Please note the change in hours this week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The library will be open 9:00–5:00, Wednesday, November 27 and will be closed Thursday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving.
The library will be hosting a drop in, tech-time tutoring session on Wednesday, December 4 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.
Home for the Holidays Floral Ideas
On Thursday, December 12 at 6:00 in the Hazleton Area Public Library’s Community Room (Green Street entrance), Hazleton Area Garden Club members will present "Home for the Holidays Floral Ideas". Garden club members will share their love for designing and offer useful tips and ideas guiding guests to "think outside the box". This program is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome to attend. Please register by visiting or calling the library at 570-454-2961.
Friday the 13th Family Film
A Friday the 13th in December sounds like a nightmare right before Christmas! Join us for our family film program to watch the classic stop-motion animated musical about a Halloween skeleton who tries to bring Christmas to his spooky hometown. This program will take place on Friday, December 13 at 4:00 in the library’s Community Room (Green Street entrance). It is free and open to all ages. Please register by calling the library’s Reference Department at 570-454-2961.
For the month of December, HAPL’s Hazy Painters will be redesigning The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. This family friendly program is free and open to the public and takes place Saturday, December 14 at 1:30 in the Community Room (Green Street entrance). Please use this entrance. Registration is required; to register, visit or call the library at 570-454-2961. All necessary materials are provided.
We all have a story to tell; start writing yours now. This monthly workshop takes place Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00 and focuses on generating new material in a supportive environment. Prompts will be provided, but feel free to write anything you want. Participants are invited to read their writing aloud; share as much or little as you want. Feedback and comments concentrate on what is strong and good about the work. All genres-fiction, poetry, memoir, etc.- and any experience level welcome; even if you don't consider yourself a writer. Workshop takes place in the Community Room,.Use the Green Street entrance. Registration is required, and can be done at the Reference desk or by calling (570) 454-2961.
Local Author Storytime
On Saturday, December 7, two local authors and an illustrator will be visiting the library. They will be giving the public a look at their books, and provide some insight into their experience writing them. The program will begin at 10:00. Wilma Ruggiero will present Adventures and Holidays at the Orange Barnge, the third installment in her Orange Barnge children’s series. This book follows recurring character, Tannon Fortuna, and his farm animals as they celebrate various holidays at the Orange Barnge, including Christmas. She will be giving away several copies of her first two books. Author Shannon Marsyada, and illustrator Jennifer Witner, two local artists, have created a novel entitled Qatan. The book was inspired by the verse from Isaiah, “and the wolf shall be guest of the lamb." Shannon took it and created the short story about a wolf named Qatan (Hebrew for "the least") being selected by God for a very special task. Not realizing his own worth, Qatan completes the mission and receives Christ's reward. Marsyada and Witner will be selling Qatan at $10 apiece. As both books touch upon Christmas and holiday themes, this is a timely event for the season. This program is for the whole family, and registration is required. You can register by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961. Registration begins today.
Christmas Tea for Grown-Up and Me
Join us for holiday stories, songs, and refreshments on Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5 from 6:00-7:00 . We’ll also be welcoming a very special Christmas guest! Please register to let us know which night you can attend. Registrations can be made by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961. Registration begins today.
Adulting 101: Wrapping Presents
On Tuesday, December 3 from 6:00-7:00, join us to learn some tips and tricks to help you with your gift-wrapping. This program is for adults and teens ages 14 and up. Please register by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961.
Cocoa and Cards
In conjunction with Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress’s First Friday event, the library will be offering a free program from 5:00-8:00 on Friday, December 6. The program will take place in our Community room (Green Street entrance). Children and their families can stop by to enjoy our hot chocolate bar, and design their own greeting card for any holiday or event. Children must have an adult with them during their entire visit. No registration is required.
STEAM: Paper Circuit Cards
On Monday, December 9 from 6:00-7:00, we’re going to learn about circuitry by using paper circuits and LED lights to create cards that really shine. This program is for students in grades 4-8. Registration is required, and can be done by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961 beginning today.
Explorer Club: Robots
This group meets once a month and is for students in grades 3-6. Each month we explore a different topic with hands-on activities and games. Our next program takes place on Tuesday, December 10 from 6:00-7:00, and we will be exploring robots. Registration is required, and can be done by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961 beginning today.
Babies, Rhythm, and Rhymes!
On Saturday, December 14 at 10:00, begin your child’s love of music, rhymes, and books as we dance, sing, and read together. This program is for children from birth to 23 months, but older children may join in the fun! Registration is required, and can be done by contacting the library’s Children’s Department at 570-454-2961 beginning December 9.
On Monday, December 16 from 6:00-7:00, children in grades K-2 will be reading stories and doing activities to learn about different themes and enhance their literacy and social skills. This month they will be making holiday crafts. Registration is required and can be made by contacting the library's Children's Department at 570-454-2961 beginning December 2.
On December 21 at 10:00, spend a Saturday morning creating fond memories with your children through play! Toys are a great way to enhance children’s social skills, literacy skills, and life skills. We’ll put out the toys, activities, and games, and you bring the family. This program is for families with children of all ages. Registration is required and can be made by contacting the library's Children's Department at 570-454-2961 beginning December 9.