Greater Pittston library news for the week of Feb. 21, 2016

February 19th, 2016 1:36 pm


Book club to meet Monday

PITTSTON — The book club at the Pittston Memorial Library will hold its monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 to discuss Jess Walter’s “Beautiful Ruins.”

Friends of the Pittston Memorial Library will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the library board room. The group meets the fourth Monday of every month and membership is open to all interested in promoting programs for the library.

Pre-Oscar Party will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 22, Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Thursday, Feb. 25. The evenings will feature screenings of the nominees’ movies just in time for the big night. Monday will be “Inside Out,” Tuesday will be “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and Thursday will be “Bridge of Spies.” All movies will be shown in the in the community room. For more information, or to sign up, call the library.

The library will host a painting event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Paint N’ Pinot, 113 S. Main St. The cost for this fundraiser is $35 and the painting will be a vase full of shamrocks to get in the St. Patrick’s Day mood. This is an adults-only event. to reserve a spot, call Paint N’ Pinot at 570-313-5429.

Children ages one to 11 are invited to a Wee Build Open House at anytime on Thursday, Feb. 25 and Friday, Feb. 26. These toys allow for a variety of opportunities for children to express themselves through play which promotes development in many skill areas such as social-emotional, physical development, mathematics, science, language arts, and art.

Kids age 18 months to 11 years are invited to read for fun this February and help to build the tallest Lego tower. Participants are to report each week in February for prizes and chances to win the grand prize of a Lego Builder Kit. Weekly activities include I-Spy, crafts and science. Call the library to register.

Kids 18 months to age 5 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. A new session begins Monday, March 7 and 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 A new session begins Tuesday, March 8 and concludes Tuesday, April 12.

Children ages 7 and up are invited to the library for a fun science activity. The next meeting is at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 24.

Local children’s author, Paula Chaiken of Shavertown and local illustrator, Kristen Leonard of Scranton will be at the Pittston library to talk about their recently released book, “I Know Grandpa” at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. Copies of the book will be available for $10. Call the library to register for this free event held in the Cosgrove Annex.

The library will be offering a Ukrainian pysanky class taught by Tammy Budnovitch from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 21. This class for adults teaches the basic steps of making a pysanky. The cost for the class is $20 per person which includes supplies needed. Space is limited and reservations will be made on a first come first serve basis. To reserve a spot, stop by the library with full payment by Wednesday, March 16. Tammy will also have pysanky, as well as additional supplies, for sale at this event. For more information, call the library.

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.

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.


Make scarfs on Feb. 23

WEST PITTSTON — A program teaching how to make a rope-like scarf with the basic chain and double-crochet stitch will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23. Some basic crochet knowledge or experience is recommended. Participants will need one skein of medium weight yarn and a medium sized crochet hook (G/6/4 mm or H/8/5 mm). Call the library to register for free.

Read Across America will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5 at 1 p.m. celebrating the work of Dr. Seuss with an afternoon of theme-related activities. All ages are welcome to this free event. 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.


Preschool story time is Monday

WYOMING — Preschool story time for children between ages 3-5 will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Feb. 22 through March 21.

There will be a fill-a-bag book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. The cost per bag is $5.

The LEGO Club will meet on following Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon on Feb. 27 and March 12. This program is free and suitable for children of all ages. Registration is required.

The library will begin the third year of its “Tea Tips and Treasures” themed tea parties 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:

March 19 - Bunnies and Bonnets

April 23 - Ancient Egypt Activities

May 14 - Tiny Treasures

The library is holding classes on how to turn old t-shirts into memory quilts and wall hangings. The classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. from Friday, March 4 until Friday, March 18 and from Friday, April 1 until Friday, April 15. The classes are limited to eight and registration is required. There will be an initial $5 registration fee to cover printing costs and any extra materials. The money will be collected at the first class. The library has a limited number of machines, so participants are encouraged to bring their own machine. Participants should have sewing experience. For more information on the classes, contact Sharon Griffin at 484-903-5394 or

The library will hold a discussion group during the final season of “Downtown Abbey.” The group meets from 5 to 6 p.m. on Mondays and a special finale tea will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. Reserve a spot by Wednesday, March 9.

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 is holding a children’s bookmark contest with its theme highlighting the library’s logo and slogan, “Adventures Beyond Books.” Entry forms are available at the circulation desk.

The library is now accepting donations using Paypal. The Paypal button can be found on the library homepage.

The library is now on Pinterest. The page can be found on

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.