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Tamaqua Public Library News

Published March 21. 2011 05:00PM

The Tamaqua Public Library's hours 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.

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please note that the library will be closed Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23 for the Easter Holiday.

Spring Storytime

Eight more weeks remain for this event, with eight more weeks of guessing, "What is This Week's Theme?" It's not too late to join in the fun for children, ages 2-5, with stories, songs, crafts, and snacks in the children's area of the library. Identical programs are held every Monday and Tuesday, 10-11 a.m., with Spring Story Time concluding on May 9-10.

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

We The People

Showcased in the lobby window display are the covers of the books received from the We the People grant. All the covers being displayed are representations of the actual books we have available for checkout.

The materials received from the grant focus on the theme, "A More Perfect Union" and show the historic development of the concept of "freedom."

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

In addition to the cross-generational variety of books, there is also a Civil War film series.

Please see the award-winning books being showcased this month and pick up a free bookmark listing the complete set of classic books for young readers.

PA. One Book

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 that has been selected for this year is Whose Shoes: A Shoe for Every Job by Stephen R. Swineburn.

Children will learn about different professions while being read to, will have an opportunity to role play using items from a traveling trunk, and will enjoy a snack at the end of the program, provided by the library and the sponsor.

The craft this year involves making a two-dimensional sneaker, lacing it with a authentic shoe lace, and practicing the art of tying. All children participating in the program will receive a free paperback copy of the book, while supplies last.

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

Please call 668-4660 for more information and to register.

Black Diamond


Have you ever thought you wanted to write? Or, do you write and want to learn more about getting published?

Join the Black Diamond Writers Network on March 31, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tamaqua Public Library for a free roundtable discussion.

Whether you would like to write a letter to the editor, an article in a national magazine or a book, find out how you can achieve your writing and publishing dreams.

Members of the Black Diamond Writers' Network who have published articles and/or books will give pointers on how to write for and find the markets that will publish your work.

To learn more about the writers' network or its conference, call Kathy at (570) 645-3059 or visit BDWN at its blog at or at

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 Made in the U.S.A. by Billie Letts. The discussion will be held at the library on March 28 at 6 p.m.

Letts's tale of two children who set out on a voyage to find their father after his hefty ex-girlfriend, the children's guardian, falls dead in a Wal-Mart, is a moving coming-of-age tale. 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.

Want a head start on next month's selection? April's selection is Water for Elephants by Walter Gruen (selection subject to change).

Art Display

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

Display case

The library display case for March has the unique work of local artist, June Krell. Displayed are a collection of handmade pins and boxes.

The painted, wood-burned pins depict covered bridges from across the country including many from Pennsylvania. The beautiful boxes primarily depict animal scenes. In addition to the bridges and animals, there are pins with the historically restored Tamaqua Train Station.

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. Some of the displays we have showcased are clay figures, homemade bookmarks, and rock collections. Call 668-4660 to set up a showing.

April's collection is Russian collectibles, including eggs and nesting dolls, by Olga Kushnir.

Free Basic Computer Training

The Seniors 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 for further information.

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); 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, 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

Anyone with yearbooks to donate can contact the library at (570) 668-4660 or email

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