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55 N Church St, Hazleton, PA 18201

55 N Church St, Hazleton, PA 18201

The Great American Read
The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans, and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book. The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.Hazleton Area Public Library will be a participant in this program. You may cast your vote for your ten favorite books by picking up a ballot at the circulation desk, or you may vote online here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/H8F875L   HAPL can’t wait to see Luzerne County’s favorites!

Do you want to learn more about your mobile technology? Have questions and need assistance using your devices? Then this is your chance to get the help you need!      HAPL will be offering a drop in tech-time tutoring session on Thursday, July 26th from 3:00-4:00. This service is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required as this is a drop in program. Any questions can be directed to the reference department of the library at 570-454-2961.

Libraries Rock Film Program
The final film in the Summer Quest musical program will be screened at 6:00 on Thursday, August 9th. Registrations are required, and may be placed by phoning HAPL’s reference desk at 570-454-2961.

Graphic Novel Reading & Signing
Hazleton Area Public Library will host a book reading and signing by David N. Corrado on Saturday, August 4th from 2:00–3:00 in the community room (Green St. entrance). Focus for the afternoon will be on Corrado’s new Graphic Novel, The Legend of Alastar. David N. Corrado is a fine artist and illustrator from northeast Pennsylvania. At a young age, his maternal grandmother introduced him to the art of drawing and painting. After graduating from Penn State University, he went on to complete altar paintings for churches, portraits for R/C Theaters, and murals for American Legion and a town hall. The Legend of Alastar is his first work of fiction. Reservations are requested, and may be made by phoning HAPL’s reference desk at 570-454-2961.

Writing Workshop
Do you have a story to tell, a poem in your heart, or a message you’d like to share through the art of writing? Everyone is capable of being a writer, all that’s required is putting pen to paper. Workshops can be an encouraging place to explore your creativity and receive much needed support and feedback. Join us at the Hazleton Area Public Library for a workshop designed for 16 year olds to adult, focusing on generating new material in a positive and supportive environment. All genres-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc.- and any experience level welcome; even if you don’t consider yourself a writer. Prompts will be provided, but feel free to follow your own inspiration. Participants can read their own work aloud; share as much or as little as wanted. Responses will focus on what is strong and good about the work. The workshop will be held on Saturday,  July 28th  from 1:00–2:30  in the community room, so please use the Green Street entrance. It will be offered by staff member Lexie Collazo. Register at the Reference desk or by calling (570) 454-2961.

BELIEVE/ Reading and Signing by Author
Hazleton Area Public Library will host a program with author A. G. Shraud on Saturday August 25th, from 10:30-11:30 in the Community Room (Green St. entrance).           In her book, Believe,  A.G. Shraud reveals how she maintained her confidence and her determination when faced with obstacles. Daily journaling allowed her to hold in her mind the encouraging truths that drove her success. Shraud came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when she was eighteen, and she figured out right away to achieve her dreams, she would need to get an education. First she had to toil for hours just to learn English. Her inspirational story shows exactly what we can accomplish through perseverance. We all struggle. We all face heartbreak, loss, and doubt. Shraud always remembered that no matter how difficult things got, she could make her dreams a reality if she remained confident and focused. Now her dream is to share her story and, in doing so, inspire her readers. Daily writing is a powerful way to focus on what is important. It allows us to not only see our dreams laid out in front of us but also discover the steps we need to take to bring those dreams to fruition.      Shraud studied at Queens College, where she earned a master’s degree in urban studies with a concentration in business administration. Her career has included seventeen years in the health-care industry as well as being an independent business owner involved in real-estate investment and property management. She is a certified public speaker who currently focuses on motivational communication, business leadership, and has worked as a teaching assistant in children’s ministry.

Summer Quest for Kids
Registration for the library’s Summer Quest Program has started, and will continue throughout the summer. Summer Quest is open to children 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.

Library Day @ PNC Field
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders want kids to read. That’s why the team is again offering a free ticket for its game on Tuesday, August 14 against the Indianapolis Indians to any child 4 to 12 years old who reads five books from the library this summer. Stop by the Hazleton Area Public Library, or any branch library, and pick up a RailRiders bookmark. Read five books and have your bookmark checked by library staff to earn one free ticket to the game. Take the bookmark to the box office at PNC Field to receive your free ticket.


Congratulations to the following young reader who has completed all requirements of the 2018 Read To Me Summer Quest Program, “Libraries Rock”: Gavin McAlarney.

Congratulations to the following readers who have completed all requirements of the 2018 Summer Quest Program, “Libraries Rock”: Izabella Arce, Harley Brandmier, Dylan Brandmier, Mateo Feola, Rebecca Foose, Jayden Forte, Sebastian Hanni,Zoe Lied, Kaitlyn McAlarney, Heather Petrosky, Keerah Stahora, and Lily Youngcourt.