Greater Pittston library news for the week of May 1, 2016



    Meet Kristy Rice on May 2

    PITTSTON —Kristy Rice will be at the library at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 2 with a live demo of her water color books, “Painterly Days, The Watercoloring Books for Adults.” Tea and treats will be served and the class is free. Call the library to register for this event.

    Patrons can handpaint their own silk scarf in the John P. Cosgrove Center on Thursday, May 5. The cost is $35 per person.

    Yoga Body Bootcamp will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6 at Home Yoga & Barre and benefits the Pittston Memorial Library. It is a donation-based class, with $8 being the recommendation. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting

    Teen Advisory Group will hold its last meeting of the year at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12.

    A boutique sale will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the library. The event will feature new and gently used jewelry, handbags, accessories and home decor Proceeds from the sale will benefit programming at the library.

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

    Children ages 7 and up are invited to the library for a science activity. The next meeting will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19.

    Play K is held at 12:30 p.m. 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. This program concludes Monday, May 23.

    Book club will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 23 to discuss “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” by Maria Semple.

    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. This session concludes Monday, May 30.

    Tales on Tuesday with Miss Kristin features age appropriate stories, songs, activities, and free play for infants, toddlers and pre-school age children. Programs are 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 our children’s department. This session concludes Tuesday, May 31.

    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 about Old Forge pizza on May 5

    WEST PITTSTON — Kevin from Colarusso’s Pizza will be at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 to discusses the history of this Old-Forge classic. Samples will also be handed out during the event. Stop by the library or call to reserve a spot.

    Adult Programming Coordinator Jen Moran will hold a seminar on downloading audiobooks at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 to help participants download the new audiobook app from the Luzerne County Library System onto tablets or smartphones and show how to use it. Stop by or call the library to reserve a spot

    Join Maria Jiunta-Heck at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17 in a classroom style program as she teaches step-by-step instructions on setting up an eBay account while offering tips and tricks to get your items sold. Stop by or call the library to reserve a spot.

    Children and their dolls are invited to an afternoon celebration at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14 to highlight the new “Girl of the Year” for 2016, Lea, a young photographer who loves to explore. Enjoy excerpts from the latest American Girl book, participate in theme-related crafts and activities, and break for a snack. Party is limited to the first 18 girls and children must be 8 or older. Stop by or call the library to reserve a spot.

    Registered dietitian Noelle Altavilla will be at the library at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 to discuss healthy options and alternatives to enjoying your favorite favorite. Stop by or call the library to reserve a spot.

    Get your scare on a little early this year with spooky stories, creepy crafts and ghostly games at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24. Bring unwanted costumes of all sizes for the library’s first ever costume swap. This program is for ages 12 and under. Stop by or call the library to reserve a spot.

    The West Pittston Library will show the film “A Bear Called Paddington” at 1 p.m. on 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.


    Chris Halbohm returning May 7

    WYOMING — Guest speaker Chris Halbohm, CHt, director of Kingston-Keystone Hypnosis Institute and Weight Loss Center will be at the Wyoming Free Library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 to discuss hypnosis for goals, fun and career. Call the library to register.

    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 May 14 with a theme of “Tiny Treasures.” 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.

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

    An adult cookie decorating class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 28. Students will be able to decorate “spring themed” cookies. Cost to attend is $20 and registration fee is due the day of the class. Registration is required and space is limited.

    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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