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!



Cross Keys Artists and Writers Workshop Meets Tuesday, May 3rd

The Cross Keys Artists and Writers Workshop will be gathering Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. We are still in the 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. 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. We encourage you to join us the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00.

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.

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,

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.