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.
The Hazleton Area Public Library will be hosting a film festival over the course of three weeks in October to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. The first one will be shown Saturday, October 6th at 2:00. The films will be shown in the Community Room (Green Street entrance) of the library. Program attendees should enter through those doors. This program is free and open to the general public, ages 16 and up. Registrations are required, and inquiries about which films are being shown can be directed to the reference department of the library at 570-454-2961.
Do you have questions about, or need help with your mobile technology? The library will be hosting a drop in, tech-time tutoring session on Tuesday October 16th from 3:00 - 4:00. One of our knowledgeable staff members will be available downstairs in the reference department, ready to answer your questions. This program is free and open to the public. No reservations are required as this is a drop in event. For any questions about the program, call the reference department of the library at 570-454-2961, and ask for Jeff.
NaNoWriMo Info Session
If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, now is the time. November is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo, a month-long writing challenge. Can you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days? Join us at the Hazleton Area Public Library, and writers participating around the world, in this exciting adventure. Monday October 22th at 6:00. We’ll be holding an information session in the Community Room (Green Street entrance) of the library. At this time you'll have the chance to meet other participants, discuss your ideas, and learn more about the resources provided on the NaNoWriMo website. Registrations are encouraged and can be placed by phoning the library's reference desk at 570-454-2961.
Lap-sit Baby and Me
The next Lap-sit Program will take place on Thursday, October 4th at 10:30. The program is for children ages 6 months to 23 months. It involves stories, fingerplays, lap bounces, and songs. Registration is required, and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961.
On Monday, October 29th, the library will be offering a program for children in Kindergarten- 3rd grade from 6:00-7:00. Children will learn about different topics and concepts through stories, activities, playtime, and crafts. Registration is required, and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961. Registration begins Monday, October 15th.
Toddler Storytime, for children currently ages 2 and 3, is offered Wednesdays at 10:00. Toddlers must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Preschool Storytime, for children ages 4-5, is offered Wednesdays at 6:00. Preschool Storytime incorporates many facets of early learning and school readiness. The first program takes place on Wednesday, September 19th. Registration is required, and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961.
STEAM: Fizzy Fun
The library will be offering a special two-night STEAM program, Fizzy Fun, this month for students in grades 4-8. On Monday, October 8th, from 6:00-7:00, students will create their own volcanoes. The following week, on Monday, October 15th from 6:00-7:00, students will see how baking soda can make their volcanoes erupt, and perform other experiments as well. Registration is required, and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961.
Teen Advisory Board
The Hazleton Area Public Library has some open spaces on our Teen Advisory Board. The board meets one Tuesday evening a month from 6:00-7:00. The board helps to plan future programs, brainstorm on how to reach out to the community, and give input on materials in the library’s Young Adult collection. Members will also have the opportunities to get volunteer hours. Board members must be high school students aged 14-18. Teens must complete an application in order to be considered for the board. Please contact the library’s Head of Youth Services, Mary Jordan, at 570-454-2961 to get an application, or for any questions.
Teen Time: Escape Room
On Tuesday, October 9th from 6:00-7:00, students in grades 7-12 will work together to figure their way out of an escape room in the library.Registration is required and can be made by contacting the library's Children's Department at 570-454-2961
On Saturday, October 20th from 10:00-10:45, the library will hold a storytime that is designed to help children stay focused throughout the program. It is a great program for children with sensory processing disorders, autism, or other special needs. The materials are aimed at children aged 4-7, but ages may vary due to developmental delays. An adult MUST STAY with the child for the entire program. Registration is required and can be made by contacting the library's Children's Department at 570-454-2961.