College and Career Workshops at the Hoyt Library


The Hoyt Library has scheduled the following college and career 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, college students, and their parents.

All workshops are on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

09/14 – Best Fit – How to Determine Your “Best-Fit” Colleges—Strategies and Advice on finding the best college for each student based on a variety of factors.

09/28 – Standardized Testing -Standardized College Testing: Information and Preparation— this workshop will address all of the options for standardized college admissions testing and provide tips for successful preparation.

10/12 – Special Needs Students and Strategies –Special Needs Students and Strategies for Post-Secondary Success—Advice and information for special needs students and families planning for post-secondary education.  Specific information will be presented on transition, college and career options, employment, standardized testing, OVR, and other relevant needed information. Several brochures and pamphlets will be provided to each family for additional pointers.

10/19 – My Top 10 Tips for Getting Admitted to the College of Your Dreams

11/09 – Intro to Financial Aid and Scholarships and Forms Forum – Intro to Financial Aid and Scholarships—Basic information and tips on financial aid regarding—forms, procedures, and terminology.  Scholarship information will also be provided. Forms Forum—designed to help students and parents complete any forms required for college admissions, financial aid, scholarships. There is a $10.00 charge per family only for this workshop’s materials.

01/11/14 – You Have Graduated From College, What’s Next? – You Have Graduated from College, What’s Next?—How to become a successful employee—seeking and applying for a job, additional education opportunities, resume building, networking, office etiquette.

01/18/14 – Resumes and Cover Letters

01/25/14 – Mock Interview, Appropriate Dress, and Etiquette for Interviewing.

All workshops are free of charge, except for a $10 material fee per family on 11/09.  Don’t miss out on important information, and necessary college deadlines and applications!

Register by calling the Hoyt Library today!


Sweet Witches Bakers Sunflower Cake or Cupcake Decorating Class at the Hoyt Library


Join the Sweet Witches Bakers on Saturday, September 21st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for a sunflower cake, or cupcake decorating class!

Students may choose whether they would like to decorate a cake or cupcakes.

If you choose to decorate a sunflower cake, then students are asked to bring two 8 inch x 2 inch cake layers; or you may choose to use a styrofoam “cake dummy”. The fee is $20 if you bake your own cake, or $25 with the cake dummy. The styrofoam form will be yours to keep for future projects, or to practice on at home. Students choosing to bring cake layers are asked to come to class at 12:30 p.m., so that we can level and fill the cake.

If you choose to decorate sunflower cupcakes; the fee is $15 if you bake, or $20 if we bake the 6 cupcakes for you.

Payment is due at time of registration, and the final day to register is Friday, September 20th.

For additional information call the Youth Services Department of The Hoyt Library, or go to, or on Facebook at Sweet Witches.



Story Time Registration Begins September 16th at The Hoyt Library


Registration for The Hoyt Library’s Story Time program will begin on Monday, September 16th. The program features age-appropriate stories, crafts, activities and free play in our play room.

Story Time, for children aged 18 months to five years and their caregivers, meet on Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and November 5, 12, and 19 and December 3 and 10, at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited and registration is required. Please note, if registering for the program you must be able to attend all sessions.


Lego Club at the Hoyt!

The Hoyt Library now has a lego club so children of all ages! The meetings will take place on the 2nd and last Mondays of each month. 

LEGO building is one of the most popular pastimes and hobbies for children. It inspires the future builders of tomorrow and helps children to develop their imagination and creativity!

There will be fun LEGO contests throughout the year for the members, and membership is free.

Any donations of new LEGOs for the club would be greatly appreciated.

To register, or for more information, call the Youth Services’ Department of The Hoyt Library at: 570-287-2013.

Estate Planning Program

Join us on Tuesday, July 23, from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm, or for the encore session on Thursday, July 25, from 6:15-7:15 pm for Estate Conservation-The Final Financial Frontier Planning Program presented by Jean M. Baun, of JSB Financial, LLC. Learn that estate planning is not just for the wealthy!

Estate planning may be important to individuals with a wide range of financial situations. In fact, it may be more important if you have a smaller estate because the final expenses will have a much greater impact on your assets. Wasting a single one may cause your loved ones to suffer from a lack of ready financial resources.

Also, get answers to frequently asked questions such as: Can I avoid probate? What happens if I do not have a will, or power of attorney? What are the pitfalls of unmarried couples, as well as estate planning for larger more complex situations.

Jean will answer all your questions about your unique estate planning, and help you look forward in helping your assets work for you today, tomorrow and beyond.

Please call the Hoyt Library to reserve your place and materials at (570) 287-2013, extension 226, or call (570) 822-1651, or email:

All workshop and material will be provided at no charge with reservation.


Writer’s Showcase and Open Mic Night

Please join us on Thursday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) for the second installment of our Writer’s Showcase and Open Mic Night.

This month’s showcase will feature Barbara Taylor, Scott Thomas, and Lauren Stahl.

Barbara J. Taylor was born and raised in Scranton, PA, and teaches English in the Pocono Mountain School District. She has a master’s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University, and English and education degrees from the University of Scranton. Her novel, SAWDUST TRAILS, will be published in May, 2014, by Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books.

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 Review, The Kentucky Poetry Review, Sulphur River Literary Review, Webster Review, Poetry East, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Poem, Philadelphia Stories, Poetry Bay, Floyd County Moonshine, and other journals. He lives in Dunmore, PA with his wife Christina and son Ethan.

Lauren Stahl, a former Pennsylvania prosecutor, is an avid reader and writer of the crime fiction genre. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law and received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Lauren’s first novel, The Devil’s Song, is currently under agency representation with the hopes of reaching publication. She is hard at work on her second novel, The Bottom Line.

An Open Mic Session, open to the public, will follow the showcase.

The event is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

Please note: the Hoyt/Wilkes does not pre-screen the writing pieces read during the event. Content may not be suitable for children.

For more information contact the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013.


Teddy Bear Swing!

Join us this Wednesday, July 10th, from 10-11:00 a.m. for our very own Teddy Bear Swing!

Bring in your favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and dance to the music of the 50’s and 60’s. There will also be a musical chair teddy bear game, hula hoop contest, and more!

If you are interested in attending please sign up at the Youth Services Desk!

The Teddy Bear Swing event at the Hoyt is free and open to the public. 

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, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Making of a Movie

Ever wonder what it’s like to produce a major motion picture? Now is your chance to find out! Please join us on Friday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m. as we welcome Hollywood producer, Susan Cartsonis to the Hoyt Library! 

Ms. Cartsonis will provide a rare behind-the-scenes look at how the major motion picture, Aquamarine, transformed from set to the silver screen. A Q&A period will follow the program.

Ms. Cartsonis is the Producer and President of Storefront Pictures. She has been named by The Hollywood Reporter as one of the top five grossing producers of the year for her box office record-breaking film, What Women Want (Paramount) — the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release, which is still in the number two slot to this day, and Where the Heart Is (20th Century Fox). Recently, she produced the teen hit, Beastly and executive-produced No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta Jones.

Cartsonis, an executive at 20th Century Fox for nearly a decade, rose from script reader to Senior Vice President of Production. During her tenure at Fox, a few of the many films she supervised included Nell, The Truth About Cats and Dogs, For the Boys, Dying Young, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Cartsonis often makes films from the female perspective that men like too.

Cartsonis is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She serves on the Independent Producers Committee of the Producer’s Guild of America and has recently joined Digital Hollywood’s Women’s Board. She is on the Advisory Boards of Wilkes University’s Creative Writing Program founded by Norman Mailer, and Chapman University’s Dodge School of Film and Television. Cartsonis teaches Advanced Producing at USCʼs Graduate Producing Program in the School of Cinematic Arts and is an annual guest speaker at NYU’s TischAsia Singapore campus.

Most recently, Cartonsis has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to produce an adaptation of the young-adult novel CARRIE PILBY. For more information on the independent film and campaign please visit

The Making of a Movie event at the Hoyt is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. 

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, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Elvis Tribute Artist, Jimmy T. to perform at the Hoyt Library!

Elvis is back at the Hoyt Library on Monday, July 8th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., to help celebrate our Summer Reading Program, “Dig Into History!, for some 1950’s style, “Rock and Roll”, featuring the Elvis Tribute Artist, Jimmy T! 

Jimmy T, is continuing to entertain people throughout the United States and Canada since 1998. He attended Elvis Week in Memphis in 2002 for the Elvis 25th anniversary celebration, 2003, for the 26th, and again for the 30th.

Jimmy T’s performance is dynamic and a wonderful nostalgic tribute to the “King” of Rock and Roll and brings great music to the summer program!

Bring friends and family to enjoy an afternoon of “some good ole rock and roll”!

To register please call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, extension 239.

Elvis tribute artist, Jimmy T. For more information regarding Jimmy T. please visit:

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, Wednesday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Hoyt Library and Wilkes Creative Writing Program to Present Valley of the Minds, a Summer Reading Series – First Installment, June 20th 6:30 PM

The Hoyt Library and Wilkes M.A./M.F.A. Creative Writing Program are proud to present Valley of the Minds – a summer reading series.The reading series showcases visiting and local writers. The showcase will be followed by an open mic session. Writers of prose and poetry are welcome to participate in the open mic session as well as lovers of oral interpretation who may not have an original piece, but still wish to perform.

The first installment of the Valley of the Minds will take place Thursday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. (doors will open at 6:15 p.m.) in the Hoyt Library’s community room. The showcase is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

This month’s reading series will feature Cecilia Galante, Dawn Leas, and Jason Lucarelli.

Cecilia Galante is the author of six young-adult novels. Her first, The Patron Saint ofButterflies, (2008) was the recipient of numerous awards, including an Original Voices Award by Borders, an Oprah Pick for Teens, and a Best Book of the Year by the NAIBA. Her second novel, Hershey Herself (2008), has recently been translated into Polish, while Willowood (2009) was recently distinguished as a Keystone Award nominee for Best Book of the Year. Her most recent novels, The Sweetness of Salt, (2010), nominated for a Best Fiction for 2011 by YALSA, and The Summer of May, released in May, 2011, was selected as a Summer Favorite by The Washington Post. Currently under contract with Random House to write an 8-book chapter book series for young readers, Galante has just released the first three books in the series to rave reviews, with world rights sold to both Japan and Turkey. Her sixth, currently untitled young adult novel about a teenage exorcist was also just sold to Random House, and is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2014.

Dawn Leas’ chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet, was released in 2010 by Finishing Line Press. She earned an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Literary Mama, Southern Women’s Review, Interstice, San Pedro River Review, Connecticut River Review and elsewhere. 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.

Jason Lucarelli lives in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He is in the final stages of completing his MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. His essay “The Consecution of Gordon Lish: An Essay on Form and Influence” was published by the online literary magazine Numéro Cinq.

Please note: the Hoyt/Wilkes does not pre-screen the writing pieces read during the event. Content may not be suitable for children. 


For more information contact the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, extension 239.

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 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.