Greater Pittston library news for the week of Aug. 28, 2016

August 26th, 2016 12:11 pm


5K Run/Walk for Literacy is Sept. 10

PITTSTON — 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 1920s Gangster 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 $2 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.


Make pizza Sept. 7

WEST PITTSTON — The West Pittston Library’s DIY Old Forge-Style Pizza event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the First United Methodist Church, 408 Wyoming Ave., West Pittston. This course will teach how to knead dough by hand and bake your very own version of this classic, famous pizza. Cost to attend is $15 per person.

Christie (Yarosavich) Bonnice, owner of Christie Bonnice State Farm, will discuss the essential step-by-step process for anyone who wants to have the best possible retirement and live their own version of “happily ever after” during an event to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8.

West Pittston native Lucille Colandro, author of the famous “There Was an Old Lady” book series, is visiting the West Pittston from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10.

The Friends of the West Pittston Library will hold a wine tasting event from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Tickets are $20 per person or $35 for two people and are available at the library, or through a member of the Friends.

The Library Laboratory is back at 6 p.m. Tuesdays 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. The following is a list of upcoming sessions:

• Session 1: Sept. 13, Natural Disasters — Make a seismograph, simulate flowing lava and model a hurricane.

• Session 2: Oct. 11, Gore and More — Get creepy just in time for Halloween with slime, fake blood and a severed finger.

• Session 3: Nov. 8, Motion — Help welcome guest instructor Mrs. Campenni from Montgomery Avenue Elementary. She’ll have participants building, racing, dropping, sliding, pushing, bouncing and more as they conduct experiments to support Newton’s Laws of Motion.

A public speaking workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. the following Thursdays: Sept. 15, 22 and 29. This class is led by internationally known author Mark Stavish, M.A., and he will walk through the basics of public speaking and help participants become a relaxed, informative and credible speaker.

Curiosity Day will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Pre-kindergarten students will spend the Curious George-themed day singing songs, making crafts, and playing games, including pin the banana on the tree.

A Pokemon Go Expedition will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Participants will discover PokeStops around West Pittston. All kids must have their own chaperone and device with the app pre-loaded, logged in and ready to play.

A Mehndi Henna Workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Henna has been used to adorn young women’s bodies as part of social and holiday celebrations since the late Bronze age in the eastern Mediterranean. In this workshop, participants will explore classic henna designs and apply one of them, or a design of their creation, on their hands. At-home care instructions will be provided.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) will be held from 6 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday from Sept. 20 until Nov. 29. Members will get to express their interests, ideas for programs and recommendations for library purchases. Snacks will be provided.

Batman Day will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Participants will create a mask and cape, solve the Riddler’s brainteasers, make jokes like the Joker and discover the science behind all those cool Batman gadgets. Learn about real bats, their adaptations, and their role in the ecosystem through a presentation from Endless Mountains Nature Center.

A Nature’s Vampires event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4 This interactive event, inspired by the exhibit “The Blood is the Life: Vampires in Art & Nature,” will focus on vampire creatures that have long been present in nature, especially small mammals and insects that get their food by sucking the blood of other animals.

Join local pizza-maker and business owner Lindo Sabatini at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 as he discusses the alternatives to traditional pizza crusts. From gluten-free to wheat, there is an option for everyone.

West Pittston resident and New York Life Agent Adam Ruderman will discuss how to best teach children smart financial habits at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13. Learn how to help kids make good financial decisions at any age.

Get outside at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 and have fun with some games such as Red Rover, Tag, Leapfrog, Sharks and Minnows, Duck-Duck-Goose, Kickball, Dodgeball, Four Square and more. Bring a drink, and this event is weather permitting.

The literacy, advocacy and fundraising group, The Bibliochicks, are hosting a gently-used purse and jewelry sale from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, Oct. 16.

Get into the spooky spirit and be entertained by a selection of frightening flicks on the following dates:

• Tuesday, Oct. 18 - 10 Cloverfield Lane

• Thursday, Oct. 20 - The Ring

• Tuesday, Oct. 25 - Ouija

• Thursday, Oct. 27 - The Grudge

Show time is 5:45 p.m. for each movie. Light snacks will be provided, but participants must bring their own beverages. Movies are all rated PG-13.

A Halloween Celebrations will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. There will be scary books around the “campfire” and a kid-friendly story of terror film. There will also be making a creepy-crawly craft. Participants can bring their already carved jack-o-lantern to compete for best in show.

Hands-On STEM will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Participants can explore a variety of interactive activities at their own pace. Science: magnets, static, tornadoes; Technology: play with tiny robots and educational apps on iPads; Engineering: build with straws or wooden planks, construct a marble run; Math: estimation jars, tanagrams and sorting.

Minecraft In Real Life will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. There will be creeper toss and nerf gun targets, videos, 3D mushroom craft, pixel art, a hunt for elements and bingo.

Join Christie (Yarosavich) Bonnice of Christie Bonnice State Farm for a seminar on Social Security Benefits at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. She will explain several key topics, cover some of the most frequently asked questions and review different strategies that are available.

Thumbprint self portraits will be done at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29. After talking about the different types of fingerprint patterns, participants will create an art project with an enlargement of their own thumbprint that is unique to them.

Alice Judge Costello Birthday Party will be from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. There will be treats, hot beverages, and a special display of holiday books and decorations in honor of Alice Judge Costello’s birthday.

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.


Library closed Sept. 3, 5

WYOMING —The Wyoming Free Library will be closed Saturday, Sept. 3 and Monday, Sept. 5 for the Labor Day holiday.

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.

A special Star Wars event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9 at the John Jude Bolin Memorial Park on the corner of 8th and Butler Street. The event will consist of Star Wars themed activity stations, a parade from the library to the park, refreshments, a scavenger hunt, and door prizes. An invitation to the event can be picked up at the library and redeemed at the event for a chance to win door prizes. The last day for registration is Friday, Sept. 30.

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.
Book It Through Pittston will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 in honor of Tom and Dianne Tigue, who were supporters of the Pittston Memorial Library. As a result of this 5K/Fun Walk, an adult literacy initiative will be named for the Tigues. In photo, from left, Andy Ashby, Tracy Ashby, Barbara Quinn, library board president; Howard Grossman, library fundraising coordinator; Mary Pat Scarantino, library board member; and Patricia Joyce, library director. It Through Pittston will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 in honor of Tom and Dianne Tigue, who were supporters of the Pittston Memorial Library. As a result of this 5K/Fun Walk, an adult literacy initiative will be named for the Tigues. In photo, from left, Andy Ashby, Tracy Ashby, Barbara Quinn, library board president; Howard Grossman, library fundraising coordinator; Mary Pat Scarantino, library board member; and Patricia Joyce, library director. Submitted photo