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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!

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.

Hands-Only CPR
The Hazleton Area Public Library is pleased to announce it will be hosting a hands-only CPR program on Monday, August 13th from 6:00-7:00. The program will be led by two RN’s who are certified CPR instructors with LVHN-Hazleton under the American Heart Association. The Hands only CPR class is ideal for community participation. Participants will learn proper chest compressions, and have the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about this invaluable and lifesaving skill. Registrations are required and may be placed by phoning the library reference desk at 570-454-2961. The program will take place in the library's community room (Green Street Entrance). On the day of the program, attendees should use this entrance. The last day to register for this program will be Wednesday, August 8th.

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.

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.

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,  August 25th 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.

Congratulations to the following young readers who have completed all requirements of the 2018 Read To Me Summer Quest Program, “Libraries Rock”: Luis Arce, Rylee Artmont, Alexander Biros, Neil Hoppe, Kael Hoppey, Noah Lied, Makenzie Potence.

Congratulations to the following readers who have completed all requirements of the 2018 Summer Quest Program, “Libraries Rock”: Teaghan Biros, Hudson Bottley, Laci Curvey, Mia Galbiati, Bryce Gallagher, Jillian Hoppe, Layla Merenda, Lilly Merenda, Maralin Merenda, Gracie Youngcourt.