The Making of a Movie

Ever wonder what it’s like to produce a major motion picture? Now is your chance to find out! Please join us on Friday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. as we welcome Hollywood producer, Susan Cartsonis to the Hoyt Library! 

Ms. Cartsonis will provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at how the major motion picture, Aquamarine, transformed from set to the silver screen. A Q&A period will follow the program.

Ms. Cartsonis is the Producer and President of Storefront Pictures. She has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top five grossing producers of the year for her box office record-breaking film, What Women Want (Paramount) — the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release, which is still in the number two slot to this day, and Where the Heart Is (20th Century Fox). Recently, she produced the teen hit, Beastly and executive-produced No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta Jones.

Cartsonis, an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, rose from script reader to Senior Vice President of Production. During her tenure at Fox, a few of the many films she supervised included Nell, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cartsonis often makes films from the female perspective that men like too.

Cartsonis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Independent Producers Committee of the Producer’s Guild of America and has recently joined Digital Hollywood’s Women’s Board. She is on the Advisory Boards of Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program founded by Norman Mailer, and Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film and Television. Cartsonis teaches Advanced Producing at USCʼs Graduate Producing Program in the School of Cinematic Arts and is an annual guest speaker at NYU’s TischAsia Singapore campus.

Most recently, Cartonsis has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to produce an adaptation of the young-adult novel CARRIE PILBY. For more information on the independent film and campaign please visit

The Making of a Movie event at the Hoyt is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. 

The Hoyt Library is located at 284 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston: telephone number is (570) 287-2013. Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Elvis Tribute Artist, Jimmy T. to perform at the Hoyt Library!

Elvis is back at the Hoyt Library on Monday, July 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., to help celebrate our Summer Reading Program, “Dig Into History!, for some 1950’s style, “Rock and Roll”, featuring the Elvis Tribute Artist, Jimmy T! 

Jimmy T, is continuing to entertain people throughout the United States and Canada since 1998. He attended Elvis Week in Memphis in 2002 for the Elvis 25th anniversary celebration, 2003, for the 26th, and again for the 30th.

Jimmy T’s performance is dynamic and a wonderful nostalgic tribute to the “King” of Rock and Roll and brings great music to the summer program!

Bring friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of “some good ole rock and roll”!

To register please call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, extension 239.

Elvis tribute artist, Jimmy T. For more information regarding Jimmy T. please visit:

The Hoyt Library is located at 284 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston: telephone number is(570) 287-2013. Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hoyt Library and Wilkes Creative Writing Program to Present Valley of the Minds, a Summer Reading Series – First Installment, June 20th 6:30 PM

The Hoyt Library and Wilkes M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing Program are proud to present Valley of the Minds – a summer reading series.The reading series showcases visiting and local writers. The showcase will be followed by an open mic session. Writers of prose and poetry are welcome to participate in the open mic session as well as lovers of oral interpretation who may not have an original piece, but still wish to perform.

The first installment of the Valley of the Minds will take place Thursday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. (doors will open at 6:15 p.m.) in the Hoyt Library’s community room. The showcase is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

This month’s reading series will feature Cecilia Galante, Dawn Leas, and Jason Lucarelli.

Cecilia Galante is the author of six young-adult novels. Her first, The Patron Saint ofButterflies, (2008) was the recipient of numerous awards, including an Original Voices Award by Borders, an Oprah Pick for Teens, and a Best Book of the Year by the NAIBA. Her second novel, Hershey Herself (2008), has recently been translated into Polish, while Willowood (2009) was recently distinguished as a Keystone Award nominee for Best Book of the Year. Her most recent novels, The Sweetness of Salt, (2010), nominated for a Best Fiction for 2011 by YALSA, and The Summer of May, released in May, 2011, was selected as a Summer Favorite by The Washington Post. Currently under contract with Random House to write an 8-book chapter book series for young readers, Galante has just released the first three books in the series to rave reviews, with world rights sold to both Japan and Turkey. Her sixth, currently untitled young adult novel about a teenage exorcist was also just sold to Random House, and is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2014.

Dawn Leas’ chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet, was released in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Mama, Southern Women’s Review, Interstice, San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review and elsewhere. In past lives she was a copywriter, freelancer, admissions director and middle-school English teacher. Currently, she is the associate director of the Wilkes University M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing programs and a contributing editor at Poets’ Quarterly.

Jason Lucarelli lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is in the final stages of completing his MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His essay “The Consecution of Gordon Lish: An Essay on Form and Influence” was published by the online literary magazine Numéro Cinq.

Please note: the Hoyt/Wilkes does not pre-screen the writing pieces read during the event. Content may not be suitable for children. 


For more information contact the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, extension 239.

The Hoyt Library is located at 284 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston: telephone number is 570-287-2013. Library hours are: Monday and Thursday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.