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Veteran’s Voices Writing Workshop is conducted every Thursday in May at 6 p.m. at West Pittston Library.


This five-week writing workshop focuses upon the craft of writing as a way for Veterans to share their life experiences. The workshop will help Veterans put their experiences on paper while creating their own oral history to share with others. Veterans who have served in any branch of the military – during times of peace or conflict - are encouraged to register. Each week, participants will learn different elements of the writing craft, participate in writing exercises and share their work.


The workshop culminates with an optional public reading on May 29. Teaching the workshop is Wilkes University alumnus Bill Schneider, who is completing his M.F.A. in creative writing. Registration is required for this free program. This Adult Program is sponsored by Pyrah/Stevens Law Firm in Kingston.


Other events at West Pittston Library are:


Selling on eBay: The Basics – Wednesday, May 14 at 2 p.m.


Looking to get rid of your stuff & make some money? Join our very own Maria Juinta Heck as she takes you through the basics of setting up your own account, tips for taking photos and descriptions to maximize sale potential! Registration is required for this free program.


Stress-Less Short Story Session: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – Thursday, May 22, 6 p.m.


Don’t stress! Even if you haven’t read the stories, join us to discuss four very different Conan Doyle tales on his birthday! The stories we will be enjoying are “The Brazilian Cat,” “Fiend of the Cooperage,” “Terror of the Blue John Gap,” “The Sign of Four,” and “Captain Sharkey.” We’ll share thoughts, musings, factoids and cookies! If you don’t have the stories, the ever-helpful staff of the WPL can get a copy for you. Registration is required for this free program.


Veteran’s Voices Oral Histories Thursday, May 29, 6 p.m.


Oral histories will be presented from our members of the Veteran’s Voices Writing Workshop. This past month, they have been writing about their personal experiences in the military. Join us in learning about their experiences while honoring their service to our country. Registration is recommended for this free program. This Adult Program is sponsored by Pyrah/Stevens Law Firm in Kingston.


Children’s Programs


Weekly Story Time – Fridays at 1 p.m.


Introduce children to the library and get them interested in books with our weekly Story Time. Each Story Time includes books, songs and crafts related to that week’s theme. Please sign up by Wednesday of each week for this free program.


One Book Every Young Child – Tuesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m.


This statewide annual program highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers age 3-6. This year’s selection is Stripes of All Types by Susan Stockdale. At the program children will hear the story as well as engage in book-related activities and crafts. Each child will go home with a copy of the book. This program is limited to 10 families; siblings will take home one copy. Registration is required for this free program.


Laflin Library


The Laflin Public Library is located at 47 Laflin Road, Laflin. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday, 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The phone number is 570-654-3323.


The Laflin Book Discussion Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, in the library to discuss the book the “Silent Wife” along with the distribution of the next book, “The Book Thief.” New members are always welcome. Light refreshments will be served.


Celebrating Children’s Book Week, the library will have a special story time at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 17 for children ages 3 and older. Join us for a Mad Hatter Tea Party in honor of “Alice in Wonderland” with a story, games and refreshments. Please call to preregister your child, as space is limited.


The Laflin Library Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, in the library for their annual meeting. New members are welcome.


Pittston Memorial Library


The Pittston Memorial Library is located at 47 Broad St., Pittston. Email the library at pittstonlibrary@yahoo.com. Hours of operation are Monday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call the library at 570-654-9565.


Children’s Book Week will be held from May 12 -16. All week, the library will have raffles plus children are invited to complete a story starter to win prizes. Story starters are for children age 6 and up and are available at the front desk.


Meet children’s author Amy Faatz at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15. Faatz is a local resident who recently published the book “Oliver Knows All About The Moon, Do You?” She will read her book, meet with the children and do an activity based on the book.


Children in grades one to five are welcome to stop by the library to pick up story starters which allows them to finish a story using their own imagination. Awards will be given for the most creative stories. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, May 13.


The Crochet Club meets at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and at 5 p.m. every Thursday.


The Science Club will meet at 4 p.m. on Thrusday, May 15. This will be the last meeting until the fall all.


The next Friends meetings are set for 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 19.


The Adult Book Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. “The Secret Life of Bees” will be discussed. Refreshments will be served.


A beginner computer class will be held at 10 a.m. every Thursday. Call the library to register.


The Craft Club for children ages 7 and up will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12. Journals from well-loved kids books will be made. Call 570-654-9565 to register. This is the last meeting until Fall.


The Lego Club for children age 3 and up will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. every Monday.


TAG, the library’s Teen Advisory Group, meet at 5:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month.


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