The Civil War Experience

In Remembrance of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War
the Hoyt Library has planned a grand celebration!

It all begins on Thursday, October 2nd with a special guest speaker. On Friday,  October 3rd, beginning at 5 p.m. the grand event begins with a reception at the Hoyt Library and continues to the Westmoreland Club for an elegant dinner and presentation by the Confederation of Union Generals and President Abraham Lincoln.

Call the Library to purchase tickets to this historical event!

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Indie Author Event

Indie Authors 2014

Join the Hoyt Library at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs this
Wednesday, September 3rd for a new Winning Author Event!

Indie Author’s Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire and Abbi Glines will have a live discussion at 7:30 and a signing event at 8:30 in the Keystone Grand Ballroom.

The 21 and over event is free. Books will be for sale at the event.

Open mic night continues with featured readers

The Hoyt Library is proud to announce an Open Mic Night with three featured authors, Chris Champion, Dawn D’ Aries Zera, and Eric Wilson, on Thursday, August 28, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. in the Reading Room of the library. The authors will read a selection for fifteen minutes each, followed by a limited open mic of the 5 people, limited to 5 minutes each. Features will be one fiction, one-non-fiction, and one poet.

Come and listen to the work of Chris Campion, the author of The Jiu-Jitsu Bum published by Northampton House

Chris Campion

Chris Campion

Press. He earned an M.A. in creative writing from Wilkes University and a B.S. in elementary education from Temple University. His fiction has appeared through and East Meets West: American Writers Review. Chris is currently teaching English and Literature at Lackawanna College, and is an outside reader for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. 


Dawn D’Aries Zera

Meet Dawn D’Aries Zera, who is a graduate of the Wilkes University M.A. /M.F.A creative writing program, where she worked as a graduate assistant in production and research for the film Kids for Cash. After years as a journalist, editor and public relations specialist in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City, she has turned her attention to more creative pursuits, including work on a novel, The Effect of Drilling on Songbirds. Her short plays have been produced in Scranton, her poetry has been featured in Luzerne County buses, and a short film she produced, Pitchfork, currently is making the festival circuit. She also has had her writing published the past year by Hippocampus and PANK literary journals. Last year, she led a children’s creative writing summer camp at the Penn State, Lehman Township campus. She currently teaches writing at University of Scranton, Marywood University, Kings College and Bloomsburg University, is a grader for Penn Foster College, and is the managing editor of Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books, Brooklyn. Follow her on Twitter @dawnmdzera and on Instagram at dawniemdzera.

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson

Introduce yourself to Eric Wilson is a pipe fitter in the water industry who likes the sight of penguins more often than not. He has a glorious wife, and two fantastic children who share his love for peanut butter and machine lubricants. His work has appeared relatively nowhere due to a debilitating fear of postage stamps, envelope glue, and modern technology. He is the president of SwanDive Publishing Company, and cannot wait to meet you in person. 



In addition, come and meet this year’s summer’s coordinator, 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 has a collection of poems included in the anthology, Everyday Escape Poems, published by SwanDive Publishing.  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 and TheThePoetry, and a poetry editor at CityLitRag.

Walk-ins are welcome for Open Mic Night, or you can register by calling call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013, or for additional information, visit the library’s web page

Fun science programs coming to Hoyt

The Summer Reading Club will present two Fun with Science programs on Wednesday, July 30, and Wednesday, August 6th, both from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in the community room of the library with Michele Woolnough.

MIchele WoolnaughWoolnough is an experienced science educator who is originally from Wilkes Barre, and a graduate of Meyers High School. Michele has worked in the Philadelphia area, taught locally in the Wilkes Barre Area Schools, and is currently affiliated with the award- winning Williamson County School District in Franklin, Tennessee. In addition to teaching, she has spoken at national and international conferences on urban education and multiculturalism in schools, and is a strong advocate for quality education reform in public schools. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from East Stroudsburg University and a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from King’s College.

Learn about static electricity, sound amplification, and bending water on July 30th, and then on August 6th, learn about simple acids and bases, and what happens when they are mixed together! Both presentations will be hands-on and full of fun!

To register, call us at (570) 287-2013.

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

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!