Teen Reading Lounge Returns!

Teen Reading LoungeTeen Reading Lounge is BACK for Fall 2016.

This program is open to Teens ages 12 and up. We will be working with a great facilitator again this fall. Books will be provided and hands on art projects will be added to enhance each book. Please call the library to register!!

Program Open  House is being held on Thursday, October 27th from 6-7:30pm (Stop in to get the books, meet our Facilitator and of course, have some PIZZA!)

The official program starts on November 3 and runs until December 15 (Thursday’s) from 4-5pm

Artists & Writers Workshop Meets Tuesday Night

The Cross Keys Artists & Writers Guild will be gathering Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the library to officially kick off our creativity workshop. We are using Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way:  A Spiritual  Path to Higher Creativity as our guide. 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. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday night.


The library is pleased to announce access to a free online tutor resource.240x240-orange

Students can log-in to: tutor.com/pfml for homework help, test prep, and much more!

A valid library card is needed, but don’t worry, anyone that lives within 25 miles of the library can stop in for your free library card.

Watch this video to learn more about tutor.com:  https://www.youtube.com/user/TutorDotCom or call us for additional information at: (570) 473-8201

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!


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.

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher in Concert

PETER FLETCHER 6687 8X10Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library brings you, in concert

Peter Fletcher
Classical Guitarist

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 at 7:00 pm
in the nearby Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel
380 Front St. Northumberland

The concert is free and open to the public.

When asked what sort of venues Peter most enjoys he says,

“I prefer churches and chapels, although I have played in some very nice concert halls, such as Memorial Hall in Cincinnati. I like spaces with a lot of echo and reverb. I feel that this gives the sound more body and an extra dimension; the guitar is a quiet instrument to begin with. . . In comparison, many U.S. concert halls are dead, meaning they have no reverb and the sound doesn’t go anywhere. Churches and chapels tend to give the extra boost that is needed: a wall of sound that provides body and sonority.”

So if you have not yet heard Peter performing in the rich acoustic atmosphere of  Northumberland’s Priestley Chapel you are in for a treat. And if you have heard him before you won’t want to miss this concert. Following the tradition of Andres Segovia, Peter enjoys expanding the repertoire of the classical guitar by writing his own transcriptions (arrangements) from pieces written for other instruments.

Fletcher boasts seven albums to his credit, including “The Art of Classical Guitar,” “Fedrico Mampou: Guitar Works,” “Peter Fletcher Plays Erik Satie,” and most recently “Edvard Grieg.”

At the age of six he began studying guitar, and made his formal debut at age 15. He holds a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music, where he was a two-time winner of the graduate award.

Please join us at the historic Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, the 15th at 7:00 pm, brought to you by the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library.

Mini-Review, Finders Keepers, by Stephen King

Book Review Finders KeepersWe’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.  

Here is our first Mini-Review, today by John H.:

Do yourself a favor. Assuming you’re a reader, go get yourself a copy of Stephen King’s newest book, Finders Keepers. Well, maybe first you should read Mr. Mercedes–which is a fine book all by itself—but Finders Keepers is a sequel to it so you might want to read the first one first and so on. Not that you couldn’t read it all by itself–you could but all the characters are introduced in the first one and… You know what? Just read them both in whatever order you want.

“But,” you’re saying, “I don’t care for horror novels!” Well, then these are for you. King has managed to turn out some page-turning detective novels with nary a creepy nor a crawly to be found and that are guaranteed to be un-put-downable. Actually there’s not a guarantee attached, but trust me, library-review-reader, you should give them a chance.

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!


Art in the Garden, Tuesday the 4th!

Faith at the canvas

Wings in the Garden

Tuesday, August 4th

7:00 pm

Come Enjoy Art in the Library Garden

Tuesday  evening, August 4th at 7:00, weather permitting, artist, and Cross Keys Poetry member Faith Saxton Gallo will once again set up her easel in the library garden. We hope to have Matthew strumming a few chords on the guitar.

If you paint, draw, play an instrument, tell stories, write fiction, or compose poems–even if you just enjoy flowers and fine company in the shade, we invite you to join us.

The children will be finishing up their Summer Reading program nearby for the first hour, but we’ll enjoy a cool summer beverage and some snacks around 7:30.

Artists can open their notebooks and sketchbooks, or set up their easels along with us. We’d love it if you wanted to tap out a rhythm on your bongos, or practice some chords on your guitar! Consider it a relaxed artists’ playtime in the beautiful atmosphere of our Library Garden.

We only have a couple more Summer evenings ahead so come enjoy Art in the Garden with the Cross Keys Poetry Society!

*Note: In case of inclement weather, we will set up inside the library.

New Location for Book Donations!

The Friends of the Library will now be collecting book donations at a new location!

borough buildingWe will continue to receive donations of books for the annual book sale at the 2nd St Community & Municipal Center in the Northumberland Borough Building, 175 Orange St., Northumberland, PA. The time will still be the first Saturday of each month from 9:30 am to 11:30 am

For more information take a look at the Friends section on our Give page, or download the Friends’ Brochure for more information or to become a Friend of the Library.

Acceptable books include:

  • Books that are in good condition
  • Textbooks, encyclopedias and medical books that are newer than 5 years old.

Excluded items include:

  • Reader’s Digest condensed books
  • VHS or cassette tapes
  • Magazines
  • Puzzles

Friends of the Library

Raising Funds and Awareness

The Friends of the Library are dedicated to promoting the library as a center for education, cultural enrichment and entertainment in the community. The group seeks to develop a core of volunteers to energize community support, raise funds through public and private sources, and serve as ambassadors of the library to the community at large.