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55 N Church St, Hazleton, PA 18201

The Great American Read
The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans, and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book. The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

 NaNoWriMo Info Session
If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, now is the time. November is National Novel Writing Month aka NaNoWriMo, a month-long writing challenge. Can you write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days? Join us at the Hazleton Area Public Library, and writers participating around the world, in this exciting adventure. Monday October 22nd at 6:00 we’ll be holding an information session in the Community Room (Green Street entrance) of the library. At this time you'll have the chance to meet other participants, discuss your ideas, and learn more about the resources provided on the NaNoWriMo website. Registrations are encouraged and can be placed by phoning the library's reference desk at 570-454-2961. 

Hazy Painters
Join us at the Hazleton Area Public Library for the first meeting of the Hazy Painters on Wednesday, November 7th at 5:30.  We will be redesigning a book cover with paint on canvas. The program is free and open to the public, all ages are welcome. It will take place in the library’s Community Room (Green Street Entrance). Program attendees should enter through those doors. The chosen book for this month’s redesign is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided. Registration for this program is required, and can be made by phoning the library’s reference department at 570-454-2961.

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 Thursday, November 8th 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.

Area readers have spoken! Here are the top10 favorite books, chosen from the Top 100 Books on PBS' Great American Read:

  1. Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling - 165 votes
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - 132 votes
  3. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White - 117 votes
  4. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - 85 votes
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - 83 votes
  6. The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown - 82 votes
  7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett - 70 votes
  8. Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell - 65 votes
  9. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - 63 votes
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte - 59 votes

Be sure to watch the series on PBS on Tuesday nights.The final episode airs October 23, 2018.