Creativity Workshop Starts January 5th

The Cross Keys Artists and Writers Guild will begin its creativity workshop on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. This workshop is based on the book The Artist’s Way by National bestselling author Julia Cameron. The goal is to aid in discovering our creative self while overcoming the limiting beliefs and fears that can inhibit the creative process. Julia Cameron has been an active artist for more than three decades. She is the author of over thirty books, fiction and non-fiction, including her bestselling works on the creative process: Walking In This World and Finding Water. A novelist, playwright, songwriter, and poet, she has multiple credits in theater, film, and television. Cameron says there is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life–including us. We are, ourselves, creations. We, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative. This workshop does not teach you to be creative. Rather, it teaches you to let yourself create. In our first session, we will discuss the scope of the book, the basic principles of creativity, and two pivotal tools we can use in the creative process. Feel free to visit Julia Cameron’s website at

Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow, grow.” THE TALMUD

Holiday Hours

Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library will have some small changes to our operating hours for the Holidays.Christmas-book

We will be closed the following days…

  • Thursday, December 24th
  • Friday, December 25th
  • Friday, January 1st

We also will have different operating hours on New Year’s Eve…

  • Thursday, December 31st – 10:00am-3:00pm
    • Countdown to Noon Event – 10:00am-Noon

If you have any questions regarding our hours, please call 570-473-8201 or see our calendar.

Countdown to 2016

2015 Countdown to NoonPriestley Forsyth Memorial Library and the Northumberland Fire Department are gearing up for the 3rd Annual Countdown to Noon!  On Thursday, December 31st from 10:00 – 12:00.  Thank you to sponsors: 94KXWKOK News – Sunbury Broadcasting.  Thank you for additional funding made available by Moyer Community Trust.  This event is mostly outdoors as you will be traveling between locations to enjoy all activities.  Please Dress Appropriately for the day’s weather. (Event details updated: 12/29/15 at 4:00pm)

Click here to view a video of last year’s Countdown to Noon:

Schedule and Location of Events:


Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library
  • T-Shirt Pick-Up and Tickets for Library Events
    • 10:00
  • New Year’s Stories in the Library, limited to 20 children per session (**Ticket Required – Upstairs in the Circus Room)
    • 10:30 – 11:00
    • 11:15 – 11:45
  • Science Experiments and Demo with Ron Blatchley, Retired Chemistry Teacher, limited to 15 children per session (**Ticket Required – Downstairs in the Library Front Room).  Mr. Blatchley will discuss and demo some of Joseph Priestley’s experiments about the discovery of oxygen.  Age Appropriate for 2nd grade and up.
    • 10:30-11:00
    • 11:15-11:45
Christ United Methodist Church
  • Noisemakers/Craft (Inside)
    • Any age can come, open to everyone
    • 10:00-11:30
  • Hot Chocolate and Popcorn (Free – Inside)
  • Woody Wolfe (Inside)
    • 10:00 – 11:30
Townside Too
  • Balloon Man, Air Weaver, Andy Weaver – Balloon Creations
  • Face Painting
  • Shikellamy Theater Department
    • Photo Opportunities with Disney Princesses
  • Attinger Brothers Band
    • Any age can come, open to everyone
      • 10:00-11:30
In the Park
  • Mark Lawrence – Live Radio Coverage
  • Select Food Vendors
  • Warming Tent: Sponsored by Northumberland Fire Department Support Unit (**New This Year**)

Main Event – Oxygen Atom Drop!

  • Gather in King Street Park around 11:45

Polar Express Night – Huge Success

Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library held its annual Polar Express Night on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  Over 40 children and their families came to the library to experience the magic of The Polar Express.  Pictures taken during the event can be found on our Facebook page along with pictures of your child with Santa (

Student helpers

Some of our event activities included:

  • Polar Express Ticket and getting it punched
  • Listening to the audio version of the Polar Express book while looking at the shadow images.
  • Special Visitors from the North Pole (Santa and Jovie)
  • Cookies and Milk
  • Writing Letters to Santa
  • Crafts
  • Present from Santa and Gifts from local organizations.

Staff with santa 3

Thank you so much to all who made our Polar Express night truly magical.

  • Santa
  • Jovie the Elf
  • PHEAA student who came to be our story and light girl
  • Northumberland Point Township Kiwanis Club for Hat and Glove donations
  • Shikellamy Key Club
  • Shikellamy Builders Club
  • North Shore Railroad for Decorations and Calendars to hand-out
  • Kohl’s Department Store
  • The Daily Item
  • Our Director and StaffStaff with santa 2

Polar Express Night, Tuesday, December 15th!

This Tuesday from 6:00 until 8:00 pm:

The Polar Express

The Polar Express (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Polar Express will be stopping off and taking us all for winter ride–all within the walls of our library!

Join us for this long-time seasonal tradition, a night of fun and magic for the entire family!

Our traditional Polar Express night is based on the original book, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg.

And if we are good boys and girls we just might get to sit with Santa himself! So be sure to bring your cameras.

Admission is free! Just drop in. The fun begins at 6:00 pm this Tuesday, December 15th!

See our invitation on Facebook.


Countdown to Noon: T-Shirt Sign Up Info

Countdown to Noon – December 31, 2015 from 10:30am – 12 noon2015 Countdown to Noon

The First 100 children to register will receive a free T-Shirt the day of the event.  Please stop in at the library to register now with your child’s name and shirt size!  (You must actually stop and sign-up – we will not take registrations over the phone or internet.)

Mark your calendars now- and ring in the new year with crafts, experiments, live music and lots of fun!

Patron Mini-Review: The Girl on the Train

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 it 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 Steve:

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins


Rachel is unhappy. Having lost her job, she is in a state of denial, drinking too much, and pretending to go to work every day on the train. The train that she rides to London each day takes her past her old neighborhood. From the window of the train she observes not only her old garden that backs up to the tracks, but also the daily activities of another couple who reside down the street from her previous home. In her imagination, she has given the couple names and has created a fairy tale love life for them. Real life, however, cannot live up to her fantasy, and the couple does not have the picture perfect relationship that Rachel has concocted. When a murder occurs, Rachel becomes entangled in the investigation because of what she has witnessed on her daily commute. A smart thriller that grabs hold of you early and won’t let you go. I was quite shocked by the ending. One thing though: Try to read it over a few days.  It helps keep the characters straight.  I’m looking forward to the film in 2016.


Write your own Mini-Review! Whether new, or not-so-new, tell us what you thought of the book, in 200 words or less, even just a sentence or three. Loved it? Hated it? Would you recommend it? Why? We’ll post your review here on the library’s blog and you can share it wherever you’d like. We won’t pass along your private info or email address. To email your own mini-review click here!

Cross Keys Artists and Writers Guild

We are looking forward to a wonderful new year of art and writing. In addition to sharing and critiquing each other’s prose, fiction, poems, and art, we will be dedicating the first Tuesday of each month to a creativity workshop. We’ll be using the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. Exercises and assignments from the book will help us deal with being blocked creatively. Topics will include the “internal editor,” people who have failed to support our work as artists, and thoughts like I’m too old, or I’m not good enough, or I’ll never be accepted as a writer or artist. We’ll also look at fear and anxiety as emotions that tend to block our creativity. We will not be meeting on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Have a happy holiday season. See you in January.