The regular hours of the Tamaqua Public Library are Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m.

The Tamaqua Public Library will be closed on Apr. 2, in observance of Good Friday.

Spring storytime

Children ages 2 to 5 are invited to celebrate spring by coming to the library to enjoy Spring Storytime.

This year's theme is "Spring Takes Flight with Colors Out of Sight!"

Two identical programs will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays, running for ten consecutive weeks (to conclude on May 11). Read aloud stories, songs, activities, crafts, and snacks will be incorporated into each meeting based on the color theme. The program time is from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please call the library to register for this program, at (570) 668-4660.

Book Discussion Group

The library holds a book discussion group for older teens and adults the last Monday of each month. The group will meet on Monday, March 29, 2010, at 6:00 p.m. at the library to discuss March's book selection, Nine Bells at the Breaker: An Immigrant's Story by Geraldine Glodek.

The author, born in Coal Township, with grandfathers, uncles and father who were anthracite coal miners, writes with first-hand knowledge of this local subject. Interested readers should contact the library so the staff can locate a copy of the book through the Interlibrary Loan system.

Last month's book discussion was held on February 22 and was quite a success. In addition to regular members. an additional three people joined in to discuss the book Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani. New members are always welcome to join. Please feel free to come on your own or bring a friend.

Trump Casino trip

A bus trip to Trump Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey is planned for Saturday, May 8. The bus will leave promptly from Tamaqua Family Practice (Krause's) Parking Lot at 9:00 a.m. and will depart from Atlantic City at 7:00 p.m. Please contact Pat or Karen Davidson for more information or to reserve a spot on the bus at 952-1370.

Art Display

Frances L. Stahl of Tamaqua will continue showcasing her art here at the library. Her previous showing of twenty-six oil paintings have been rotated out to allow room for twenty-two new paintings, which are displayed in the Reading Room of the library. Her interest in oil painting began as a young child; with only one short course at Penn State University, Fran is mostly self-taught. Her subjects include old houses, Arcadian scenes, and wildlife.

Help complete collection

THE LIBRARY IS IN THE PROCESS OF COMPILING A COMPLETE SET OF YEARBOOKS FOR THE FOLLOWING AREA SCHOOLS: TAMAQUA HIGH SCHOOL (UNKNOWN DATE TO 1960); TAMAQUA AREA HIGH SCHOOL (1960-PRESENT); COALDALE HIGH SCHOOL (UNKNOWN DATE TO 1963); AND MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL (UNKNOWN DATE TO PRESENT).

THE COLLECTION IS STILL MISSING BOOKS FROM THE FOLLOWING YEARS:

TAMAQUA HIGH SCHOOL'S "THE SPHINX": 1920, 1921, 1942, 1946, 1955, 1957-1959

TAMAQUA AREA HIGH SCHOOL'S "THE SPHINX": 1960, 1962-1963, 1967, 1973, 1974, 1976,1988, 1991, 1992, 2007-200

COALDALE HIGH SCHOOL'S "THE STENTOR": 1930-1932, 1948-1963; MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL: 1980, 1981, 1986-2008.

IF YOU HAVE YEARBOOKS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE TO THE LIBRARY TO HELP COMPLETE THE COLLECTION, PLEASE CALL (570) 668-4660 OR EMAIL TAMAQUAPUBLICLIBRARY@HOTMAIL.COM.

BLACK DIAMOND WRITER'S NETWORK

THE BLACK DIAMOND WRITERS' NETWORK CONDUCTS REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS AT THE TAMAQUA PUBLIC LIBRARY FROM 10 A.M. TO NOON ON THE THIRD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH. THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MARCH 20. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL KATHY RUFF AT 570-645-3059.

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

PLEASE HELP CELEBRATE NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK STARTING APRIL 11 AND RUNNING UNTIL APRIL 18 IN TAMAQUA. FIRST SPONSORED IN 1958, NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK IS A NATIONAL OBSERVANCE SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION (ALA); LIBRARIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY CELEBRATE EACH APRIL. IT IS A TIME TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY.

AMNESTY WEEK

AS PART OF OUR CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK, THE TAMAQUA PUBLIC LIBRARY WILL RUN ITS AMNESTY WEEK FOR THE LIBRARY FROM SUNDAY, APRIL 11 TO THE FOLLOWING SUNDAY, APRIL 18. DURING THIS WEEK OVERDUE LIBRARY BOOKS MAY BE RETURNED WITHOUT PENALTY. WE ASK AND ENCOURAGE ANYONE WITH OVERDUE BOOKS TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RETURN THEM TO THE LIBRARY. FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, THE BOOKS MAY BE BROUGHT INSIDE OR PLACED IN THE DROP OFF COLLECTION BOX RIGHT OUTSIDE THE LIBRARY DOORS. IN ORDER TO ALLOW EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHECK OUT THE BOOKS THEY WOULD LIKE TO READ, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT OVERDUE BOOKS ARE RETURNED. IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOU HAVE AN OVERDUE BOOK, CALL THE LIBRARY AND ASK ONE OF THE LIBRARIANS.