Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Halloween

Jeff Ellico, dressed as Harry Potter, left, looks up as a mist is released into a doorway while trick-or-treating at Ann Williams, Rebecca Parks and Kristan Curry's elaborate Halloween-themed entranceway to their door Sunday night, Oct. 31, 2004, in Kingman, Ariz. Others trick-or-treating are Rachael Ellico, as Piglet, Annaka Lanegan, as a spikey monster, Alexia Lanegan, as a pink princess, and Aleah Lanegan, as Winnie the Pooh. (AP Photo/Kingman Daily Miner, J.C. Amberlyn)

Everyone in the Youth Services Departments
would like to wish you a happy and safe Halloween.

Here are a few safety tips before venturing out this evening:

1) Carry a flashlight or glow stick, or wear reflective tape

Use crosswalks. Look both ways when crossing the street
and do not cross from behind parked cars

Dispose of any candy with loose wrappers —
"When in doubt, throw it out!"

Trick-or-treat only in neighborhoods with which
you are familiar, and don't go out alone.

Carry a bright flashlight to illuminate sidewalks, steps and paths.


Friday, October 14, 2005

Enter the World of Narnia Art Contest!

Join us as we delve into the land of wonder and enchantment called
Narnia by reading & discussing parts of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

Saturday, October 22 from 1-2 p.m.

Children will then create a poster depicting their vision of the magical land of Narnia. Posters will be entered into R.I.F.'s World of Narnia Art Contest.

Due to time constraints, children will be allowed to complete their posters at home.
All contest enteries must be recieved by the Library no later than 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29. Prizes will be awarded to local winners, but all posters will be sent to Reading Is Fundamental for entry into the national contest.

Please Contact the Youth Services Desk at 823-0156 Ext. 217 if you would like to participate.

For more information on R.I.F.'s World of Narnia Art Contest including offical rules please visit the website at

For more information on the upcoming Disney movie, Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, please visit their website at

Don't forget to check out the beloved C.S. Lewis book series here at the library. Check with Lucas, our helpful card catalog butler, to see if we have copies available.
Visit Lucas at

R.I.F. Book Distribution

It's R.I.F. Time!

The first Reading Is Fundamental (R.I.F.) free book distribution of the new school year will be held at the Central Library and Branches on the following dates and times:
Central: 71 S. Franklin St. Wilkes-Barre-
Saturday, October 22 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

North Branch: 235 George Ave, Parsons-
Thursday, October 20 from 3-5 p.m.

Plains Twp. Branch: 126 N. Main St., Plains-
Tuesday, October 25 from 3-5 p.m.

South Branch: 2 Airy St., Wilkes-Barre-
Wednesday, October 26 from 3-5 p.m.

All children in grades K-6th are invited to attend one distribution to receive a free book.

To learn more about the Reading Is Fundamental Organization please visit their website at

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Teen Newsletter Fall 2005


For ages 12-18

October 15th 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Come join us to discuss your favorite Anime. Bring books, costume ideas and talk about why you like it. Light refreshments will be served.

TAB MEETING (Teen Advisory Board)

For ages 12-19

October 18th 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Meet in the Children’s Activity Room. Pizza will be served. New members are welcome. Call 823-0156, extension 217 to register.


For students in grades 7 – 11

October 27th 7 – 8:15p.m.

November 10th 7 - 8:15p.m.

November 17th 7 - 8:15p.m.

These sessions will be led by Jim Warner who will unravel the mysterious beauty of poetry and offer prompts to enter this interesting world. Sign up now for all sessions.

To register, call 823-0156, extension 217. Class size is limited.


For ages 10-15

November 28th 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

This get-together is designed to answer the question, what books would be great to read
and discuss in a Book Discussion Group? We can choose from the following: Fantasy-
Friendship – Mystery – Historical - Real Life and Adventure. Light refreshments will
be served. Call 823-0156 extension 217 to register.

Hora de Cuentos en Espanol

Hora de Cuentos en Español
para niños de 2-3 años y sus padres

6:30- 7:30 p.m. Martes, Octubre 18 y 11.

Traigan a su niño(a) a la Librería para escuchar cuentos y canciones en Español e Ingles y para crear un proyecto simple de artesanías.

El programa es gratuito, pero por favor de registrarse llamando al

Youth Services Desk al 823-0156 Ext. 217

Upcoming Programs

1.) Computer Classes for Kids:
Continuing computer program for children ages 6-11. We will have
playful computer activities including internet.

The classes are October 15th and November 12th from 11:00- 12:00 p.m.

2.) Computer Classes for Teens:
Designed for teens ages 12-18. We will have fun computer activities
including the internet.

The classes are October 29th from 11:00 to 12:00 p.m.

3.) A Special Series for Parents of Preschoolers:
Presented by The Family Service Association of Wyoming Valley and
The Osterhout Free Library Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

October 12- Encouraging Positive Behaviors:
Effective Communication and Discipline Techniques
October 19- Literacy and Learning:
Preparing your Preschooler

Kathleen Bolinski, LSW of Family Service Association will present the
above topics. Children are welcome to attend a storytime and craft
session during the parenting program.

4.) Preschool Storytime:
Designed for ages 3 1/2 & 5. Children can participate in stories,
songs, fingerplays, a craft project and see a film!

Wednesdays, October 12-November 2 from 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Wednesdays, October 12-November 2 from 2:00- 2:45 p.m.
Saturdays, October 15-November 5 from 10:00-10:45 a.m.

5.) Books & Babies ages 1 & 3 1/2. Parents & their children can spend
time together, play, create a craft, hear stories, songs and
fingerplays, and talk with community resource professionals on a
different child development issue each week.

Tuesdays, November 15-December 6 from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


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