The Tamaqua Public Library is open 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.

Please note that the library will be closed on February 21, President's Day.

Spring Storytime

This year's theme is See if you can guess the theme of the day. Children ages 2-5 are invited to join for stories and crafts in the children's area of the library.

Story time begins March 7 and will run for 10 consecutive weeks.

Identical programs will be held every Monday and Tuesday 10 a.m. -11 a.m.

Call 570-668-4660 for more information and to register.

We The People

In celebration of President's day and Black History month, the library is showcasing books received through the We The People Bookshelf Grant.

On display (and ready to be checked out for your enjoyment) are a collection of classic books on the theme "A More Perfect Union," celebrating Freedom and History.

A sampling of the books include the following: Chains, Lincoln in His Own Words, and Twelve Angry Men.

In addition to the variety of books for all ages, there is also a Civil War film series.

Pa. One Book, Every Young Child

In keeping with the state-wide initiative for promoting early literacy, the library will be participating in the PA One Book, Every Young Child program for 2011.

The book this year is Whose Shoes: A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swineburn.

Children will learn about different professions through readalouds and will later enjoy a snack provided by the library.

The craft this year will involve making a two-dimensional sneaker with real laces for practicing the lost art of tying.

Children participating in the program will receive a free soft-cover copy of the book, while supplies last.

The program will be held on Saturday May 14. The first two sessions are for ages 2-5 and will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 11:30-12:30 a.m. The last session is for ages 6-10 and will be held from 1:30 -2:30 p.m.

Please call 668-4660 for more information and to register. Additional information can be obtained at www.paonebook.org.

Black Diamond Writers

Come see J. Stuart Richards, author of four non-fiction historical books, as he explains what you need to know about gathering the proper information and the methods of researching, using official documents and photos and the need to understand the public domain.

Richards will explain what is available to the researcher both locally and nationally and how to put all the information into a workable, readable, historical book that the reader will enjoy. Rounding out the presentation, he will touch on the importance of a good query letter.

Learn more about writing historical non-fiction works from 10 a.m. to noon, Sat., Feb. 19, at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua. The meeting will be followed by a brief critique session for those interested in sharing some of their work.

For more information, call Kathy at 570 -645-3059 or check our website under the Black Diamond Writers tab for more detailed information on J. Stuart Richards.

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.

Book Discussion Group

This month's book discussion is about the book The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. The discussion will be held at the library on Monday, February 28 at 6 p.m.

This New York Times Bestseller has two heroines: Vida Winter, a famous author, whose life story is coming to an end, and Margaret Lea, a young, unworldly, bookish girl who is a bookseller in her father's shop. Vida has been confounding her biographers and fans for years by giving everybody a different version of her life, each time swearing it's the truth. Because of a biography that Margaret has written about brothers, Vida chooses Margaret to tell her story, all of it, for the first time. For a detailed review from Publishers Weekly check our website under the Program/Book Talk tab.

Interested readers should contact the library so the staff can locate a copy of the book through the Interlibrary Loan System. New members are always welcome to join. Please feel free to come on your own or bring a friend.

Want a head start on next month's selection? March's selection is Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts (selection subject to change).

Art Display

Come see the beautifully framed photography hanging in the Reading Room.

Scott D. Lapp of Coaldale, PA has 9 photographs displayed including depictions of local areas such as Tuscarora and Stone Hedge Gardens.

The unique photos will be available for viewing for the next month.

Display Case

Rita Marie Trucios has shared her beautiful collection of hand fans with the library for the month of February. Her collection being displayed has a sampling of fans from China, France, and America. The fans are made of pearl, feathers, tortoise shell, and silk.

The library is looking for collectors and artists who would like to display their work in our locked display case in the front lobby for a month. If you are interested, please call 668-4660 to set up a showing.

Free Basic Computer Training

The Senior-Training-Seniors Program offers one-on-one computer instruction.

The general public can also be served on a space available basis.

The program is being offered at the library, Monday through Thursday during normal operating hours.

Please call Bill at 668-0401 or 668-4660 for further information.

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