The Friends of the Library Hold Annual Book Sale!

It’s  finally here!

All the book gathering and donations have led up to the grand event. The Friends of the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library are having our Annual Book Sale.  

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  • Wednesday, July 1st, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 2nd, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
  • And Friday the 3rd, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • At Christ United Methodist Church, Front and King Streets, by the park.

A little Art (and Sangria) Outside for Cross Keys Poetry Night

A Painting by Renoir of Monet painting in his garden, 1873

A Painting by Renoir of Monet painting in his garden.

Welcome to Summer! Time for a glass of sangria in the garden, the library garden, that is.

This Tuesday  evening, June 16th at 7:00, as part of our Cross Keys Poetry group is trying something different: Poetry and Art Outside, weather permitting.

Cross Keys Poetry member and local artist (well, she hails from out West, but we are fortunate to be graced by her presence here now), Faith Saxton Gallo will be setting up her easel in the library garden while we sit with our poetry notebooks open, enjoying the end of a summer day with a glass of *sangria. Perhaps you’ve seen one of Faith’s recent exhibitions, or were fortunate enough to take a watercolor class with her here at the library. In any case, this event is completely casual, and non-poets and the artistically challenged are welcome to attend.

In fact, if you’d like, you could bring a sketchbook to lay out on the picnic table and see what inspiration comes your way in pen or charcoal. You could bring your acoustic guitar and strum out a few new chords at your leisure or work on a new poem or short story. Whatever your medium, or bent, please join us at the picnic table in the back **garden. Maybe we’ll even read a few Sangria Poems. You could even try your hand at writing one yourself.

The Cross Keys Poetry Society hopes to continue enjoying the library garden all summer during our usual meeting time, 7:00 pm each 3rd Tuesday of the month.IMG_1031-640x480

*There will be non-alcoholic punch as well, of course. **In the event of Thunderstorms will go to our usual place in the board room upstairs.


And don’t forget to join the library and all our friends on Tuesday, June 23rd from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for the official Library Garden Dedication Party!  There will be live music and light refreshments, as we celebrate our beautiful library garden and Children’s Nature Classroom.

Touch a Truck Saturday!

10458327_655808891162304_4690965334180393421_nOur 4th annual Touch-a-Truck event is happening this Saturday, June 13th from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

The street will be blocked off, and trucks will line up on both sides of the King Street Park outside the library!

It’s your chance to get up close and personal with trucks, emergency vehicles, construction vehicles and more!  Join us in King Street Park to meet local transportation professionals, have some fun, and kick off summer!

Make sure you bring your camera for multiple mini-photo ops. 

Some of the trucks and equipment you can touch:

  • There will be two dump trucks
  • A Kenworth with a sleeper cab
  • Several fire trucks, including a hook and ladder, and rescue truck
  • Rail riders from North Shore Railroad
  • Ice cream truck from Heeter’s
  • A Cement Mixer from Central Builders
  • Trucks from Furman’s
  • The Borough will bring a Bucket Truck
  • Sewer Authority Vehicle

There will be other fun activities as well, including:10511115_662847167125143_1234459081694344348_n

  • The #1’s will have hot dogs and fish sandwiches for sale.
  • Kard building from Kardtechs.
  • Attinger Brothers Band
  • Northumberland Area Head Start
  • St. John’s Nursery School
  • The Parent Center
  • Story Time in the Park. David will be reading Number One Sam, this year’s PA One Book.
    • All children attending will receive a copy

Come enjoy the truck-tackular fun!

Looking for Book Sale Helpers

150logo_Priestley-Forsyth_Memorial_Library.jpgThe Friends of the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library are looking for a few good Friends to help with our Annual Book Sale. We need help setting up, working the sale itself, and cleaning up after.

If you can help please email Diane Wynn at for all the details.

If you’d like to help us on a regular basis by becoming a member of the Friends of the Library, click here.

  • Set up is on Tuesday, the 30th of June.
  • The Sale will be Wednesday, Thursday, July 1st and 2nd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    • Friday the 3rd from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • The location is Christ United Methodist Church, Front and King Streets, by the park.

Garden Dedication Party

Come Celebrate Our Library Garden Dedication

IMG_1031-640x480A lot of love and work has gone into our garden area this last year, and we invite the public to view and enjoy our newly renovated Library Garden and Children’s Nature Classroom. 

The Day is Tuesday June 23rd and the party starts at 6:00 pm, and goes on until 8:00.

There will be live music and light refreshments. 

In the event of rain, the party will move inside the library. 

Computer Classes

Summer Adult Computer Classes

Update: Evening Classes added on Thursdays at 6:00 pm


Class topics include:

  • Basic Computer Functions
  • Navigating the Internet
  • Computer Safety
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Email and social media accounts
  • Keeping your computer running smoothly

Summer class dates are as follows:

Mondays, 11 am to 12:30: June 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd

Thursdays, 6 pm to 7:30: June 18th, 25th

Mondays, 11 am to 12:30: July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th

Thursdays, 6 pm to 7:30: 16th, 23th, 30th

Mondays, 11 am to 12:30: August 3rd and 10th

Thursday, 6 pm to 7:30: August 6th

Come into the library or call us at 570-809-5924. You can also email us to reserve your seat.

Sponsored by the Sunbury Area Community Foundation and Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library.

Sign Up for Summer Reading Now


Summer Reading Programs are coming up fast, so be sure to sign up at the library. 

This year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!”

First, for the Big Kids:

School Age Summer Reading begins Monday, June 15th at 1:00 pm, and  is for youth who have completed Kindergarten through Fifth Grade See our Calendar for all the times and dates.

Each week a theme will be selected by Youth Services Staff and activities, projects, or special guests will be part of the summer long program. Adults do not need to accompany children.  Sign up is not limited but an adult does need to complete an on line or paper registration form.

For the Wee Ones:

Wee ones Summer Reading is for Ages Birth to Age Five, and begins on Wednesday, June 17th at 10:30 am.

During the summer we think it is fun to have all children and their caregivers together.  Our Wednesday programs will be structured around the summer reading theme of “Heroes”, just like the school age program.

Age appropriate books, music, and activities will be part of each weekly session.  Sign ups are required, so we ask you to register with a paper form or online.

We look forward to seeing many Heroes this summer!