Few things inflict such immediate joy in my heart while simultaneously causing immediate pain on my wallet as a book sale. I blame my parents. They instilled a love of reading in my brothers and me that remains to this day. There’s nothing better than a good book on a cold winter’s night. If you’re looking to find your next favorite binge read or even looking to declutter and donate some old books, you’re in luck thanks to the folks at the West Pittston Library.

On Friday, Feb. 10, and Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., you could stay warm between the pages of a book from the library’s Winter Book Sale. This sale will include adult non fiction, young adult books, audiobooks, and DVD’s.

Books are $1 each. All proceeds will go to help support the West Pittston Library.

If you are interested in donating books to this sale, please call ahead. Book donations will be accepted Jan. 16 through Feb. 6 only.

If you find yourself with some time and a couple dollars to spare, come to this fun event. You may just see me there.

Here’s what else is happening around town:

First UMC news

West Pittston First United Methodist Church services are held at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday. All are welcome.

The church operates a food pantry from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Wednesday of each month and from 9 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday.

Valley Alliance Church

Valley Alliance Church conducts Sunday worship from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Junior church occurs concurrently with the Sunday service. Nursery is available.

Prayer and Bible study are held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays.

Council meetings

West Pittston Council has voted to change the day of its meetings. Council meetings will now be on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in person in council chambers at 555 Exeter Ave.

Any person with a disability requiring special accommodations to attend these meetings should notify the borough secretary’s office at 570-655-7782 as early as possible prior to the meeting.

Paper recycling

The Department of Public Works building, located at 505 Delaware Ave., will be open from 8 a.m. to noon the first and third Saturday of each month to drop off cardboard, newspaper and junk mail only.

Library news

West Pittston Library announces upcoming events:

Perler Party — 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the kids are home from school, so the library is having a perler party. Arrange those small, plastic, colorful beads in a pattern to create a design using the provided pegboards, and Miss Summer will fuse the beads together with an iron so you can take your project home. Design ideas provided.

Craft Night: Tea Tasting & Book Folding — 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17. Need a way to warm up during this cold and frosty season? Join the library for a craft night, practicing paper folding to create a tea cup and then taste a selection of different teas. Registration fee is $5, nonrefundable, which covers all materials and instruction.

National Sticker Day — 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Bring stickers, swap stickers and collect new stickers. Donate a sticker to cover the library’s Sticker Statue, participate in a sticker-sticking relay and create a paint by sticker mosaic.

Saturday Craft: Seasonal Sign — 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Students in this craft class will be designing and putting together a seasonal sign that can change with each season or holiday. Registration fee is $10, nonrefundable, to cover materials and instruction.

Craft Night: Winter Wreath — 6:30p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Are you looking for something to decorate your door after the big winter holiday? Come to the library and create a wreath featuring just about any shape/silhouette you can imagine.

DIY Fidgets — 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Fidget toys are wildly popular due to their manipulative play and collectability. At this class, kids will make their own paper squishy and a high bounce ball and will receive instructions for a third fidget to make at home.

John Bubul writes about West Pittston every week. To list an item, email jbubul@pittstonprogress.com or call 570-301-2187 by Monday.

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