Thanks to some of Santa’s elves, parts of the community recently were dotted with gloves, hats, scarfs and other winter clothing items for anyone who needed them.

Last week’s column incorrectly stated Pittston Area’s girls basketball team was responsible for the holiday project, based on information the Greater Pittston Partnership announced on its Facebook page. However, the basketball team did not take part in the project this year.

Kathy Healey started the effort a few years ago, while she was coach of the girls basketball team at Pittston Area. She thought it would be a good way for the girls to give back to the community. Although Healey no longer coaches the team, she wanted to continue the effort, and this year recruited friends and family to help.

Healey said this year’s project included placing items around Main streets in Pittston and Avoca. It was the largest effort to date, with approximately 425 items being left for those in need, she said.

Healey thanked all of the volunteers who helped with the project, including some of her past players and their families.

Recycling calendars

Pittston City recycling calendars are out for delivery.

Library news

Pittston Memorial Library is offering the following programs:

  • The library will host an online series, Virtual Tales on Tuesdays, with Miss Kristin via Zoom. The series will be hosted privately through Zoom and will be held every Tuesday, Jan. 5 through Feb. 9.

There is a link on the Library’s Facebook page to register. These Zoom events will not be recorded. Once you register, a Zoom link will be emailed to join each session.

There will be the Books and Babies series at 9:30 a.m. This will last about 15 minutes and will include an interactive story time for infants up to 18 months old. Miss Kristin will read a story, sing songs, practice nursery rhymes, do finger plays and dance.

Preschool Pals will start at 11:30 a.m. and that program will last approximately 20 to 30 minutes. This will include an interactive theme-based story time for little ones from 3 to 5 years old. Miss Kristin will read stories, sing songs, practice nursery rhymes, do finger plays, dance and do a craft. The craft will not be mentioned during the Zoom but craft kits will be available for pickup at the library.

Call 570-654-9565, ext. 26, or click the link on the Facebook page to register for these free programs. If you have registered for other sessions, you don’t need to register again.

  • Thursday, Jan. 7, the library will host a craft club, creating a cardinal using strips of red, black and yellow paper. The how-to video will premiere on Facebook and YouTube at 4:15 p.m. Jan. 7. Take-home kits are available from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, and from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 4.

Thursday, Jan. 21, the library will host a virtual STEAM Club. This month will be focused on the “A” in STEAM, the arts. After answering a series of questions about yourself, you’ll have a cool and unique piece of art. Participants will need a data sheet and card stock. The video for this will be premiering on Facebook and YouTube at 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 21. The supplies for this will be out for porch pickup in the same bag as the Hands-On Craft Club for January.

Thursday, Jan. 21, from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m., Miss Noelle and Miss Kristin will host a book discussion of the graphic novel “White Bird” by R.J. Palacio through Zoom. This will not be recorded. There is a form online to register for the book club.

  • Friday, Jan. 29, Miss Karen will host a special reading of “I Am Perfectly Designed” by Karamo Brown and Jason “Rachel” Brown, illustrated by Anoosha Syed. The reading will be on the WVIA Education Facebook page.

YMCA news

Due to the mandates by the governor and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Greater Pittston YMCA will be closed until Monday, Jan. 4. All child care services are still being offered.

Zoom classes are being offered to Y members. In partnership with the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, the Greater Pittston YMCA will have a schedule that will enable you to work virtually with instructors. Find the schedule of classes on the website at wvymca.org and register by signing into your account. If you don’t have an account or are having trouble registering, email mmecadon@greaterpittstonymca.org or call 570-823-2191.

Swim lessons are also available for online registration for members and non-members.

Updates will be posted on the Y’s website. Please contact membership services at lelliot@greaterpittstonymca.org with any questions.

Katie Kelly writes about Pittston every week. To list an item, email kkelly@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-821-2002 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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