Palmerton Area Library news
The Palmerton Area Library, 402 Delaware Ave., has the following new release movies available for patrons to borrow: Percy Jackson, The Green Zone, The Crazies, She's Out of My League, Remember Me, Hot Tub Time Machine, Alice in Wonderland, Lovely Bones, Princess and the Frog, Preacher's Kid, and New Moon.
All movies can be checked out with a library card for two weeks free of charge. Movies, as well as books, may be returned any time of the day or night in the drop box located in front of the library. Visit www.palmertonarealibrary.com to see what movies and books are available and place a hold on a movie or book, or call (610) 826-3424 to reserve an item. The library staff will call when the item is available for pick up.
All libraries around the state are facing another cut in funding when the budget passes in Harrisburg. Last year library funding was cut by 20 percent. This year the proposed cut is over 9 percent, even though library use is up approximately 25 percent. The library is currently conducting the annual fund drive to secure funds to keep it open and operating. Sixty percent of the annual budget is funded from private donations, so the library really needs patrons' help.
Another way residents can help the library is through the newly-organized volunteer program. Trained volunteers will be able to assist library staff with shelving books, organizing the basement book sale, making copies, reading to children and many other duties. Those interested should call the library and ask for Mariann, or stop in and pick up a volunteer packet.
The Summer Reading Program for kids will continue at the library every Thursday and Friday morning at 10:30 for the rest of July.
There are programs for three different age groups featuring puppet shows, stories, crafts, games and music. Call the library or check out the website for more information.
The Super Science & Amazing Art Day Camps (sponsored by a Horseheads Resource Development Grant) at the library currently have just a few openings left.
The weeklong day camps will be held the second and third weeks of July. Children must have at least completed kindergarten to participate. Parents must register their children in advance, so call the library to find out more information.
The library will be open the following hours during the summer months of July and August: Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.