. 25. For more information, call the library.

LEGO Club will meet from 11 a.m. to noon on the following Saturdays: March 11, April 8. This program is free and for children of all ages. Registration is required by calling the library.

The library is remote hosting a special 90th Anniversary Art ‘N’ Vino event on Monday, March 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Art n’ Vino Paint and Sip Studio, 667 N. River St., Wilkes-Barre. The cost is $36.00 per person. To register, call the studio at (570) 430-5045.

From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, a representative from the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food bank will be at the library to register Luzerne County residents 60 years old and older in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) made available by the United States Department of Agriculture. The CSFP provides one box box of non-perishable food a month to qualified individuals. This program does not affect SNAP benefits or any other assistance program. The gross income of applicants with a household size of one cannot exceed $1,287 a month or $15,444/year. Applicants with a household size of two cannot exceed $1,736 a month or $20,826/year. Applicants must bring proof of household income and a current ID with age and current address.

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.

The Literary Snoops Book Club meets at noon the second Wednesday of east month. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch for the discussion.

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


Adult painting is Feb. 23

LAFLIN — Adults can come to the library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 for an evening of painting. Cost is $25 per person which includes all supplies for a 16×20 painting, plus light refreshments. Space is limited and registration is done at the library. For more information, call the library.
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