Taking Care of Yourself, Healthy Tips for Teens

The Hoyt Library, on Thursday, November 21st program on a variety of topics relating to Teen Health, by Melissa Gomez, a Quality Community Outreach Specialist from AmeriHealth Northeast. The program will focus on healthy eating and physical activity for teens, personal and internet safety, dental hygiene and teen depression.

Ms Gomez will also include in her presentation information about the importance of healthy relationships, being a responsible young adult, and taking charge of your own health.

A discussion period will follow the program and light refreshments will be served.

Man with Interesting Library Card Hobby

Timothy Maloney from Falmouth, Kentucky has a very interesting hobby- collecting library cards. It just so happens that Tim has even collected a Luzerne County Library System library card. 

There are currently over 1450 libraries in more than 45 states represented within his collection. Aside from library cards within the United States, he also has a vast collection of cards from more than a dozen countries across the world. 




Teen Read Week Social Media Advocacy

In conjunction with Teen Read Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association has created an online campaign to raise awareness of the important role libraries play in helping teens develop and master critical literacy skills.

We need your help in getting the word out about it!  We are using a platform called Thunderclap to flood Twitter and Facebook with our ‘take action to support teen literacy & libraries’ message.  The Thunderclap allows people to pledge a Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook message that is unleashed at the same time.  It’s completely safe and will automatically post exactly one message on your behalf at 1pm, eastern, on Oct. 19.  The message has been pre-created by YALSA and says: “Teen Read Week is ur chance 2 support teen #literacy & #libraries! Check out these 10 easy ways 2 take action! http://ow.ly/pBXXy

It takes 10 seconds to join the Thunderclap so you can send out the message—here’s how:

  • Click on this link http://thndr.it/GJ9MSd
  • Choose Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr
  • From the new screen, log into your Twitter, Facebook and/or Tumblr account
  • That’s it!  You can opt to share the Thunderclap with others (please do!), or just close the box

Please sign up for the Thunderclap by no later than noon, eastern, on Oct. 19th

To learn more about Teen Read Week, visit www.ala.org/teenread.  

X-raying the Pharaohs: A Look inside the Mummy @ The Hoyt

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The Hoyt Library, as part of the Luzerne County Libraries free lecture series – Uncover, Secrets from the Sands of Ancient Egypt – is proud to present Stephen R. Phillips, Ph.D., from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, who will present an exciting journey into the reconstruction of ancient Egyptian lives via the use of radiological technology on Thursday, November 7th, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., in the community room of the library.

This lecture traces the amazing successes from the advent of x-rays, which were invented in 1895, to the use of current CT-scanning, to literally travel inside the mummies of some of Egypt’s most famous kings, Egypt’s non-royal elite, and even inside the mummies that are not even human.

Come and explore what it was like to actually be an ancient Egyptian!

Light refreshments will be served.

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

Writer’s Showcase and Open Mic Night

Please join us on Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:15 p.m.) for the fourth installment of our Writer’s Showcase and Open Mic Night.

This month’s showcase will feature Mischelle Anthony, Heather Davis, and Jackie Fowler.

Along with writing poetry, Mischelle Anthony is Associate Professor of English at Wilkes University specializing in poetry and eighteenth-century literature. She has a poetry collection, [Line], available from Foothills Press. She is also founder and coordinator of Luzerne County’s Poetry In Transit program that places local writing and visual art on public buses. To keep her feet on the ground, she volunteers year-round at her local Domestic Violence Service Center hotline.  Mischelle is currently working on a second book of poetry, Tramp, and would like to create a garden on the roof of her garage.

Heather M. Davis has been a film buff since the beginning of life on Earth…well, since the beginning of her life on Earth. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Production from Hofstra University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. She works full-time as Manager of Marketing and Electronic Communications for The Commonwealth Medical College. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Johnson College and Lackawanna College. She’s a screenwriter, essayist, fiction conjurer, sometimes poet, and a companion of The Doctor, whose latest regeneration rendered him a hyperactive corgi-mix. She currently lives and plays in Scranton.

Jackie Fowler is the Managing Editor for Etruscan Press and is a graduate of the Wilkes University Creative Writing program. Jackie has two children, a dog, and two novels: Jack: The True Story of the Molly Maguires and It is Myself that I Remake.  She is hard at work on her third.

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. 


Uncover Secrets from Egypt

Sponsored by the Luzerne County Library System, a lecture series featuring different subject regarding Egyptian times will tour the library system. Below you find information highlighting each lecture. The Hoyt Library’s program will be on Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 pm. 

Saturday, September 21st at 11:30 am 
“A Thousand Miles Down the Nile”
Marian Sutherland Kirby Library in Mountaintop 

The banks of the storied Nile River are home to literally hundreds of magnificent archaeological sites exhibiting the more than 5,000-year civilization of the people of Egypt. This survey of the history and chronology of ancient Egypt does so by taking the audience on a nearly 1,000 mile journey down the Nile River, from Abu Simbel to Alexandria, including visits to famous sites in the Nile Delta, the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau, Abu Sir and Saqqara, the famed Valley of the Kings, the ancient cities of Memphis, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel. We also will visit actual archaeological excavations not generally known to the public at Giza and Saqqara. 

Friday, September 27th at 2 pm 
“Egypt Before the Pyramids”
Plymouth Public Library in Plymouth

The pyramids along the Nile River are the most identifiable and tangible links to ancient Egypt’s past. While arguably the best-known aspect of ancient Egypt, the age of the pyramids is not the starting point of ancient Egyptian history. A wonderfully diverse and vibrant culture developed along the Nile River long before the first pyramid was ever built. This lecture examines the beginnings of ancient Egyptian civilization, and the rise of ancient Egyptian kingship, through its material remains – a treasure trove of beautiful art and artifacts, as well as the remains of tombs and towns, that comprise what Egyptologist’s designate as the Predynastic Period. (All audiences.)

Friday, October 18 at 2 pm 
“CSI Ancient Egypt” 
Mill Memorial Library in Nanticoke

In an effort to learn more about the physical aspects of humankind (both past and present), anthropologists developed methods and techniques to evaluate human skeletal remains, techniques that apply in modern forensic (criminal) investigations. Using human remains from my own research, this lecture introduces the audience to those scientific methods and techniques through digital images of actual human bones from ancient Egypt, some as old as the pyramids themselves. Participants will learn, in non-technical terms, the basic steps in determining a female from a male, younger from older, and what the bones can tell us about the person. A highlight of the lecture is a re-examination of a possible 3,300 year-old royal murder case using modern forensics. (Middle school and above.)

Saturday, October 19 at 11:30 am 
“Death on the Nile”
Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre

Death is a natural part of life shared by all human cultures, ancient or modern. The ways by which human populations deal with the burial of the deceased is as varied as humans are themselves. In ancient Egypt, the practice of mummifying the dead in preparation for burial spanned thousands of years, changed considerably through time, and still occupies a prominent place in modern culture. This highly illustrated lecture examines the history and methods for preparing the dead for burial as practiced for more than 3,000 years, from the Predynastic Period to the time of the last pharaoh of Egypt, Cleopatra VII. (Middle school and above.)

Thursday, October 24 at 6 pm 
“I Want My Mummy” 
West Pittston Library at Trinity Episcopal Church 

An introduction to the history behind ancient Egyptian mortuary practices; how the mummification process developed through time, how mummies were actually made, and, we examine closely the history behind why ancient Egypt’s mummies hold such a fascination in popular Western culture. Unpublished images of actual ancient Egyptian mummies, including royalty, some collected as part of my own archaeological excavations in Egypt, are used in part to illustrate this talk. (All audiences, especially appropriate for middle school students.) 

Thursday, November 7 at 5:30 pm 
“X-Raying the Pharaohs” 
The Hoyt Library in Kingston

X-ray technology was invented in 1895. Did you know that Egyptian mummies were among the very first things ever x-rayed, and that the first publication of a radiograph was by an Egyptologist? This lecture traces the amazing successes in reconstructing ancient Egyptian lives via the development of radiological technology from the advent of x-rays to the use of CT-scanning. You will literally travel inside the mummies of some of ancient Egypt’s most famous kings, Egypt’s non-royal elite, and even inside mummies that are not even human. Explore what it was like to actually be an ancient Egyptian. (Middle School and above.)

Friday, November 8 at 3 pm 
“Food in Ancient Egypt” 
Osterhout Free Library North Branch in (Parsons) Wilkes-Barre

The ancient Egyptian civilization thrived for at least 5,000 years, an amazing achievement. The ancient Egyptians did not, however, erect even one Burger King, McDonald’s, Roy Rogers, or a Taco Bell. Just like people today, however, the ancient Egyptians got hungry. What did the ancient Egyptians eat and drink? What did a typical ancient Egyptian family have for dinner? Did they have beer? Wine? Utilizing images from tomb walls and actual archaeological finds, this illustrated lecture introduces the diet of ancient Egypt, what we know and how we know it. Theirs was a diet far more varied than you might think. (All audiences.)

Saturday, November 9 at 11:30 am 
“Mummies Through Time” 
Pittston Area Memorial Library in Pittston

When we think of mummies, often the first thing that comes to mind is Ancient Egypt – we envision monsters coming back to life to walk the earth once again. This lecture explores the world of preserved human remains – through time and across continents – a 5,000-year journey. There exists an amazing diversity of preserved human remains; some created deliberately, some naturally, on virtually all continents, in all time periods. Enhanced by high quality images of preserved human remains, the lecture takes us on a journey from this life to the afterlife by letting these past lives speak for themselves once again. (Middle school and above.)

Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 pm 
“Everywhere the Glint of Gold”
Back Mountain Memorial Library in Dallas

November 4, 2012 marked the 90th anniversary of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time, the tomb of Tutankhamun. Hidden in the famed Valley of the Kings, burial place of Egypt’s New Kingdom pharaohs, the tomb had laid nearly undisturbed for over 3,000 years until its discovery by an English archaeologist, Howard Carter. Crammed with priceless objects, Mr. Carter took nearly ten years to record, photograph and empty the tomb. This lecture first recounts the extraordinary chain of events leading up to the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, then we will see amazing images of the breathtaking array of spectacular ancient artifacts it contained, including gold, precious stones, sculpted alabaster and beautifully carved wooden objects. Most of the treasures you will see have never been outside of Egypt and many represent much more than first meets the eye. (All audiences.) 

Friday, November 15 at 2 pm 
“Show Me the Mummy” 
Hazleton Area Public Library in Hazleton

A highly illustrated video presentation exploring the history of ancient Egyptian mummies in cinema and literature. Both educational and entertaining, the lecture explores in detail the development of mummy themes (“mummy-mania”) in Western literature and fine art through the 19th Century; a genre that evolved into a string of mummy-themed movies that encompasses nearly a century. Images of illustrations from 19th Century literature and actual movie trailers from over six decades of mummy movies highlight the talk. (All audiences.)

Saturday, November 16 at 12:00 pm 
“Searching for Cleopatra” 
Wyoming Free Library in Wyoming

Cleopatra undoubtedly is ancient Egypt’s most famous queen. She is also the subject of literature and lore stretching from the historians of ancient Rome, to Shakespeare, to modern literature and finally to current cinema. What do we really know about Cleopatra, and how do we know it? This lecture relies on actual archaeological data; such as it is, to tell us the true story of ancient Egypt’s fabled queen. Did she really exist? Do we actually know what she looked like? Did she really marry Mark Anthony? Do we even have any idea where she is buried?? This illustrated lecture looks at, and it looks for, the latest evidence concerning ancient Egypt’s last queen. (All audiences.)

(Please contact participating libraries for registration requirements.)

URGENT: Hazardous Book Recall!

Please note: Although we do not carry these items, we are still posting this for your safety.

Hachette Book Group Recalls 2 Children’s Books Due To Choking and Laceration Hazards

Name of product:

Children’s books titled “Count my Kisses, 1, 2, 3” and “Red, Green, Blue, I Love You”


A metal rod holding small beads on the cover of books can detach and release small parts that present a choking hazard. A detached metal bar can expose a sharp edge posing a laceration hazard.


Consumers should immediately take the recalled books away from children and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Sold at:

Barnes & Noble, online at Amazon.com and by other booksellers and retailers from June 2013 to August 2013 for about $8.

The board-shaped children’s books have cut out covers that serve as a handle and  include an embedded bar in the handle with beads for children to play with. “Ages 3+” is printed on the back covers and the ISBN numbers are also on the back covers near the bar code. Two titles are included:

Count my Kisses, 1, 2, 3, ISBN: 978-0-316-13354-8, has five colored cylindrical wooden beads with printed hearts on the rod; and,

Red, Green, Blue, I Love You, ISBN: 978-0-316-13353-1, has five colored circular wooden beads on the metal rod.

Hachette Book Group at (888) 965-5802 from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online atwww.hachettebookrecall.com or www.hachettebookgroup.com and click on the link in the Recall/Important Safety Notice box on the home page for more


Local Mentalist Uses Psychology and Humor to Expose Intuitive Abilities

Mentalist Mark Piazza brings his “Extremely Mental” program to the Hoyt Library, located in Kingston, on Monday, October 7th at 6:30 pm.in the Community Room of the Library.

The program is recommended for adults and children, aged thirteen or older. Younger children are invited however; a quiet atmosphere is required throughout the program.

Piazza blends comedy, psychological skills, audience involvement and more into his brain-poking presentation.  All of it is expertly weaved together to entertain the audience and help them learn to trust their hunches and gut-feelings.

“It’s fun to see looks of surprise and accomplishment when a participant discovers their intuitive abilities that they didn’t even know they had”, says Piazza.

Using his 25-plus years as an entertainer, he decided to present these ‘mind mysteries’ to business and social groups hoping that his program would help lift the spirits of anyone attending for at least a little while and to get their mind off of the hard economic times. He also is the author of 3 books for the magic community, has written articles for various trade magazines and has created routines for fellow entertainers.

An interactive show peppered with light humor, it gets everyone thinking, – is it just coincidence or is it some uncanny power?

Whatever you decide, you’ll probably end up saying, “This guy is mental . . . extremely mental!”

Please call the library to register, as space is limited!


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

 www.wearesweetwitches.com, or on Facebook at Sweet Witches.