Storytime for Grown-ups with John Moore

Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 pm

! JLM 10-9-2013 # 43Professional storyteller John L. Moore specializes in presenting dramatic episodes from Pennsylvania’s colonial history. Dressed as a frontiersman, Moore brings people of the wilderness to life by telling their stories with suspense, horror, humor, and colorful anecdotes. He adds to the effect by employing such props as tomahawks, knives, antique axes, drums, cowbells and even sleigh bells.

Based in Northumberland, the storyteller is also an author and freelance writer. Sunbury Press Inc. recently published the eight books in his Frontier Pennsylvania Series, which are all available on The most recent one is Forts, Forests, and Flintlocks. His monthly newspaper column, “History Ahoy,” appears in the Sunday edition of The Daily Item, Sunbury, Pa. Moore has performed for chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, church groups, historical and genealogical societies, campers at state parks, and heritage festivals.

This season he gave presentations at Frances Slocum State Park (“The Frances Slocum Story”); at Fort Roberdeau (“Life & Death at Fort Roberdeau”), a Blair County park near Altoona; and at the Gutelius House Museum, Mifflinburg. 

Come to the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 6th at 7:00 pm to listen to John tell stories from frontier Pennsylvania, including “Murder in the Woods” from his book Bows, Bullets, and Bears.




Playaway – The All-in-One Audiobook

IMG_1862New at Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library

WALK!       DRIVE!          RUN!

Playaway LIGHT is the all-in-one audiobook format you love now with a larger, backlit screen, friendlier controls, advanced firmware, and an increasingly intuitive design. So play, unplugged and uninterrupted, all day and straight into the night. We’ll keep you listening.

The follow titles are available:

  • Anchored – By: Kayla Aimee
  • Lair of Dreams – By: Libba Bray
  • The Boys in the Boat – By: Daniel James Brown
  • The Santangelos– By: Jackie Collins
  • The 3rd Woman – By: Jonathan Freedland
  • Endgame: The Complete Training Diaries – By: James Frey
  • Never Say Die – By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Never Die Alone – By: Lisa Jackson
  • The Astronaut Wives Club – By: Lily Koppel
  • About Face – By: Fern Michaels
  • The Angle Court Affair– By: Anne Perry
  • Country – By: Danielle Steel

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher in Concert

PETER FLETCHER 6687 8X10Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library brings you, in concert

Peter Fletcher
Classical Guitarist

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
in the nearby Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel
380 Front St. Northumberland

The concert is free and open to the public.

When asked what sort of venues Peter most enjoys he says,

“I prefer churches and chapels, although I have played in some very nice concert halls, such as Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. I like spaces with a lot of echo and reverb. I feel that this gives the sound more body and an extra dimension; the guitar is a quiet instrument to begin with. . . In comparison, many U.S. concert halls are dead, meaning they have no reverb and the sound doesn’t go anywhere. Churches and chapels tend to give the extra boost that is needed: a wall of sound that provides body and sonority.”

So if you have not yet heard Peter performing in the rich acoustic atmosphere of  Northumberland’s Priestley Chapel you are in for a treat. And if you have heard him before you won’t want to miss this concert. Following the tradition of Andres Segovia, Peter enjoys expanding the repertoire of the classical guitar by writing his own transcriptions (arrangements) from pieces written for other instruments.

Fletcher boasts seven albums to his credit, including “The Art of Classical Guitar,” “Fedrico Mampou: Guitar Works,” “Peter Fletcher Plays Erik Satie,” and most recently “Edvard Grieg.”

At the age of six he began studying guitar, and made his formal debut at age 15. He holds a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where he was a two-time winner of the graduate award.

Please join us at the historic Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, the 15th at 7:00 pm, brought to you by the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library.

Patron Mini Book Review: Auschwitz

We’re asking patrons and friends of the library to write mini-reviews of the books they read. You can write a couple of sentences to 200 words. Choose a new book, like today’s Finders Keepers, by Stephen King, or choose an old classic you’d like to recommend. If it’s in the library, it’s fair game for a Mini-Review.

Today’s Mini-Review from Pat:

Auschwitz By: Miklos Nyisli

Auschwitz is a painfully clear picture of the conditions that evolved from the incarceration of millions of human beings until the final gruesome extermination conceived by their Nazi captors.  It was also a painful account of the few that managed to stay alive by being useful to their captors.  This is another story in itself.  I can’t say I enjoyed reading Auschwitz but I think it is a book that every generation should read.