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! 

Meet Mrs. Jefferson at The Hoyt

Come to the Hoyt Library on Wednesday, July 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to meet and hear all about Mrs. Thomas Jefferson, and enjoy a craft from a local artist, JoAnne Raynis. The program is a part of our continuing Summer Reading Club programs: Fizz, Boom Read for children, Spark a Reaction for teens, and Literary Elements for adults.

Gina Aleo has been performing Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson for well over a year and completes the role-playing by donning the dress of the American Revolutionary era.  She tries to feel what Mrs. Jefferson might have felt by telling the story of the former president’s life from his wife’s viewpoint. It’s almost as if you are witnessing the real Martha Jefferson!

Call today to reserve your seat; as space is limited!

What’s that app?: A unique library program

The Hoyt Library will present two workshops centered around utilizing applications on tablets and mobile devices on Monday, June 23, 2014 in the community room from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Information Services Assistant, Stephen Wheadon, will help educate and assist attendees on how to use their tablets and mobile devices to their fullest potential with applications. Wheadon will focus on utilizing library eBooks, helpful apps, and other features found on tablets and mobile devices.

Both workshops are identical and titled “What’s That App?” The workshops will kick-off this year’s adult summer reading club, Literary Elements, at the library. Registration for the adult summer reading program is now open for any adult 18 and over. Join the SRC by calling the library today!

In order to fully participate with the workshop it is recommended that you have one of the following devices: Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD (or HDX), Nook HD, or any Apple, Android, or Windows 8 device.

Please note that registration is mandatory and space is limited to 12 openings for each presentation. To register, call the Hoyt Library Information Services Department at (570) 287-2013, option 4.

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Socrates Cafe Discussion Forum Updates

The Socrates Café Discussion Group will hold a meeting and discussion forum at the Hoyt Library on Thursday, June 05, 2014 in the Reading Room of the library from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Socrates Café Discussion Group welcomes citizens of all levels of education to discuss topics chosen by the group that evening. All sessions are committed to open, respectful and philosophical discussion, debate, and viewpoint. Meetings are held at the Hoyt Library on the first Thursday of every month.

Your memories are no longer a secret; learn how at the Hoyt

Come to the Hoyt Library on Saturday, May 31, 2014, between 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to meet a special guest author, Mr. Bryan Kollar. 

Kollar, the author of “The Memory Machine – Your Memories are No Longer Secret” is visiting the Hoyt to engage readers with his unique novel. This is the author’s first book, and it is an page turning science fiction thriller! He is currently working on his second book.

Books will be available from the author for purchase, or you may bring your own copy for signing.

Bryan Kollar

Rising 5th and 6th Graders Asked to Write About “A Book That Shaped Me”


The Library of Congress is sponsoring a summer essay contest, in conjunction with public libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, encouraging rising 5th and 6th grade students to reflect on a book that has made a personal impact on their lives. The Hoyt Library is honored to be the participating library in Kingston, Pa.

The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress on October 18. All contest entrants can redeem a free ‘contest prize pack’ at the Library of Congress National Book Festival taking place August 30 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2014 are eligible. Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at the Hoyt Library. The deadline for entries is Monday, August 11, 2014. Librarians at the Hoyt are available to provide guidance to students preparing essays for contest entry.

“A Book That Shaped Me” will award prizes to five finalists and one winner per state, and to three overall grand prize winners. The three grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Library of Congress including educators, children’s authors, and the Library of Congress’s staff. Submission forms are available at the Hoyt Library.

The full list of participating libraries in the Mid-Atlantic region, and program updates will be available at

Launched in 2012 with DC Public Library, “A Book That Shaped Me” has since expanded to more than 300 public libraries who are registered to participate in this the third program year.

Hoyt helps combat national epidemic

We live in a time where illicit drug use affects millions of Americans each year. There are many dangers presented with this epidemic.

Kori Briton of the Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. will present a Drug Preventive Education Program on Saturday, May 10, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the community room.

This prevention education program is designed to increase the awareness of the dangers of illicit drugs and their use.

Printed materials will be available for all ages; visual aids, a video, and an interactive activity will be presented which will enable the public to gain a comprehensive understanding of how illicit drug use affects individuals, families and the community as a whole. This is a growing issue and we need your help to combat it.

The Hoyt Library is committed to help educate you on pressing issues so you spread the word. Our actions will constitute to a safer and healthier community.

Walk-ins are welcome or you can register by giving us a call at (570) 287-2013.