Children & Teens
Registration for the library’s Summer Quest Program will begin Monday June 11th and continue throughout the summer. Summer Quest is open to children who will be entering grades one through twelve in the fall who have their own library card. Club members will receive a calendar of events and activities upon enrollment.
The Hazleton Area Public Library will also host a Read- To- Me Summer Reading Program for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Read-To-Me members may use their parents’ library cards to participate. A calendar of storytimes will be provided at registration.
The Summer Quest Program will be offered at the main library and its branches. Children may enroll only at one location. A parent or legal guardian must be present to enroll the child. Members will be asked to perform eight educational activities to complete the Summer Quest. The activities range from reading and arts, to technology and experiences.
Wine & Chocolate Walk
Celebrate the First Friday in June (June 1) in Downtown Hazleton at the 3rd Annual Wine & Chocolate Walk. The Library’s Community Room will be a stop where you can sample a non-alcoholic wine and taste a light, chocolate dessert. There will also be cookbooks and recipes on display as well as a chance to win a small book basket. Walkers will enjoy samples of chocolates and chocolate desserts paired with wines served by more than a twenty downtown merchants and organizations. Ticket cost is $10/person (if purchased in advance at the Chamber of Commerce office downtown), or $15/person at the door. The walk is self-guided, and all locations are nearby. Pick up your map, wristband, and wineglass in the lobby of the Hayden Tower at the Markle (8 W. Broad Street) between 4:00-6:00 on the day of the event. Have your map stamped at all stops, and enter to win a $100 gift certificate to spend at any participating location. For additional information call the Downtown Hazleton Alliance at 570-455-1509.
Computers Made Easy
This class will supplement the computer basics class held in May. In this program, participants will receive a more hands-on experience that will involve learning how to do some necessary and helpful tasks that make using a computer and the internet easier.Topics to be covered include: using a word processor to write just about anything, copy & paste, and understanding Google. This program is free and open to the public. The program will take place on Thursday, June 14th from 10:00-11:00. Reservations are required as seating is limited, and can be made by phoning the library's reference desk at 570-454-2961.
Book Reading & Signing
Hazleton Area Public Library will be hosting a book reading and signing by local author Donald Marino in the community room on Saturday, June 16th at 1:30. Reservations are required, and may be placed by phoning the reference desk at 570-454-2961. Donald L. Marino was born in central Pennsylvania. Marino spent four years in the army, living in Germany, and participating in the first Gulf Wars. Since returning home, Marino moved to northeast Pennsylvania. Marino’s favorite author is Terry Brooks. Return of the Shadows Book One is his first published work. In the realm of Lord of the Rings, Marino’s novel involved elves, dwarves, and hawk people. So for an interesting afternoon with a local author, join Marino on June 21st.
Join us for an afternoon screening of a recent galactic quest on Monday, June 18th at 2:00. We invite you to dress up as your favorite SW character as prizes will be given for best costume. For those in attendance, there will be cosmic treats and refreshments available as well as cardboard standees of some of your favorite characters for a photo-op. This program is free and open to the public and will take place in the library’s Community Room (Green St. Entrance). Reservations are required and may be placed by phoning the library’s reference desk at 570-454-2961.
Adult Summer Film Quest
Hazleton Area Public Library will kick its adult summer film quest on Thursday, June 21st at 6:00 in the community room. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock. There will be a series of three diverse musicals screened from June through August. Reservations are required, and may be placed by phoning the reference desk at 570-454-2961.
Do you want to learn more about your technology? Need help doing something on your laptop, smartphone, tablet, or any other device? The library is offering a drop-in, tech time tutoring session on Monday, June 25th from 3:00- 4:00. During this time bring your technology and your questions, and one of our knowledgeable staff members will help you as best he can.This service is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, as this is a drop-in event.
LGBTQ & You
Hazleton Area Public Library will be hosting an LGBTQ & You informational program on Thursday, June 28th at 6:00 in the community room (Green St. Entrance). Reservations are not required for this program. Dr. Helen H. Davis is an Associate Professor of English at Wilkes University. She is also part of the Women's and Gender Studies program. Her research areas include gender studies, queer theory, feminist theory, narrative theory, nineteenth-century literature, and rhetoric and composition. She co-founded and co-facilitates the Wilkes University Safe Space and LGBTQ Awareness program and is Co-Chair of the Wilkes Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity (CODIE). She has provided sessions on LGBTQ awareness and practices for creating safe spaces at many colleges, universities, libraries, and other area organizations. She has been a board member of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance since 2013, and has served as Vice Chair of the board since 2014. The NEPA Rainbow Alliance provides education, support, and advocacy for LGBTQA individuals and families while working to advance fairness and equality. The NEPA Rainbow Alliance strives toward a future where all people in Northeastern Pennsylvania can live openly and free from fear; where individuals, organizations, and businesses work collaboratively to provide an equal, inclusive community; and where we celebrate and nurture our diversity. To work towards this future the Alliance will educate and empower their volunteers to create strategic, peer-driven, sustainable programming overseen by strengthened volunteer leadership.