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!

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

Rising 5th and 6th Graders Asked to Write About “A Book That Shaped Me”

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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.

National Poetry Month at the Hoyt

April is National Poetry Month and the Hoyt Library will be celebrating! We have various poetry themed displays throughout the building and will also be featuring a special poetry program. We are welcoming three different authors from across the area to present their works and elaborate on poetry in general. The program will be Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the community room.

Walk ins are welcomed but to secure your seat it is best to register. To register call us at (570) 287-2013.
Light refreshments will be served. 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS: 

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 ReviewThe Kentucky Poetry ReviewSulphur River Literary Review,Webster Review, Poetry East, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Poem, Philadelphia Stories, Poetry Bay, Floyd County Moonshine, Talking River, and other journals.

Brian Fanelli’s poetry has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Working Class Studies Association’s Tillie Olsen Creative Writing Award. He is the author of the books Front Man (Big Table Publishing) and All That Remains (Unbound Content). His poetry has been published by The Los Angeles TimesWorld Literature TodayBlue Collar ReviewSpillwayOklahoma ReviewPortland ReviewPennsylvania Literary Journal, and several other publications. Brian has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Wilkes University, and he is completing his Ph.D. in English at SUNY Binghamton. Currently, he teaches writing and literature full-time at Lackawanna College. His website is www.brianfanelli.com.

Dawn Leas’s poems and book reviews have appeared in print and online journals, and her chapbook, I Know When to Keep Quiet (Finishing Line Press, 2010), is available in print and Kindle versions. A collection of her poems will also appear in SwanDive Publishing’s first anthology, Everyday Escape Poems, scheduled for release in April 2014.  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. For more information, please visit www.dawnleas.com. Follow her on Twitter @DawnLeas.

 

Mock Interviewing and Etiquette Workshop

The Hoyt Library, on Saturday, February 08, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. will present a Mock Interviewing, Appropriate Dress and Etiquette Career Workshop, facilitated by Jennifer L. Severini-Kresock, MS in the community room.

Severini-Kresock is a Private Career and College Counselor of NEPA Career and College Counseling Associates.

At the workshop participants will engage in a first-hand learning environment in which prime details geared towards successful interviewing tactics will be surveyed. These techniques serve as applicable foundations for college-bound students as well as individuals entering or re-entering the workforce. 

It it said that anyone can succeed in an interview after learning tips to answer difficult questions with strong responses. During the workshop scenarios of this nature will be presented to boost ease and confidence when forming responses. 

 

A Youth Sports Safety and Poison Prevention, Be Safe. Not Sorry!

The Hoyt Library, on Monday, November 25th will present two programs for children and their parents in the community room of the library from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. by Melissa Gomez, a Quality Community Outreach Specialist from AmeriHealth Northeast.

“The Youth Sports Safety” program will instruct children and parents on ways to reduce the risks of sports-related injuries by identifying key components to safety such as location, equipment, and good instruction. Participants will also learn the medical treatment method known as RICE for common injuries, such as sprains and strains.

“Poison Prevention, Be Safe. Not Sorry!”, is a two-tiered PowerPoint presentation which outlines how to recognize poisons, where they are found, how poisoning can occur, how to prevent them and what to do in a poison emergency. Topics also include lead and carbon monoxide poisoning. The first section of this program can be used for children and the following sections are targeted toward adults and caregivers.

All participants receive health related materials and giveaways such as headbands, water bottles, lunch/sports bags, pedometers, band-aids, toothbrushes, portion plates, etc.

To register, call the Hoyt Library at 570-287-2013

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. 

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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