Children and Teens

Summer Quest 2019

Over the summer, the Hazleton library will be offering free weekly programs for children as young as two through students entering their senior year of high school.  The programs for students entering grades 1-12 will include crafts, games, and fun activities.

We have a Toddler Read-to-Me group for 2-3 year olds and a Preschool Read-to-Me group for 4-5 year olds. These groups will have a weekly storytime.

In addition to the programs, children will be given an activity checklist at the beginning of the summer. If children complete 10 of the activities, they become a Summer Quest Finisher. They are then eligible to win prizes and attend our Finishers’ Party.  

You must register your child at the library in person, and a LEGAL guardian must sign a permission slip. Children entering grades 1-12 need to have their own library cards. Children in the Read-to-Me groups may use a parent’s or grandparent’s library card.

**The Freeland, Nuremberg, South Side and Valley branch libraries will have Summer Quest programs as well, but you may only sign up at one location. Weekly activities will differ**

Registration for the Summer Quest program begins Monday, June 10th for each library, and will continue throughout the summer. For more information stop by, or call your local library: Hazleton Library (570-454-2961); Freeland Branch (570-636-2125); Nuremberg Branch (570-384-4101); South Side Branch (570-929-1120); Valley Branch (570-788-1339)


Library Days @ 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 Sunday, July 7th OR Tuesday, August 20th to any child 3 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.



Quilling Craft
The library will be hosting an adult craft program Wednesday, June 26 at 6:00. The goal of this program is to learn the art of quilling. Quilling is the art of taking coiled paper and turning it into a 3D picture. For this month we will be making a quilled card. No previous experience is needed. Attendees will meet in the Community Room. Please use the Green Street entrance. Registration is required as space is limited. Please contact the library’s Reference Desk in person or by phone at 570-454-2961 to sign up. Last day to register is Monday June 24.

Hazy Painters
For the month of June, HAPL's Hazy Painters will be redesigning Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. This program is free and open to the public. Adults and families are welcome to attend. Small children must be accompanied by an adult. The library provides all necessary supplies. Registration is required as space is limited. Visit or call the library at 570-454-2961. The program will take place Saturday, June 29 at 1:30 in the Community Room (Green Street Entrance).

The library will be hosting a drop in, tech-time tutoring session on Wednesday, July 10 from 6:00-7:00. 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 or visit the reference department of the library at 570-454-2961, and ask for Jeff.