The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, will start its new fall hours beginning Aug. 29.

The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays; from 9 a.m. to noon, and then from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays; from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., then from 5-7 p.m. Thursdays; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Special for children:

Each Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. children are invited to drop in for Craft Night. Each Thursday at 11 a.m. preschool children may stop in to hear a story.

Opportunities:

The library is in search of volunteers ages 14 or over to volunteer any of the hours the library is open. The library is air-conditioned and has free Wi-Fi and four public computers with Internet access. In addition to books, computers, and videos the library has a selection of educational games and puzzles that may be used in the library.

Call the library at (570) 645-3780 with any questions.

Adult Reading Club

The Adult Reading Club will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 to discuss Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. De Rosnay's U.S. debut fictionalizes the 1942 Paris roundups and deportations, in which thousands of Jewish families were arrested, held at the Velodrome d'Hiver outside the city, then transported to Auschwitz. Forty-five-year-old Julia Jarmond, American by birth, moved to Paris when she was 20 and is married to the arrogant, unfaithful Bertrand Tézac, with whom she has an 11-year-old daughter. Julia writes for an American magazine and her editor assigns her to cover the 60th anniversary of the Vél' d'Hiv' roundups. Julia soon learns that the apartment she and Bertrand plan to move into was acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants: Wladyslaw and Rywka Starzynski, parents of 10-year-old Sarah and four-year-old Michel. The more Julia discovers especially about Sarah, the only member of the Starzynski family to survive the more she uncovers about Bertrand's family, about France and, finally, herself.

Cake and coffee will be served.

The road less traveled: A journey in writing for adults:

Join Gary Blake at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, for an introduction to the many aspects of writing. Whether one wants to write a novel, do journaling, or are considering a memoir, Blake will help explore the wonderful world of writing. People can start at any age, so high school students are welcome. The rewards of learning to express oneself are immeasurable.

Blake was a freelance journalist for The Good News weekly paper, Tamaqua, from 1992 to 1996 and for the Times News, Lehighton, from 1998-2003. He has had numerous articles published online, is a contributor for a church newsletter, and has three children's e-books on Kindle with more to follow.