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55 N Church St, Hazleton, PA 18201

55 N Church St, Hazleton, PA 18201

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 today 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.

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.

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, June 30th from 1:00 – 2:00 in the community room, so please use the Green Street entrance. It will be offered by fellow staff member Lexie Collazo. Register at the Reference desk or by calling 570-454-2961.

Graphic Novel Reading & Signing
A young girl, adopted into royalty, yearns to know more about her father. A warrior, hidden from humanity, longs to know more about his forgotten past. Their lives collide at the hands of two mysterious threats that hold all the answers for which they have been searching. Thus begins the new graphic novel, The Legend of Alastar, written and illustrated by local artist and writer David Corrado. Hazleton Area Public Library will host a book reading and signing by Corrado on Saturday, August 4th from 2:00 – 3:00 in the community room (Green St. entrance). Reservations are requested, and may be made by phoning HAPL’s reference desk at 570-454-2961.

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.

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 have 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 RailRiders 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.

Memorial Books
Julie Taboulie’s Lebanese kitchen, in memory of George T. Deeb, Jr., from Sister, Rose Ann Deeb.

Great at work, in memory of W.A. Deisroth, from Jeffrey & John Gicking.

Stories from the Bible, in memory of W.A. Deisroth, from Deb Jones, Dennis Mallams, Tony & Jesse.

Golf resorts of the world, in memory of Olga Duffy, from Ann Marie Kaschak & Linda Watkins.

The long haul, in memory of Joseph L. Farace, Jr., from Angelo & Pat Gadola and Family.

Real music, in memory of Mary Ellen Fidishun, from Andrea & Paul Schofield, Mary Ann & John Litchock and Joslyn & Randy Kreider and Family.

Definitive opera encyclopedia, in memory of Maurice Fierro, from Alexis J. Neapolitan, Jr.

The politics of opera, in memory of Maurice Fierro, from Sister City Association of Hazleton.

No ordinary pilot, in memory of Edward Genetti, from Jeffrey Gicking.

Kind is the new classy, in memory of Mary Jo Gerace, from Walter, Deanne & Walter John Pavlik.

Air Force One, in memory of Richard Gorski, from Betty Gorski.

Anthony Fokker, in memory of Richard Gorski, from Betty Gorski.

The flower-powered garden, in memory of Lance Horrox, from Horrox Family.

Grow for flavor, in memory of Lance Horrox, from Horrox Family.

Dreaming of you, in memory of Greyson Carter Kapes, from Ron & Marie Gavlick.

The inviting life, in memory of Mary Macejko, from Carmella Palaggi.

The garden in every sense and season, in memory of Jerry McGarry, from Bob & Pat McCaul.

Girl with a sewing machine, in memory of Sharon Motel, from Frances & Jeff Strizak and Wayne & Frances Lindemuth.

A letter to every mother, in memory of Gloria F. Pasdon, from Marilyn Gordon.

Born to fish, in memory of Tom Stark, from Jordan Zande.

The plan, in memory of Raymond Starrick, from Molly & Jim Johnston.

The feeling of greatness, in memory of Mary Louise Wright, from The Whitaker Family.

American Mom, in memory of Sophia E. Yackenovich, from Alex, Mary Lou & Alexandra Blahosky.

Honor Books
Passionate readers, in honor of Dr. Deb Carr (Professional Achievement), from Trudy Mariano, Ann Marie Chismar & Marie Shulenski.

I walk with Vanessa, in honor of Irene Gares (Speedy Recovery), from Antoinette & Harold Refowich.