The Hazleton Area Public Library offers many ways for young children to get engaged in reading and learning.
Toddler Storytime (for children currently ages 2 and 3 accompanied by a caregiver) sessions are offered during fall, winter and spring on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Join us for 45 minutes of stories, songs and more.
Preschool Storytime (for children ages 4 and 5) sessions are offered during fall, winter and spring on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Join us for one hour of storytime fun.
Storytimes are thematic programs filled with stories, songs, activities and crafts designed to foster a love of books and reading. To register or to receive more information, please contact the Children's Department of the Library at 570-454-2961.
Materials for Children
Our collection offers board books, picture books, easy readers, novels, a wide array of nonfiction, 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
In addition to storytime sessions, 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!
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. Call the Children's Department to let us know about an upcoming assignment for your class, to have materials put aside for your students. Teachers, scout leaders and homeschool 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.
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 full text magazine articles, photographs, pictures, charts, maps, 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.
Cruise Into Kindergarten
Libraries throughout Pennsylvania are committed to strengthening children's early learning. The Cruise into Kindergarten initiative is designed to provide a recognizable umbrella for the libraries' early learning programs and outreach throughout the state. The program provides resources to strengthen early literacy, math and science skills and provide children with the skills they need to make the transitional to kindergarten.
Here are some suggestions from the staff, divided into these categories: Biographies, Fables Non Fiction, Fairy Tales Non Fiction, Fairy Tales Picture Books, Fiction Fairy Tales, Heroes Fiction, Heroes Non Fiction, Historical Fiction Chapter Books, Horror Chapter Books, Mystery Chapter Books, Popular Picture Books, Popular Series, Sports Chapter Books, and Superheroes.
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