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Category: Current Events
DECEMBER 5, 2014
Happy and sad
Even though the library was very fortunate to escape serious damage from the fire on our block on Friday, November 21, we certainly feel very sad for the other property owners. I am especially sorry to see the two buildings at 60 and 62 North Lehigh suffering such a fate. Both of these buildings have been a part of our town for a good portion of its history. In local historian Lorraine Stanton's book, Images of America:Frackville, there are two great photographs. One shows Mr Alexander Polanchyk standing in front of his first '5 and 10' store at 60 N Lehigh. Apparently back in the the 1920's there were dances held in the basement here! The photo of 62 N Lehigh, which currently housed Amberdeen's, dates from 1914, and shows that even then the property was providing food and entertainment. W D Maurer had a restaurant and confectionary at that address. If you 'd like to have a look at these photos, stop in and have a look. We have several copies of Mrs Stanton's book available for use in the library.
The library's latest fundraiser is now in progress. We are selling beautiful, fresh wreaths, swags, and crosses made of fir and spruce, fashioned by Draus Farms. These greens are well made and last well into the winter season, especially when displayed outside. You can call the library at 570-874-3382 for more information about items and pricing. Orders can be placed until November 24 for pick-up at the library on December 4. We can also arrange delivery if you can't make it to the library. Enjoy these traditional pieces during the Holidays and help the library as well. All proceeds go to the the library's General Fund.
Thanks to the employees at the Frackville store of the Wells Fargo Bank, we were nominated to receive a grant of $1000 for their 2014 Community Connections Giving Program. This is an annual program where each of its retail banking stores explores the needs of their local communities and selcts a nonprofit organization or school to receive a $1000 grant. This year, Wells Fargo will award close to $300,000 in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools throughout Pennsylavania. I attended a breakfast in Wilkes-Barre at which all of the recipients from Northeast PA received their grant. It was interesting to see the broad spectrum of organizations that were selected-food banks, libraries, cultural programs, and services to children and seniors. The library is proud to be part of this nationwide partnership and we thank Wells Fargo for their activity at the local level.
The November edition of Storytime will be held on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 6PM. Ms Rachel promises an entertaining and interesting program for children ages 4-7. The program includes stories, crafts, and other surprise activities. You can get more information or register by calling the library at 570-874-3382 or by visiting our calendar page for online registration.
To go along with the many changes taking place at the library these days, we are going to restart our Talk to the Frackville Library Blog. Although facebook seems to have taken the place of many sites like this, we hope to have some interesting stuff here directed toward those users who are really interested in our collection. We will still be featuring news of events on the blog, on the calendar, and on facebook as well. We welcome your comments and suggestions, either on the blog or through our comments page.
It's time for some of those delicious Deppen pies! The library is now taking orders for the following varieties: blueberry crumb, double crust raisin, apple crumb, strawberry/rhubarb crumb, pumpkin custard, double crust cherry , shoo-fly, coconut custard, lemon sponge, no-sugar apple. The price is $8.50 for a 9 inch pie with payment due when ordering. Place your order by Tuesday, February 14 for a February 29 pick-up.
Only two weeks left until the Annual Frackville Pumpkin Festival! On Saturday, October 1, 2011 between 10AM and 2PM you'll find lots of autumn fun on Frack Street between Balliet and Lehigh. Pony rides, pumpkin crafts, music, lots of great food, and many contests with prizes provided by our local businesses. Join the scavenger hunt, write a pumpkin limerick, eat a pie very fast, enter your favorite pumpkin or squash recipe, or bid for a pumpkin art piece-you can do it all at the Pumpkin Festival. On Friday, September 30 at 5:30PM at the Schuylkill Mall, you can try your skill at Pumpkin' Chunkin'-throwing a pumpkin as far as you can in the parking lot to win Mall gift certificates. It promises to be a great weekend, so mark your calendar and plan to attend. Your friends and neighbors will be there-why not you too! Call the library for information about all activities at 874-3382.
On Saturday, July 30, 2011, the Frackville Recreation Board will be holding their Annual Christmas in July event at the Frackville Elks. This fun-filled evening will feature music by DJ Ed Collins, a local favorite and a light buffet. The real attraction of the event is the long list of great prizes donated by local merchants and Frackville supporters. Gift cards, cash, services, and great Yuengling items will be in the drawing. In addition to a chance to win the prizes, each ticket holder will also receive a collectible Yuengling beer glass. Tickets are $15.00 per person, and can be purchased at the library or from any Recreation Board member. Call 874-3382 for more information. Proceeds go to the Recreation Board to cover the cost of free community events such as the Christmas Parade.
Once again the library is sponsoring its Art of the Pumpkin contest in conjunction with the Frackville Pumpkin Festival, being held September 30 and October 1, 2011. Wooden pumpkin blanks are being sold at the library for $10 each ($5 for students or adults over age 65). These blanks can be decorated in any medium-paint, paper, fabric-the possiblilities are endless. The finished art pieces will be displayed around town prior to the festival, and will be judged to determine a winner. Prizes will be announced soon. The pumpkins will then be awarded to the highest bidder in a Chinese auction. All procedes go to the library's general fund. So put on your creative thinking cap, and create a one-of-a-kind pumpkin for this unique contest. Entries must be returned to the library by Wednesday, September 21.
It's only two weeks until the beginning of our Summer Reading Program for 2011. This year's theme, One World, Many Stories, will explore stories and cultural elements of many parts of the world including our own country and county. With Away We Go in June, we'll travel across the oceans to various foreign countries to get a taste of the language, music, and literature of other children. In July, The Stories We Tell will be those of our own United States, as we explore the history and diversity of our own multi-culture. In August we will finish with How We Live, a program dedicated to the Schuylkill County Bicentennial. Programs are open to children ages 4-8 years old and are held on one Tuesday evening each month. Programs feature stories, songs, craft projects and a light snack. See our calendar page for more details or to register.
Tickets are now available for our annual Golden Ticket fundraiser. We'll meet at the Fountain Springs Country Inn on Sunday, January 30 at 3 PM to enjoy a delicious prime rib dinner with wine or beer and take our chances on the exciting lucky ticket drawing. Tickets, now on sale for $125, qualfies the holder to two dinners with drinks and one chance to win the fabulous $2500 prize! Other prizes from local merchants will also be awarded. Test your luck and help our library to move into its next decade of service to the community. Tickets can be purchased at the library or from any trustee.
Thanks to all who attended our Christmas at the Library event on Saturday. We had a great crowd and enjoyed stories, games, and crafts. Our next program will be Storytime for ages 4-7 on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Use our Calendar Page to register.
Hopefully all of you baby boomers that spent your weekends at Willow Lake will recognize the title of this record album. It is an extensive collection of the best known songs of our local celebrities, the Jordan Brothers. This group of brothers, born and raised right here in Frackville, rose to fame when they were just teens, hitting the road with their rock and roll band. Later this year, the Jordan Brothers will be honored with a memorial plaque at the Frackville Borough Building on South Center St. In celebration of the event, you can have your very own copy of Today's Yesterdays. CD's are now available for sale at the library, and the group has been kind enough to offer the library a share of the proceeds. The price of the CD, which contains 26 tracks including their famous rendition of Heart, is $25. Arrangements can also be made for the copies to be signed.
On Tuesday, September 21, 2010, the library will be hosting a program presented by Tom Reed, a Penn State Master Gardener. His topic will be Backyard Composting. Fall is a great time to start preparing rich, dark compost for your spring garden. Leaves and trimmings in abundance in the fall can help to enhance your garden in the future. Learn how to do it from an expert. The program will be from 6-8PM at the library, and there is $5 charge per household to cover the cost of materials. Call the library at 874-3382 for more information. You can also register on our Calendar page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
We have been really busy around here, participating in the Schuylkill County Firefighters Convention. Thanks to all who joined us on Family Night and at the Parade! Now we're getting ready for a busy September with new programs, some changes to our regular offerings, and the prelude to the Second Annual Frackville Pumpkin Festival. Look for posts over the next week which will give you all the information you need to participate. If your curious now, check out our Calendar of Events.
There is still plenty to do at the library this summer! Wii gaming for adults continues to be offered Mondays and Wednesdays. The Summer Reading Program features two events monthly, one for children 3-5 years old and one for children 6-9 years old. If you are interested in chess and knitting, give us a call. These programs are off for the summer, but we'll be ready to regroup and continue in the fall. Also in September we have plans for a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan seminar and a Composting Workshop sponsored by Penn State Master Gardeners. Check our calendar page on the website for specific dates and times or call the library at 874-3382.
On Thursday, May 6 at 6PM, the library will be featuring a program presented by the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association Foundation called Strong Bones. Dietician Amy Hehn, R.D., LDN will be giving us valuable tips about how to keep our bones healthy by eating right. This topic should be of interest to women of all ages. Call 874-3382 to register or for more information or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com
The date of the Annual Golden Ticket Dinner is fast approaching. Join us on Sunday, January 31, 2010 at the Fountain Springs Country Inn for a delicious dinner with drinks and a chance to win $2500! Tickets are $125 each and are good for two people. Help us get a jump start on 2010 fundraising, as we work to keep your public library strong! Call the library or any Library Trustee for tickets or information.
Tickets for the library's 3rd Annual Golden Ticket Dinner are now available. This event, which benefits the library, will take place on Sunday, January 31, 2010 (no football until the evening that day!) at the Fountains Springs Country Inn. The festivities begin at 2PM. For a donation of $125, attendees will receive two delicious dinners with wine or beer and a chance to win the grand prize of $2500! What a great way to start off the New Year-take a chance to win big and help keep your public library going strong for 2010 and beyond. Call the library for information or to reserve your ticket or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com. Tickets may also be purchased from any Library Trustee.
Our 3rd Annual Golden Ticket Dinner is set for Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 2PM. It will once again be held at the Fountain Springs Country Inn,. For a donation of $125, attendees will receive a delicious dinner for two, wine or beer, and a chance to win our grand prize of $2500! A fun afternoon with friends and neighbors and a great way to help the library. As you probably know, 2009 was a tough one for libraries. Reductions in funds on both the municipal and state levels make local fundraising more important than ever. Please consider using a part of your charitable giving budget for this event . Information and tickets are available at the library . Call 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
Don't forget to make your appointment for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans Open Enrollment. We'll be available to review your current plans or help you choose your first plan on Tuesdays from Nov. 17 through Dec. 29 at the library. Call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.