Art and Photography Exhibition Equine, Canine and Wildlife Artist

Please join us on Friday, October 3, 2014 in Remembrance of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War with a 5:00 p.m. reception at the Hoyt Library, and a 7:00 p.m. dinner at the Westmoreland Club, and meet The Confederation of Union Generals, Abraham Lincoln, and view the Civil War Art Exhibition of Diane Grant Czajkowski.

Diane Grant Czaikowski is a skilled artist whose exhibition is part of the Hoyt Library’s Civil War Experience, and will feature: The Civil War Horse. Her exhibition brings home some of the pieces of war, in light of the horses, with her art and photography. Diane’s paintings depict horses in action with Civil War tack; soldiers in Civil War uniforms, and some of the ladies wearing clothing of the time period. You may view her web site at:

Diane is well known in her community for her equestrian, canine, nature and wildlife portraits. Her animals come together in an array of colors and expressions of life. She has won many awards and grants, and is internationally known. Recently, she has exhibited across the United States and in Russia. She won at the Luzerne County Fair, Lehman, PA, the Rosette Award Best of Show Animal Oil; First Place Watercolor Animal Portrait, and an Honorable Mention, Juried, 18th Annual Regional Art Exhibit, Endless Mountains Council on the Arts, Tunkhannock. In addition, she has won the Northeast Fair, Blue Ribbon in Pastel Animal Painting, Blue Ribbon Animal Colored Pencil, and Blue Ribbon Animal Photography.

The artist is personable and will be very sharing about her art and photography. She states, “Often neglected to be mentioned, these animals, horses, have served our soldiers valiantly. During the time of the Civil War, our soldiers, sons, daughters, fathers, mothers were all supported in many ways by these magnificent animals. I hope to share this with my exhibit.”

The cost of a ticket for the Remembrance of the 15oth Anniversary of the Civil War is $55.00 per adult, or $25.00 per child, age twelve and under. Please respond on, or before, September 24th. There will be a cash bar, and cocktail attire is required.

This program is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Library of America, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Creative Non-Fiction Panel Night

The Hoyt Library is proud to announce a creative non-fiction panel night with three featured authors, Sam Chiarelli, Vicki Mayk and Sandra Snyder, on Thursday, September 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., in the Reading Room of the library. Audience participation is welcome!

Meet Sam Chiarelli, Sam is a creative nonfiction writer who obtained his M.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University in 2012. Chiarelli is currently working on a book-length creative nonfiction manuscript which explores humanity’s fascination with dinosaurs, and he is also writing a series of natural history-inspired essays. Chiarelli teaches composition courses at Luzerne County Community College and resides in Pittston, PA.

Introduce yourself to Vicki Mayk who is a nonfiction writer and magazine editor and whose work has appeared in regional and national publications, including Ms Magazine, Hippocampus Magazine, The New York Times, Practical Homeowner magazine and East Meets West Writers Journal. She has enjoyed a 35-year career in journalism and public relations, which began with her work as a newspaper reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and The Courier News in Bridgewater, N.J. She has edited college and university magazines for Muhlenberg College, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and most recently for Wilkes University, where she has served as director of public relations since 2009.  She created and teaches a memoir workshop for the bereavement program at St. Luke’s Hospice in Bethlehem, Pa. She also teaches a class about the power of story at Wilkes University, where she earned her MFA in the graduate creative writing program.

In addition, come and meet Sandra Snyder who is a long time local journalist in the process of reinvention. She is a graduate of the University of Scranton, with a degree in communication that included minors in business, English and theology. The U is where she began her writing career as an editor for the student newspaper, The Aquinas, and she has continued it in the local media for the past 20 years, having worked for both The Times Leader and The Times-Tribune Newspapers as a writer and editor. She has written hundreds of news and feature stories as well as entertainment reviews and travel pieces. She most recently was features editor for The Times Leader and the author of a regular Saturday column, titled Wall To Wall, that focused on home and family life as well as the American dream-slash-nightmare called homeownership. She likes to say she bought the house and lived to tell the story, oh so many shudder-worthy stories. Ask her about her many encounters with rainy days indoors, or ask you to show you her plastic flowers, of which she is unjustifiably proud.

Sandra’s preferred writing genre is creative nonfiction – and she has piles of essays only she has seen – but she likes to think she has at least one publishable fiction book in her as well. She also is a newly minted blogger on WordPress at and has two more blogs in the works. If you follow her and engage with her online, she will repay you … someday, somehow, she swears.

This year’s summer’s coordinator, local author Dawn Leas, who has published I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and is available in print and in Kindle versions.  She also has a collection of poems included in the anthology, Everyday Escape Poems, published by SwanDive Publishing.  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 and TheThePoetry, and a poetry editor at CityLitRag.

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can register by calling call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013

The Fishing Creek Confederacy

Please join the Hoyt Library as we begin the Civil War Experience on Thursday, October 2nd, at 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. for the  program: The Fishing Creek Confederacy, presented by Maddie Lewis, an eighth grade student at Good Shepherd Academy, Kingston. A special introduction and background information will be given by Dr. William V. Lewis, Jr, who serves as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

The Fishing Creek Confederacy play was Maddie’s 2014 History Day project, which won at the Regional Competition and was then presented at the State History Day competition in Millersville.  The performance also won the Local History award at the Regional Competition.  Maddie is also a member of the Good Shepherd Academy Student Council.

Dr. William V. Lewis, Jr. will talk about Luzerne County in the Civil War, with a particular focus on Gettysburg.  Lewis created and co-wrote Serving Their County; Defending The Commonwealth; Saving The Union – Stories and Images of Luzerne County Soldiers at Gettysburg, which was published by the Luzerne County Historical Society.  Lewis received a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration degrees from Wilkes University; a Master of Science of Financial Services degree from The American College; and a Master of Public Administration and Doctorate degree from Lehigh University.  He is a Vice President and senior portfolio advisor at Merrill Lynch in Wilkes-Barre.  He serves as a Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Local author visit: Marianne Wilski Strong

Come to the Hoyt Library and enjoy an evening of Mystery Stories with lecturer and author, Marianne Wilski Strong, on Thursday, September 11th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the community room of the library.

1363838Marianne Wilski Strong is a writer and lecturer, who has published thirty-seven short stories in major mystery magazines such as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.  She holds a BA in Literature from Misericordia University and a MA in Literature from the University of Maryland.

Marianne has published a series of short stories set in ancient Greece, using her experience traveling in Greece, and her second series of mystery short stories is set in and around Wilkes-Barre, where Marianne was born and raised. Her stories, which are set in Northeastern Pennsylvania, call upon its rich and ethnic population, and its coal producing days.

Currently, she is working on a series of mystery short stories that reflect her interest in medieval art, architecture and literature, which capitalize on the many monasteries she has visited in both Europe and the United States.

To learn more about Marianne Wilski Strong visit her website,

The Civil War Experience

In Remembrance of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
the Hoyt Library has planned a grand celebration!

It all begins on Thursday, October 2nd with a special guest speaker. On Friday,  October 3rd, beginning at 5 p.m. the grand event begins with a reception at the Hoyt Library and continues to the Westmoreland Club for an elegant dinner and presentation by the Confederation of Union Generals and President Abraham Lincoln.

Call the Library to purchase tickets to this historical event!

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Indie Author Event

Indie Authors 2014

Join the Hoyt Library at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs this
Wednesday, September 3rd for a new Winning Author Event!

Indie Author’s Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines will have a live discussion at 7:30 and a signing event at 8:30 in the Keystone Grand Ballroom.

The 21 and over event is free. Books will be for sale at the event.

Open mic night continues with featured readers

The Hoyt Library is proud to announce an Open Mic Night with three featured authors, Chris Champion, Dawn D’ Aries Zera, and Eric Wilson, on Thursday, August 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Reading Room of the library. The authors will read a selection for fifteen minutes each, followed by a limited open mic of the 5 people, limited to 5 minutes each. Features will be one fiction, one-non-fiction, and one poet.

Come and listen to the work of Chris Campion, the author of The Jiu-Jitsu Bum published by Northampton House

Chris Campion

Chris Campion

Press. He earned an M.A. in creative writing from Wilkes University and a B.S. in elementary education from Temple University. His fiction has appeared through and East Meets West: American Writers Review. Chris is currently teaching English and Literature at Lackawanna College, and is an outside reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. 


Dawn D’Aries Zera

Meet Dawn D’Aries Zera, who is a graduate of the Wilkes University M.A. /M.F.A creative writing program, where she worked as a graduate assistant in production and research for the film Kids for Cash. After years as a journalist, editor and public relations specialist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City, she has turned her attention to more creative pursuits, including work on a novel, The Effect of Drilling on Songbirds. Her short plays have been produced in Scranton, her poetry has been featured in Luzerne County buses, and a short film she produced, Pitchfork, currently is making the festival circuit. She also has had her writing published the past year by Hippocampus and PANK literary journals. Last year, she led a children’s creative writing summer camp at the Penn State, Lehman Township campus. She currently teaches writing at University of Scranton, Marywood University, Kings College and Bloomsburg University, is a grader for Penn Foster College, and is the managing editor of Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter @dawnmdzera and on Instagram at dawniemdzera.

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson

Introduce yourself to Eric Wilson is a pipe fitter in the water industry who likes the sight of penguins more often than not. He has a glorious wife, and two fantastic children who share his love for peanut butter and machine lubricants. His work has appeared relatively nowhere due to a debilitating fear of postage stamps, envelope glue, and modern technology. He is the president of SwanDive Publishing Company, and cannot wait to meet you in person. 



In addition, come and meet this year’s summer’s coordinator, local author Dawn Leas, who has published I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and is available in print and in Kindle versions.  She also has a collection of poems included in the anthology, Everyday Escape Poems, published by SwanDive Publishing.  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 and TheThePoetry, and a poetry editor at CityLitRag.

Walk-ins are welcome for Open Mic Night, or you can register by calling call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, or for additional information, visit the library’s web page

Fun science programs coming to Hoyt

The Summer Reading Club will present two Fun with Science programs on Wednesday, July 30, and Wednesday, August 6th, both from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in the community room of the library with Michele Woolnough.

MIchele WoolnaughWoolnough is an experienced science educator who is originally from Wilkes Barre, and a graduate of Meyers High School. Michele has worked in the Philadelphia area, taught locally in the Wilkes Barre Area Schools, and is currently affiliated with the award- winning Williamson County School District in Franklin, Tennessee. In addition to teaching, she has spoken at national and international conferences on urban education and multiculturalism in schools, and is a strong advocate for quality education reform in public schools. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from East Stroudsburg University and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from King’s College.

Learn about static electricity, sound amplification, and bending water on July 30th, and then on August 6th, learn about simple acids and bases, and what happens when they are mixed together! Both presentations will be hands-on and full of fun!

To register, call us at (570) 287-2013.

The Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Join us on Monday, July 14th at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the community room of the library for the program, “The Benefits of Quitting Smoking”, presented by Karen E. Arscott, D.O., M.Sc., sponsored by Western and Southern Life Insurance Company, as a service to the community.

Karen ArscottDr. Arscott graduated from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Neuromuscular Medicine.  She is President of the Meals on Wheels of NEPA Board of Directors, and is co-chair of the Pennsylvania Chapter of Lung Cancer Alliance.  She was named Northeast Woman in June 2008, and received the Marywood Award for Excellence in Health and Human Services in June 2011. She has a private practice in Clarks Summit, and resides in Waverly with her family.

Dr. Arsscott will speak about the harmful affects of tobacco and what you need to do to make your life tobacco free!  Learn how to improve your health and wealth, one life at a time!

Please call the library to register, as seating is limited.

Valley of the Minds Panel Discussion Program

The Hoyt Library is proud to announce the continuation of the Valley of the Minds Program with three local authors:  Dr. Jaclyn Fowler, Keith Gilman, and Barbara J. Taylor.
Each author will read from their own work, a selection from another author of their choice, and have robust discussions with the audience and one another, on Thursday, July 24th, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. in the library’s Reading Room.

Come and meet Dr. Jaclyn Fowler who is managing editor of Etruscan Press. She has taught English, Creative Writing, Education K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and adult learners, in both the traditional ground and asynchronous online classrooms. She served several independent schools as head of their academic programs and sat on the PA State Board of Private Schools. Dr. Fowler received her doctorate in Education and Second Language Acquisition from The Pennsylvania State University and received her MFA and MA from Wilkes University’s Creative Writing program.

Listen to Keith Gilman who has been a police officer in the Philadelphia area for twenty_MG_7041WEB.jpg years and his writing reflects that experience. His debut novel, Father’s Day was awarded the Best First Novel Prize by the Private Eye Writers of America. His second detective novel, My Brother’s Keeper, followed the samelead character in the city of brotherly love.His third book, Bad Habits is a story collection which includes, “Devils Pocket,” a truly inspired work of modern noir, nominated for a Macavity Award 2011.

In addition, come and meet author, Barbara J. Taylor, who was born and raised in Scranton, PA, and teaches English in the Pocono Mountain School District. She has her master’s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University, and still resides in the “Electric City”.  Her first novel, Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, is a Publishers Weekly Top Summer Read for 2014.

This summer’s coordinator is local author Dawn Leas, who has published I Know When to Keep Quiet, (Finishing Line Press, 2010), and is available in print and in Kindle versions.  She also authored, Everyday Escape Poems.  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.

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can register by calling call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013. Sign up for this free event today!