Spring 2006











The Cultural Committee of the Friends will celebrate Spring with a bus trip to Winterthur, an American country estate.  Winterthur is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969), an avid antiques collector and horticulturist.


Winterthur will immerse you in another time and place.  Venture out over the fields and farmland to learn about the workings of a great American country estate.  Wander through the breathtaking beauty of the naturalistic Winterthur Garden. Find more information at www.winterthur.org.


The bus will leave from the front of the Hughes Library at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 18.  Please park in the back parking lot of the library.


Sign up for the trip at the Hughes Library main desk.  You must pay for the trip when you sign up.  The cost is $45 for members and $50 for non-members.  Lunch will be on your own at The Garden Cafeteria, the Cappuccino Café or bring your own picnic lunch. 






June 3-9, 2006



           Saturday  •  9am to noon



           Saturday  •  noon to 4:45pm

             Sunday  •  1pm to 4:45pm

            Monday  •  9am to 8:30pm

            Tuesday  •  9am to 8:30pm

       Wednesday  •  9am to 8:30pm

                                  1/2 price day

          Thursday  •  9am to 8:30pm

                                  $2 a bag

               Friday  •  9am to 11am

                                  $1 a bag

                              11am to noon


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Text Box: News from the Friends of the 
Eastern Monroe Public Library

Spring 2006


Editor, Layout, Design
Robin Trainer  

Mary Erm, Barbara Keiser, Linda Snyder, Kate White

1002 North Ninth Street
Stroudsburg, PA 18360
(570) 421-0800

Kate White

Vice President
Jeanette Arnone

Recording Secretary
Cathleen Conway

Sherri Schenke

Corresponding Secretary
Peter Nevins

Board Members
Faye Cyphers
Sally Freedman
Bob Groff
Michael Heitman
Elizabeth Koster
Martha Linne
Bill McCabe
Linda Snyder
Robin Trainer
Vivian Vega
Andy Wolf





y grandson, Collin, and I had a conversation about traveling oversees. 

I mentioned soon he’d probably have to use his passport when he travels to Canada with his Dad.  Collin asked me why he couldn’t use one of the three ID’s he had in his wallet.


This made me think, what kind of ID did I have when I was almost ten years old? 


I had one – my Library card.  I can actually remember getting it.  My Dad and I walked down to the Library on 69th Street in Upper Darby.  The card was blue and had my full name on it.  I had no need for a wallet when I was young, so I kept my library card in a book to prevent it from getting wrinkled or dirty.


Times have changed and so have libraries.  Years ago libraries signed out books for reading and research.  Today the research possibilities are endless.  These days you can research through books, computers, and audio/visual tapes, which are all available at your local library.  And if that doesn’t keep you busy, go to one of the BookHouse Events or maybe a presentation about Identity Theft and Consumer Fraud.


You know what else you can find at your library?  A quiet place you can share with your children away from the hustle and bustle of life.  To me that is priceless in this day and age.


My message this month is simple and costs nothing.  Take the time to bring your children and/or grandchildren to our library and help them sign up for their first library card.


And by the way, one of those three ID’s in Collin’s wallet was his first library card, which we got together last year.  Life is good.


I’ll see you at the Book Sale!

— Kate White



Annual Meeting

of the



Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hughes Library

Edinger Community Room

7:00 PM


All Friends are welcome.




 New Friends



Donna del Alcazar

Mona Lisa & Tim Harrison

Libby Harrison

Helen G. Leadem

Margaret Peery

Vivian Vega



From the Director:

Greetings FRIENDS!  By the time you read this, 2006 National Library Week will be over.  EMPL celebrated by cooperating with Commonwealth Libraries on the “One Child, One Book” project.  The libraries throughout the state were and are able to distribute copies of Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse by Lindsay Barrett George.  The program is designed to remind all of us how important education is and the role libraries play in the process from the very young through all ages.


EMPL is also proud to add downloadable audio books to our services.  The tri-districts of Allentown, Easton and Bethlehem jointly subscribed to Recorded Books through netLibrary.  There is a special button on the library’s home page for access.  This service is another example of how the library web pages are becoming an additional branch by providing access to online resources, local information and links to special services available in this information age.  Students can do research in a number and variety of electronic books; commuters can downloaded recorded novels and learn languages; business people and investors can depend on specialized services such as Reference USA and Morningstar; genealogists and historians can search census records and old maps through Ancestry library edition, Heritagequest and Sanborn Digital Maps.


All this is in addition to the big library service – BOOKS.  Yes, there are still mysteries, adventure and true crime stories, science fiction, graphic novels biographies, etc, etc for the enjoyment of readers.  Education and enjoyment begin with reading and EMPL is there for everyone with books.


As 2006 moves ahead, we will be advocating for good state library funding, meeting with public library directors and trustees countywide, enjoying meetings and programs and answering questions.  As the population grows and demand for services increases, we depend on the continuing support of EMPL FRIENDS to remind people to Think Library!


And … thanks to the Book Sale Committee and sorters for the countless hours of services devoted already to the 2006 Friends’ sale.  We look forward to another fabulous community event!


Best wishes to all … and remember to THINK LIBRARY!                                    — Barbara Keiser


Remote Access to Reference USA Now Available


Reference USA, a proprietary database of virtually all U.S. and Canadian businesses and residents, is now available remotely with an Eastern Monroe Public Library card.  This database contains information compiled from the following public sources: more than 5,600 Yellow Page and Business White Page telephone directories; annual reports, 10-Ks and other SEC information; Continuing Medical Education (CME) directories; federal, state, provincial and municipal government data; Chamber of Commerce information; leading business magazines, trade publications, newsletters, major newspapers, industry and specialty directories; and postal service information, including both U.S. and Canadian National Change of Address updates.  Phone calls are made by 250 employees to verify the information on each business and health care provider in the database.  Seventeen million phone calls are made each year, and businesses with 100 or more employees are phone-verified at least twice a year.  See the remote databases page on www.monroepl.org. ª


What’s happening in Youth Services


by Mary Erm

Head of Youth Services


April brings spring, National Poetry Month, National Library Week, and the PA Libraries Early Learning Initiative, “One Book, Every Young Child” featuring “Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse” by popular author/illustrator Lindsay Barrett George.  Visit the special website at http://www.one bookpa.org/.  There will be a number of library activities and incentives themed on this initiative throughout the month of April.


Youth Services is kicking into high gear in for summer reading!  This year’s theme is “Paws, Claws, Scales and Tales @ Your Library!”

There will be programs from June 12th through August 17th, at all three locations:  Hughes on Route 611 in Stroudsburg, Smithfields at Foxmoor Village just north of Marshall’s Creek, and Pocono Township on Route 611 in Tannersville.  Some of the presentations will include: a virtual “whale watch”, visits from Lady the service dog and rescue greyhounds, live critters from the Snake and Animal Farm Zoo, movie nights, and family storytimes.  A complete schedule will be available at all locations by mid-May, and sign ups begin the week of June 12th.

We have a “Ready Readers” level for kids who read comfortably on their own, as well as a “Read-to-Me” level for those who are read to or need help reading.  The kids earn library dollars that they can use to “buy” books and prizes, and each child who completes their reading log earns a special certificate.  Reading programs will be available for teens and adults as well.


For more information on this, or any youth services activity, contact us at 570-421-0800 x 14 or email youth@monroepl.org&





   Shelvers:  Detail-oriented book lovers are needed to shelve library books at the Hughes Library and its branches.  Good alphabetizing skills are essential.  Familiarity with Dewey Decimal is helpful, but we will train you.  To apply, call the Circulation Manager at 570-421-0800 ext. 23.

   Outreach services:  We seek a dedicated, well-organized “people person” to help us extend library service to special-needs groups such as the homebound, assisted living residents and daycare centers.  Previous experience in a social services setting is helpful.  Interested applicants should call the Outreach Services Department at 570-421-0800 ext. 40.


Admission to BookHouse programs is free and open to the public, and refreshments are available for a modest charge.  Doors will open at 7 p.m. the night of each event, and the performance will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.  Please plan to arrive before the scheduled starting time. 

The BookHouse programs take place in the Edinger Community Room of Eastern Monroe Public Library. 

For more information call (570) 421-0800 x 28.


The intention of the BookHouse is to provide a venue

for literary and musical events that are outside of the commercial and literary mainstream.  Suggestions are

always welcome.  To suggest a BookHouse performer,

or to sign up for monthly email reminders on upcoming programs, send email to: bookhouse@monroepl.org.


Upcoming BookHouse events

May 12th, 2006

Performance Poet Christopher Cusumano in his show “Palm Reading” ▪

Fresh from his highly successful performance in the poetry evening "Is that a Gun in Your Pocket?" held at EMPL in January, and his performance at West Chester University with the HBO Def Poets, Poet-Actor-Writer Christopher Cusumano now presents a unique, solo performance event showcasing his talents as a poet and compelling, dynamic spoken word performer.  Chris will perform his new show Palm Reading, which is also the title of his first Chapbook, due out in Summer 2006.  Palm Reading showcases some of the young artist’s already impressive body of work—funny, moving, and unflinchingly honest.

June 23rd, 2006

Rob Oxford, Traditional Country & Folk Music ▪  With his guitar in hand, Rob is a performer of grass roots music whose unique and powerful rich bass voice provides an undeniable passion and substance to even the most sentimental ballads. Between the more recognizable folk and country tunes, made popular by artists such as Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, The Kingston Trio, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Tom Paxton, and Elvis Presley, Rob also performs some of his own compositions. Follow the link for more information: www.heartfeltmusic.com/RobOxford.htm

September 29th, 2006

Joe & Lee in Concert ▪  Joe Lutton and Lee Morgan met while working as actors and singers with Pete Townshend and director Des McAnuff in two separate productions of The Who’s Tommy, on Broadway and in Europe. Lee recently performed in the off-Broadway musical Almost Heaven: The Music of John Denver, on Broadway in Brooklyn: The Musical, and the Brooklyn national tour, starring with American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo and Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks. Joe and Lee’s CD Basic is the first collaboration of two uniquely gifted, passionate singer-songwriters, melding two distinct styles into one unique, raw and soulful record. Info: www.joeandlee.com

October 27th, 2006

Dracula and Mina, A Play ▪  Just in time for Halloween, the BookHouse presents its first-ever original theatrical event, a new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s horror classic Dracula. Dracula and Mina is a riveting reinterpretation of the Dracula story by local writer-actor John Cusumano, and will be presented for the first time in front of an audience at the BookHouse.

November 17th, 2006

An Evening with the Eric Mintel Quartet ▪  The Quartet is a versatile modern jazz ensemble that has entertained in clubs and colleges, concert halls and the White House. In an energetic, rhythmic and lyrical style, the quartet performs original jazz compositions by Eric Mintel, classic jazz standards and the works of the legendary Dave Brubeck. For more information: www.ericmintelquartet.com