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Aiden Kaminski of Kingston, Ben Rogish of Wyoming and Zachary Schulte of Swoyersville. The Wyoming Free Library held an inaugural Lego Build competition for children. Participants were split up into teams and challenged to build several Lego designs to compete for prizes. (Lois A. Grimm)

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Hannah Gadomski, of Hughestown, throws dice while playing a life-size game of Clue at the Pittston Memorial Library.

National Library Week 2018, which is being observed April 8-14, is a perfect week for bookworms around the world to celebrate reading and for libraries to promote themselves as not only a place for books but for a wide variety of community programs, from children’s movies, adult coloring programs, yoga, video gaming, LEGO clubs and even miniature golf.

The theme for the 60th annual event is “Libraries Lead,” with American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Misty Copeland as honorary chairwoman. This observance will be sponsored by American Library Association (ALA) and will include celebrations at all types of libraries from schools, to the public, academic, and special locations.

Locally, Pittston Memorial Library, West Pittston Library and Wyoming Free Library will be using the week to highlight some of their more unique programs — activities that many may not necessarily associate with local libraries.

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Wyoming Free Library

John Roberts, 44, director of Wyoming Free Library, said the library will host its third annual Virtual Minecraft Art Show and other events throughout April.

Participants will design pieces of art using Minecraft blocks. Up to three Minecraft designs can be submitted. All submissions will be displayed on Wyoming Free Library’s website and its social media outlets during National Library Week. Winner of the contest will be given a $25 Minecraft gift card.

Students from kindergarten to third-grade and fourth to sixth-grades can create their own bookmakers and submit them to the library for a chance to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. The event will end at 4 p.m. April 30. The book markers will be displayed at the library and the selected winners will be submitted to the newspaper and displayed on the library’s social media.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 , the library will host another event in its Nintendo Switch Series, this time featuring the 3D fighting game ARMS. Players can duke it out 1-on-1 until one is declared victorious. Registration is required and is welcomed by anyone wanting to join.

After that competition is over, the library will host an Masterpiece Adult Coloring Get-Together from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. featuring the historical drama television series, “Downton Abbey.” Cost of entry is $10, coloring books and other supplies will be provided, along with light refreshments.

From 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, the library will host its monthly LEGO Club meeting. The program is free and is suitable for children of all ages.

Roberts said the key to getting people involved in activities at the library is simply to “offer programs that benefit all residents of Luzerne County.”

“The library is always looking for new programs to offer,” he said.

West Pittston Library

David Bauman, new director of West Pittston Library, plans to have a handful of events from April 9-13.

In celebration of National Library Week and the message of “Libraries Lead,” Bauman is asking people where the library has lead patrons.

“For library week, we’d like to just invite you to come spend some time with us, sign up for a class or activity, maybe just have a coffee and read the paper or a magazine, and celebrate the library as a vital and fun part of the community,” Bauman said.

It is because of the community that the library still operates and Bauman credits his amazing staff with making that connection with the community.

“The people in our town have put so much into this place, I think there is a feeling of ownership and pride, that it’s not just the library, it’s THEIR library.”

National Library Week events at West Pittston Library include:

Monday, April 9: Open house meet and greet offering coffee and snacks and a chance to meet the new library director.

Tuesday, April 10: Amnesty Day and Slime Day. Return any overdue “West Pittston Library” items, and the fine will be waved. Amnesty Days run through Thursday, April 12.

Also on April 10, visit the library at 6 p.m. to make homemade slime. To join the fun, bring in a set of measuring spoons, a medium mixing bowl, and a measuring cup. Call West Pittston Library to register at 570-654-9847

Wednesday, April 11: Raffle Day. Take a chance and enter to win some door prizes such as library bags, books and other items.

Thursday, April 12: Amnesty Day. This is your last change to return overdue books without being fined.

Friday, April 13: Card Day. Friday the 13th is your lucky day. Register for a new library card and win a prize.

Pittston Memorial Library

Pittston Memorial Library will get into the swing of National Library Week with miniature golf fundraising event — Links for Literacy — planned for the end of the month.

“We enjoy holding fun events through the year that get the community involved and raise awareness and much needed funds for the library,” said Patricia Joyce, library director.

The fundraiser offers fun for the whole family, with an adult Put and Party event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, featuring appetizers, adult beverages and a round of golf for $25 per person. There also will be a DJ in the exclusive 19th Hole, Putt & Party room. Participants must be 21 or older.

All ages are invited to Family Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The events costs $5 per person for a round of golf, hotdog, beverage and snack.

This event will benefit the Pittston Memorial Library and its programs and services for the Greater Pittston Community. To purchase advance tickets or for information about the mini golf events, call 570-654-9565.

The Maslow Family Foundation and Friends of Pittston Memorial Library are main sponsors of the event. Hole sponsorships also are still available. The $100 sponsorship includes naming/advertising at the hole and on the library’s social media. Contact the library for sponsorship information.

Pittston Memorial Library’s other plans for National Library Week include the following all week long:

Amnesty Week: Donate any form of personal hygiene product/toiletry item, and each item will take $1 off of your fine.

“This is a way to pay off your Pittston Memorial Library fines without breaking the bank while also donating to a worthy cause.” According to the Pittston Memorial Library website, “help us support our neighbors in the Greater Pittston Community.”

Life-Size Hidden Pictures: Explore the library anhy day during National Library Week and find all the hidden pictures to be entered for a Family Prize Pack -- including a family DVD and pizza certificate.

Library Guessing Game: Enter Pittston Memorial Library’s guessing game and take a chance to be a winner.

Also planned throughout the week, are:

Monday, April 9: Coloring all day for all ages. Stop by the library anytime for some relaxing coloring. The library supplies the coloring pages, pencils, and markers.

Tuesday, April 10: Stop by the library’s Poetry Creation Station anytime and make an original poem. Paper and a selection of words will be provided.

Thursday, April 12: check out a book and while supplies last, make an emoji bookmark, perfect for holding your spot in your library book.

Friday, April 13: Visit the library and make your own glitter globe. The program is open all day and for all ages, while supplies last.

Saturday, April 14: Make your own book hedgehog out of an old paperback at the library. This program, which begins at noon, is open to all ages, but registration is required.

Saturday, April 14: Annual Jean Yates Award Dinner. Join the library for its annual Jean Yates Award Dinner honoring this year’s recipient, Barbara Quinn, at 6 PM at Coopers Waterfront in Pittston. The evening includes cocktails, appetizers, a four-course dinner, and a program. Cost for this event is $60 per person. Call the library at 570-654-9565 to register.

National Library Week 2018, which will be observed April 8-14, is a perfect week for bookworms around the world to celebrate reading and for libraries to promote themselves as not only a place for books but for a wide variety of community programs, from children’s movies, adult coloring programs, yoga, video gaming, LEGO clubs and even miniature golf.

The theme for the 60th annual event is “Libraries Lead,” with American Ballet Theater Principal Dancer Misty Copeland as honorary chairwoman. This observance will be sponsored by American Library Association and will include celebrations at all types of libraries from schools, to the public, academic and special locations.

Locally, Pittston Memorial Library, West Pittston Library and Wyoming Free Library will be using the week to highlight some of their more unique programs — activities that many may not necessarily associate with local libraries.

“Libraries have evolved and changed to include not only books and materials but to become community centers,” said Patricia Joyce, director of Pittston Memorial Library. “We like to think of the library as a center where our community is welcome to come to our programs, use the WiFi, computers, and other resources we have.”

“Since the first early public libraries in the U.S., libraries have sought to serve their communities in new and innovative ways,” explained John Roberts, director of the Wyoming Free Library. “We’ve gone from not only providing public resources for research and recreational reading to providing educational and life enrichment opportunities from book clubs, story times, art and health classes, as well as serving as an outlet for social gatherings of all sorts. Not only that, we’ve kept up with our patrons’ expanding needs for technological resources, as well.”

“Today’s libraries bring a lot to our communities, and books are only the beginning,” he added.

The public is encouraged to visit their local library during National Library Week and beyond to see just what programs they have to offer.

Wyoming Free Library

Roberts said the Wyoming Free Library will host its third annual Virtual Minecraft Art Show and other events throughout April.

Participants will design pieces of art using Minecraft blocks. Up to three Minecraft designs can be submitted. All submissions will be displayed on Wyoming Free Library’s website and its social media outlets during National Library Week. Winner of the contest will be given a $25 Minecraft gift card.

Students from kindergarten to third-grade and fourth- to sixth-grades can create their own bookmarks and submit them to the library for a chance to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card. The event will end at 4 p.m. Friday, April 30. The bookmarks will be displayed at the library and the selected winners will be submitted to the newspaper and displayed on the library’s social media.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14 , the library will host another event in its Nintendo Switch Series, this time featuring the 3D fighting game ARMS. Players can duke it out 1-on-1 until one is declared victorious. Registration is required and is welcomed by anyone wanting to join.

Following the competion, the library will host an Masterpiece Adult Coloring Get-Together from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., featuring the historical drama television series, “Downton Abbey.” Cost of entry is $10. Coloring books and other supplies will be provided, along with light refreshments.

From 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, the library will host its monthly LEGO Club meeting. The program is free and is suitable for children of all ages.

Roberts said the key to getting people involved in activities at the library is simply to “offer programs that benefit all residents of Luzerne County.”

“The library is always looking for new programs to offer,” he said.

West Pittston Library

David Bauman, the new director of West Pittston Library, plans to have a handful of events from April 9-13.

In celebration of National Library Week and the message of “Libraries Lead,” Bauman is asking people where the library has led patrons.

“For Library Week, we’d like to just invite you to come spend some time with us, sign up for a class or activity, maybe just have a coffee and read the paper or a magazine, and celebrate the library as a vital and fun part of the community,” Bauman said.

It is because of the community that the library still operates and Bauman credits his amazing staff with making that connection with the community.

“The people in our town have put so much into this place. I think there is a feeling of ownership and pride, that it’s not just the library, it’s THEIR library.”

National Library Week events at West Pittston Library include:

Monday, April 9: Open house meet and greet offering coffee and snacks and a chance to meet the new library director.

Tuesday, April 10: Amnesty Day and Slime Day. Return any overdue West Pittston Library items, and the fine will be waved. Amnesty Days run through Thursday, April 12.

Also on April 10, visit the library at 6 p.m. to make homemade slime. To join the fun, bring in a set of measuring spoons, a medium mixing bowl, and a measuring cup. Call West Pittston Library to register at 570-654-9847

Wednesday, April 11: Raffle Day. Take a chance and enter to win some door prizes such as library bags, books and other items.

Thursday, April 12: Amnesty Day. This is your last chance to return overdue books without being fined.

Friday, April 13: Card Day. Friday the 13th is your lucky day. Register for a new library card and win a prize.

Pittston Memorial Library

Pittston Memorial Library will get into the swing of National Library Week with a miniature golf fundraising event — Links for Literacy — at the end of the month.

“We enjoy holding fun events through the year that get the community involved and raise awareness and much needed funds for the library,” Joyce said.

The fundraiser offers fun for the whole family, with an adult Put and Party event from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 27, featuring appetizers, adult beverages and a round of golf for $25 per person. There also will be a DJ in the exclusive 19th Hole,Putt & Party room. Participants must be 21 or older.

All ages are invited to Family Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28. The events costs $5 per person for a round of golf, hotdog, beverage and snack.

This event will benefit the Pittston Memorial Library and its programs and services for the Greater Pittston Community. To purchase advance tickets or for information about the mini golf events, call 570-654-9565.

The Maslow Family Foundation and Friends of Pittston Memorial Library are main sponsors of the event. Hole sponsorships also are still available. The $100 sponsorship includes naming/advertising at the hole and on the library’s social media. Contact the library for sponsorship information.

Pittston Memorial Library’s other plans for National Library Week include the following all week long:

Amnesty Week: Donate any form of personal hygiene product/toiletry item, and each item will take $1 off your fine.

“This is a way to pay off your Pittston Memorial Library fines without breaking the bank while also donating to a worthy cause.” according to the Pittston Memorial Library website. “Help us support our neighbors in the Greater Pittston Community.”

Life-Size Hidden Pictures: Explore the library any day during National Library Week and find all the hidden pictures to be entered for a Family Prize Pack, which includes a family DVD and pizza certificate.

Library Guessing Game: Enter Pittston Memorial Library’s guessing game and take a chance to be a winner.

Also planned throughout the week, are:

Monday, April 9: Coloring all day for all ages. Stop by the library anytime for some relaxing coloring. The library supplies the coloring pages, pencils and markers.

Tuesday, April 10: Stop by the library’s Poetry Creation Station anytime and make an original poem. Paper and a selection of words will be provided.

Thursday, April 12: check out a book and while supplies last, make an emoji bookmark that’s perfect for holding your spot in your library book.

Friday, April 13: Visit the library and make your own glitter globe. The program is open all day and for all ages, while supplies last.

Saturday, April 14: Make your own book hedgehog out of an old paperback at the library. This program, which begins at noon, is open to all ages, but registration is required.

Saturday, April 14: Annual Jean Yates Award Dinner. Join the library for its annual Jean Yates Award Dinner honoring this year’s recipient, Barbara Quinn, at 6 p.m. at Coopers Waterfront in Pittston. The evening includes cocktails, appetizers, a four-course dinner, and a program. Cost for this event is $60 per person. Call the library at 570-654-9565 to register.