The Horsehead Community Development Fund has generously donated the gift of the new outside drop box for library materials at the Palmerton Area Library.
To promote the use of the box, the library is having an amnesty month from now until the end of January.
During that time, any overdue items placed in the box can be returned with no fines levied and no questions asked.
The library is anxious to get lost and overdue items returned so that they don't have to be replaced and other patrons can enjoy them.
New library hours
Due to the recent 20 percent cut in library funds from the Pennsylvania State government, the library board of directors has announced that the library will no longer be open Wednesday evenings, effective immediately.
The new library hours will be: Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10-5, and Saturday, from 9-4.
Some cuts in staff hours were also made to try to manage the budget with fewer dollars coming into the library.
With shortened hours, use of the new outside drop box will make it easier for patrons to return materials to the library any hour of the day or night.
Third Monday Book Club
The Book Club will meet at noon, Monday, Jan. 18.
The club meets at the Palmerton Area Library.
The book of the month for January is "Where the Heart Is," by Billie Letts.
New members are always welcome.
Stop in the library for information on future books of the month or the club, or call the library at (610) 826-3424.
A free community meal will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, at St. John's United Church of Christ, 891 Columbia Ave., Palmerton. All are invited.
The Monday, Jan. 11 meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society will feature Jack Gunsser, well-known historian and antique expert, who will share some of his collection and ask the question, "What the heck was this used for?"
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Palmerton Library's gallery with a short business session, followed by Gunsser's presentation.
The public is invited to attend, without cost or obligation.
The Feature Room of the Heritage Center, 410 Delaware Ave., has now been changed to display items related to the 20th anniversary of the founding of the historical society.
The center is open various hours from Wednesday through Saturday each week.
Phone (610) 824-6954 for a recording listing hours each day. Admission is free.
The Over-60-Club of Palmerton will meet at noon on Jan. 19 at the borough hall, 401 Delaware Ave.
The program will be bingo and cards.