Events at the Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit, through Friday, Jan. 31. Call 570-587-3440 to register for programs or visit www.lclshome.org/abington for more information.

Ongoing events

• “Just Jeans” in January: Libraries throughout the Lackawanna County Library System are collecting clean, used adult-sized jeans in good condition for the Clothing House of the St. Francis of Assisi Food Kitchen for the remainder of the month.

• Caring hands group: Mondays, 1 p.m. Group for those who knit or crochet; items will be created and donated to local non-profit organizations. Grade seven through adult. Yarn donations are needed.

• Bridge: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. New members welcome. Adults.

• Mahjong: Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. Meeting of National Mahjong League players. No experience necessary. Adults.

• Bridge: Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon. New members welcome. Adults.

• “Families Helping Families”: Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Facilitators provide an educational series and support group for teens and their families affected by substance abuse. Cosponsored by the

Clearbrook Foundation. Adults.

• Scrabble: Thursdays, 1 p.m. New members welcome. Adults.

• Anime Club: Fridays, 4-6 p.m. Open to grades seven through 12.

• Story Time for Children: Preschool (ages 3-5) story times will be held Tuesdays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Toddler (ages 2-3) story times will be held Thursdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m. Toddler (ages 1-3) playtime will be held on Fridays, Jan. 17 and 31 at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required.

• “Cabin Fever” reading program: Adults may pick a book of their choice and then rate it for a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite or other prizes. Open to adults age 18 or older.

Special events

• Game Night with Wii: Friday, Jan. 3, 6:30-8 p.m. Open to grades four through six. Registration is required.

• Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel: Saturday, Jan. 4, 1-3 p.m. Bring Yu-Gi-Oh! cards and a friend; sponsored by the Teen Leadership Committee. Open to grades 4-12. Preregistration required.

• Quilting: Thursday, Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m. Bring current projects. Adults.

• Kaffeeklatsch: Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m. German language conversation group; open to all ages.

• Memoir Writing: Monday, Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m. Ten-week series through March 31. Taught by Carol Brennan King. Adults. Registration required. Runs through March 31, 6-8 p.m. Begins Monday, Jan. 13; part two will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 2-4 p.m.

• Painting: Monday, Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m. Participants will paint a winter scene on a wine glass. Taught by Sharon Mcardle. Materials fee of $8 per person is due to instructor at time of class. Adults. Registration required.

• Painting: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 4-6 p.m. Participants will paint a winter scene on a wine glass. Taught by Sharon Mcardle. Materials fee of $8 per person is due to instructor at time of class. Adults. Registration required.

• Author Talk: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 6:30-8 p.m. Featuring Jeanne Moran, author of “Risking Exposure,” which takes place in Nazi Germany. Open to grades 7 through adults. Registration required.

• Mystery Book Club: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 7-8 p.m. Featuring “Heat Wave” by Richard Castle. Adults.

• Your Mobile Device, The Basics: Thursday, Jan. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Participants will learn how to navigate, install apps and get library ebooks. Featuring Kindle and Windows. Adults. Preregistration required. A second session will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

• D-I-Y for Teens: Thursday, Jan. 16, 4-5:30 p.m. Do-it-yourself project to be determined. Preregistration required.

• Kids Winter Reading Club: Tuesday, Jan. 21 through Friday, Feb. 28: Month-long reading club for children. Reading logs available beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21. Preregistration required.

• Make-It, Take-It Crafts: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 3-5 p.m. Drop-in craft time for children ages three to 10.

• Quilting: Thursday, Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m. bring current projects. Adults.

• Story Time Teens: Friday, Jan. 24, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Interactive evening story time sponsored by the Teen Leadership Committee, open to children ages three to six. Siblings welcome Theme: “Being Grumpy.” Preregistration required.

• Chainmail Bracelet: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2-4 p.m. Instructor is Laura Donath. A materials fee will be required at the beginning of the class. Adults. Preregistration is required.

• Forks Over Knives: Monday, Jan. 27, 6-8:30 p.m. Showing of a documentary film, a discussion with a local nutritionist will follow. Preregistration required.

• Teen Leadership Committee: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 4-5 p.m. Monthly meeting of young adults interested in taking on a leadership role at the library. Open to grades 7-12. Preregistration required.

 

 

• National Puzzle Day: Wednesday, Jan. 29: All-day event featuring puzzles. All ages.

• Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day: Friday, Jan. 31, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Open to grades four through six. Preregistration required.

Other News

As of Dec. 31, longtime staff member and children’s librarian Mary Ann McGrath has retired after more than 35 years at the Abington Community Library. Laura Gardoski will become children’s librarian in January and will be assisted by Nancy Burke. Sandy Longo will assume the role of head of public service and assistant library director.

The annual “Cabin Fever” book club for adults will begin this month. Readers may pick any book of their choice, rate it and then be entered to win a Kindle Paperwhite.

The Abington Community Library recently received an anonymous donation through the efforts of volunteer Margie King. Funds from the donation will be put towards the purchase of new hardware and software for the children’s library. The Early Literacy Station™ (ELS™) for ages 2-8 and an AfterSchool Edge™ (ASE™) for ages 6-12 are self-contained computer systems with over 100 titles that cover all curricular areas including reading, vocabulary, math, music, history, art, science and financial literacy. Additional funding for the purchase was provided by funds from the annual Holiday Marketplace. The systems will be installed later this winter.