Adults at the Pittston Memorial Library
Who says the library is just for kids? Here in adults we encourage you to check out the latest reads in our fiction and non-fiction sections as well as our huge selection of large print, paperbacks and audiobooks. Want to take a break from reading? We also have a large selection of DVDs for checkout.
Plus we have programs for adults too! We welcome you to participate in our Book Club which meets once a month to discuss a new read, as well as our crochet and coloring clubs. Plus, we always have something exciting going on such as author visits, crafting opportunities, wellness fairs, and plenty of awesome fundraising events.Want to get even more involved with the library? We also have a very active Friends of the Library group that meets monthly. The Friends are always looking for new members.If you haven’t been to our library before or if it’s been years, make it a point to stop by and visit. There is something for everyone.
Do you like to crochet or have you always wanted to learn? Is there a project that you need some guidance on? Join our lively group our crocheters Tuesdays at 10:00am. All are welcome.
Fiber Art Afternoon
All are welcome to come to the library Thursday afternoons from 1:30-3:30pm for fiber art. Bring your own supplies and make some new friends while working on some crochet, knitting or felting.
Don’t know what to read next? Why not join our book club? Join us for a discussion of our selected book every second Monday of the month! A new book is chosen every month and copies, though limited, can be reserved at the front desk. Interested in joining? Call the library or visit the circulation desk.
Why did you stop coloring? Adults 18 and over are invited to come to the Pittston Memorial Library for an afternoon of coloring! That’s right, coloring, just like you did when you were a little kid! We will provide the supplies you need, but feel free to bring your own fine tip markers and color pencils. Coloring Club meets Fridays at 1:00pm.
Friends of the Pittston Library
The friends are a very active support system for our library. The friends hold book sales and events throughout the year to raise money for library programming. New members are always welcome. The Friends meet at 6:30 PM every fourth Monday of the month.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The NEPA Intergenerational Coalition was formed about eleven years ago as an advocacy group to enhance the opportunities to meet the needs of grandparents and other relative caregivers in Northeastern Pennsylvania. The program was supported by the late Senator Ray Musto, and funds were made available from the Pennsylvania Senate to employ a coordinator for three years, followed by a senior employment representative through the Area Agency on Aging for Luzerne/Wyoming Counties. One of the projects undertaken was a Service Directory through a grant from the then Blue Cross of NEPA. The administrator beginning with the advocacy program was the Jewish Family Service(JFS ) of Greater Wilkes-Barre. When that agency terminated its services, the program was taken over by the Pittston Memorial Library(PML). The Library received a grant from the Willary Foundation to help develop a Support Group in the Greater Pittston Area and to undertaken other activities associated with the Grandparents Raising grandchildren(GRG) program.
The Chair of the Coalition was working at JFS at the time of the initiation of the Coalition and when he became associated with PML, he continued this role, One of the major projects of PML, through the Coalition, is sponsorship of an annual conference regarding GRG. The year 2017 will mark the 11th annual conference to be held on October 20th at Genetti’s in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Many grandparents attend along with social service personnel, and featured are keynote speakers, panels, and other presenters. The Conference attracts over 150 people and is a significant highlight for advancing the role of the Coalition. There are many financial sponsors of the Conference. In addition, the Coalition receives requests for assistance from GRG and other relative caregivers for assistance in raising youngsters “the second time around.” If the Coalition cannot assist, referrals are made to appropriate agencies.
There are support groups in Wilkes-Barre, Pittston, and Wayne and Pike Counties. In some geographic areas, there were support groups that are currently inactive, but one of the goals of the Coalition is to reactivate groups in such places as Scranton, Tunkhannock, and Dallas. All support groups are designed to have grandparents interchange ideas and needs and develop the means to focus attention on ways to assist this demographic. There are issues relating to legal custody, education, health, financial needs, and other important factors facing grandparents finding themselves in this situation. Many GRG find themselves in a low income bracket and this has led to ways to encourage the Commonwealth to provide more assistance. In 2014, a hearing was held in Harrisburg regarding needs for GRG, and another hearing is being held in June of 2017.
The mission of the Coalition is as follows:
- To provide an opportunity for GRG and other relative caregivers to interchange ideas and activities that relate to this demographic and to serve as an advocate for advancing the interests of this special population that is often neglected.
- To focus on adjustments that are needed in the family due to substance abuse, incarceration, marital disputes, and other reasons that have caused obstacles to the traditional family arrangement with legal custody being a major component of need.
- To advance new ideas and resources such as respite time for the grandparents and other missing links that require action and response to assist those facing new responsibilities at a later age.
- To support and encourage new legislation and programs in the Commonwealth to assist GRG and meet the challenges facing this demographic.
Contact with the PML and the GRG program can be made by communicating with the following:
Howard J. Grossman,
AICP Fund Raising Director
Pittston Memorial Library
47 Broad Street
Pittston, PA 18640
570-654-9565 ( Library)
570-262-3443( C )