Pittston Memorial Library has new extended hours. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The library also has a few new programs happening in the new year.
There will be a Bookworm Café Young Adult Book Club that will be held every month from 5 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. The book for each month will be announced at the beginning of the month and it is not required that you have read the entire book in order to attend Bookworm Café. Ages 12-18 are welcome to attend. January’s book is “Raybearer” by Jordan Ifueko.
There also will be Toddler Time, a story time for children up to 2 years old, which will focus on stories, songs, movement and fun. This program will be held weekly from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays. The first Toddler Time is Jan. 11.
Preschool Pals, for ages 3-5 will include books, crafts, songs and more. This program will be held weekly from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays. The first story time of the year will be held Jan. 11.
And Chicka Chicka Chapter Books, a story time for kindergarten to second grade students, will be held weekly from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Each week a chapter in the current chapter book will be read aloud by Ms. Katie and will be followed by a project that is related to the chapter. The first story time will be held Jan. 12.
Super S.T.E.A.M. will be held monthly on Thursdays. The first Thursday of the month will be for kids in kindergarten to third grade, the second Thursday will be for kids in fourth to seventh grade, and the third Thursday will be for kids in eighth to 12th grade. Each event will be held from 4 to 5 p.m.
For information, call Jacqueline or Katie at 570-654-9565 or email the firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Greater Pittston YMCA will hold a DASH Diet Nutrition Seminar hosted by the Heart Healthy Ambassadors and Nutritionist from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This will be a four-part series about the DASH Diet. The series is in relation to the blood pressure self-monitoring program, but is open to the public for free. There will be opportunities to win raffles, plus find a community to help support you with free recipes and information on how to better your quality of life.
A two-day lifeguard certification program will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23. The two days will be full of enriched training, accompanied by an online prerequisite course. For specific information on the class, please contact instructor Sue Vosik at email@example.com or call the office at 570-970-5051. You can register online for the lifeguard classes.
A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, in the gymnasium. Pre-register online at www.redcrossblood.org.
The YMCA is beginning a few programs starting at the end of January.
An adult basketball program for ages 18 and older will be held from Jan. 30 to April 3. There is a nine-week regular season and one week of playoffs. Games are Sunday mornings/early afternoons. Practices and game times will depend on the number of teams. Cost is $600 per team, and includes all referee and scorekeeper fees. The team captain will register the team. Registration closes Monday, Jan. 24. You can register online or at the front desk.
There also will be a youth flag football and a touch football program. Both will run from Tuesday, Jan. 25, to Tuesday, March 1. Flag football is for ages 6 to 11 years old and touch football is for ages 3 to 5 years old. Sessions for both age groups will take place Tuesday evening and will last 45 minutes. Registration for members is $50; $100 for non-members. Register at the front desk or online by Monday, Jan. 17.
The schedule for daily classes at the Y is being posted and updated every day on the YMCA’s website.
Pittston Kiwanis purse bingo
The Pittston Kiwanis Club will host a designer purse bingo at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the former Seton Catholic auditorium. Doors open at 1 p.m.
Tickets are $20 per person for 20 games of bingo, during which 20 purses will be awarded. There also will be a basket raffle, 50/50, basket of cheer, bake sale, food sale, instant bingo tickets and four special games of bingo.
Tickets are limited. Contact any club member for tickets and information.
Katie Kelly writes about Pittston every week for Greater Pittston Progress. To list an item, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-821-2002 by 5 p.m. Monday.