The West Pittston Library announces the following programs:
Beginner Yoga 1 will be Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. The class will helpbuild a strong foundation in classical yoga postures, proper breathing and alignment while increasing strength, flexibility, range of motion, focus and balance.
Beginner Yoga 2 will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. This class builds upon the poses explored in Beginner Yoga 1. The pace is faster and the poses more difficult.
Intermediate Yoga will be on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Sweat, breathe and flow in this challenging class. C. All classes are held on the top floor of the former American Legion Building at 316 Linden St. by the Montgomery Avenue Elementary School. Cost is $7 drop-in and discounted punch passes are available.
• Book Club
The West Pittston Library Book Club will be held at 6:45 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. Grab a cup of coffee and join the WPL Book Club in an informal discussion of member-selected books. There's no need to purchase the books; just ask at the circulation desk for an available copy of the month's selection.
• NYC bus trip
A New York City Holiday Bus Trip Fundraiser will be held on Dec. 8. Cost is $25 and all proceeds benefit the West Pittston Library. The library will provide the bus and the city will provide the entertainment. A Martz bus will pick up at the Atlas building on Fourth Street and Pacific Avenue in West Pittston at 6:30 a.m. and will drop off and pick up at 6:30 p.m. sharp on Eighth Ave between 50th and 51st Streets. Stop by the library to reserve your seat.
• Cake decorating
Becky, the West Pittston Library's new circulation assistant, is a Wilton Cake Decorating instructor. Join her in the basement kitchen of Immaculate Conception Church at 605 Luzerne Ave. for one or both sessions.
Holiday Petit Fours will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10. Cost is $20. Learn how to make an easy version of petit fours - trendy bite size cakes sure to please guests.
Romancing the Cake will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 4. Cost is $20. Put a special spin on a strawberry mousse cake just in time for a romantic Valentine's Day treat.
• Paper poinsettias
Create It! Pretty Paper Poinsettias will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. Cost is $10. With the assistance of Bridget Giunta Husted, owner of Knot Just Any Day Photography & Design, make a cute poinsettia gift pouch (complete with a to/from tag) and a present topper out of tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Bring a pair of scissors.
• iPad class for adults
Retired IBM employee Jack Szeghy will teach a hands-on course exploring the basics of how to use an iPad. He will also touch upon some of its advanced functions. Don't have an iPad? No problem - borrow one at the library. The class is from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29, 2013.
• Holiday Story Time for grown-ups
This program will start at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 with the story at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are being sold in advance only. They are $20 each on or before Dec. 10 and $25 each after. It's the event that puts the fun in fundraising. Enjoy a hilarious David Sedaris holiday story read by Dispatch Editor Ed Ackerman and an adult parody of the classic children's tale, Elf on the Shelf by West Pittston Library's own Summer Belles. Enjoy special (adult) hot cocoa, candy cane martinis and cozy desserts. Wear a hideous Holiday Sweater (suitable for ridicule and judgment) to enter into a competition that will earn the winner bragging rights (and that's about it…it is a fundraiser).
• Basic Computer Classes
This beginner class offers students insight into the basics of a computer. Learn the different parts of the computer, manage your desktop, icons and folders; master saving files and much more. Session 1 will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 3 to Jan. 24 and Session 2 will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28. Cost is $50.
• A food drive for the West Pittston Salvation Army will be held from Nov. 1 to Dec. 21. The library will collect dry goods and canned food items to help re-stock the shelves of the West Pittston Salvation Army during the holiday season.
• Barnes & Noble Book Fair will be from Dec. 7 -9. Do some holiday shopping at Barnes & Noble and part of the proceeds will go to the West Pittston Library (excludes gift card purchases). Shop at any B&N (or the Starbucks inside) Dec. 7-9 and present a voucher available at the library at the time of sale (or just let the cashier know you're there to support the West Pittston Library). The Friends of the Library will wrap gifts all day on Dec. 8 at the Arena Hub B&N. Add the Book Fair #10884930 during your online checkout from Dec. 7-14 to help the library even more.
• Gift wrapping at Boscovs will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 15. Friends of the West Pittston Library will wrap gifts for donations at the Wilkes-Barre store.
• Story Time is at 1 p.m. every Friday. Each week a fun theme is chosen, a few books are read aloud and children and adults gather to complete a related craft. Sign up each week by Wednesday.
• PNC For Me, For You, For Later Story Time Series, an early financial education series from PNC Bank and Sesame Street, continues. Receive a Sesame Street Financial Basics Kit, a bank and a passbook with tasks to complete to earn money which can be used to purchase prizes from the library store.
Session 3 - Learning To Wait will be at 1 p.m. on Dec 7. Children will learn how waiting is important when deciding how to use money and how practicing being patient helps with saving.
Session 4 - Value will be at 1 p.m. on Jan. 18. Children will learn that some important things don't cost any money and they will be introduced to the different coins and their values.
Session 5 - Working at a Job and Earning Money will be at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. In this session, children will learn different ways people make money.
• An Evening on The Polar Express will be at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. Get the kids in their pajamas and head over to the West Pittston Library to enjoy a special evening reading of The Polar Express followed by a themed craft and a yummy snack of hot chocolate and cookies. Sign up by Dec. 12.
• LibLab is held at 6 p.m. on Mondays. The Library Laboratory is back to engage kids ages 9 and up in science-based, hands-on learning activities. Measure, mix, compare, experiment and test in a fun environment where failure is not only possible, it's welcomed!
Session 1 - Flying High will be on Dec. 10. Learn about air, streamlined shapes and energy. Construct a zappy zoomer and a catapult plane and hypothesize which will go further and why. Then put gravity to the test after making a spinning paper helicopter. All materials will be supplied.
Session 2 - Believe it When You See It will be on Jan. 7. Learn how eyes play all kinds of tricks by exploring merging pictures, invisible shapes, wonky lines, tricky flowers and create a 3D image of a hand. Participants must bring a ruler from home.
Session 3 - Water, Water, Everywhere will be on Feb. 11. Learn about density, absorption and surface tension by conducting a layered liquids experiment and creating blooming flowers, a soap-powered fish and a floating water beastie. Participants must bring a small clean glass jar and a large rectangular baking tin.