Hazleton Area Public Library salutes St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church on their 125th anniversary. On Sunday, June 24th, the parish of St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church will be celebrating 125 years of faith in the Hazleton Area. As part of that celebration they are featuring a display that shows their growth in faith through the sacraments. In 1893, thirty families decided to form another parish from their mother church, St. Mary’s (Assumption) B.C. church on Beech St. They established the first church on Arthur St which was completed in 1894. The parish would grow to over 600 families in the 1950’s and 1960’s. A new church was completed and dedicated in 1974 at the present location on 20th and Wyoming St. In the early years, the church was the social as well as the religious center for these people. Many fraternal societies, such as the Greek Catholic Union (GCU), were formed, as well as the Holy Name Society for Men, and the Sodality and Altar and Rosary Society for Women. St John’s also had an outstanding choir that performed at competitions, and also presented the passion play as well as other operettas. In the 1930’s, the parish opened its parochial school, staffed by the sisters of Basil the Great, for the education of its children and located on Wyoming St. The HAPL display features pictures and other memorabilia showing the history of the parish. It also features the sacraments as celebrated throughout these many years. These include everything from the liturgy book used on the altar to celebrate liturgy, the icon of the sign “written” by their own parish son and lastly, an aged, simple prayer book owned by one of their founding members. St. John the Baptist hopes to enlighten and inspire all with this testament of faith.
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. For interesting afternoon with a local author, join Marino on June 16th.
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 taking 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.
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 people 16 years old and up, 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 and 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 in the community room, so please use the Green Street entrance. It will be offered by fellow staff member Lexie Collazo on Saturday, June 30, at 1:00. Register at the Reference Desk or by calling 570-454-2961.
Summer Quest for Kids
Registration for the library’s Summer Quest Program begins today, 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.
A Book that Shaped Me Contest
The Library of Congress has launched its annual summer essay contest, to encourage students entering 5th or 6th grade in the fall to reflect on a book they’ve read. Prizes will be awarded, and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the 18th Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, September 1st at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Contest participants must write a short letter to their local librarian about a book that has had a personal impact on their lives. The Hazleton Area Public Library and its branch libraries are participating in this contest. Applications with detailed instructions can be picked up at our libraries. Applications may also be downloaded at: www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids teachers/booksthatshape/. The entry and the applications must be returned to the library by Saturday, July 7th.
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 Rail Riders 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.
The Jersey brothers, in memory of John Benko, from Bob & Janice Gans Moisey.
Our year of war, in memory of Nicholas E. Benko, from Bob & Janice Gans Moisey.
My big book of Catholic Bible stories, in memory of Marie Bonner, from Celeste Fellin Kosko, Mary Celeste Kosko & Andrea Kosko.
Ask Dr. Nandi, in memory of Sue Ann Childs, from Denise Bugda, PA-C, MPAS, Jayne Ann & Mary Jane Bugda.
Theater, in memory of Sue Ann Childs, from Donna & Jerry Pierotti and Family and Kathy & Hope Little.
Einstein and the Rabbi, in memory of Elsie Cohn, from Jeffrey & John Gicking.
The glass universe, in memory of Elsie Cohn, from Jeffrey & John Gicking.
Born to build, in memory of W.A. Deisroth, from Jeffrey & John Gicking.
The genius within, in memory of W.A. Deisroth, from Mountain View Cemetery Association.
Quickbooks 2018 for dummies, in memory of W.A. Deisroth, from Jeffrey & John Gicking.
Woodworking, in memory of W.A. Deisroth, from Pat Walser.
Fire on the track, in memory of Olga Duffy, from Carol & Bob Tunnessen.
Your baby and toddler problems solved, in memory of Marilyn (Mandy) Ferry, from Antoinette Refowich & Trudy Mariano.
Gardening complete, in memory of Mary Jo Gerace, from Rochelle Pacelli & Family.
Here come the Girl Scouts!, in memory of Lois Longazel, from Girl Scout Troops #34207, 34210 & 34276.
Notre Dame at 175, in memory of Mary Macejko, from Richard Tomasko.
The fearless baker, in memory of Donna Jean Marnell, from Joe & Cathy Gasper.
Bold women of medicine, in memory of Veronica Prawdzik, from Marilyn Gordon & Family.
Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, in memory of Veronica Prawdzik, from Leona Baker.
Saints & angels, in memory of Veronica Prawdzik, from Denise Bugda, PA-C, MPAS, Mary Jane Bugda & Jayne Ann Bugda.
Why we exercise, in memory of Jerry Sebia, from Terri Pollock.
Total cat mojo, in memory of Christopher M. Thomas, from Francis Tucci.
The woman’s hour, in memory of Evelyn Jane Trulock, from West Hazleton High School Class of 1954.
The art of Mopar, in memory of Mary Louise Wright, from The Whitaker Family.
Pugs, in memory of Mary Louise Wright, from Peter & Sandy Kisatsky.