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.


Summer Lunch program logo

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.

*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:



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

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.

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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!