Local author visit: Marianne Wilski Strong

Come to the Hoyt Library and enjoy an evening of Mystery Stories with lecturer and author, Marianne Wilski Strong, on Thursday, September 11th, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the community room of the library.

1363838Marianne Wilski Strong is a writer and lecturer, who has published thirty-seven short stories in major mystery magazines such as Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine.  She holds a BA in Literature from Misericordia University and a MA in Literature from the University of Maryland.

Marianne has published a series of short stories set in ancient Greece, using her experience traveling in Greece, and her second series of mystery short stories is set in and around Wilkes-Barre, where Marianne was born and raised. Her stories, which are set in Northeastern Pennsylvania, call upon its rich and ethnic population, and its coal producing days.

Currently, she is working on a series of mystery short stories that reflect her interest in medieval art, architecture and literature, which capitalize on the many monasteries she has visited in both Europe and the United States.

To learn more about Marianne Wilski Strong visit her website, http://www.wilskistrong.com/

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!

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.

Halloween Cake Decorating at the Hoyt!

Join the Sweet Witches Bakers on Monday, October 21st from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. and learn how to decorate a “Witch Leg Cake” from one of our areas best decorating bakers, just in time for that special Halloween event!

Each class must have a minimum of 5 students, and be registered no later than two days before the class, or the class will be cancelled. Payment may be made by cash, or check, at the library.

The cost of the class is $25.00 per person. Students are asked to bring two 8” or 9” cake layers, or the bakers can provide a “dummy cake” for them to decorate for $30.

Invite your friends to come and have some fun!

For additional information call us at 570-287-2013. 

PA Forward Goes Pink

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and PA Forward | Pennsylvania Libraries, an initiative of the Pennsylvania Library Association, is going pink in an effort to raise awareness and promote early detection.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is second to melanoma skin cancer in leading causes of death for women.  Breast cancer deaths among women were 40,676 in the United States in 2009.  (U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group).

Libraries throughout Pennsylvania play an important role in helping citizens actively manage their own well-being, thus making them effective partners with their healthcare providers.  For many, a library is the first stop after receiving a diagnosis from their doctor.  The Hoyt Library maintains a strong collection of health information, including medical manuals, coping guides, memoirs of survivors, and access to current medical research and data.

The Hoyt Library also offers free access to online sites such as the Mayo Clinic, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the U.S. National Library of Medicine for up-to-date research and statistics.  Additionally, Pennsylvania residents can use Consumer Health through the state’s POWER Library. Click here to access the POWER Library.  Consumer Health provides articles, research reports, and drug information, as well as alternative solutions.  

Libraries are the connectors between people and information.  When facing a diagnosis, facts and research from reliable sources can be comforting.  The Hoyt Library has quality materials and resources to help patients make informed decisions about their healthcare.  Although National Breast Cancer Awareness Month started more than 25 years ago, much is still needed to be done to help fight this disease.

For more information on PA Forward, visit www.paforward.org

50 Books Every Parent Should Read to Their Child

According to a new study, the hallowed practice of bedtime reading is falling by the wayside – and that some quarter of a million children in the UK do not own a single book.

This is a terrible shame, as regular bedtime stories have been shown to increase children’s performance in school, and are also awesome and can help create strong lifetime bonds, both with literature and with parents.

So, from the peanut gallery of those who loved being read to (and still wouldn’t say no to a bedtime story) we share with you a link from flavorwire.com highlighting 50 books that every parent should read to their child. Lucky for you, most of these books could be found within our library system!

Please click here to see “50 Books Every Parent Should Read to their Child.” 

Remembering Agnes @The Hoyt Library

Remembering Agnes: A WVIA produced 1997 Film

June 23, 1972 – a day that will never be forgotten in the “Valley with a Heart”.  A day that will forever be a part of “our story”.  Where were you on this fateful day?  What is your story?

Join us at the Hoyt Library on the 39th anniversary of the Agnes Flood.  The library, with approval from the Luzerne County Historical Society, is proud to present, Remembering Agnes,  a WVIA original documentary film produced in 1997, documenting the effects of the flooding that devastated the Wyoming Valley in 1972 when the Susquehanna River crested at a record 40 feet.  The film reveals people’s reactions to the impending flood and devastation to people and property cause by the rising waters.  The damage from Agnes cost over $14 Billion in today’s dollars and 129 people were killed.  The story doesn’t end there.  Remembering Agnes dives into the aftermath and the politics involved in the recovery plan.

The video is ~1 hour in length will be presented twice throughout the day: 1:00 p.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the library on Thursday, June 23rd.  All ages are welcome to attend this special event at no charge.  Come, share, and remember!  Bring the whole family.  Refreshments will be served.

Register by calling the Youth Services Department @ 570-287-2013, ext: 225

How to place a request for library materials, from home!

What is a “request”?

A request is simply the terminology that means that you are telling the library that you would like to take out a specific book/DVD/audiobook/CD.  At the library, we will receive your “request” and we will “pull” the book for you, call you to let you know that it is on “hold”, and then you are able to drive to the library and pick up the item at the circulation desk. Another term for “request” is “hold”.  For the purposes of being simple, this article will use the term “request”, but remember, if you hear the word “hold” used at the library, it means: “request”.

How to place a “request”

1. Click on “Catalog” at the top of the screen

2. Next click the “Luzerne County Libraries” logo

3. You will now be on the Luzerne County Library Systems Online Catalog page.  Here you will see your menu options on the right hand side.  Click “My Account”

4. You will now be presented with this screen: 1) Type in your full name that is on record at the library.  2) Type in your library card number. 3) Press “Submit”

5.  After you sign in you will be brought to your account screen that has all of the current information about your Luzerne County Library System’s account.  Near the top of the page, you will still see the standard catalog search bar.  Here is where you will type and hopefully find any of the materials for which you are looking.

6. After you type in your search, potential items will be listed on the screen.  You will also see two different areas under the materials you are looking for: 1) The Location and Status box, and 2) the request arrow.  Simply note where the book/DVD/audiobook/CD is located and then click the “request” arrow.

7. You will then be brought to the “Request Verification” screen.  Here you will choose at which library you would like to pick up your request, and by what date you would like to have it by, and if they do not fill the request by this date, it will automatically cancel.  The screen looks like this:

Once you have finished choosing and press the submit button, you are done!

**Things to remember:  While most of the time you will have your request at your requested library within 24 hours of your request (1 Full Business Day), it may take up to 2-3 business days for your request to come through.  Always call to make sure your request is at the library before you drive to pick it up. The library should call when your book is ready. If you were not called giving the library a call is a safe option, especially if you have an old phone number on your record. 

**Things to remember: Also make sure that you note the “STATUS” of the material that you requested.  If the status of the material that you requested is NOT ‘available’, someone else has already checked out the piece you wanted.  At this point, if you “request” the material, you will be placed on the hold list.

**Unfortunately there will be times when you may not find the item you are looking for. However- we can still get this item for you! Simply call the Information Services Department and we can search from out of the area to get your item. 

Remember, always call your library before you come in to pick up your materials.  Also, call if you are having a difficult time with this process.  Happy Book Hunting!