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DALTON — Welcome, May. We start this month feeling grateful for the community’s support at our Spring Book and Bake Sale last month. Although the weather wasn’t too cheery outside, the smiles and sounds of friends gathering made it cozy in our library. Many families, friends and even politicians visited to see all that was offered.

We appreciate everyone’s support for the library and our programs, especially patrons who donated books, their time and baked items. Our special thanks to some local businesses: Beta Bread Bakery in Clarks Summit, Brothers Pizza in Dalton, Starbucks in South Abington Township and Royal Buffet in Dickson City.

The Friends of the Dalton Community Library will host its annual Herb Sale on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to noon. This sale will be set up at the Dalton Fire Hall. The Penn State Master Gardeners will also sell perennials to benefit the library.

Visit this sale to support our Friends group, but also to gather some great herbs.

Did someone say chess? We’re looking for chess players who’d like to participate in some friendly competition. Any players who’d like to come to the library for a game of chess, please inquire at our library, or call us at 570-563-2014. Details to come soon, so contact us if you’d like to participate.

With summer just around the corner, children’s events at the Dalton Community Library are being planned. Does your child have a fun idea for a group or project? Send it to We always do our best to satisfy the children’s requests by planning programs that are not only fun, but educational. We will have many of our regular summer programs, and add some new ideas for this year’s theme, “A Universe of Stories.” We keep things simple, yet exciting. We promise fun, without the fuss. Isn’t that what a child’s summer should be? Stay tuned for next month’s column for more details.

Have a great May.

Jennifer Familetti is program coordinator at the Dalton Community Library.