Library programs help us to play ahead

First Posted: 4/15/2014

Planning ahead is an important aspect of any successful endeavor, whether it be on a professional or personal level. The Back Mountain Memorial Library is certainly no stranger when it comes to forethought and, with that in mind, we are offering several upcoming opportunities for you to plan for the future.


Although the library’s annual auction is less than three months away, committee members have been meeting for the past several months to plan for another successful event. It’s never too early to donate any items for this annual fundraiser and the library is especially looking for antiques, gently-used furniture, jewelry and household items. You never know what you’ll find at the auction.


Students looking ahead for community service hours may contact the library to sign-up to help at the library’s annual auction, which will be held this year on July 10, 11, 12 and 13. Many volunteers (ages 12 and up) are needed and there is sure to be some area that could use a helping hand. Call the library at 570-675-1182 for more information.


To prepare for the ever growing use of electronic devices, the library is holding a free instructional I-Pad course at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30. Pre-registration is required for this class and all registrants must be bring their own I-Pads.


For those families planning ahead for their soon-to-be college-aged students beginning the daunting process of completing college applications, the library will hold a “Strategies for College Planning” program from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8. Family members with an interest in learning the best tips for guiding their students through the maze of pre-college planning are welcome to attend this free program. Pre-registration is required.


For families of younger children, still years from college age, but wanting to instill a love of reading at an early age, the library will hold the “PA One Book Every Young Child 2014 Special Program” at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7 in the Children’s Room. This fun event will include stories, songs, fun activities and a free paperback book for every family. This year’s featured title is “Stripes of All Types” by Susan Stockdale.


There are also still several openings in the six-week workshop, “Truth in Fiction,” which is continuing to be held at noon on Saturdays, May 3, 10 and 17 at the library.Register for the remaining sessions in this free series taught by instructor Alyssa Waugh and learn what defines good fiction. Real fiction might sound like an oxymoron, but the best novels resonate because they trigger within us something true and profound.

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