Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Morning Storytime: Our Favorite Jamie Lee Curtis Storybooks at 11:30am!

Join us for a special storytime today as we read several books by one of my favorite authors,
Jamie Lee Curtis
Stories, songs, crafts, cupcakes and brownies to celebrate the author's recent birthday! 

All ages invited.  Pre-registration isn't required - just stop in!  See you soon!
Miss Katie

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Author Book Signing with Margo L. Azzarelli, Images of America: Green Ridge

On Monday, November 19th at 11:30 am,
author Margo L. Azzarelli will visit
the Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library,
Green Ridge Street at Wyoming Ave
for a book signing of her book
Images of America: Green Ridge.

Margo L. Azzarelli is a living historian and writer/researcher for Azzarelli Family Historical Productions.  She serves as editor for the Taylor Historical Society and volunteers her time to the Lackawanna Historical Society, which provided many of the photographs that enhance the historical beauty shown in her book,
Images of America: Green Ridge

Copies of Images of America: Green Ridge will be available for purchase during this time.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

CANCELLED: Halloween Party Scheduled for Tuesday, October 30th at 5:30pm

The Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library's Halloween Party, scheduled for today at 5:30pm, has been CANCELLED due to today's weather conditions.
Our library is OPEN today 11:00 am - 7:00 pm.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Painted Pumpkin Contest Winner Announced!

Announcing the Winner of  the Nancy Kay Holmes 2012 Painted Pumpkin Contest!

Before I share a photo of the winning pumpkin, I want to commend our other participants and the INCREDIBLY IMAGINATIVE painted pumpkins that were submitted:

It was a very difficult voting process, as ALL of the painted pumpkins were terrific!!!

This year's First Place Prize and a $15 gift certificate to Cal-Ideas in Dunmore is:

Titled: "Cocoa Bunnicula"  (Ben used real cocoa in painting this pumpkin!  It smells so yummy!)

Based on the book: Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

Submitted by: Ben G., age 8

 Congratulations, Ben!

Thank you to all of our contest participants (and parents!) for your contributions!  I'm already looking forward to next year's Second Annual Painted Pumpkin Contest!

Miss Katie

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

IRON CHEF at Tween Team, Today at 5:00pm!

Join us today for
IRON CHEF: Library Tween Edition!

Ages 9-12 are invited.  Bring a friend or make new friends here at the library! 
5:00pm upstairs in the YA Room.
PreRegistration is required;
call 207-0764 to say you accept the
Iron Chef Challenge! 

See you soon!
xoxo, Miss Katie 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Minute to Win It! Tween Team Today at 5pm

Minute to Win It!

Today, Wednesday October 17th at 5pm. 

Tween Team: anyone age 9-12. 

Pre-Registration is required;
call 207-0764 to accept this challenge!

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's a GROUCHY Day at Nancy Kay (Holmes)!

Hello, Friends ~

Don't be fooled by the following photos of happy children at this morning's storytime...  Today is National Grouch Day!  Despite my best efforts to turn them into grouchy kids, they remain my ever-sweet-n-smiley friends:

Hope you have a Grouchy, er, Happy Monday too!

Miss Katie


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Family Place Tomorrow Morning, Wednesday at 10:00am


Family Place Workshop resumes tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 10th, at 10:00am. 

Join children ages birth thru three years (older siblings are welcome too!) and their parents/caregivers for stories, songs, a craft, free-play, socialization, and more!  We will be reading stories about Fall and Leaves, and we'll make "leaf glitter" autumn trees very much like this:

Pre-registration is required; please call the library at  207-0764 to say you'll be here!

Look Out: BOOK-SPINE POETS are on the Loose at Nancy Kay Holmes!


Our Tween Team is obsessed with creating Book Spine Poetry at the library!  Their challenge: find 4 or 5 random books that create a poem when the books' spines are aligned, like this:

caught between the pages
 and this one:
late, late at night
the giver
the secrets of peaches

 and this:
Johnny Tremain
hush, hush
little brother

Can I tell you how amazed I am with our team's poetry?!  And, how impressed I am with their excitement over this challenge?!  I suggested it - once - as a quick activity, but they're having so much fun with it (more than I had expected!) and they ask to do it again each week!

If YOU would like to try your luck at discovering and creating Book Spine Poetry with us, our next Tween Team meeting is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 10th, 5:00-6:00pm.  Games, crafts, snacks, and more!  Kids age 9-12 are invited!  Bring a friend!  Pre-registration is required; call the library at 207-0764 to say you'll be here!

See you soon,
Miss Katie


Teddy Bear Sleepover and Pajama Storytime at the Library, Today at 5:30pm!

Hello, Friends!
It's here! The day of our next big

Wear your pajamas, and bring your teddy bear or other stuffed animal to the library today at 5:30pm for a very special Pajama Storytime about NOCTURNAL ANIMALS. When it's time to leave, your bear, stuffed animal, or doll is welcome to stay behind and spend the night at a toys-only sleepover event at the library! No people allowed! Oh dear, I wonder what mischief they'll create?! You can pick up your bear tomorrow, or any day this week or next week!

PreRegistration is required, so please call the library at 207-0764 to say you (and your teddy bear) will be here! See you soon!

Miss Katie & Corduroy

Monday, October 8, 2012

It's YODA at the Library for Friday CRAFT-ernoon!

Hi there!

This past Friday CRAFT-ernoon, our library welcomed more friends than I could possibly take pictures of, but I managed to get a few photos of the Yodas my friends created in advance of Saturday's Star Wars Reads Day! Check out these Yodas (and yes, his lightsaber really does light up!):

Thanks to all of my friends for stopping by for a visit at Friday CRAFT-ernoon!  See you next time!

Miss Katie

Flow Circus Visits the Library!

Hello, Friends!

Earlier today, we enjoyed an amazing performance by the Flow Circus!  Brought to us by the PNC Foundation as part of the Grow Up Great! campaign, we learned about the concepts of spending, sharing, and saving as we were entertained by impressive juggling stunts and magic tricks! 

Check out some of these photos:

Thank you to PNC Foundation and the Flow Circus for a fun and educational afternoon at the library!

Miss Katie       

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Announcing the
Nancy Kay Holmes Branch Library's
First Annual
Storybook Character
Pumpkin Painting Contest
October 22nd – 26th.

This year's theme: "Favorite Book Character"
Paint and decorate a pumpkin to look like your favorite literary character, and bring it to the library before Monday, October 22nd. Pumpkins will be on display for viewing and voting all week!
  • Pumpkins must be real, whole, and uncarved/unpierced.
  • Pumpkins must not be heavier than 5lbs or wider than 1 foot.
  • Participants are encouraged to draw or paint on their pumpkin. Decorative objects, papers, and materials may also be glued to the pumpkin.
  • Each entry must have a name or a title.
  • One entry/one pumpkin per child (multiple pumpkins per entry/per child are not permitted).
All entries will be judged on Friday, October 26th in the category of "Most Creative". The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate from our sponsor: Cal-Ideas, Dunmore (perfect for Halloween and costume shopping!)
For entry forms or more information, please visit or call Miss Katie at the library at (570) 207-0764, or email
Good Luck and Happy Painting!

Fire Truck Visits the Library Today at 5:30pm!

Scranton Fire Truck and Firefighters will visit our library today, Thursday, October 4th, at 5:30pm
Join us as we explore the fire truck, meet the firefighters, and learn important information about Safety and Fire Prevention! 
All ages are invited.  Pre-Registration is required for this event; please call the library at 207-0764 to say you'll be here. 
Miss Katie
PS - Bring your camera!