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!

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.

“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.


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!



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, cac53@psu.edu

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
      • Tutor.com
    • 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.

Holiday Hours

Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library will have some small changes to our operating hours for the Holidays.Christmas-book

We will be closed the following days…

  • Thursday, December 24th
  • Friday, December 25th
  • Friday, January 1st

We also will have different operating hours on New Year’s Eve…

  • Thursday, December 31st – 10:00am-3:00pm
    • Countdown to Noon Event – 10:00am-Noon

If you have any questions regarding our hours, please call 570-473-8201 or see our calendar.