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”

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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
Magazines
Newspapers
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. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: 

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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