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Category: Library Activies
SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
Pumpkin Festival Time
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.
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.
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.
The library has kicked off its Annual Fund Drive and Century Club Campaign for 2011. This activity is very important in that it not only helps us to maintain our services to the community, but it also insures that we meet the standard for local effort that the State of Pennsylvania requires in order to give us State Aid to Public Libraries. As you plan the remainder of your charitable giving for the year, please consider the library.Any amount is greatly appreciated, but if you can, a donation of $100 or more qualifies the giver to be part of our Century Club. This fund is used to enhance and expand the library through building repairs, new equipment, and other special projects. We look forward to having you as a member.
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.
Here's another great Holiday shopping idea. We have a great Jordan Brothers collectible for you here at the library. This sharp black tee features a record logo on the front and a replica of the memorial plaque dedicated recently in Frackville on the back. Check out the Frackville Library page on www.facebook.com for more photos. Shirts come in sizes s-xxl. Small, medium, and large are $15 and XL and XXL are $16. We should have selling stock sometime next week, but if you are interested in the meantime, give us a call and we can take your order.
Anyone who is taking medication these days is also probably complaining about the rising costs. If you are currently on a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan or soon to be, you can get some of the best free assistance in finding out the best plan for you right here at the library. On Tuesday, November 16 and Thursday, December 2, staff and volunteers of Apprise will be in the library to help you with information, plan comparisons, and on-line enrollment, and it's all free of charge! Call the library at 874-3382 or the Apprise office at 800-621-6325 today to schedule an appointment. You will need your Medicare card, information about your current insurance, and a list of your medications with dosages in order to get the best comparison. Slots of time available are limited so call soon.
The library has several fund raisers planned during the next few weeks which can help you with your Holiday shopping. Candle Creations of Frackville will be supplying clean burning, aromatic soy candles for our Fall Candle Sale. They come in two sizes-10 oz and 16 oz apothecary jars, and a variety of scents. My personal favorite is Hot Cocoa, but we also have Candy Cane, Home for the Holidays, Bayberry, Ginger Snap, and more. Check out the samples at the library. Prices range from $12-15. Orders must be placed by November 5, and payment is due with the order. If you're looking for a larger variety of gift ideas, join us at the Bon-Ton, Schuylkill Mall for their Community Day Event on Saturday, November 13 from 6AM to closing. For just $5.00, you can purchase a coupon booklet with loads of savings opportunities. The Bon-Ton has promised fewer exclusions than ever! All proceeds from the sale of booklets will go to the library. Booklets are available at the library, or see us on the day of the event at the Bon-Ton. Save money and help your library at the same time.
As usual, there is plenty going on at the library in the month of October. For children, we have Babytalk on the 19th and Storytime on the 14th, both of which will have a Halloween theme. Wii Gaming is available on Monday and Wednesdays for anyone over the age of 55 who is interested. Also for our older patrons, computer classes continue on Thursdays at 10AM. We are also having a special fundraiser this month. On Sunday, October 31st the library will host a Murder Mystery Dinner at Club Paparazzi on South Lehigh Avenue across from the library. Details for all these activities are available under the Calendar tab on this website.
We're making a few changes to our Storytime program format for 2010. This program will now be open to children ages 4-7 and feature stories, games, songs, and craft projects. It will be held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7PM. For September, Janice Johnston of Community Volunteers in Action will be presenting a program on safety. For the craft project, each child will have the opportunity to create their 'Favorite Pumpkin' which will then be entered into the contest being held in conjunction with the Frackville Pumpkin Festival. For more information or to register call the library at 874-3382. You can also register on-line on the Calendar page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
Come on! You know you want to try it! I'm talking about Wii Gaming for Adults age 55 and up here at the library. Video gaming is a great way to get some light exercise, improve hand-eye coordination, and keep your brain active. And you can meet people and make new friends. You can play on Mondays from 3-5PM or Wednesdays from 6-8PM. Call the library for information at 874-3382, or register on our Calendar Page. Have a day out and make use of the services provided at your library.
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.
It's been a long, hot summer, and a lot of you haven't much felt like leaving the house, me included. But we have great air conditioning here at the library, and as the weather cools down, think about joining us here at the library for Wii Gaming. This program is exclusively for adults age 55 and up. Playing Wii isn't at all like using a computer. By using a small hand-held remote control, you can actually experience bowling, golf, pool, and many other games. We also have a new game that lets you test your brainpower with various quizzes and puzzles. It's great fun, and you can bring your friends or make new ones! Please consider joining us, or tell your parents, grandparents, or aunts and uncles about it. There are sessions on Mondays at 3PM and on Wednesdays at 6PM. You can register on our website by selecting the Calendar tab, or call the library at 874-3382.
On Tuesday, August 17, 2010 the library will be joining the Schuylkill County Firefighters Convention and the Frackville Recreation Board for their Family Night event at the Elks Grounds on Arch Street between Second and Third. Games, crafts, music and refreshments will be featured free of charge between 6 and 9PM. After the festivities an outdoor movie will be screened. Come along and enjoy this old-fashioned block party event where you can meet your neigbors and salute our local firefighters too.
In preparation for the Frackville Pumpkin Festival on October 2, the library is again launching it's contest for artists, The Art of the Pumpkin. Artists can purchase a wooden pumpkin blank from the library for $10.00($5.00 for high school students and adults age 65 and up). The pumpkin blank can be decorated in any medium-paint, fabric, paper, anything you like. Pumpkins will be on display around town the week before the festival. One the day of the festival, they will be judged and prizes awarded. Call the library at 874-3382 for more details or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com. The festival is being organized by the Frackville Business and Professional Association.
On Saturday, August 21, 2010, Frackville's Goodwill and Friendship Fire Companies will be hosting the Schuylkill County Firefighter's Convention. I'm sure many of you will remember this event from years past, and it is always an exciting time for the town. Here at the library we are planning to be involved in helping to make it fun for our patrons and other residents. If you are a library fan and would like to join our Frackville Free Public Library Supporters Group to march in the parade, please contact Elaine at the library. The route is approximately 2 miles long, and there is some uphill. It begins at 1PM, and will probably move relatively slowly. For more information call 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
We now have copies of Frackville 1939, a DVD of a film made in 1939 by the Frackville Rotary . These DVD's are available for sale at a price of $15.00. All proceeds go to the library's general fund. You'll love going back in time, and you might even recognize someone in your family. The film documents businesses, churches, schools, and locations of interest. This is a great collectible narrated by local historian Lorraine Stanton, and would make a wonderful gift for your favorite local history enthusiast. Stop at the library and have a look-we'll be showing the film on TV. Call 874-3382 for information or use our contact page.
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.
It's time for our annual summer reading program, and this year, it's all about the H2O. Our theme is water, and we've got three exciting watery subjects for June, July, and August. In June we'll talk about the science of water and do some fun experiments. In July, it's all about the beach and ocean. In August, we'll switch to fresh water and take a walk around the pond. These programs feature stories, great craft projects, and lots of interactive games and activities. In addition, we'll be encouraging all of our attendees to log their personal reading for the summer months. A free bag of goodies will be awarded to each child at the end of the program. Check out our new library calendar to get more details. You can even register on-line! Come join us and Make a Splash yourself.