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MAY 31, 2011
One World, Many Stories
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.
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.
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.
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'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.
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.
We're adding another session to our Wii Gaming for Adults. For those of you age 55 and up who are interested in joining our group, but are busy with work or other activities during the day, we will now be having a program on Wednesday evenings beginning on April 7, 2010. The program will be held between 6 and 8PM every Wednesday and will feature Wii Sports and a variety of other games such as pool, darts, and croquet. Believe me, our players really have a great time! Come and give it a try. Call the library for information at 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
On Thursday, March 18, 2010, the Adult Reader's Group will be discussing Good Grief by Lolly Winston. This was Winston's first novel and tells the story of Sophie Stanton, suddenly widowed at the age of 36. In order to deal with her grief, she decides to leave her high-pressure job and seek some solace with an old friend in a small town in Oregon. The novel was well received at the time of its debut, and our group looks forward to a good evening of discussion. New members are always welcome. Call the library for information or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com
Losing a pet through illness or accident is very difficult for many of our patrons. These 'wild' creatures become like members of the family in many households, and their owners remember them fondly. We've instituted a new program at the library that allows you to honor the memory of your pet and help the library at the same time. For a $5.00 donation to the library, you can place a photo of your pet on our 'Pet Memories' wall, and let others share in remembering your lost friend. Ask any librarian for assistance.
The Adult Readers at the library have selected The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows for their next discussion. This novel in the form of letters, tells tales of what it was like on the small island of Guernsey in the English Channel, when it was occupied by German forces during World War II. The group will meet to discuss this popular selection on Thursday, February 18 at 7PM. They are always delighted to receive new members. Call the library for information or use our contact page at www.frackvilllelibrary.com.
Our first session of Wii gaming for adults took place on Monday, and it was really fun! All of our attendees were playing pretty much for the first time, but they caught on fast. We tried bowling, tennis, baseball, and golf. Tennis was probably the most challenging-you really have to keep your eye on the ball. But practice makes perfect, so I'm sure we'll be having some champions developing before long. This program is being held every Monday afternoon from 3 to 5PM. Call the library for more information or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
The first of our gaming programs for adults over age 55 is fast approaching! On Monday, January 11, 2009 from 3-5PM we'll be bowling at the library through the wonders of the computer with our new Wii gaming console.This equipment was purchased through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act(LSTA) as administered by the PA Office of Commonwealth Libraries. Attendees can get familiar with the elements of computer gaming and learn to play. Show your grandchildren you're in the know, get some light exercise, and have fun! Register today by calling 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
If your grandchildren are mad for computer games, why not join in the fun? We're now preparing for our first new adult program provided by our Senior Spaces grant. On Monday, January 11 from 3-5PM, we invite adults aged 55 and older to come and try out Wii Sports. Enjoy bowling, baseball, tennis, boxing, or golf right in the library with your spouse or friends. Learn the techniques and surprise your younger family members with you skills. Call the library today to register or use our contact page. Beverages and a light snack will be provided.
On Thursday, November 19, 2009 at 7pm our Adult Readers Group will be meeting at the library to discuss The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. Although Richter left his birthplace, Pine Grove, PA, as a young man, he returned to Pennsylvania in his fiction. This novel tells the story of a 15 year-old white boy captured and raised by the Lenni Lenape Indians, who is chosen to be returned to his family. In 1951, Richter won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel, The Town and is regarded as a significant figure in American fiction. The Adult Readers have been discussing books for over six years. They include all types of literature in their program and meet monthly. Call 874-3382 for more information or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.
A few months ago, I attended a workshop called Senior Spaces. The idea of the workshop was to encourage us to carve out some space in our library which we could dedicate to patrons over the age of 55. This is a kind of unusual idea-most of the time we're thinking about rooms or areas especially for kids or teens. As the population ages, however, a greater percentage of our users will be older, and we need to make sure we have the resources to serve them. We've been fortunate to have been awarded a grant for $4000 through the LSTA Grant Program to accomplish this. Our plan is to have an older adult area, which we're calling Your Place. Not only will it contain new materials appealing to these patrons, but it will also be accompanied by new programs built around their interests and needs. We are very excited about the possibilities! Keep reading our blog for further developments.
We'll be presenting a special program on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at 10AM at the library. Our guest speaker, Debbie Pauzer, is a representative of Apprise, a county-supported agency which supplies healthcare counseling and information. She'll give an overivew of Medicare D and answer your questions about this sometimes confusing but valuable benefit. Call the library at 874-3382 or use our contact page to get more information or to register. The program is free. Residents of Frackville and surrounding communities are welcome. Please take this opportunity to get some valuable healthcare information without having to leave town!
Our Adult Reader's Group selection for the August meeting has received rave reviews by the critics and many of our patrons. The Help, a first novel by author Kathryn Stockett, tells the story of Skeeter, a young Southern woman who in 1962 returns home to Jackson, Mississippi. Her friendship with two black maids not only provides her with a subject for her own first book, but forces her to face up to the changes happening in both her own hometown and in the country as well. Join our group to discuss this great book on Thursday, August 20 at 7PM. For more information call 874-3382 or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com.