My Christmas lists have drastically changed over the years. I went through my Fisher-Price play set phase, my CD and DVD phase, and my video game phase, among other things. But the one phase that has stuck with me since I was a teenager is my book phase. My Christmas list always, without fail, includes several books. You can never have too many.

A book is a great Christmas gift and maybe you may have heard of one that you think might make a good present for a friend or loved one. Well until Wednesday, Dec. 9, you can purchase a book from Barnes and Noble online or at the store and a portion of the proceeds will go toward a fundraiser for the Friends of the West Pittston Library. It is simple to participate. There will be a voucher included in the December newsletter that you can present in the store. If you haven’t received a newsletter, feel free to stop in the library and pick one up on Saturday, Dec. 5. You can also shop online at and use the code 12603437 at checkout from Dec. 6-9 to support the Friends of the West Pittston Library.

Corpus Christi news

Corpus Christi Parish has Rudolph’s Giving Trees in the sanctuary of Immaculate Conception Church, on the side porch of the rectory and outside the entrance of Holy Redeemer Church. Trees will be available outdoors on the following days and times: Immaculate Conception Church, side porch of rectory, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, and at Holy Redeemer Church from 5 p.m. until the end of Mass on Saturday and from 8:30 a.m. until the end of Mass on Sunday. A virtual Giving Tree also is available this year. Just go to the link at or Facebook and follow the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact Joyce at 570- 654-2753 or The Giving Trees are filled with Christmas wishes from local children up to teens will be available through Wednesday, Dec. 16. All gifts must be returned by Sunday, Dec. 20. Please wrap the gift and securely attach the tag to it. If you are doing the virtual tree, please be sure to put the family number on the wrapped gift.

The youth group is selling Christmas wreaths. The cost is $10 for a fresh wreath decorated with a red bow. Visit Ciampi’s Greenhouse on Tunkhannock Avenue through Saturday, Dec. 19, and tell them you are purchasing the wreath to benefit the Corpus Christi Parish Youth Group.

Library news

West Pittston Library announced the following upcoming events:

String Art — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8. Wrap, weave and stretch your string across a homemade loom to create colorful artwork with dimension and texture. Register for your take-home kit full of all the supplies needed to participate.

Take and Make: Winter Tomte — 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. Whether it’s a nome, nisse, tomte, domovoi, brownie or elf-on-the-shelf, you can create your own bearded pal to sit on the mantel and keep your home safe through the winter. All supplies are included, except a hot glue gun.

Registration can be done through Facebook, by calling or stopping by the library. The library will call you when the kits are available to pick up. The video will be streamed live at the scheduled time and then will be available on demand, for you to craft at your leisure.

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

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