August 2015 Newsletter
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Poetry Practicum
 Calling all poets! Join Berks County's Poet Laureate, Nancy Yeager, for our weekly poetry workshops. All levels of poets are invited to participate, and emphasis will be placed on reading and writing free verse. All you need is a notepad and a pencil.


Join us Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m.  

Can't make it to storytime?
Don't worry -- Miss Joie created a Goodreads list of all the books she read at storytime throughout the year! Please click here to view her Storytime Booklist, and feel free to add her as a Goodreads friend for book recommendations.
2015 Summer Block Party

The library is once again teaming up with the Wyomissing Police and Fire Departments for an unforgettable block party event! Don't miss your opportunity to dunk a policeman, fireman, principal, or a librarian!

What's happening this year?: community yard sale, Touch-a-Truck, yard games, FOOD, bouncy house, live music & MORE!

Interested in taking part in the community yard sale? The yard sale will be held from 8:00 a.m. to Noon on 8/15.  Reserve your spot today!  Print out the yard sale form & return it to the library with your donation.  All reservations must be paid in full.  Questions? Please email Miss Joie at: 
Saturday, August 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
August Adult Programs
Tea and Classics Book Club: 
"To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. 
Registration is required. Please visit the main desk to pick up your book! Registration is required.

Art Film Matinee: "Mr. Turner"

Friday, August 21, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

"Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall) lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper (Dorothy Atkinson) bears an unrequited love for him."


Author Visits:


Joseph Szimhart: "Mushroom Satori"
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
@ 6:30 p.m.

Acclaimed exit therapist and cult expert Joseph Szimhart crafts a narrative that explores the complex interactions between faith, family, and reality. Inspired by the author's own experience in a cult, the story's framework is set in the emotionally rooted trappings of a fringe religious commune, which provides a poignant backdrop for examining the problems we all struggle to overcome. It also presents a chilling look at the subtle manipulations that charismatic figures use on the rest of us.


Norma Tamayo: "A Girl Named Nina"
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
@ 6:30 p.m.

Based on a true story, "A Girl Named Nina" paints a vivid portrait of life in 1960s Brooklyn. Nina grows up in a tenement with Puerto Rican parents who came to America seeking a better life. Her father adores and protects her, teaches her to read, and encourages the many gifts he sees within her. Her mother is nurturing in her own way, as she struggles quietly with her own difficult past.


Mickey Getty: "Soot"
Wednesday, September 9, 2015
@ 6:30 p.m.

Bridie O'Doyle lives a harsh life. The young daughter of a poor coal miner, she lives in a Pennsylvania mine patch town. When her father dies in the mine, she is left orphaned in the care of her relatives, struggling at the mercy of the cruel mine bosses and indebted to the company store. She swears vengeance upon Frank Gowen, the railroad and coal mine kingpin.

Book Busters Book Club

The August Book Buster Book of the Month is "Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein. Book-Busters will meet 8/5, 8/12, & 8/19 at 3:30 p.m. Open to all ages (but geared more towards 3rd-5th grade) and registration is required.  Please register online here or at the library's main desk. 
BUT WAIT! There's more! Join us for a very special
Skype session with the author on
Thursday, August 27 @ 3:30 p.m.
Parents' Night Out: 
Superhero Edition! 

Do you need an evening out? Miss Joie will babysit! Kids are encouraged to dress in their best superhero gear and come ready for an action-packed evening of crime-fighting, story-telling, cape-making, pizza-eating, and MORE!

Cost is $20 for the first child; $15 for each additional sibling.   Payment must be received at registration. For ages 3+. Children MUST be potty-trained.  *Registration is required.  Please register by Monday, August 3. 
Friday, August 7 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Napkin Guy: Part Two!
Love to draw? Love superheroes?
Come meet "The Napkin Guy" - a guy who draws awesome
comics on... you guessed it, NAPKINS! Join us for pizza and a drawing session. (We'll provide the napkins.)
Registration is required for this program. Register at the main desk or online here Perfect for ages 8+, but all aspiring artists are welcome to join us!
Saturday, August 8 at 11:00 a.m.
August Summer Reading Programs
The Yocum Institute Presents: Mixed-Up Mythical Creatures
Using fantastical images and stories of the Greek, Roman, and other mythical beings, we will learn about the legends and create our own new creatures through collage. (For preschool and elementary.)
Tuesday, August 4 @ 6:00 p.m. Bring your dinner to enjoy on the lawn @ 5:30! 

Lancaster Parks: Our First Heroes - Native Americans
Participants will learn about local Native peoples, see and touch local artifacts, and try their hand at chores like grinding corn. Children will also learn some authentic dances and play games meant to hone skills needed in adulthood.
Monday, August 10 @ 6:00 p.m. Bring your dinner to enjoy on the lawn at 5:30!
K-9 Demonstration -- "Super Dogs" 
How do you train a police dog? What makes police dogs different from your dog at home? Meet us outside on August 13 at 2:00 p.m. to find out! 
Animal Rescue League Field Trip
Miss Joie wants to learn more about animal heroes.
Join us for a field trip to the Animal Rescue League for
a tour and storytime with the Book Buddies program!
*Registration is required for this program. For ages 3 and up. Please meet at the Animal Rescue League on Thursday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Please register here or at the main desk. 
Therapy Dog Storytime
Wednesday, August 5 @ 10:00 a.m.

PJ Library Storytime

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Reading
Join us for a family storytime & craft with local author Mara Rockliff! 

Tuesday, August 18 @ 6:00 p.m. 
Free Play

Please note, there will be NO storytimes on August 19, 20, & 21. We will offer "Free Play" -- a time for children and parents to play together -- instead! Please bring your favorite toy to share with new friends!
Wednesday, August 19 @ 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 20 @ 10:00 a.m.


Friday, August 21 @ 10:00 a.m. 

Do you love Harry Potter AND your community? 

Join the library's first ever "Harry Potter Alliance" -- a club dedicated to changing the world through a love of literature. 
The Harry Potter Alliance "turns fans into heroes. We're changing the world by making activism accessible through the power of story. Since 2005, we've engaged millions of fans through our work for equality, human rights, and literacy."

Our next HPA meeting will be Tuesday, August 11 @ 5:30 p.m. The HPA is open to ALL AGES (including adults) who want to get involved and change the world! We look forward to seeing you!

For more information about the HPA, please visit: OR view creator Andrew Slack's TED TALK here:
HPA Andrew Slack TED TALK