New Books – January 2021


Bradford, Barbara Taylor…In the Lion’s Den

Brunstetter, Wanda E….The Blended Quilt

Cline, Ernest…Ready Player Two

Cooper, Becky…We Keep the Dead Close

Dodd, Christina…Wrong Alibi

Fisher, Tarryn…The Wrong Family

Galbraith, Robert…Troubled Blood

Goodman, Joanna…The Forgotten Daughter

Gyasi, Yaa…Transcendent Kingdom

Joyce, Rachel…Miss Benson’s Beetle

Kim, Nancy Jooyoun…The Last Story of Mina Lee

McDaniel, Tiffany…Betty

Patterson, James…NYPD Red 6

Schwab, V.E….The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

Weiden, David…Winter Counts

Woods, Stuart…Hush-Hush


Atwood, Margaret, Dearly

Crawford, Lacy…Notes on a Silencing

Patterson, James…The Last Days of John Lennon

Patterson, James…Murder of Innocence

Sedaris, David…The Best of Me


Benedict, Marie…The Mystery of Mrs. Christie


Hollis, Rachel…Didn’t See That Coming

Patterson, James…The Last Days of John Lennon

Steel, Danielle…All That Glitters

Children’s Book

January 2021


Grant, Jacob…Bear Meets Bear

McCall Smith, Alexander…How to Raise an Elephant

Pilutti, Deb… Ten Steps to Flying Like A Superhero.

Yolen, Jane…How Do Dinosaurs Show Good Manners?

Juvenile Fiction

Green, Alejandra…Fantastic Tales of Nothing

Osborne, Mary Pope…Warriors in Winter

Stilton, Thea…Thea Stilton and the Rainforest Rescue


O’Brien, Cynthia…2021 Book of World Records


McManus, Karen M….The Cousins

Riordan, Rick…Burning Maze (Book 3)  The Trials of Apollo


Baltazar, Art…Arkhamaniacs

Bruel, Nick…Bad Kitty Goes on Vacation

December 2020 Memorials

In Honor of Tracy and Bob McIntyre by Mother.

In Honor of The Wednesday Breakfast Club by Linda

Century Club:

Deceased Classmates From the Shamokin Area High School Class of 1968 by Shamokin Area High School Class of 1968.

Beverly Deitz by Harry Deitz.

Eunice Kanaskie by Stacey and Jeffry Kaminski.

Dorothy Kemp by Jessie Smith.

Alma Payne by Geisinger Family.

Richard P. Zack by Northern Lebanon County Authority.

Birthday Memorials:

Robert Baskin by Diane, Charlie, Dan, Kyleigh and Kieran Burns.

Robert Glavich by Sharon, Barbara, JoAnn and Families.

Margaret Heitzman by Scott, Sharon, Jarrett, Tricia, Grady and Jill.


Steven Anoia by Diane and Gig Thomas and Family.

Ann Backes by Jeff and Kathy Clutcher, Dave and Sue Hoffman, Cheryl and Dennis Meek, Don and Marian Myers, Joe and Joyce Sickora, Mary Ann Sickora and Richard Spear.

Robert Balitchik by Kathy James.

Michael Barber by Joe and Betty Dudeck and Family, Dave and Sandy Navrocki, Rich Polyniak.

George and Mary Heleva Henninger Boyd by Scarlette and Bill Lastoskie and Family.

Catherine “Kay” Burns by Jeff and Kathy Clutcher, The Junior Cronies, Ann Fidler and Family, Shirley Golden, John and Suzanne Kiersnowski, Sharon Williams.

Carl Dick by Sue and Rick Burns.

Mary “Molly” Dormer by Dave and Sue Hoffman, Don and Marian Myers, Lois Platt, Mary Ann Sickora and Dick Spear,  Joe and Joyce Sickora, Gloria Treese, Tico and Sandy Zarick.

Thomas Drust by Dave and Sandy Navrocki.

Dorothy Duncheskie by Joe and Betty Dudeck and Family, Marian Edmondson and Kathy and Abby James, Carol and Barbara Jones, Janet Wahosky and Family.

Helen Gallagher by Loretta Brown, Danny and Sandee Ciesluk and Family.

Karen Gates by Catherine Surak.

William Haines by Pat and Dolores Kosmer.

John Hoffman by Pat and Dolores Kosmer.

Ruth Ann Hojnacki by Irene Buczeskie, Jean Neumeister.

Ralph “Jess” James by Coal Township High School Class of 1957.

Penrose Kerstetter by Dave and LeeAnna Talisesky.

Charles Klemanski by Jean Neumeister.

Rose Mary Kodack by Joe and Betty Dudeck and Family, Beth and Gary Kerstetter, Roxann and Dennis Kodack and Dennis Jr., Great Nephews: Ian, Lucas, Xavier, Sean and Trey, Ian Paul, Xavier Paul, T. Sanders (Hollywood Express), Lucas Weikel, Sean Weikel.

Violet Krieger by Danny and Sandee Ciesluk and Family, Mary Ann C. Krieger.

William J. and Helen Lastoskie by Scarlett and Bill Lastoskie and Family.

Edward Lippay by Ed and Nancy Binkoski, Kathy Gonsar, Cindy Heins and Frances Tyson, Ann and Rich Weikel.

Phyllis Lippay by Ann and Rich Weikel

John Lyash by Shirley Golden, Keith and Kathy Jeremiah, Shamokin High School Class of 1957.

Nancy C. Madden by Rick and Sue Burns.

Robbie Merok by Gerry Moran.

Robert Mowery by Greg and Donna Wisloski.

Phyllis Eleanor (Miller) Murphy by Aldo Mirarchi, Cheryl Verano.

Alma Payne by Doris Bamford, Nancy Booth, Jeffrey and Kathleen Clutcher, Curtis Dobson, Jennifer Donohue and Joseph Alperstein, Shirley Golden, Kathy Gonsar and Joe Rocuskie, Bob and Mary Ann Hartman, Barbara Kessler, Don and Suzanne Kiersnowski and Family, Don and Marian Myers, Jean Olcese, Joseph and Claire Payne, Joe and Joyce Sickora, Mary Sickora and Richard Spear, Sharon Williams, Joannie and Don Yuricich.

Melvin Reichner by Danny and Sandee Ciesluk and Family, Dave and Sandy Navrocki.

William Rovito by Friends from King Cole.

Bernard “Bernie” Rumberger Sr. by Rick and Sue Burns, Kathy James.

Jean Shutt by Barbara Jones.

Kenneth Sickora by Jeffrey and Kathleen Clutcher.

Doris “Dolly” Spotts by Sister: Ruth Ann Madar, Jean Neumeiser.

John Strausser by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Metrocavage.

Gertrude “Trudy” Trego by Ray and Mary Ann Bartosic, Annamae Kanuchok, John and Suzanne Kiersnowski.

Marion Valanoski by Saint Stanislaus Class of 1968.

Robert Wilson by Carol and Barbara Jones.


Benji Potter here again! The competition was fierce, and I had to perform some magic, but we have a winner of the complete set of Harry Potter books!

May I present Olivia Rhoads, our grand prize winner!!!!

Olivia is standing with Mary Sickora, Interim Library Manager and Lisa Eccker (seated) owner of The Springfield Banquet Hall & Catering in Coal Township. A big THANK YOU to Lisa, for putting together the Harry Potter themed tree and contest for the Library! You are most AWESOME for a muggle!!!!!

Book Club

The Library book club is meeting via Zoom on Monday, December 14 at 7:00 pm. We will be discussing “The Book of Essie”, by Meghan MacLean Weir.

If you are new to the book club and would like to join us, please contact the library via telephone (570) 640-3202, or by e-mail, and supply your e-mail address. A link will be sent to you before the meeting.

Hope to “see” you on Monday!


Hi Kids! Benji Potter here! As you can see, I LOVE Harry Potter! I even look like him! Since we can’t go inside the library right now due to that nasty Covid-19, I thought I would try to make it a little easier for you to enter the Harry Potter Horcrux Hunt. What do you have to lose??? You could win a set of Harry Potter books!

Okay. So here is what you have to do . . .

Identify each number with the corresponding picture on the entry blank which is at the end of this post. Then either send me an e-mail at with your answers and your name and phone number, OR come to the Library and one of the library ladies will give you an entry and you can find the horcrux’s on the REAL Harry Potter tree in the window. (Don’t worry. All the Horcrux’s are on the front of the tree, so they will be easy to find.)Remember! All entries need to be submitted by Thursday, December 17. A winner will be drawn on Friday, December 18. Good luck to all my muggle friends!

Library Memorials for November 2020

Shamokin- The Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library Announces Memorials placed during the Month of November 2020:

In Honor of: Mary Ann and Bob Hartman on Their 55th Wedding Anniversary by Kathy Gonsar and Joe Rocuskie.

In Honor of Annamae Kanuchok on Her Birthday by Catherine Labosky.

In Honor of Bari Snyder on Her Special Birthday by Kathy Gonsar and Joe Rocuskie.

Century Club: In Memory of Grace Manney by Ray and Sue Roth, Ruth and Gary Latsha, Bethann and Will Gearhart, Sally and Rich Parsons, Joanne and Doug Roger, Deb and Jim Henninger, Donna and Bruce Talisesky, Terri Snyder and Dawn Snyder.

In Memory of Gertrude “Trudy” Trego by Walt and Sara Furie.

In Memory of Gertrude “Trudy” Trego by Angela Zeoli.

In Memory of Eleanor Waraksa by Dave and Gina Rutkowski.

Anniversary Memorials:

14th Anniversary for Kathryn Galvich by Sharon, Barbara, JoAnn and Families.

21st Anniversary for Christopher Harris by Wes and Theresa Tillett.

5th Anniversary for Todd Heitzman by Scott, Sharon, Jarrett, Tricia and Grady.

Birthday Memorial:

Mildred D. Blair on what would have been her 99th Birthday by Kathy Gonsar and Joe Rocuskie.

Douglas Richie for his 55th Birthday by Family.


Michael Barber by Ed and Nancy Binkoski, JoAnn Dobeck, Marian Edmondson, Kathy Fanella, Kathy and Abby James, Keith and Kathy Jeremiah, James and Nicole Luta, Ken and Anne Marie Pogozelski, Boots and Flash Ramp, Joe and Joyce Sickora, Lynda Yost and Pete Bednar, Ron Zyla.

Marie Casper by LeeAnna Talisesky.

Angelina Copolla by Joe, Joyce, Mary Sickora and Richard Spear.

Carl Dick by Doris Bamford, Peggy Ferrari.

Dorothy Duncheskie by Bill Dudeck.

Karen M. Gates by Don and Marian Myers.

Mary Ann Gresavage by Boots and Flash Ramp, Barbara Lamb.

Florence Heitzman by William and Sheila Jones.

Ruth Ann Hojnacki by Shamokin High School Class of 1955.

Russell Jones by Neighbors of Lincoln Towers: Eleanor Kissel, Mary Jane Klemick, Sara Klinger, Sheryl Wagner, Joyce Boyer, Rose Milbrand, Betty Ann Zarick, Bertha Backes, Rick Ulrich, Blendine Howerter, George and Linda Long.

Christina “Tina” Jurewicz by Kathy and Abby James, Dick Spear and Mary Sickora.

Rosemary A. Karycki by Kathy James.

Francis E. Kreski by Pat and Jim Bressi, Kathy Gonsar and Joe Rocuskie, Roseann and Al Varano, Ron Zyla.

Donna S. Kurtz by Peggy Ferrari.

Grace Manney by Corrine Thomas, Paul and Tina Zupicick.

Robert Mayton by Kathy Fanella.

Ronald Edward Polyniak by Kathy James.

Donna M. Rhodes by Jonathan and Alycia Rhodes.

Nevada Richie by Charmaine and Barry Smith, Nancy Smith.

Raymond Roth by Paul and Tina Zupicick.

William F. Rovito by Pat and Jim Bressi, JoAnn, Kim, Rob and Rich and Family, Sharon and Scott Heitzman, Barbara and Walt Kwiadek.

Rosemary Shicora by Nancy and Rich Stryeski.

Doris “Dolly” Spotts by Ken and Anne Marie Pogozelski, Mildred Rota.

John J. Strausser by Doris Bamford, Dave and Sandy Navrocki, Bob and Rose Searls, Shamokin-Coal Township Public Library Staff and Board, Roseann and Al Varano, Jim and Kathy Yurick.

Gertrude “Trudy” Trego by John and Susan Boback, Kathy Gonsar and Joe Rocuskie, Bob and Mary Ann Hartman, Sarann and Tom Keyack, Linda Latsha, Bob and Dorothy Renn, Charmaine and Barry Smith, Delroy and Sandy Strohecker, Corrine Thomas.

Joanna Tryland by Rich and Nancy Stryeski.

Eleanor Waraksa by Wes and Theresa Tillett, The Waraksa and Thomas Families.

New Arrivals for December

Order or online, or call the library (570-648-3202) to reserve these new releases!


Andrews, V.C….Whispering Hearts

Alam, Rumaan, Leave the World Behind

Baldacci, David…Daylight

Balson, Ronald H….Eli’s Promise

Bowen, Rhys…The Last Mrs. Summer

Cameron, Mark…Tom Clancy Shadow of the Dragon

Clark, Mary Higgins…Piece of My Heart

Dell’Antonia, K.J….The Chicken Sisters

Gregory, Philippa…Dark Tides

Halsey…I Would Leave Me If I Could

Kidd, Jess…Things in Jars

Morelli, Laura…The Night Portrait

Nesbo, Jo…The Kingdom

Patterson, James…Deadly Cross

Roberts, Nora…The Awakening

Stayman-London, Kate…One to Watch

Steel, Danielle…All That Glitters

Von Ziegesar, Cecily…Cobble Hill


Anderson, Scott…The Quiet Americans

Blume, Lesley M.M….Fallout

Cheney, Lynne…The Virginia Dynasty

Fox, Michael J….No Time Like the Future

Kaur, Ruoi…Home Body

Meacham, Jon…His Truth is Marching On

Obama, Barack…A Promised Land

Parton, Dolly…Dolly Parton Songteller

Sincero, Jen…Badass Habits

Winston Wolkoff, Stephanie…Melania and Me


Brown, Rita Mae…Furmidable Foes

Horowitz, Anthony…Moonflower Murders


Evanovich, Janet…Fortune and Glory #27

Obama, Barack…A Promised Land

Sedaris, David…The Best of Me

                                                            CHILDREN’S BOOKS


Boldt, Mike…Find Fergus

Tabor, Corey R….Fox Versus Winter


Henkes, Kevin…Winter is Here

Miller, Sharee…Don’t Touch My Hair


Blabey, Aaron…Pig the Slob

Dewdney, Anna…Llama Llama Loose Tooth Drama

John. Jory…The Couch Potato

Jung, Sarah…When Father Comes Home


Cowell, Cressida…Knock Three Times

Cowell, Cressida…Never and Forever

Grabenstein, Chris…The Smartest Kid in the Universe

Patterson, James…Curse of the Mystery Mutt

Patterson, James…Dog Diaries

Patterson, James…Double-Dog Dare

Patterson, James…Happy Howlidays

Patterson, James…Mission Impawsible

Riordan, Rick…Camp Jupiter Classified


Bridges, Ruby…This is Your Time


Blabey, , Aaron…The Bad Guys in the One?!

Peirce, Lincoln…Max and the Midnight 2

Pilkey, Dave…Cat and the Comic Club


DeLeon, Jennifer…Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From

Drews, C.G….The Boy Who Steals Houses

Meyer, Marissa…Instant Karma

Rowling J.K.…The Ickabog.

Tahir, Sebaa…A Sky Beyond the Storm

Wein, Elizabeth…The Enigma Game.


Come see us on Saturday, November 28 from 1-5 pm, in front of the Library at 210 East Independence Street in Shamokin and take a chance to win $300 worth of scratch-off tickets. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.

And while you’re there . . . consider purchasing a “light bulb” for the Library’s Christmas tree. With a donation of $5, you can memorialize or honor a loved one. Each donation will be displayed in the front window of the Library during the holiday season. It’s a great way to honor friends and relatives while supporting our Library!