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MARCH 29, 2009
On Saturday, April 4, 2009, the Frackville Recreation Board will be sponsoring the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Memorial Park and Field. The festivities begin at 1PM for children from newborns to age 12. There will be various age groups with several special prizes in each group, but all attendees will receive Easter treats. If it rains, the event will be held on Sunday, April 5. If you would like to help out, report to the field at 11:30AM on the day of the event.
I always had a thing for vampires. I used to run home to watch Dark Shadows every day after school. So I'm loving this new vampire craze. If you have a thing for them too, stop in & see what we have in the young adult section. There is Stephanie Meyers, of course. And, Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series. Also a very popular series called Vampire Academy, & another House of Night. which promises to be a hot new series. So if you have a thing for vampires too, come in and take a look!
I went to last month's meeting of Frackville's chapter of Upper Schuylkill Revitalization, a state initiated organization which is dedicated to fostering civic pride and facilitating programs to help improve downtown vitality in smaller communities. No one who has walked along Lehigh Avenue lately can dispute the need for some attention to this part of town. Lack of small businesses, abandoned buildings, and empty lots have taken much of the pleasure away from a visit to our town's 'main street'. But this can change. Many communities in the Upper Schuylkill consortium have accomplished a lot in making their downtowns more appealing and attractive to residents and visitors alike. In Frackville, even though a few businesses have taken advantage of facade improvement programs, and we have accomplished some of the streetscape enhancements available, there is still a lot of work to do. If you love your town, and if you want it to grow and thrive for the sake of your children and grandchildren, please seriously consider joining this organization. Meetings are held at the Community Center Building(former Elementery Center) on Center and Oak Sts. on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30PM. We really need to see you there!
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I happened to catch the lastest dramatization of Dickens' early novel on Masterpiece Classics recently, and it led me back to the original. Most people are familiar with the famous story of the boy who dared asked for more to eat from his minders in a Victorian workhouse. The film, Oliver, based on the famous Broadway play, was a boxoffice hit in 1968/9, and won the Best Picture Oscar. Most people don't realize that Dickens' created this blockbuster hit when he was only twenty-five years old, and it is still as exciting and touching to read as it was back in 1837. The novel was published as a monthly series in a magazine, and is full of cliffhanging chapter endings, memorable comic characters, and plenty of adventure and romance.
Looking for some cheap gas? You can win a $20 gas card for just 25 cents in our Recession Raffle, going on now at the library. We are giving away 5 Sunoco gas cards worth $20 each during the months of March, April, and May. And it will only cost you a quarter to get in on the drawings! Once your name is in there, it will stay in the jar until the raffle is over, so you have several chances to win. If you want to improve your odds, you can buy 5 tickets for a dollar. Take advantage of this bargain raffle, and help your library at the same time. All proceeds go to the library general fund. Gas cards compliments of Malinchok Nationwide Insurance.
Since many of our original Chess Club members are heading off to college, our chess co-ordinator, Dr. Z., has been looking out for fresh talent. If you are age 10 years or younger, you can join in our special sessions on Thursdays at 6PM and learn to play. Chess is a very old game, played around the world. It is not only fun and challenging , but it also teaches you how to think. And there's also something to be said for making new friends with a shared interest. So if you'd like to join our group, call us at 874-3382 for information or to register, or use our contact page at www.frackvillelibrary.com. And if you're not sure, come anyway and 'check' it out!