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Play and Learn

This four-week series is offered Spring and Fall and is designed for children ages 1 through 3 and their caregivers. These sessions include stories, a craft experience, and the opportunity to play with a variety of educational and developmentally appropriate toys.


Toddler Storytime (for children currently ages 2 and 3 accompanied by a caregiver) - Sessions offered Fall, Winter, and Spring on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10AM. Join us for 45 minutes of stories, songs and more.

Preschool Storytime (for children currently ages 4,5, and 6) - Sessions offered Fall, Winter, and Spring on Wednesdays at 6:00PM. Join us for one hour of storytime fun.

To register or to receive more information, please contact the Children’s Department of the Library at 454-2961.

Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child

One Book, Every Young Child is Pennsylvania’s first ever 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 www.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 non-fiction, 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

The Children's Department of the Hazleton Area Public Library offers Toddler and Preschool storytime sessions several times throughout the year. Toddler Storytime is for children aged 2 and 3, accompanied by an adult. Preschool Storytime is for children aged 4, 5, and 6. Storytimes are thematic programs filled with stories, songs, activities and crafts designed to foster a love of books and reading.

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!

Teacher Services

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. Assignment Alert will allow the Library to prepare materials for use in the library by your students. Teachers, scout leaders and home-school 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.

POWER Library

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 thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, and 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.


Links for Children and Parents

Hey! I Just Read That (sites about books and authors)
-- A List of Caldecott Award Books
-- A List of Newbery Award Books
-- Berenstain Bears
-- Children's Literature Web Guide
-- Little House on the Prairies
-- Nancy Drew
-- Seussville
-- Arthur
-- Scholastic Kids (with links to Harry Potter, Animorphs, Captain Underpants, Clifford, the Magic School Bus, I Spy and more)
-- Book Hive (Contains coloring pages, book reviews, top 20 lists of books sorted by age groups and listen to stories by professional storytellers.)
-- Storyplace(Find online stories for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children. Read stories and do related activities provided.)

Help! I Have Homework!
-- Factmonster (Reference source featuring almanacs, dictionaries, and more.)
-- Dr.Internet Science and Math
-- BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper
-- States and Capitals
-- Enchanted Learning
-- Endangered Species
-- A+ Math

General Sites
-- 700+ Great Sites for Kids
-- Ask Jeeves for Kids
-- Nick Jr.
-- PBS Kids (links to Arthur, Barney, Between the Lions, Sesame Street and much more)
-- Sports Illustrated for Kids
-- Rules Central (official rules for sports as well as card and board games)
-- Funny Pages (comic strips for the whole family)
-- Libraries Are More Than Just Books!

-- Eclectic Homeschool Resource Directory
-- Homeschool.com
-- A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Website
-- Pennsylvania Home Education Network

Area Schools
-- Hazleton Area School District
-- MMI
-- Penn State Hazleton
-- Luzerne County Community College
-- Lackawanna College


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