Book Club Kits

Book Club Kits LogoDid you know we offer a variety of titles for you to use with your book club?

Below is a list of available titles (with Author, Number of Copies, Category, and Notes) as of 3/22/17, and we are adding more each month.

Feel free to call the library or stop in to discuss borrowing a book club set of books!

Title of Book: Author(s): How Many: Category: Notes:
Picnic in Provence (A Memoir with Recipes) Bard, Elizabeth 8 Non-Fiction
King Peggy: An American Secretary Bartels, Peggielene and Herman, Eleanor 10 Non-Fiction
A Week in Winter Binchy, Maeve 11 Fiction Audio Available
The Postmistress Blake, Sarah 5 Fiction
Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination Bogar, Thomas 6 Non-Fiction
The Boys in the Boat Brown, Daniel James 9 Non-Fiction Play-A-Way Available
The Silent Sister Chamberlain, Diane 10 Fiction
Missing You Coben, Harlan 10 Fiction
The House Girl Conklin, Tara 6 Fiction
Sarah’s Key DeRosnay, Tatiana 4 Fiction
The Boston Girl Diamant, Anita 7 Fiction
All the Light We Cannot See Doerr, Anthony 7 Fiction
Room Donoghue, Emma 4 Fiction 1 Large Print
The Walk Evans, Richard Paul 7 Fiction
One Thousand White Woman Fergus, Jim 9 Fiction
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Ford, Jamie 8 Fiction
In the Woods French, Tana 8 Fiction
Still Alice Genova, Lisa 8 Fiction Movie Available
Kitchen House Grissom, Kathleen 7 Fiction
Same Kind of Different as Me Hall, Ron & Moore, Denver with Vincent, Lynn 7 Non-Fiction Guide Book Available
Plainsong Haruf, Kent 9 Fiction
Unbroken Hillenbrand, Laura 5 Biography
The House We Grew Up In Jewell, Lisa 6 Fiction
The Memoir Club Kalpakian, Laura 3 Fiction
The Invention of Wings Kidd, Sue Monk 7 Fiction
Orphan Train Kline, Christian Baker 5 Fiction
Amish Grace Kraybill, Donald; Nolt, Steven M. and Weaver-Zerdner, David L. 9 Biography
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened Lawson, Jenny 10 Fiction
Paris Wife McClain, Paula 7 Fiction
Bittersweet McCullough, Colleen 6 Fiction
The Children Act McEwan, Ian 12 Fiction
Letters from Home McMorris, Kristina 6 Fiction
The Husband’s Secret Moriarty, Liane 10 Fiction
Everything I Never Told You NG, Celestie 7 Fiction
The Other Typist Rindell, Suzanne 7 Fiction
The Reader Schl, Bernhard 4 Fiction
An Invisible Thread Schroff, Laura 9 Non-Fiction
The End of your Life Book Club Schwalbe, Will 10 Biography
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Shaffer, Mary Ann 5 Fiction
The Rosie Project Simsion, Graeme 8 Fiction CD Available
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Skloot, Rebecca 5 Non-Fiction
The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Café Smith, Alenxander McCall 9 Fiction
The Cure for Anything is Salt Water South, Mary 6 Biography
The Light Between Oceans Stedman, M.L. 10 Fiction
The Apple Orchard Wiggs, Susan 10 Fiction
The Book Thief Zusak, Markus 9 Fiction

Vision Screenings at the Library

Central Susquehanna Sight Service will be providing vision screenings for Adults and Children (Age 2 to 6):

If you are interested in coming to one of these screenings, please let us know.

eyechartAdult Vision Screening

  • Date: January 24th, 2017 (DATE CHANGE)
    • Time: 1:00 pm until 3 pm
  • Location: Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library
  • Screening For:
    • Visual Acuity
    • Color Perception
    • Depth Perception
    • Peripheral Vision

Vision Screening for Children Ages 2 to 6

  • Date: January 26th, 2017 (DATE CHANGE)
  • Time: 1:00 pm until 3 pm
  • Location: Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library

End of Year “Extras”

libraryprogramsAlong with all the regularly scheduled programs offered at the library, we are preparing for a lot of fun additional activities for both children and adults.

November 12th from 2-4pm: Children of all ages are welcome to stop by the library for a make a take Pumpkin Craft.  (While you are here, children will be asked at also make a snowflake to be used on our Christmas tree for Selinsgrove Tree Fest.)

November 15th from 6-8pm: Adults are invited to sign-up for a Christmas themed Cross-Stitch class with our Director, Jeff.  This project will be provided free of charge, but seating is limited, so please sign-up in advance.

November 29th from 6:30-8pmInspired Designs by Keith Phelps will be back at the library.  This time Keith will be teaching us how to make a Christmas swag from permanent flowers.  Cost for the class is $25 and seating is limited.  Payment is required to hold your spot, so stop by the library today to sign-up.

December 3rd from 7am-6pmHoliday Treat Bus Trip – Ages 8 and Up – Start the holiday season with a performance of The Nutcracker Ballet. Through a generous donation from the Woodcock Foundation for the Appreciation of the Arts, we are offering a FREE trip to Harrisburg to see the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Annual Holiday Performance.  All costs for the day long adventure will be included. We ask that you CALL the library to sign up. Seats are limited.

December 7th from 6-8pm:  Come in your PJ’s to jump on our version of The Polar Express. We will try to re-create the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of riding this holiday train. We won’t leave the library but we hope this will get you in the holiday spirit that we enjoy sharing with the community every year!

December 10th from 10am-3pmNifty Gifites is back! Kids can come and make special holiday gifts for family members! We are asking that you call the library to sign up so we can have enough supplies!

December 31st from 10am-noonCountdown to Noon – It’s our Fourth YEAR to usher in another NEW YEAR! Come to the event that makes it easy to get the new year started. This festival is for anyone who wants to celebrate 2017 at NOON. Venues will be all around Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library, the Masonic Hall, the Christ United Methodist Church, and of course King Street Park! Leading up to the excitement of the Oxygen Isotope drop – fun family friendly activities! If you haven’t done it yet, do it in 2016, Northumberland is the PLACE to be!

Take an Audio Book in the Car!

IMG_1280It’s summer, and you’ve got travelling in your near future.


Whether you want to keep your mind alert or you need to keep the kids occupied, consider picking up an audio book from the library.  




We have something for everyone in the vehicle, from biographies to non-fiction, and fiction for all ages, whether toddler, teen, child or adult. 

So before you hit the road, come to the library or click the arrow or the grey box below to begin your search from home!



Get the “Scoop” on Summer Learning

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On Your Mark, Get Set, READ

Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library will be the site for Summer Learning Opportunities starting on June 11 and running through August 1.



Saturday, June 11th will feature our  Fifth Annual Touch a Truck Event.  Children of all ages are invited to come to King Street Park and meet drivers who are an important part of how we get good and services.  Dump Trucks, Excavators, Fire Trucks, and more will be on display from 10-2.  Hands On Activities will also be occurring at King Street Park.




School Age Summer Learning: Children who have completed Kindergarten to Sixth Grade are invited to sign up for the library’s  “TEAM” this summer.  Each week, beginning on June 13 will feature speakers and activities around many sports and games.  Programs are held on Mondays from 1-3 PM, Tuesdays from 6-7 PM and Thursdays from 10-11AM.

Wee Ones:  Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers can join the Library “TEAM” this summer with their grown ups.  Programs will be held on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM.  Come and join the fun as we jump like frogs, wiggle and giggle our way through books and music.  Programs will begin on June 15




Cruise Into Kindergarten:  This program is perfect for children entering Kindergarten.  Starting  June 24,  Friday mornings will help your soon to be Kindergarten Bound child, meet others, increase skills, and get ready for their next BIG step in the fall.  Registration is limited to 10 children. Programs will be held on Fridays from 10:30-11:30 AM



Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge!  Summer Style!  We loved our TRL Teens who participated in 8 weeks of  our first ever Teen Reading Lounge.  We will be offering Teens 12 and older a taste of Teen Reading Lounge in the summer.  Starting on June  23 we will start Teen Reading Lounge with some local history sessions about the Civil War.  Sessions will include local historians, the possibility of field trips,  art, and more.  Of course, BOOKS will be an important part of the program.  Registration is limited to 10 teens.


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Lunch and Learn:  The Summer Lunch Program is back!!  We will be a host site for the Children’s Free Summer Lunch program.  Monday-Friday, you can stop in and enjoy a book or activity while having a healthy lunch.  The program is free for children preschool to age 18. The only “rule” is that lunches must be consumed at the library.  Come and have lunch on us, starting June 13 at 11:00.

Cross Keys Artists and Writers Workshop Meets Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30

It is time once again to gather and share, contemplate, consider, comment, and discuss poetry. National Poetry Month appropriately coincides with Spring. A time of new beginnings, fresh starts, thawing out, and becoming aware. Let’s dust off our journals, our notebooks, our favorite anthologies. Let’s dig out those poems we’ve composed and always wanted to share with someone. Our theme for Tuesday evening is What Does It Take to be Creative? Many of us feel creative, but can’t seem to get the thoughts to flow from our minds, down our arms, and out our fingertips.

Our group is in the very beginning of a 12-session creativity workshop that focuses on what makes one an artist, where creativity comes from, and how to find your muse and get “unstuck” creatively. We are using Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way as our basic text. The Artist’s Way movement began more than two decades ago as author Julia Cameron shared her ideas with a few friends in her living room. Today, The Artist’s Way has helped millions of people around the world discover–and recover– their creativity. One of my favorite Julia Cameron quotes is, Mystery is at the heart of creativity. That, and surprise. Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness. Art is not about thinking something up. It is the opposite — it’s getting something down.

Whether you are brand-new to The Artist’s Way or have a bookshelf filled with years of Morning Pages journals, whether you are working on a large artistic project or simply wishing to experience more creativity in your life, you are welcome to join us. Please stop at the library Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:30.


April is National Poetry Month

Here we are, half way through National Poetry Month. I like having an excuse to indulge in local, national and international poets. Of particular interest to me are poems that give us a glimpse into the mind of the poet. Here is a wonderfully deep poem written by Edgar Allen Poe. I think you’ll agree that the description he gives of himself seems rather accurate given the subject of his writings.

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were – have not seen
As others saw – I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I lov’d, I lov’d alone.
Then – in my childhood – in the dawn
Of a most stormy life – was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that ‘round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold –
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by –
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.

I am also very fond of the poem by David J. Bauman about his father. David was honored by having his poem published in the San Pedro River Review, Vol. 8 No. 1 (Spring 2016)


He was born before spring, on the third day
of the third month of 1993, the year they laid
concrete on Hoover Dam. I’ll never know
how he grew, slab by slab, the cold

copper veins the gradual hardening, the dark
tunnels of blood-boiling heat and poison gas,
the tense diversion of nature’s power, rushing
youth, and the life his parents built on sacrifice

and solid ground. By the time I had arrived
he was tall and solid, with a deep canyon-voice,
he kept in reserve, as behind a stone, a wall
of power, sustaining, intimidating and resolute.

Only now do I begin to know
the vast calm beauty, deep as the Meade,
that rests behind the man, and begin
to fathom what it takes to tame a wild thing.

We have a collection in the library called “Common Wealth.” It contains poems from contemporary poets on Pennsylvania. The collection is edited by Marjorie Maddox, Director of Creative Writing and Professor of English at Lock Haven University, and Jerry Wemple, Associate Professor of English at Bloomsburg University. This poem by Nathaniel Smith reminds me of coasting down the hill from Shikellamy State Park Lookout on my 10-speed at just a few minutes past dusk.

A Hill in Pennsylvania

At the top of the big hill at Gap, I let my motor fall silent and coast.
My dreams and I hiss down to earth like a balloon running out of
hot air; the wind becomes a voice I have not heard since it played
the same octaves years ago on a Jersey beach. I descend at 120
degrees, like a pilot taking aim at the tarmac. Other hills, minutes
ago just freckles on the back of the land, rise on all sides to become
a horizon approaching my windscreen. Regretfully, I slow down for
the ill-placed red light where hill meets valley. The shadows shrink,
panting out a few more moments of life. Advancing dawn finishes
them off as a brush shines a shoe. The excitement is over. From
here, it’s flatness and trucks all the way to Lancaster.

Perhaps you have a favorite poem or two, or might even write your own. The Cross Keys Artists and Writers Group meets the first and third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library. We would love for you to join us. Our next meeting is April 19, 2016 at 6:30.

Cross Keys Artists and Writers Guild Meets Tuesday, March 15th

The Cross Keys Artists and Writers Guild will meet Tuesday, March 15, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. We will focus this week on preparing to launch our 12-part creativity workshop. Our text for the workshop will be “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. The book was written to help people with artistic creative recovery. It teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self-confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills. The ideas in creative personal development outlined in the book, which were felt to be new at the time of the publication, are said to have become a phenomenon, spawning into many workshops throughout the world. The workshops are based on a 12-session creativity course designed for people to work through and gain artistic inspiration, as outlined in the book. The program is focused on removing artistic blocks and fostering confidence. As we go through the course, we’ll be working on individual projects we bring to the meetings. For me, this will be a perfect opportunity to get unstuck with a screenplay I’ve been trying to finish. Perhaps you have a pet project you’ve been itching to complete, but find yourself hopelessly deadlocked. Our workshop will begin Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s Your Day” @ PFML

Looking for a unique way to honor someone special?  Consider PFML’s new “It’s Your Day” program!  For a minimum donation of $25, you can nominate a deserving friend for some special treatment at the library!  on his/her day, the honoree’s name will be posted outside of PFML, his/her favorite book and movie pick will be on display next to the check out, and all receipts printed on that day will honor him/her.  Dates are available on a first come, first served basis, so pick a date and reserve it now!  See the front desk for details.