Dental Health Month – February

20130201_Website_DentalHealth_ArticleGraphicFebruary is Dental Health Month.

Here is a list of some of our available books – (and where to find them):

  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist – (EPBK BER)
  • Brush Your Teeth Please: A Pop-Up Book – (E MCG)
  • The Dentist from the Black Lagoon – (EPBK THA)
  • Curious George Goes to the Dentist – (E REY)
  • Going to the Dentist – (EPBK CIV)
  • Just Going to the Dentist – (EPBK MAY)
  • Going to the Dentist – (FP T S)
  • Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not To Do) – (EPBK BAR)
  • Joey Goes to the Dentist (E VIT)

We also have a Going to the Dentist Kit!


Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge

Shikellamy School District, Schools for the 21st Century are joining us for “Teen Reading Lounge!” Our first program will be on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 3:30 PM. If you are a TEEN and want to come to an interactive, creative, and AWESOME book club, give us a call or message!

Cross Keys Artists and Writers Guild Meeting Jan. 19th

The Cross Keys Artist’s and Writers Guild will be meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library. At our last session on January 5th, we were able to get our creativity workshop under way. If you were unable to attend the session, don’t worry. You won’t be left behind. We’ll recap the last lesson during the first half hour of the January 19th meeting. We’re using  Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way  as our text. The book is proving to be very insightful and highly motivating. So far, we looked at what it means to be creative. We discussed Cameron’s core belief that because we are created beings we are capable of being creative. Unfortunately, there are many ways in which we can become blocked creativity. Some of the most common hindrances to our creativity are poor self-image, fear, ageism, sexism, living on the wrong coast, thinking we’re too old.

Also, there are dream stealers who have told us all our life that we are not creative, that we have nothing worth sharing, that writing or sculpting is nothing but a pipe dream, or that art is no way to make a living. We also discussed two basic tools we’ll be using during the workshop: the morning pages, and the artist date. The morning pages is nothing more than grabbing a pen and pad as soon as you wake up, then writing three pages of whatever comes to mind. It is suggested that you don’t use your laptop for this exercise. The artist date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The artist date need not be overtly “artistic” — think mischief more than mastery. Artist dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play.

Please bring some of your original writings with you to the meeting January 19th. During the remainder of the meeting, we will take turns reading our poems and other writings aloud, and then discussing them, looking for ways in which the pieces might be improved. It is my hope that by working as a group, we can encourage one another through the creative process, helping each other to turn out finished pieces. I was thinking (or perhaps daydreaming?) about possibly putting a selection of our original poems together and submitting them for publishing as a chap book. Feel free, also, to bring poems or writings done by others that have impressed or motivated you. Hope to see you at the Priestly-Forsyth Memorial Library on Tuesday January 19th.

*New – AV2 Collection!

We are very excited to announce our new AV2 Collection!AV2

AV2 Books are a terrific resource for Children and Young Adults.  Not only are they wonderful hardback books full of beautiful pictures, they contain an online component to continue and advance your information even farther!

Click here for a demo of what the online component looks like:  Although, we do not have this exact title, we are sure there will be a topic you will enjoy!

These books would be perfect for a student doing a first time report, a teacher to use in class (most titles even have a Smart Board interaction), home school students, and more!

We have titles from A-Z.  For a more detailed list, just type “AV2” into the search bar of our online catalog:



Eat Right When Money Is Tight

Cyndi Clayton from Penn State Extension will be at PFM Library for a Free Workshop Series.  To learn more about this program click on this link:  Eat Right When Money Is Tight

Who: Cyndi Clayton, Nutrition Education Adviser, Penn State Extension

What: Free Workshop Series to help you to save money while improving your family’s health.

Where: Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library, 100 King St, Northumberland, PA 17857

When: Mondays, February 22& 29, March 7,14, & 21 (Weather make-up March 28)

Time: 12:00 —2:00 PM.


Try new foods and get prizes!

Information: Text or call: 570-369-8708 or call 570-556-4742,

Block Party

Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library received materials from The Office of Commonwealth Libraries to implement a series of Block Play Parties for young children and their adults. Blocks offer children an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building. 

Block building is no idle pastime. In fact, research shows that block play is shown to help children develop these skills: social-emotional (cooperation, self-confidence, initiative); social studies (people and their work, when played with in conjunction with character figurines and other props); physical development (eye-hand coordination, hand manipulation); mathematics (shape, classification, order, size, space); science (gravity, weight, balance, trial and error); language arts (exchange of ideas, naming of building, stories about building); and art (patterns, symmetry). 

Children move through stages in their block play. For example, very young children will usually carry them from place to place and become acquainted with these building tools. For the three year old the real construction begins. Children think critically and creatively in their building with blocks. They try out how high a stack of blocks can go, how to fit a block here to compensate, lay blocks side by side to make a road, and problem-solve when trying to place an uprights the correct distance apart to accommodate a ‘bridge’ block. 

Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library is holding Public Block Parties:
• Thursday, February 11 from 5-6 PM
• Thursday, February 25 from 5-6 PM. 

In addition to the wooden blocks the library received a variety of figurines, animals and other props for the children to use with . They are only limited by their imaginations! The libraries also received professional resources about block play and children’s development. For young readers, the library has books about building, tools and more. 

Children ages 3 and up are invited to attend with adults. Please call the library to reserve your spot in our PFML Block Party!!! 570-473-8201

Upcoming Programs for Adults

Some new and returning events are planned for Adults in the coming weeks.

  • January 21st at 6:30pm – Techy Talk
    • Susan will be sharing how to use some of our free online resources:
      • OverdriveeDevice
      • Mango Language
      • TumbleBooks
      • Bookflix
      • AV2 Books
      • Playaway
    • Bring your personal eBook reading device or laptop (with WiFi capabilities) and if time allows, questions could be answered.
  • February 9th at 6:30pm – Cabochon Design with Til ChapmanCabochon2
    • Til Chapman will be back with her Cabochon Design.
    • Cost is $10 and you must be registered to attend.
    • Limited to 12 people.
      • Til will fire your item in her kiln and you will be notified when it is ready to pick-up at the library.
  • February 20th from 10:00-11:00 am – Coupon Club with Cyndi Clayton, Penn State Cooperative ExtensionCoupon Club
    • Coupon with Cyndi, bring some, get some, and maybe cook up a healthy snack!
      • The Coupon Club will continue the third Saturday of each month.