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55 N Church St, Hazleton, PA 18201

55 N Church St, Hazleton, PA 18201

Holiday Hours
Please note this change in hours due to the Thanksgiving holiday: Wednesday, November 21 9:00-5:00; Thursday, November 22 Closed.

Weather Notice
If the Hazleton Area School District delays or closes due to inclement weather, the HAPL will not open before 10:00. If weather is "severe", please call 570-454-2961 to confirm library hours.

AtoZ World Food
The Library recently added AtoZ World Food to its online reference offerings. This new library resource contains more than 7,000 traditional recipes from 174 countries, along with thousands of ingredient, food culture, and reference articles, making it the largest food database of its kind. Anyone can access AtoZ World Food using the library’s computers, or from anywhere in the world from the library’s portal at www.hazletonlibrary.org with a library card. AtoZ World Food also enables users to forward recipes to friends by email and even create their own personal cookbook of favorite recipes. The database was designed for culinary institutes, students, world travelers, cooking clubs, adventurous eaters, and anyone who wants to learn about world cuisine without having to purchase individual country cookbooks.

Dan Urban: Grow Up Already
The Hazleton Area Public Library will host a book reading and signing with local author Daniel Urban on Wednesday Nov 28th at 5:30 in the community room (Green Street entrance). Those attending the program should enter through those doors. Registrations for this program are required. The focus of the evening will be on Urban's first book, Grow Up Already. A fictional account of the protagonist's life, Theodore Graham is a burned out genius with working class roots, who challenges the status quo of wealth, power, and the media, only to find himself as an unlikely candidate in a tight governor's race. This political comedy examines friendships and societal struggles through witty dialogue and character interactions. Daniel Urban grew up in Coaldale, PA. He attended Penn State University and received his B.A. in Communications. After college, Urban returned home where he worked a multitude of jobs and served as a volunteer firefighter, scout leader, labor union leader, and participated in numerous community beautification projects. It was the triumphs, tragedies, struggles, resilience, and humor of the people Urban had the privilege of getting to know, that inspired him to become a writer. Registrations for this program are required and can be made by phoning the library's reference department at 570-454-2961. Registrations will be accepted until Monday, Nov 26th.

A.G. Shraud Book Reading & Signing – Believe
The Hazleton Area Public Library will host a program with author A. G. Shraud on Saturday December 1st from 2:00–4:00 in the Community Room (Green St. entrance). In her book titled Believe, A.G. Shraud reveals how she maintained her confidence and her determination when faced with obstacles. Daily journaling allowed her to hold in her mind the encouraging truths that drove her success. Reservations are required for this program, and may be placed by phoning the library reference desk at 570-454-2961.

Lunch & Learn w/ Dr. Cortes
Join us for our first Lunch & Learn program with Dr. Rocio Torres Cortes on Tuesday December 4th, from 12:00-1:00. The program will take place in the Community room (Green St. entrance). Come learn while on your lunch break; feel free to bring your lunch with you. The library will provide refreshments. Dr. Cortes is a chiropractor and the focus of her presentation will be on the nervous system and how important its proper connection to the body is for complete health. Dr. Cortes is fluent in both English and Spanish. This program is free and open to the public. Registrations for this program are required, and can be made by calling or visiting the reference department of the library at 570-454-2961. The deadline for program registrations is Saturday, December 1st.

Tech – Time
Do you have questions about, or need help with your mobile technology? The library will be hosting a drop in, tech-time tutoring session on Wednesday, December 12th 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 the reference department of the library at 570-454-2961, and ask for Jeff.

Throwback Thursday Film
December’s film will be shown Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 in the Community Room (Green Street Entrance). Program attendees should enter through those doors. Registrations for the film programs are not required. In the event of bad weather, please look for closings, delays and program schedule changes on the library’s website, Facebook page, or call the library at 570-454-2961. Light refreshments and popcorn will be provided at every film program. To learn the title of the film the library will be screening, phone the reference department at 570-454-2961.

Hazy Painters
Join us for the December meeting of HAPL's Hazy Painters on Saturday, December 15th at 1:30. At each meeting, we will be getting artsy and redesigning a popular book cover with paint on canvas.  December's chosen book is How the Grinch Stole Christmas, by Dr. Seuss. Registrations are required and can be made by phoning the library's reference desk at 570-454-2961. The deadline for registrations is Thursday, December 13th. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome to attend.

Little Learners
Tonight, November 19th, the library will be offering a program for children in Kindergarten- 3rd grade from 6:00-7:00. Children will learn about different topics and concepts through stories, activities, playtime, and crafts. Registration is required, and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961.

Students in grades 4-8 are invited to join us on Monday, December 10th, from 6:00-7:00. This month we will be using our critical thinking skills to construct a tower out of various materials. Then we will test each tower to see how it withstands the wind. Registration begins on Monday November 26th and is required. Please contact the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961 to sign up.

Teen Advisory Board
The Hazleton Area Public Library has some open spaces on our Teen Advisory Board. The board meets one Tuesday evening a month from 6:00-7:00. The board helps to plan future programs, brainstorm on how to reach out to the community, and give input on materials in the library’s Young Adult collection. Members will also have the opportunities to get volunteer hours. Board members must be high school students aged 14-18. Teens must complete an application in order to be considered for the board. Please contact the library’s Head of Youth Services, Mary Jordan, at 570-454-2961 to get an application, or for any questions.

Teen Time Gingerbread Houses
On Tuesday, November 27th, teens in grades 7-12 will create their own gingerbread houses and enter them into the library’s Gingerbread House competition. Teens can choose to build a house, cottage, castle, or whatever else you can imagine. Only gingerbread houses made during the program will be entered into the competition. Each teen’s unique creation will be on display to allow the public to vote for their favorite. The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, December 11th. The program is from 6:00-7:00. Registration is required and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961.

Christmas Tea for Grown-up and Me
The Hazleton Area Public Library Children’s Department invites you to our annual Holiday Tea. Children ages 2 and up are invited to join us Wednesday, December 5th at 6:00 or Thursday, December 6th at 6:00 for holiday stories, songs, refreshments, and to help us welcome a very special guest. Registration is required and begins Monday, November 26th. For more information, contact the Children’s Department of the Library at 570-454-2961.

Memorial Books
Ambush, in memory of Robert (Butch) Cauley, from Dale, Regina & Karen Stewart.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis, in memory of Robert (Butch) Cauley, from Mary & Bill Schumacher.

Cherry, in memory of Robert (Butch) Cauley, from Mary & Bill Schumacher.

Desperate measures, in memory of Robert (Butch) Cauley, from Bob & Grace McClellan.

Dragon’s code, in memory of Robert (Butch) Cauley, from George, Sharon & Zachary Yenchko.

How things work, in memory of Robert (Butch) Cauley, from Karen, Bob & Travis Argust.

Ultimate predatorpedia, in memory of Robert (Butch) Cauley, from Karen, Bob & Travis Argust.

Under my skin, in memory of Robert (Butch) Cauley, from George, Sharon & Zachary Yenchko.

Rising star, in memory of Dominic DeCusatis, from David & Jill Mason and Family.

Joyful, in memory of Nancy Gibbon, from Joanne Burchard.

A tiger among us, in memory of Edward (Sam) Gormley, Jr., from Martin Gallagher.

Do it yourself bookkeeping for small businesses, in memory of Evelyn Greif, from Providence Place.

Nurses, in memory of Theresa M. Jordan, from The Staff of the Hazleton Area Public Library.

How to open & operate a financially successful specialty retail & gourmet foods shop, in memory of Joseph Krizansky, from Magic & Joanne Macejko.

Rick Steves best of Ireland, in memory of Teresa Leshko, from Dea & Wally Iffert.

Baker’s royale, in memory of Franklin Minor, from Dolly & Frank Forte.

Unruly curls, in memory of Franklin Minor, from Janet Kowalick.

Tom Cotter’s best barn-find collector car tales, in memory of Tom Price, from Joanne Burchard.

A man, a pan, a plan, in memory of James Rabbitz, from Michele Kushmeder.

Fast facts for the hospice nurse, in memory of Rose Marie Sheeto, from Jack & Roxann Martini.

How to propagate 375 plants, in memory of Rose Marie Sheeto, from John & Janice Lichty.

The Dodgers, in memory of Jack Smarsh, from Gene & Carol DeStefano.

Hunting with air rifles, in memory of Jack Wittig, from Eddie & Judy James.

Chopin’s piano, in memory of Dorothy P. Yashur, from Denise & Anthony Lucadamo and Alexis Neapolitan.

Honor Book
Saturday night at the movies, in honor of Alexis Neapolitan (Retirement), from Janet & Harry Beam.