Our Calendar of Events is full of professional development opportunities! There is truly something for everyone! Be sure to click on the "Calendar of Events" link above to print your own calendar and to get more information on each of the sessions!
This is KSLA Northeast PA's primary fundraiser, which funds our Little Libraries and Literacy Programming across the five counties that we serve. At just $30 per box....that comes out to $1 or less per card (depending on what box you choose). Contact Rachel Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to conditions outside of our control, the March 19th Panel Discussion Presentation has been cancelled. Please check out our Calendar of Events for the rest of our Spring PD Calendar. There is truly something for everyone!
Reading Time at the Marketplace Reader Schedule Saturday, November 3 Stories Storefront, Marketplace at Steamtown 10:00 Mark McAndrew, Lackawanna County Sheriff 10:15 Chetty D., Children’s Author 10:30 Bryan Baylee, Froggy 101 10:45 Joe Flesher, Scranton PD 11:00 Pat DeSarno, Scranton Fire Chief 11:15 Valerie Smock, WNEP Meteorologist 11:30 Mary Garm, Director of Lackawanna County Library System 11:45 Doug Womelsdorf, Curriculum Director Riverside SD 12:00 Frank Sodoski, US Marine Corps Veteran 12:15 Steamtown National Historic Site Ranger 12:30 Steamtown National Historic Site Ranger 12:45 Steamtown National Historic Site Ranger 1:00 Lindsay Barrett George, Children’s Author 1:15 Tracey Doherty as Little Ree 1:30 Kathy Vitale, Riverside SD Speech Therapist 1:45 Dr. Wendi Werger, Veterinarian, Dr. PAWS
Reading Time at the Marketplace is Dedicated to the Memory of Event Co-Creator & Beloved State and Local Board Member Jane Helman
It is with a heavy heart that KSLA Northeast PA shares with you the sudden loss of distinguished member and state-level board member - Jane Helman. Below you can find the text from her obituary. As a Council, we acknowledge and appreciate all the contributions Jane has made to KSLA Northeast PA, the field of Literacy. and the community as a whole. During her time as a board member of the KSLA Northeast PA (formerly NPRA), Jane was actively involved in numerous programs including Reading Time at the Mall which she established with her best friend, Hollie. Jane will be missed more than words can adequately express. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this very difficult time.
Obituary of Jane Helman Jane Helman, 67, of Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack on October 1, 2018.
Jane was born in Allentown, PA on May 28, 1951 and graduated from William Allen High School in Allentown. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Teaching from Messiah College, and her Master’s Degree from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
For over 30 years, Jane was employed by the Tunkhanock Area School District - as a reading specialist from 1977 to 2006 and as the Varsity Girls Track and Field Coach at Tunkhannock High School from 1979 to 2011 with multiple state champions. She joined the faculty at Maywood University in 1997 and continued to teach there until her death. She was an active member and past president of the Keystone State Literacy Association (KSLA). When she was chair of KSLA’s annual conference, she chose the icon of a lighthouse and her theme was “Read and Shine.” All who knew her were aware of her love of lighthouses. Jane remained active in KSLA as chair of the Conference Advisory Committee and co-chair of Publications.
Many of Jane’s friends will hold this memory dear – if you were lucky enough to visit Lake Carey on a warm summer’s day, Jane would be anxious to take you out for a ride on her party boat. An afternoon on the water with drinks, snacks, and fun conversation…this was something special Jane never hesitated to offer her guests and neighbors’ guests as well.
Jane could anticipate the needs of people around her: always ready to provide her golf cart giving folks a ride down the road, always taking time to provide encouraging words to a grieving friend, always available to lend a hand if you had technical questions about that new iPad or phone, and always quick to make up a batch of raspberry iced tea to bring to a gathering.
Two little cock-a-poos, Abbie and Ida, had the good fortune to live with Jane for many years. Friends and neighbors will remember seeing “the girls” on their daily walks around the lake and town.
Jane was a member of the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church and enjoyed the after church lunch bunch.
She is survived by her brother, Daniel R. Helman and his wife, Linda; nephew, Adam Helman and his wife Della; niece, Tina Spotts and her husband, Jeff; great nieces Natalia Spotts, Stella Spotts, Ava Spotts; uncles, Kenneth Rupert; Donald Rupert; James Helman; Louis Rockel; Dale Kemmerer; aunts, June Shelly; Salle Ann Hunter, Beverly Rupert, Barbara Helman. She will be greatly missed by her cousin Judy Stevens who thought of Jane as a sister and her friend Hollie D’Agata whose family thought of Jane as sister number 6.
Jane was preceded in death by her father, Richard Helman and her mother, Elaine Helman.
Friends are invited to attend Jane’s funeral which will begin Friday October 5th at 4PM from the Tunkhannock United Methodist Church, Warren St and Church St, Tunkhannock, PA 18657. By the Rev. Jon Buxton. Friends and family may call Friday from 2-4PM at the church. Interment will be private at the Cedar Hill Memorial Park, Allentown, PA. Arrangements and care entrusted to Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73. W. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, PA 18657. Please visit the funeral home website to share memories or extend condolences.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the Keystone State Literacy Association: Virginia Williams, 6171 Driftwood Drive, Harrisburg PA 17111.
Original article: https://www.thetimes-tribune.com/news/two-new-little-free-libraries-coming-to-area-1.2369331
Two new Little Free Libraries coming to area by Stephanie O'Malley Staff Writer / Published: August 3, 2018
STEPHANIE O’MALLEY / STAFF PHOTO Archbald’s first Little Free Library was recently installed at the High School Plaza at Archbald Memorial Park, across from the Archbald Borough Building.
ARCHBALD — At first glance, the blue house with flowers and butterflies painted on its sides, wood roof and glass door resembles a birdhouse.
Inside, however, are donated books, free for the taking 24/7.
The borough’s first Little Free Library, next to the gazebo in High School Plaza at Archbald Memorial Park, is the latest in a growing trend throughout Lackawanna County. Covington Twp. will install one this month, at a location yet to be determined. There is one in Dickson City and four in Scranton, including Connors Park in Scranton which has housed its Little Free Library — a blue, Tardis-style box similar to the time machine/spacecraft from the British “Doctor Who” science-fiction television series — since 2016.
Thousands of Little Free Libraries are registered in communities worldwide and can be found on the nonprofit organization’s website, littlefreelibrary.org.
People can take any book they want, but unlike traditional libraries, they never have to bring it back and don’t need a library card. However, they are encouraged to bring other books to the Little Free Library to share with the rest of the community. Little Free Library’s slogan is “Take a book, share a book.”
The Little Free Libraries in Archbald and Covington came to be after two Northeastern Pennsylvania Reading Association board members noticed them in other communities.
Anne Mary Doyle and Rachel Dwyer brought their idea to the board and began raising money to build the Little Free Libraries. The women went to the Career Technology Center of Lackawanna County and asked for the carpentry department’s help. Instructor Shane Malicky and his student Camryn Kuchak built the two libraries in about three weeks.
“It’s great because you can have a book everywhere you go,” Dwyer said.
Doyle will maintain the Archbald library while Dwyer will be the steward of the Covington one. Both will make sure each library is filled with books and well-maintained.
The location of Archbald’s Little Free Library makes it easy for people to just sit down and read, Doyle said. Not only has she seen people take and donate books but someone even left a puzzle in the library.
“There’s always something in there for everyone,” she said.