The Hazleton Area Public Library offers many ways for young children to get engaged in reading and learning.
Toddler Storytime (for children currently ages 2 and 3 accompanied by a caregiver) sessions are offered during fall, winter and spring on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Join us for 45 minutes of stories, songs and more.
Preschool Storytime (for children ages 4 and 5) sessions are offered during fall, winter and spring on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Join us for one hour of storytime fun.
Storytimes are thematic programs filled with stories, songs, activities and crafts designed to foster a love of books and reading. To register or to receive more information, please contact the Children's Department of the Library at 570-454-2961.
One Book, Every Young Child
Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child is Pennsylvania's first collaborative project using the vehicle of the One Book, One State program to highlight the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers, ages 3–6 years. Studies show that activities like reading aloud and sharing books and stories are critical to early learning.
An element of this statewide reading initiative is the traveling trunk, which was developed by museum educators. The trunk is filled with puzzles, activities, puppets, games and manipulatives for young children. The trunk is available for loan to preschools and daycares. HAPL will host the traveling trunk several times throughout the year. Check our Calendar of Events for dates and times. For more information, contact the Children's Department of the Library at 454-2961.
For more information about this initiative or to find other great activities that parents can do with young children, visit http://paonebook.org.
One Book, Every Young Child is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Please Touch Museum, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Library Association, Pennsylvania Public Television Network, Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Pennsylvania Association for the Education of Young Children, The Pennsylvania Child Care Association, and Verizon. This program also is supported in part by the Institute of the Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the state of Pennsylvania.
Materials for Children
Our collection offers board books, picture books, easy readers, novels, a wide array of nonfiction, paperbacks, magazines, award books, reference materials, and a special section of books for parents and teachers. We also have a growing number of bilingual books written in English and Spanish. Print materials are located in the Children's Department. Audio and video materials for children can be found on the lower level.
Programs for Children
In addition to storytime sessions, school-aged children can join us for special evening or Saturday programs throughout the year. Check our calendar of events for the next great program!
The library offers several services for area educators. Browse our Parent-Teacher Collection shelves for great new ideas to use in your home or classroom. Try a Teacher Collection and have a thematic box of books prepared to use in your classroom. Call the Children's Department to let us know about an upcoming assignment for your class, to have materials put aside for your students. Teachers, scout leaders and homeschool teachers can have a field trip to the library. We can accommodate your class (up to 35 students) and provide thematic storytimes or library instruction. Please give at least two weeks notice for field trips, teacher collections and assignment alerts.
The POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania's public libraries, school libraries and the State Library. The POWER Library allows you to access full text magazine articles, photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people and more. You will find materials of interest in most subject areas for all age groups from young children to adults.
Cruise Into Kindergarten
Libraries throughout Pennsylvania are committed to strengthening children's early learning. The Cruise into Kindergarten initiative is designed to provide a recognizable umbrella for the libraries' early learning programs and outreach throughout the state. The program provides resources to strengthen early literacy, math and science skills and provide children with the skills they need to make the transitional to kindergarten.