Greetings to all our readers….and welcome to meteorological spring.
I know this is a column about our library, but you must know that our staff keeps up with all the most current cultural events, including the recent Oscar presentations. Not to be outdone by Hollywood, its fashion plates and glitz, the red carpet is being rolled out at the Dalton Community Library every Friday evening from 6- 8 p.m. for our own family movie night. Don your most comfortable attire, gather your kids and come to watch a family movie at the library. Those attending will be able to select a title from the library’s large selection of films. As a movie lover, I can say this sounds like a great way to conclude the school/work week and get your weekend off to a most enjoyable start.
Now that the countywide winter reading programs have come to an end, it’s time to look at the programming that will return in March. For children, the much loved story hour will start again March 12 and will be held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. for preschoolers. Even babes in arms are welcome. And then starting March 12 from 4 to 5 p.m., Kreative Kids will meet again. The program for the children ( grades 1- 6 ) will vary each week and I know that all the kids who have attended have always had their curiosity piqued and been amazed by what they’ve been able to create. Both story hour and Kreative Kids will be led by Jennifer Familetti. And those LEGO lovers who come to the LEGO Club will continue to construct their awesome structures and creatures every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. Both Janet Geeza and Celeste Cali are often amazed by what these ingenious kids invent in just one hour!
Speaking of creativity reminds me that there’s a new handcraft activity scheduled for 1 p.m. the last Friday of each month ( that’s March 29 this month). Crocheting. If you’re interested in working with a group of fellow crocheters or would like to learn how, come to the library.
And don’t forget that on the second Thursday of each month, a group of knitters meets at 1 p.m. Whether you’re someone who has always wanted to knit a scarf or someone who’s been knitting sweater coats, you’re welcome to join the group. There’s a facilitator who will guide you whenever you need help.
Other popular programs continue to follow their usual schedules. Mah Jong ( Asian version) on Mondays at 10 a.m.; bridge on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.; American style Mah Jong on Thursdays at 10 a.m.; memoir writing on the first Tuesday of the month at 3:45 p.m. and Conscious Conversation on the second, third, and fourth Tuesdays of every month.
Our adult book discussion, Saturday Special, will meet again March 23 at 10:30 a.m. “ The Life of Pi,” the book that inspired the Academy Award winning film, is guaranteed to engage both our imagination and our desire to find an answer to the question Pi poses. Janet Geeza will facilitate our discussion.
Our April book (April 27 at 10:30 a.m.) selection is “The Queen of the Big Time,” by the best selling author, Adriana Trigiani. On Thursday, April 18, Ms. Trigiani will be the featured lecturer at the Scranton Cultural Center for the Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series. She is well known for her Big Stone Gap trilogy as well as her bestseller, “Queen of the Big Time.” For more information, check the April column. In the meantime, make sure you save this date!
Before I close, don’t forget another important date in April. April 20 is the date of our spring book and bake sale. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. you can satisfy both your intellectual cravings and your sweet tooth. For someone who has both cravings, I think this library event is a great combo!