Estate Planning Program

Join us on Tuesday, July 23, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, or for the encore session on Thursday, July 25, from 6:15-7:15 pm for Estate Conservation-The Final Financial Frontier Planning Program presented by Jean M. Baun, of JSB Financial, LLC. Learn that estate planning is not just for the wealthy!

Estate planning may be important to individuals with a wide range of financial situations. In fact, it may be more important if you have a smaller estate because the final expenses will have a much greater impact on your assets. Wasting a single one may cause your loved ones to suffer from a lack of ready financial resources.

Also, get answers to frequently asked questions such as: Can I avoid probate? What happens if I do not have a will, or power of attorney? What are the pitfalls of unmarried couples, as well as estate planning for larger more complex situations.

Jean will answer all your questions about your unique estate planning, and help you look forward in helping your assets work for you today, tomorrow and beyond.

Please call the Hoyt Library to reserve your place and materials at (570) 287-2013, extension 226, or call (570) 822-1651, or email:

All workshop and material will be provided at no charge with reservation.


Writer’s Showcase and Open Mic Night

Please join us on Thursday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) for the second installment of our Writer’s Showcase and Open Mic Night.

This month’s showcase will feature Barbara Taylor, Scott Thomas, and Lauren Stahl.

Barbara J. Taylor was born and raised in Scranton, PA, and teaches English in the Pocono Mountain School District. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University, and English and education degrees from the University of Scranton. Her novel, SAWDUST TRAILS, will be published in May, 2014, by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books.

Scott Thomas has a B.A. in Creative Writing/Literature from Bard College, a M.S. in Library Science from Columbia University, and a M.A. in English from the University of Scranton. He is currently employed as a librarian; specifically, Head of Information Technologies & Technical Services at the Scranton Public Library in Scranton, PA. His work has been published in Mankato Poetry Review, The Kentucky Poetry Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Webster Review, Poetry East, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Poem, Philadelphia Stories, Poetry Bay, Floyd County Moonshine, and other journals. He lives in Dunmore, PA with his wife Christina and son Ethan.

Lauren Stahl, a former Pennsylvania prosecutor, is an avid reader and writer of the crime fiction genre. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Lauren’s first novel, The Devil’s Song, is currently under agency representation with the hopes of reaching publication. She is hard at work on her second novel, The Bottom Line.

An Open Mic Session, open to the public, will follow the showcase.

The event is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

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.


Teddy Bear Swing!

Join us this Wednesday, July 10th, from 10-11:00 a.m. for our very own Teddy Bear Swing!

Bring in your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and dance to the music of the 50’s and 60’s. There will also be a musical chair teddy bear game, hula hoop contest, and more!

If you are interested in attending please sign up at the Youth Services Desk!

The Teddy Bear Swing event at the Hoyt is free and open to the public. 

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.