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 www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/.

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.

Currently seeking book sale donations

We are currently seeking donations for our annual book sale on June 5th, 6th, and 7th, 2014.

Please keep in mind of the following policy when making your donation:

Items we will accept:
Hardcover Books: 5 years old or Newer
Paperback books: 3 Years or Newer
Audio Books: Undamaged and with original cases
DVDs: Undamaged and with original cases

Items we will not accept:
Dated, Yellowed, Damaged or Musty Items will not be accepted!
Condensed Books
Text books

If you plan to make a large donation, you must contact us for arrangements. All donations must be brought into the library and examined for acceptance by a staff member. Items not accepted must be removed from library premises by donor.

All donated material becomes the property of the Hoyt Library and are added to the collection, sold or otherwise discarded as the library chooses.

Receipts, if requested, will state the number of materials donated and material type. A monetary value for the items donated will NOT be provided.

You must provide your name and contact information with your donation.

Thank you and we look forward to receiving your donation! 

National Poetry Month at the Hoyt

April is National Poetry Month and the Hoyt Library will be celebrating! We have various poetry themed displays throughout the building and will also be featuring a special poetry program. We are welcoming three different authors from across the area to present their works and elaborate on poetry in general. The program will be Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the community room.

Walk ins are welcomed but to secure your seat it is best to register. To register call us at (570) 287-2013.
Light refreshments will be served. 


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 ReviewThe Kentucky Poetry ReviewSulphur River Literary Review,Webster Review, Poetry East, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Poem, Philadelphia Stories, Poetry Bay, Floyd County Moonshine, Talking River, and other journals.

Brian Fanelli’s poetry has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Working Class Studies Association’s Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award. He is the author of the books Front Man (Big Table Publishing) and All That Remains (Unbound Content). His poetry has been published by The Los Angeles TimesWorld Literature TodayBlue Collar ReviewSpillwayOklahoma ReviewPortland ReviewPennsylvania Literary Journal, and several other publications. Brian has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Wilkes University, and he is completing his Ph.D. in English at SUNY Binghamton. Currently, he teaches writing and literature full-time at Lackawanna College. His website is www.brianfanelli.com.

Dawn Leas’s poems and book reviews have appeared in print and online journals, and her chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet (Finishing Line Press, 2010), is available in print and Kindle versions. A collection of her poems will also appear in SwanDive Publishing’s first anthology, Everyday Escape Poems, scheduled for release in April 2014.  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. For more information, please visit www.dawnleas.com. Follow her on Twitter @DawnLeas.


Drug education program at the Hoyt

The Wyoming Valley Alcohol and Drug Services, Inc. will present a drug preventive education program on Saturday, April 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the community room.

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

Printed materials will be available for all ages; visual aids, a video, and an interactive activity will help the public learn how illicit drug use affects individuals, families and the community as a whole.

Walk-ins are welcome.

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Downton Abbey Tea

If you are a follower of the British period drama television series, Downton Abbey, created by Julian Fellowes, then join the Hoyt Library for a Downton Abbey Tea, catered by The Tea & Basket Place, on Thursday, April, 3rd, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the library.

All seats are reserved and a payment of $25.00 is payable at time of registration. Please register early as seating is limited. Last day to register is March 21st.

The menu will consist of two special teas: Downton Abbey and Lady Violet, three kinds of finger sandwiches, and a delicious desert, all especially made by The Tea & Basket Place for the event.

Door prizes will be awarded, the PBS film, Secrets of Highclere Castle will be shown, including a special time for discussion of the Crawley family secrets!

Downton Abbey has received critical acclaim from television and has won a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Miniseries Films for Television, or Movie. It has been awarded by the Guinness World Records as a critically acclaimed English-language series.  It is one of the most widely watched television drama shows in the world. More than 24 million views tuned in last season making it PBS’s highest rated drama of all time!

Please don’t miss out on this truly unique experience! Come dressed in period attire if you like, however, it is not a requirement for attendance.

Barbie Fashion Show: UPDATED DATES

Join us on Monday, March 24th, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. or Wednesday, March 26th from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. to celebrate Barbie’s birthday with our third annual Barbie on the Runway Fashion Show! This year’s theme is Fashion Around the World with Barbie.

Children Pre-K to grade 6 are invited to attend and to bring their favorite Barbie or Ken doll dressed in their fanciest outfit to the library. Then participants will be granted with the opportunity to walk the fashion runway. You may also bring Barbie’s dressed in outfits from around the world!

Participation is limited to twenty children at each party, and one doll per child. Fashion coordinators may also dress up for the event and join their Barbie on the runway! This year, because of high demand, we are sponsoring two separate Barbie runway parties. We ask that you choose only one date to attend.

Prizes will be awarded by a special drawing, and all participants will be able to make a special craft while enjoying delicious light refreshments. In addition, all participants will receive certificates of participation.

Registration is mandatory, as space is limited! Walk-ins will not be accepted for this program. To register, call us at 570-287-2013.

Eat Out & Bring the Kids for Free

Want to go out to eat more often but worried that you’ll spend too much money when you take the kids? No worries, check out the food venues below where the kiddos could snag a free meal during certain times. 


  • Applebee’s: Kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday nights at select restaurants. One free child entree per visit; however, it’s only $1.00 for additional kids’ meals.
  • Chili’s: 2 children’s entrees per adult meal purchase.
  • Golden Corral: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, kids under 10 eat free with adult meal purchase.
  • IHOP: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., kids under 12 eat free with adult meal purchase.


  • Denny’s: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Lonestar Roadhouse: All day; with purchase of adult mean
  • Bob Evan’s: After 4 p.m. with adult purchase
  • Friendly’s: All day
  • Pizza Hut: Evening
  • Perkins: All day
  • Texas Roadhouse: Kids 12 and under eat free.
  • Chick-fil-A: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., get a free kid’s meal with each adult purchase.


  • Buffalo Wild Wings: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. kids 12 and under eat for $.99.
  • TGI Fridays: All day; 1 free meal per adult entree


Kids eat free every day

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Mock Interviewing and Etiquette Workshop

The Hoyt Library, on Saturday, February 08, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. will present a Mock Interviewing, Appropriate Dress and Etiquette Career Workshop, facilitated by Jennifer L. Severini-Kresock, MS in the community room.

Severini-Kresock is a Private Career and College Counselor of NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates.

At the workshop participants will engage in a first-hand learning environment in which prime details geared towards successful interviewing tactics will be surveyed. These techniques serve as applicable foundations for college-bound students as well as individuals entering or re-entering the workforce. 

It it said that anyone can succeed in an interview after learning tips to answer difficult questions with strong responses. During the workshop scenarios of this nature will be presented to boost ease and confidence when forming responses.