Summer 2006









 by Pete Nevins

The date and site for the 2006 Friends of the Eastern Monroe Public Library annual dinner have been set.

The dinner will be held Thursday, October19th at the Sycamore Grill in Delaware Water Gap.  There will be     a reception at 6 p.m. with the dinner starting at 7 p.m.

The date was changed from June to the fall this year because many Friends’ members felt that running the book sale and the dinner during the same month had become too difficult. 

As for a guest speaker, the dinner committee has sent an application to the Pennsylvania Humanities Council to obtain someone from the organization’s brochure, “Commonwealth Speakers 2006-2007.”

“There are speakers whose subject matter relates to books and libraries,” said Kate White, Friends’ President.  “We are sending in an application requesting a few particular speakers and programs and should have information on this later in the summer.”

“The dinner is a chance for all those of us who love our library and the services it provides to get together in a social situation, have fun, a good meal and hear an interesting speaker,” she continued.

Tickets for the dinner are priced at $30 and will include hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner including salad, a choice of two entrees, pasta, potatoes or rice, vegetables, rolls, beverage and dessert.  There also will be cash bar. 

Invitations will be mailed to members of the Friends in late August or early September.  Please mark on your calendar the date of Thursday, October 19th to attend the annual Friends’ dinner.  ä




The Friends lowered prices on books, especially children’s books, for the 22nd annual Friends of the EMPL Book Sale in June and it didn’t affect the bottom line.

The sale grossed more than $30,000 despite the lower prices. 

Children’s books were priced at a uniform cost of 50¢ for hardcover and 25¢ for paperback.  More adult books were priced in the $1-$2 range than ever before.

“We put a cap of $5 on our newer books for which we used to charge $7 or $8,” explained Jeanette Arnone, co-chairperson of the sale.

So if the books were reduced in costs so much, how did the sale make more money than last year?

(continued on page four)


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

Summer 2006


Editor, Layout, Design
Robin Trainer  

Mary Ellen Higgins, Barbara Keiser, Martha Linne, Pete Nevins, Rob Ramos, Kate White

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

Kate White

Vice President
Linda Snyder

Recording Secretary
Cathleen Conway

Sherri Schenke

Corresponding Secretary
Peter Nevins

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



We just wrapped up our Annual Book Sale, which was so successful you would think it would be easy for me to write this message.  It’s not.  How do you possibly thank everyone?  Well, I am going to give it a shot and I hope you bear with me if my message is a little long. 


The Friends have a group of “sorters” who don’t stop sorting … ever.  I asked one of them “How many books do you think you’ve touched?”  His answer was “Thousands.”     I was a little surprised because I thought he would have said “Millions.”


The sale wouldn’t be a sale if we didn’t have the books.  Hats off to the patrons of the Library!  Each day paper bags filled with books would be dropped off for the Friends. Thank you for being so generous.


Now I would like to thank the staff of the Library.  What a pleasure it is working with them.  All year long the staff has played a big part with our “On-Going Book Sale.”  They helped collect the money and answered questions about the books.  There were times when I was at the Library and I would find donated books surrounding the staff’s working area.  I apologize to the staff.


We had to rent two storage areas to store our books.  After they were filled Roadway donated two trailers for us to use.  They also gave us a driver to transport the trailers to and from the Library.  Having the trucks made it so much easier for the sorters to store the books before the sale.  During the sale, the books were close enough to the Library that the tables could be replenished each hour.


Our set up and break down would not be possible if it wasn’t for the Sheriff’s Department and inmates.  They helped move the tables, bookshelves, heavy lumber and the books from the trailers.  All of this could not be done in the timely fashion, if it wasn’t for this manpower; we would be lost without this help.


Every year I place a call to Cramer’s Home Center for 40 heavy-duty boards to hold our books on the tables.  Every year they have come through for us.  You’re the best!


During our week long sale we like to take good care of our volunteers.  Our local stores in the area make that possible by way of donations.  They supply the cakes, cookies and bagels along with hot coffee, soda and bottled water.  This year we were treated with a bouquet of fresh fruit, which was really appreciated.  Our local merchants are always so giving!


During the Book Sale did you happen to notice a lot of people walking around in bright green tee shirts?  These men and women came everyday to help us as cashiers, to clean up around the tables, and to move the books from one table to another.  There wasn’t anything they wouldn’t do to help us make the sale a success.  Each and every one of you were so kind to help us and we really do appreciate your support.


Now I would like “Thank” my circle of friends, my fellow Board Members.  We are not a big board – there are only sixteen of us.  I am inspired by their dedication.  They have families, jobs and other community functions, and yet they make the time to support the Library.  As President, I am proud to work with this group of men and women who I call my “Friends.”  


Thanks for a successful Book Sale. 


Kate White 


From the Director:

Congratulations, FRIENDS, on another wonderfully successful, organized Book Sale!  Your countless of hours of dedicated volunteer work paid off in goodwill and income as well as the community service of recycling books.  Kudos and a HUGE THANK YOU to a cheerful, efficient Sale Team and FRIENDS organization!

The question for summer, 2006 is:  What were YOU doing 10 years ago?  If you were an area resident then, you may have tucked in the back of your closet a baseball cap with the slogan “The Great Library Move, EMPL – 1996.”

Yes, August 31st will mark the 10th year of public service in the Hughes Library.  The main library was moved from 913 Main Street in the weeks before and occupied just the first floor of Hughes until the second floor opened in January of 1998.  The move involved dozens of volunteers, rent-a-crates (heavy duty book trucks which were wrapped in shrink wrap) and a truck.  The Move capped off several years of financial struggle which culminated in the designated library tax, board reorganization, capital development and planning for the newly renovated library in Stroud township. 

EMPL is hosting a 10th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, August 26, 2006, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Hughes Library.  Everyone is invited, but we are making a special effort to find and invite the Move Volunteers as well as former staff members, former members of the Board of Directors, and FRIENDS.  Please mark your calendars, alert your personal networks which involve EMPL people and plan to come, reminisce and celebrate EMPL service.  Watch the EMPL website ( and the media for confirming details and plan on stopping in on August 26.

Best wishes for a safe, happy reading summer.   —  Barbara J. Keiser

P.S.  Don’t forget the Summer Reading Programs for all ages!  Bookpages now distributed at all locations!  See website for details, or ask staff during your next library visit!


Board Seeks Nominees

for Elizabeth Kane Award

Nominations are being accepted for the second annual Elizabeth Kane Service Award which will presented at the annual Friends of the Eastern Monroe Public Library Dinner on Thursday, October 19th at the Sycamore Grill in Delaware Water Gap.

The Friends established the award last year in memory of Mrs. Kane who was the Library’s first director and served for 38 years until her death in 1974.  It honors an individual for exceptional service to the EMPL as an employee, volunteer or a supporter.

The first recipient was Elizabeth’s daughter, who has worked at the library for 53 years since starting in 1953. She is now a part-time reference librarian at the Hughes Library.

You are welcome to use the enclosed form to submit a nomination.  The selection of the award recipient will be made by the executive board of the Friends of the EMPL.  ª


BOOK SALE RECAP (continued from page one)

“We had more books than ever before.  The community was really generous in donating books,” said Arnone (below left).

“At first, we thought we had fewer books because the mezzanine where we do the sorting never looked overly crowded.  The difference was that our sorters did such a fabulous job; they kept up with organizing the books all year long and we never fell behind,” she continued.

A total of 15-20 sorters worked every Tuesday in the mezzanine moving, pricing and placing the books in categories.  They then were put into boxes to be moved to the storage bins rented by the Friends.

In addition to the sorters, several Friends’ members worked each Tuesday on other tasks.  Lois Payne sat at a computer and checked to see if any of the donated books had value beyond the normal Friends’ pricing structure.  As always, the Friends relied on the expertise of bibliophile Vertie Knapp who knows about books the way Starbucks knows about coffee.

John Pooley and missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints helped move the books to the storage bins on a regular basis and Anita Berg recycled all the paper and plastic bags and cardboard boxes in which the books arrived at the library.  In addition, Don Manza donated his expertise to make colored signs both for the sorting operation and the sale itself.

“Our sorters, the people who moved the books and our other workers did an unbelievable job.  Without their efforts, we couldn’t have had a book sale,” said Linda Snyder (above), the other co-chairperson.

When the sale started, more than 40 members of the Friends worked setting up the room and then serving as cashiers and floor workers. 

Before and after the sale, Sheriff Todd Martin and Warden Dave Keenhold arranged for inmates from the Monroe County Correctional Facility to help with moving books.  A company from Baltimore took the leftover books, fewer than 1,000, to be re-circulated.

In addition, Roadway Express, through the generosity of Tom Smedley, donated two trailers which were parked outside the community room and were used to store books in the two months before the sale.  Larry Schwab, also of Roadway, volunteered his time to drive the trailers from Roadway  to and from the library.

Cramer’s Home Centers donated the use of 40 boards which were used to set up shelves of books for the sale.  There also were donations from local businesses to provide food and snacks for the workers, especially on the    busy first weekend of the sale.

Two Friends’ members made it their goal that every child leaving the book sale would receive a free book.  One went to area yard sales and purchased 733 children’s books and a trunk to put them in.  Each child attending the   sale was directed to go into the trunk and pick out a book.

“It was so exciting how well the book sale turned out,” said Kate White, Friends’ President.  “So many people     and so many businesses contributed to the success of the sale; I can’t thank them enough.”

“Also, Barbara Keiser (library director) and her staff have always been so cooperative and helpful in supporting    the Friends.  Without the staff’s help in collecting moneys at the circulation desk, we wouldn’t be able to have      the on-going $1 book shelf sale,” White stressed.

Within days of completing the 2006 Book Sale, work began on next year’s sale for which tentative dates are June 2-8. 

Snyder, who will serve as chairperson for the 2007 sale, has been working almost daily getting the mezzanine ready to start organizing books again.

“We will start collecting books August 1st which is earlier than last year,” she said.  “The reason is that people at the sale were saying they had books they already were ready to donate.

“We also are purchasing two new bookcases to display our $1 books and we want to keep those shelves full.  Right now, the library has been generous in putting some of their discarded books on the shelves, but we want to keep them as full as possible throughout the year.”

Snyder said that the Friends are always looking for help and persons interesting in working the 2007 Book Sale should contact her at (570) 421-8368. 

                                                       ——— Pete Nevins &

(photos: Liz Koster)

Supermarket sweep for $

Easy money!  That’s what it feels like as the collection can fills up with Mr. Z’s/Weis supermarket receipts.  Thanks to all of the library patrons who shop at Mr. Z’s, our library has received thousands of dollars for its use.

It starts with that collection can at the check-out desk, but of course, that’s not where it ends.  After the register tapes accumulate they are taken to our local office of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.  There the tapes are meticulously totaled by one of the helpful volunteers using an adding machine.

The totaled receipts are taken to Mr. Z’s, and thanks to their generosity, the library receives 1% of the total receipts.  This has amounted to almost four thousand dollars over the last two years. 

Like I said, easy money.  So keep those tapes coming!

                 —— Martha Linne  ³




Patrons of the Eastern Monroe Public Library can rest more easily after the passage of the 2006-07 Pennsylvania State Budget which allocates a record amount of money to state libraries.

So says Barbara Keiser, library director, who says the budget should bring the EMPL allocation back up to the level received in 2002, which was a record figure at the time.

“I don’t have the final figures, but this should enable us to keep the same services and replenish our reserve fund which we’ve had to nibble into over the last few years,” said Keiser.

Since 2002, the library has maintained its hours of operation and has not laid off any personnel, which many libraries have been forced to do, by using money from the reserve fund.

“We also saved money by not making some needed repairs and not replacing some equipment.  Hopefully, we will be able to do this now,” she said. 

Keiser also said that the library has not filled some open positions, including her own as assistant director when she became director. The whole subject of library staffing and salaries will be a topic of discussion at future EMPL Board of Directors meetings, she explained.

“With this budget, we won’t have to cut any services in the short term and we will be able to make up for the shortfall of recent years,” Keiser said.  “We are very pleased about the increase in state funding which is so important to us because we are located in an area where the population is growing so rapidly.”

            —— Pete Nevins   ³



  One evening last winter we were discussing a new tote bag to sell as a fundraiser for the Friends.  Barbara

  Keiser happened to be in the room and commented that she wished we could find a tote bag like hers which

  she thought was very functional and attractive.  We agreed, searched the internet and found the exact bag.

  Carole Ludwig of Signs and Graphics volunteered to design the layout of our logo for the front of the bag

  and soon the bags were in production.  We are on our second reorder of these popular totes and extend our

  thanks to Barbara and Carole!  The totes are stored in the glass case to the right of the circulation desk when

  you enter the Hughes library.  Just ask one of the staff at the desk and they will get yours for you.


      —— Liz Koster                                                                                                (photo: Al Koster)


$3 coupon $3

The bearer of this coupon

is entitled to $3 off the $15 price

of the friends’ black zippered tote bag

available now at the hughes library










Book Sale 2006


Wonder where all the money goes?


For the third straight year and fourth time in the last five years, the Friends of the Library book sale grossed more than $30,000.

Final figures for the 2006 sale held June 3-9 in the community room at the Hughes library showed that the sale grossed $31,476.24.  This was an increase of close to $1,000 over the 2005 sale and represents the third highest total ever for the annual sale.

In addition, the Friends brought in $3,244.70 over the last year from the on-going $1 sale of books placed in the bookcase opposite the circulation desk.

There were total expenses of $3,629.29 which included the rental of bins to store the books and trucks to move them before the sale and the purchase of tables for the mezzanine of the library where the sorting takes place.  In addition, the Friends paid sales tax of $2,083.26.

This left a profit of $29,008.38.  Under a policy enacted in March 2005 by the Board of the Friends, two-thirds of the money, $19,145.54, went into the organization’s bookmobile fund.  There currently is a balance of $37,905.33 in the fund to buy a new bookmobile when one is needed.

The remainder of the book sale proceeds will be distributed to help improve library services.  Last year, the Friends donated moneys to pay for half the cost of the self-service checkout machine located on the second floor the library.

In the past 21 years since its reorganization in 1985, the Friends’ organization has donated close to $400,000 to the library.  —— Pete Nevins  ª


… and more Thank Yous …


There are several things that the Friends can generally count on during our annual Book Sale: rain, heat and the generosity of our local businesses with providing refreshments for all our hot, tired and busy volunteers.

This year the centerpiece of all the goodies was a gorgeous fresh fruit bouquet of watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, honeydew and pineapple.  This was donated by Edible Arrangements and tasted as good as it looked!  For another healthy snack, Pocono Produce provided some Delicious apples.

Vinnie D’s and DaVinci’s once again gave us beautiful cookie trays and a bagel basket to keep our energy up, and Laurel Beverage provided cases of soda to wash it down with.  Rounding out the edibles were yummy Munchkins and hot coffee from Dunkin Donuts.

In addition to the donations of food, other local companies provided money and gift cards that enabled us to provide a variety of drinks and snacks that lasted out the week.

We appreciate the generosity of Mr. Z’s, Shop-Rite, ESSA, Target and Wal-Mart.  All of these donations enabled us to save more of the money generated by the Book Sale and kept the spirits of our hard working volunteers high. 

Thank you all!  —— Martha Linne  ª


Take the Demolition Writers Challenge!


Local author Marc Parent, speaker at last year’s annual dinner, has edited an unusual collection of twelve short stories authored anonymously.  You will find fiction by the following writers in The Secret Society of Demo-lition Writers: Aimee Bender, Benjamin Cheever, Michael Connelly, Sebastian Junger, Elizabeth McCracken, Rosie O’Donnell, Chris Offutt, Marc Parent, Anna Quindlen, John Burnham Schwartz,  Alice Sebold and Lauren Slater.  

Can you guess which author wrote each story listed below?  You might find clues by attending our lunchtime book discussion meetings.  See the schedule of meetings below.  Marc Parent will attend one of our meetings, but he is sworn to secrecy!

For each story listed on the left, enter the author’s name on the corresponding blank in the right column.  If more than five people have identical answers to the ballot below, we will award them each with an Eastern Monroe Public Library tote bag, courtesy of the Friends of the Eastern Monroe Public Library.  

We need a lot of entries to make this contest fun, so check out The Secret Society of Demolition Writers at your local branch of Eastern Monroe Public Library.  

When you have your answers ready, cut out the ballot below and bring it to your local EMPL branch to be entered in the contest.  If you have any questions, please call Mary Ellen at (570) 421-0800 ext. 27.


1.      Eggs

2.      There is No Palindrome of Palindrome

3.      The Safe Man

4.      Sweet

5.      Deck

6.      Wonderland

7.      Ashes

8.      An Eye for an Eye

9.      The Choking Pearl

10.  Modern Times

11.  Good Sport

12.  A Country Like No Other


1.      ________________________________

2.      ________________________________

3.      ________________________________

4.      ________________________________

5.      ________________________________

6.      ________________________________

7.      ________________________________

8.      ________________________________

9.      ________________________________

10.  ________________________________

11.  ________________________________

12.  ________________________________


Name: __________________________________________ Phone:_________________

Lunchtime Book Discussions

§       Short stories from The Secret Society of Demolition Writers will be discussed.

§      The book can be checked out at your local EMPL branch.

§      Bring a bag lunch if desired.  

§      All book discussions will last from noon to 1 p.m. on the following schedule:


Smithfields Library

Marshalls Creek

Sweet, Deck, Wonderland

Friday, July 28

Pocono Township Library


Ashes, An Eye for an Eye, The Choking Pearl

Thursday, August 10

Edinger Community Room

Hughes Library, Stroudsburg

Modern Times, Good Sport, A Country Like No Other

Thursday, August 24




by Rob Ramos

Following a two-month summer hiatus, EMPL’s popular BookHouse series will return on Friday, September 29th with a special concert by Joe Lutton and Lee Morgan.  Joe and Lee are experienced actors and musicians with extensive credits on Broadway and on stages around the world.  Joe and Lee met while working with Pete Townshend and director Des McAnuff in two separate productions of The Who’s Tommy, on Broadway and in Europe.  Both have earned accolades for their work in both musical theatre and as accomplished singer-songwriters. 

Joe Lutton played the role of Buddy in The Buddy Holly Story at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre, and on the U.K. tour, where he was named Best Actor in the Manchester Theatre Awards.  Joe is also a talented filmmaker.  His debut film, Fishing, was named Best of the Fest at the Great Lakes Film Festival, and he was also awarded the Grand Prize for Best Directorial Debut at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. He can be heard on the acclaimed studio recording of Peter Link’s musical Sundown.

Last year was a very busy one in particular for Lee Morgan.  Lee played Taylor Collins in the Broadway cast of Brooklyn: The Musical, a role he originally created at the Denver Civic Center. Later in the year, he

was a member of the talented ensemble cast of the New York revue Almost Heaven: The Music of John Denver. Currently, Lee is out on the road with the first national tour of Brooklyn, in which he co-stars with American Idol runner-up Diana DeGarmo, and not one but two accomplished Tony Award winners, Melba Moore and 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.  The BookHouse concert will showcase material from Basic as well as new material to be included on a follow-up CD.

Joe and Lee will perform on Friday, September 29th,  at 7:30 p.m.  Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., and seating is limited. The BookHouse staff strongly suggest arriving prior to the 7:30 p.m. show time; as a courtesy to the performers, latecomers will not be seated until an appropriate interval between songs.  Admission is free, although donations are gratefully accepted.  Basic will be available for sale at the concert.  Refreshments will be available for a small charge.  All BookHouse programs take place in the Edinger Community Room of Eastern Monroe Public Library, located at 1002 North Ninth Street (Rt. 611) in Stroudsburg. 



Following Joe and Lee, the BookHouse will present Dracula & Mina, a dramatic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula by local writer-actor John Cusumano.  This special program will take place on October 27th, just in  time for a few Halloween shudders. 


A highly anticipated jazz concert by the popular and accomplished Philadelphia-based Eric Mintel Quartet will be the final BookHouse offering of 2006.  An Evening with the Eric Mintel Quartet will take place on Friday, November 17th.


 New Friends

Louis, Valerie, Anna Adam

Sharon Adein

Joan Allen

Cecil Allen

Misha Amkajinake

Dr. T. Anderson/M. Many

Stephaine Arrington

Donna Arsenault

Scotti Aversa

Julia Bard

Irma Basara

William & Joann Baumann

Florence Benenati

Nils Benjston

Arlene & George Biddulph

Paul Boggia

Mabelle & Ernest Brochinger

Tanya Clothier

Linda Counterman

Karen Davis


Manan Desai

Evelyn Dewitt

Alberta Dicillo

William & Barbara Dick

Eileen Dildine

Christina L. Dondzil

Rose Marie Donovan

Kathy Doyle

Ashley Dreisbach/Pat Magnotta

Edible Arrangements

Susan Ellis

Rosalie Ems

Chastity Flores

Lynn Francis

Debra Frantz

Josephine Friedman

Brent Garrison

Linda Gerkensmeyer

Caralee Girven

Paul, Doona, Dain Goding

Susan Graczyk

Esther P. Graves

Joan Green

Victoria Greenberg

Geraldine Griffin

Philip & Margaret Griswold

Julia Guyt

Constance Ivy Hamilton

Isabelle Heineman

Duane & Lynn Heller

Dan & Marianne Higgins

Noreen Hilson

Lucy Horton

Samuel A. Huffard

Jon Hussey

Cook Ingeborg

Jerilyn Jewitt-Smith


Joyce Kahaly

John Kauderer & Family

Glen King Family

Michelle Kintner

Marilyn Kovacs

James Krumanocker

Vivian Lamacchia

Deborah Lesoine

Frank Logan

Ellen & Mike Loughlin

Susan Mack

The Maresca Family

Christina Margosiak

Bill McCabe

Shelby McCatis

Susan A. McDonald

Elaine H. McFadden

Manuel, Angela, Patty Medina

Dawn Migliacci

Josephine Modzel

Judy Mesko/Douglas Moore

Suzanne Mueller

Margaret Murphy

Brenda Murray

Ruth Flynn, Jonathan Nelson

David O'Brien & Family

Mary Ann R. Ong

William Platman

Rosemary Rinkowski

Wolfgang Rohde

Laurel Santiago

Colleen Schaufile

Karen Schneider

Brandon Sebring

Michael Serfas

Chris Seybert

Christine Shemanski

Jim Sherich

Carol & Andrew Shumack

Elaine Sikorski

Meredith Smith

David D. Smith

Ingrid Sobolewska

Ashley Spellane

Edward & Connie Spuler

George Stanley

Debra Stauffacher

Theresa B. Storm

Renee Sweetman

Christian Taylor

Lauren Testa

Patricia Kennedy/Michael Thomas

Peter Thompson

Amy S. Tweedie

G. Tyburski

Angela Tyson

Susan & James Werkheiser

Sue C. Werkheiser

Marsha Wermuth

Barbara Whitaker

Andrew Wolf

Hanna Wolf

Yun K. Ye

K. Zodkoy