HAPL will be open from 9:00-3:00 on Monday, December 31. We will be closed on Tuesday, January 1. Happy New Year!
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On Tuesday, January 8th at 10:00 the library will be having a Computer 101 program. This program is for adults, specifically those with little to no computer skills who would like to learn more about computers. Topics of instruction will include using a mouse and keyboard, searching the internet, and writing a letter using a word processor. This program will be held in the reference department of the library. Registrations are required as space is limited. Registrations can be made by calling the library's reference department at 570-454-2961. The last day to register is Friday, January 4th. Ask for Jeff if there are any other questions about the program.
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, January 9th 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.
Writing Workshop - Adults & Teens 16 +
Join us at the Hazleton Area Public library on Saturday, Jan 12th from 1:00–2:30 for a workshop focused 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. Explore your creative side and receive helpful feedback, responses focus on what is strong and good about the work. Prompts will be provided, but feel free to follow your own inspiration. Participants can read their work aloud; share as much or little as you want. Workshop takes place in the Community Room, use Green Street entrance. Register at the Reference desk or by calling 570-454-2961.
Personal Archiving: Preserving Memories
The Hazleton Area Public Library will be hosting a Lunch & Learn program with Josh Stahlman, an archivist employed by the PA State Archives on Tuesday, January 15th at 12:00. With the holidays still fresh in our minds, Stahlman will be presenting on best practices in preserving one’s personal archives, their memories, basically their personal story. Ultimately, this program will highlight fundamental principles that individuals can employ to preserve the records of their families and research interests. This program will take place in the community room. Use the Green Street entrance of the library. Registrations are required; visit or call the reference department of the library at 570-454-2961 to register. The last day to register is Monday, January 14th. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch, refreshments will be provided.
Toddler Storytime, for children currently ages 2 and 3, is offered Wednesdays at 11:00. Toddlers must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Preschool Storytime, for children ages 4-5, is offered Wednesdays at 6:00. Preschool Storytime incorporates many facets of early learning and school readiness. The first program takes place on Wednesday, January 16th, and lasts for six weeks .Registration is required, and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961. Registration begins Monday, January 7th.
On Monday, January 21st, 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. Registration begins Monday, January 7th.
In our STEAM program, children in grades 4-8 will experiment with different forms of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math with fun activities. Join us on Monday, January 14th from 6:00-7:00. This month we will be creating art from mathematical principles. We will use geometry, patterns, sequences and other mathematical concepts to create colorful works of art. Registration is required. Please contact the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961 to sign up.
Teen Time Pillows, Popcorn, and Pajama Party!
January can be cold and dreary, so why not stay warm and have some fun at the library? On January 22nd, from 6:00-7:00, we’ll be decorating pillowcases and eating popcorn while wearing our warm, comfortable pajamas. The library will provide craft materials for decorating, but each teen needs to bring their own pillowcase. Registration is required and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961. Registration begins Monday, January 7th.
On Saturday, January 12th, from 10:00-10:45, the library will hold a storytime that is designed to help children stay focused throughout the program. It is a great program for children with sensory processing disorders, autism, or other special needs.The materials are aimed at children aged 4-7, but ages may vary due to developmental delays. An adult MUST STAY with the child for the entire program. Registration is required and can be made by contacting the library's Children's Department at 570-454-2961.
Lap-sit Baby and Me
The next Lap-sit Program will take place on Thursday, January 10th at 10:30. The program is for children ages 6 months to 23 months. It involves stories, fingerplays, lap bounces, and songs. Registration is required, and can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961. Registration begins Monday, January 7th.