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, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Please note that the library will be open on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

Spring Storytime

The library will once again conduct its Spring Storytime. This year's theme is "See if you can guess the theme of the day."

Children ages 2-5 are invited to participate for stories and crafts in the children's area of the library. Story time begins Monday, March 7 and will run for 10 consecutive weeks.

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

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

Black Diamond Writers

Jason Sander, creative services director for Concur New Media, will present a free talk on creating a vision and writing goals at a meeting of the Black Diamond Writers' Network, to be held at the Tamaqua Public Library from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 15.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at (570) 645-3059 or check the library website under the Black Diamond Writers tab for more detailed information on Jason Sanders.

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 "Little Bee" by Chris Cleave. The discussion will be held at the library on Monday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.

This New York Times Bestseller is a haunting novel about the tenuous friendship that blooms between two disparate strangers, one an illegal Nigerian refugee, the other a recent widow from suburban London.

For a detailed review from Booklist, check the library 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? February's selection is "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield (selection subject to change).

Art Display in Reading Room

Come see the beautifully framed photography hanging in the Reading Room. Scott D. Lapp of Coaldale has nine photographs displayed, including depictions of local areas such as Tuscarora and Stonehedge Gardens. The unique photos will be available for viewing for the next month.

Display case

Coming soon is a beautiful collection of hand fans.

The library is looking for collectors and artists who would like to display their work in its locked display case in the front lobby for a month. Some of the previous displays showcased included clay figures, homemade bookmarks, and rock collections.

Those interested in displaying collections can contact the libarry at (570) 668-4660 to set up a showing.

Yearbook 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); Marian High School (Unknown Date to Present); and St. Jerome's Catholic High School (Unknown Dates: Yearbook is titled, Leone).

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, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2007-2009

Coaldale High School's "The Stentor": 1930-1932, 1948-1963

Marian High School: 1980, 1981, 1986-2008

St. Jerome's Catholic High School: the library has 1936, 1946, 1947, and 1948.

Anyone with yearbooks to donate to the library to help complete the collection, please call (570) 668-4660 or email tamaquapubliclibrary@hotmail.com.

Website

The library's website is www.tamaquapubliclibrary.com for upcoming events and general information. Don't forget to sign up for e-mail updates at the bottom of the page.

Please call (570) 668-4660 for any additional information on library programs or services.