Pittston Memorial Library lists the following special events and regular program for adults, teens and kids.
Spring hours are Monday and Thursday, noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is closed Sundays and Wednesdays. The library also will be closed Saturday, April 15, for the Easter holiday.
For information about any of the programs, call the library at 570-654-9565.
• A Public Town Hall Meeting with U.S. Congressman Matt Cartwright will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Pittston Memorial Library’s John P. Cosgrove Center. This event is free to the public. For information, call 570-341-1050.
• A kindergarten readiness event will be held at the library in April. The program will include fun literacy activities and snacks. This event is free for all families with children birth to age 5 and will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 25. For information, call Arlene at the library at 570-654-2415, ext. 2103. This program is sponsored by The Pittston Area School District and presented by The Carrie Program, Luzerne County Head Start, Pittston Memorial Library and IMPACT, lead by teachers Tiffany Ferentino and Jodi Boylan. These activities are paid for by a Community Innovation Zone Grant.
• Micha Archer, author and illustrator of “Daniel Finds a Poem,” will visit the library at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, as part of PA’s One Book, Every Young Child early literacy initiative. “Daniel Finds a Poem” is this year’s selection for One Book, Every Young Child program. Celebrating its 12th year, this is a collaborative project using the vehicle of the One Book, One State program to highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3-6 years. In its inaugural year, the One Book, Every Young Child program won the national John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award.
• Pittston Memorial Library will hold a two-day book sale in the basement of the library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday April 28, and Saturday, April 29. Enter through the library.
Fiber Art Afternoon: Thursday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bring supplies for crochet, knitting or felting.
Coloring Club: Color to some zen music in the library’s new community room at 1 p.m. Mondays. The library will provide the supplies, but participants also can bring their own fine tip markers and color pencils.
Crochet Club: Beginner and advanced crocheters are welcome at Crochet Club from 10 to 11:45 p.m. Tuesdays from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Participants should bring their own supplies, including a crochet hook sized I, J or K and yarn.
Friends of the Pittston Library: Friends meet at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month at the library. New members are always welcome to join and help the library. For more information, call the library at 570-654-9565.
TAG: Teens in grades six to 12 have an opportunity to participate in TAG, where teens work together to bring their ideas for programs, books and movies to the library for other teens. Teens who participate in TAG are considered library volunteers and can use their time as service hours. See the desk for an application. TAG meets for their last meeting of the year at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11.
Teen Reading Lounge (TRL). TRL is an interactive book club for teens in grades six to 12. Each month the group will focus on a new book and engage in fun activities based on the book. Teens get to keep their own copy of the book. Registration is necessary. For more information, call the library at 570-654-956. The next meeting is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday April 30, for an off-site event. Contact the library for information.
FFC Shakespeare Birthday Celebration: Teens are invited to join the FFC to celebrate playwright and poet William Shakespeare on his 453rd birthday at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20. Enjoy cake and read some prose and poetry to celebrate the day.
Blackout Poetry Night for Teens: During this special event to celebrate April as National Poetry Month, teens are invited to the library at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The library will provide a piece of writing such as an old book page, newspaper article, etc. Then, participants will get creative and black out all the words they don’t want to use and keep the ones they do and use what’s left to create their own unique poem. Call the library to register.
Play K: Play K is a six-week interactive program that gives kids entering kindergarten in the fall a chance to “play” kindergarten. The program will include the days of the week, calendar time, coloring, scissor practice, story time and fun free play focusing on six different themes. The program begins Monday, April 17, and will be held at 1 p.m. for six weeks in the Pittston Memorial Library Activity Room. Call the library at 570-654-9565, ext. 26 to register. The child must be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2017 to participate.
Furry Tails Reading Partners: Children can choose their favorite books to read to gentle, lovable and furry therapy dogs. The program is held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday of every month.
STEAM Club: The library offers science, technology, engineering, art and math themed programs monthly for kids in kindergarten to fifth grade. The next event is at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20.
Hands-On Club: Hands-On Club is a new club that will meet monthly for a crafting project. Open to kids from kindergarten up to fifth grade. The next program will be held at 4 p.m. on a Thursday in May.
Page Turners Tween Book Club: Fourth and fifth graders who like to read, chat about books, snack, and craft are invited to join this group. Miss Noelle and Miss Kristin will lead a chat about “A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning” by Lemony Snicket at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27. The library will provide a light snack and participants will make a craft related to the book. Call 570-654-9565 to register. Copies of the book are here and available to borrow.
Building Club: Children ages 3 to 11 are welcome to use the library’s LEGOs or Lincoln Logs to free build whatever they would like from 4 to 5 p.m. Mondays. The creations will be displayed on the book shelves. No need to register for this free event.
Story Time Tales on Tuesday with Miss Kristin: Programs 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 newborn to 18 months, 9:30 a.m.; Terrific Twos, for ages 18 months to 3 years, 10:30 a.m., and Preschool Pals, ages 3 to 5 years, 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Sign up in the children’s wing or by calling the children’s department at 570-654-9565, ext. 26. A new session will be beginning soon.
Stories on Saturday with Miss Alyvia: This new program is for children 18 months to 5 years. It will include books, songs, nursery rhymes and a craft at 11 a.m. Saturday mornings. A new session begins April 29. Call 570-654-9565, ext. 26 to register. Older siblings are welcome, too, but keep in mind the program is geared toward younger children.