Cookie and Cupcake Decorating Class at the Hoyt Library – April 17th

For those of you obsessed with shows such as The Cupcake Girls or The Cake Boss – eyes glued to the television wishing you could decorate your baked goods half as well as the pros – now is your chance!

The Sweet Witch Bakers will park their brooms (and their baked treats) at the Hoyt Library on April 17th and lead you through the first installment of their decorating series on how to decorate cookies. Each attendee will receive a Fashionista Cookie Set and the baking supplies needed to successfully and artfully decorate his/her set.

Stop in at the Hoyt and reserve your spot! The cost for this class is $15.00 to be paid at the time of registration. For more information on the event, please contact the Hoyt Library during our normal hours of operation or visit us on Facebook ( where we’ve posted the event along with pictures of the Fashionista Cookie set and the bakers’ other artful creations.

Reservations must be made by Friday, April 12th. Space is limited so don’t delay!

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 and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Second Annual Titanic Tea Presentation at the Hoyt Library


While it has been almost 101 years since the Titanic sank, a number of myths and legends have emerged about the infamous ship. The RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, UK, to New York City.

The sinking of the Titanic caused the deaths of over 1,502 people, many of which were families coming to from another country to settle in the Wyoming Valley. This sinking is considered as being one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters of modern history.


Join the Hoyt Library on Monday, April 15th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., to commemorate this fateful event with a Titanic Tea Presentation.

Special guest will be Mr. David DeCosmo, a past WYOU broadcaster, and a volunteer host and producer with Electric City Television, a public Access Station, who will present a personal and historical history of the many lives, and survivors, in the Wyoming Valley affected by the sinking of the Titanic.

Afternoon festivities will include additional surprises, and a creative hat contest. Participation certificates will be given to three of the most time period hats. Hats, however, are not required for attendance. Delicious refreshments will be served, and an opportunity to win a beautiful piece of jewelry, donated especially for the Hoyt Library’s Titanic Tea, by Studio M Design of Division Street, Kingston, a special sponsor of this event.

In addition, we are asking those in attendance to bring their own fancy tea cup to the program for the tea tasting, and to share, if any, their tea cup’s history.

Registration is required and a non-refundable fee of $10.00 per person is due at the time of registration. No registrations will be taken without the fee. Space is limited to 40 participants. Final date to register is Thursday, April 11th by 7:00 p.m.

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 and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2nd Annual Barbie on the Fashion Runway Event

Barbie and Ken

Join the Hoyt Library on Monday, March 4, from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., to celebrate Barbie’s birthday with our 2nd Annual Barbie on the Runway Fashion Show!

Children in grades K-6 are invited to attend, and to bring their favorite Barbie or Ken doll dressed in their fanciest outfit to the Hoyt Library and walk the fashion runway.

Participation is limited to one doll per child, and their fashion coordinator, with a maximum attendance of twenty dolls. Fashion coordinators may also dress up for the event and join their Barbie on the runway!

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.

Register today to reserve your Barbie’s, or Ken’s place on the fashion runway by calling the Youth Services Department at 570-287-2013, extension 239.


The Oscars

Oscars 2013

You’re invited to The Oscars at the Hoyt Library!

Join us every day from February 18 to 22 to see previously won Academy Award winning movies, and take some time to vote for your favorite 2013 nominees. Best animated films from previous years will be shown.

Then, on Friday, February 22, join in the fun by visiting the Hoyt in your most glamorous attire and receive a delicious special sweet treat made by Sweet Dottie, while supplies last! Only those dressing up will receive the specially made treat.

On Monday, the Hoyt will announce the winning patron whose Oscar ballot correctly chose all the Oscar winners in each category, and then they will be presented with their very own “Oscar” trophy for their cinematic expertise.

The Academy Awards, better known as The Oscars, are given yearly for excellence of cinematic achievements in various categories of the motion picture industry. The Academy Awards are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and has enormously has grown since its first appearance in 1929, and is the oldest award ceremony in the media. This year the Oscars, along with the Hoyt Library, will be celebrating its 85th birthday!

Come early and vote! Voting closes by the end of the day on February 22 and only one ballot per person will be accepted.

Free Adult Financial Workshops


Financial Help

JSB Financial offers an impressive depth of expertise in investment services one client at a time. Jean is a highly qualified principal who uses her personal and professional experiences in all areas of financial services to help you pursue your financial goals.

Here is a list of the times and dates for each program. Please note that the same program will be given twice.

Social Security-Is It Secure? Tuesday, February 26 – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Thursday, February 28 – 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.

Tax Strategies and Retirement Tuesday, April 9 – 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and Thursday, April 11 – 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Income Strategies and Retirement Tuesday, May 28 - 2:30 to 3:30 pm. and Thursday, May 30 – 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Funding Education Tuesday, June 11 – 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 13 - 6:15-7:15 p.m.

Estate Conservation, Planning for the Future Tuesday, July 23 - 2:30-3:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 25 – 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

Reservations are not required but are appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.

For additional information please call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, extension 226.

National Book Award Finalist


Fast Animal


The Hoyt Library is happy to announce that Etruscan Press Poet and National Book Award Finalist, Tim Seibles, will host a poetry workshop at Wilkes University from 1-2:30 p.m. this Thursday, February 14th. The workshop is free and open to the public.

For more information on the workshop and how to sign-up check out the Hoyt Library’s Facebook page by clicking on the LIKE US on FACEBOOK link above or at You can also visit Etruscan’s website at

**In addition to the workshop, the Hoyt will have the poet’s book on display at our library along with an autographed book raffle! Check back next week for more details on the raffle or find us on Facebook.

College and Career Workshops

College Ready

The Hoyt library has scheduled the following four Teen Workshops presented by Jennifer L. Severini-Kresock, MS, a Private Career and College Counselor, of NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates for high school students and their parents.

The first workshop, Preparing for the SAT and ACT Test, will be presented on Saturday, March 2nd from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m.It will contain helpful tips on how to survive these tests and helpful preparation strategies.

The second workshop, Career and College Counseling 101,on  Saturday, March, 16th, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., will offer parents and students tips for successfully navigating the college search and the application process while providing strategies for developing a career pathway. In addition, standardized testing requirements, suggestions for writing essays and resumes, financial aid and scholarships will be discussed.

Best Fit, the third workshop, will be held on Saturday, April 13th, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m., and will tell how to exactly determine your “best- fit” colleges; how to determine what each college really considers when making their acceptance decisions; ways students can differentiate themselves from others with similar grades, test scores, interests and aspirations; and the keys to maintaining your scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

The final workshop, Financial Aid, will be on Saturday, April, 27th, 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. It will prepare parents and students, mentally and financially, on the college process. This parent- led seminar will provide information about scholarships, financial aid forms, and other resources to help you begin. Parents with students in the 10th and 11th grade will be given first preference, (but limited to), for admission to this workshop.

All workshops are free of charge and definitely aid in the application process for college!

Don’t miss out on necessary deadlines and applications!

Register by calling the Hoyt Library today!

Happy 50th Birthday Amelia Bedelia


Celebrate Amelia Bedelia’s 50th birthday, on Monday, January 28th

“Amelia Bedelia” books have been a favorite of young children for generations. Amelia’s character is based upon a maid in Cameroon, where Peggy Parish spent many of her younger years. She is a delightful character that repeatedly misunderstands what she is asked to do, and interprets commands very literally. If she is asked to make a sponge cake, she makes it out of actual sponges; if she is asked to weed the garden, she plants weeds!

Check out our Amelia Bedelia book display and enter to win an Amelia Bedelia book of your own!

You can bring in your own home-made Amelia Bedelia birthday card and we will place it on display. You can also can make an Amelia Bedelia
craft to take home!

No registration is needed for this program. Light refreshments will be served as long as supplies last!

United Way of Wyoming Valley Hosting Community Conversations


United Way of Wyoming Valley is looking to engage members of our community to create a shared vision for the future and set goals for collective action.
In order to accomplish these goals, United Way will be hosting two community conversations at the Hoyt Library
on Monday, February 4th at 5:30-7:30 p.m., and  Wednesday, February the 13th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., in the Community Room.
While these conversations will take many forms, at the heart of them, is one common question:
What do you want your community to look like?

The conversations will consist of groups of 8-12 people having a kitchen-table style conversation. They will be about what kind of community you want. By diving down deep on one topic of the group’s choosing, discussion will focus on how we can effect real change on a specific issue. It is our hope that the results of these conversations will help create real, lasting change within our community.

Please register by contacting:,  (you will need a valid email), or if you would prefer, you can contact
Amy Zawada, Assistant Director of Marketing & Community Impact, United Way of Wyoming Valley, at 570-829-6711, extension 222. 

Light refreshments will be served.