The library will be reopening on Monday, March 30th! We would like to thank Four Points Construction, Service Master, Sullivan Oil & Propane, M.C. Electric and Northampton Area School District for getting the library cleaned up and repaired. We would also like to thank you, our patrons, for being patient during our closure. We really appreciate it!

 

 

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WHAT'S NEW

Library Director Position
The Board of Trustees is currently interviewing qualified applicants for the position of Library Director. Click here for more information.

Board Vacancy
There is currently a vacancy on the Library's Board of Trustees. To see a list of responsibilities for the position and for contact info, please click here.

A.C. Moore Fundraiser
The Friends of NAPL is having a fundraiser with A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts on Friday, March 27th. Print out the flyer here (in color or black & white) and take it with you when you shop at A.C. Moore that day between 9:00 AM & 9:00 PM at the Whitehall store on MacArthur Road. The Friends group will receive 10% of the total dollars spent by customers using the flyer. You may also save the flyer to your smart phone & show the flyer to the cashier. The barcode must be scanned for the Friends group to get credit for the sale.

Vera Bradley® and Pampered Chef® Bingo*
The Friends of NAPL is holding their annual bingo on Sunday, April 12th, at the Northampton Memorial Community Center. Tickets are $20 in advance (at the library), or $25 at the door. Please see our Friends page for more information. *This event is in no way sponsored by Vera Bradley® or The Pampered Chef®.

Income Tax Forms
Due to budget considerations & the increased use of e-filing, the Internal Revenue Service is only sending the 1040, 1040A & 1040EZ forms to libraries. There will be no instruction books or other forms available. You may print the federal forms from the IRS website or ask to have them mailed to you by calling 1-800-829-3676. The state forms and instructions are available from the PA Department of Revenue website or by calling 1-888-PATAXES (728-2937). The local income tax forms and instructions are available on the Keystone Collections Group website or by calling 1-888-519-3897.

Upcoming Family Program
Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child 2015 is a collaborative project emphasizing the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers. To participate in this effort, the library is sponsoring a family story and craft time featuring Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli. "Sam is the best racecar driver in history! But when his best friend shows that she has racing talent of her own, Sam doesn't know how to handle coming in second place. Will he learn what it truly means to be a winner?" This family story and craft will take place on Tuesday, April 14th at 10:00 AM or 6:00 PM or Wednesday, April 15th, at 10:00 AM. Registration for the program will begin on Monday, March 30th.

Tech Talk
We are starting a new program called "Tech Talk". The program will be held on the second Wednesday of every month from 1:30 to 2:30 PM. participants should bring their iPads, Kindles, Nooks, or other tablets to the group. The staff will answer any questions you may have about using your device. We can cover such topics as: how to download e-books, selecting and using apps, downloading music, e-mail, and Facebook. No registration is required and the program is free.

Children's Book Week Curious George Family Storytime
To celebrate Children's Book Week, we are holding a Curious George Family Storytime. There are two sessions to choose from: Tuesday, May 5th, at 10:00 AM or Wednesday, May 6th, at 10:00 AM. Pre-registration is required. Register for this program beginning Monday, April 13th.

Screen-Free Week Family Craft
We will be having a family craft night to celebrate Screen-Free Week. There will be two sessions to pick from: Thursday, May 7th at 10:00 AM or 6:00 PM. Pre-registration is required and will begin on Monday, April 13th.

Send an Email to Governor Wolf
In the past, Governor Wolf has worked closely with libraries and we know that education will be a top priority in his upcoming budget. Please send a message to Governor Wolf welcoming him to office and stressing the importance of libraries in literacy and education. Click here to access a sample email message that you may copy and paste. You may edit the email if you wish. Thank you for supporting libraries!

Cement News Now Digital
Thanks to the Atlas Cement Museum, the Cement News is now available digitally. Click the link on the left of this page to view .pdf files of each issue.

Library Learning Packets
We now have Library Learning Packets! If you would like to teach your children library behavior, how to treat books, the Dewey Decimal system and more, then check out the Library Learning Packets! You can print the pdf file so the children can work on the activity sheets.

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

FREE computer classes are held every Wednesday at the library! We also have free computer instruction Saturday mornings! Click here for more information

If you're not sure how to get our free ebooks check out Overdrive's support page! They have videos and written instructions on how to download ebooks for Kindle, Nook, idevices, Android devices and other ereaders.

The Stitch-In meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM. Check out our Adult Programs for details.

The Civil War Discussion Group will be meeting on Wednesday, April 15th. The group is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, please call Gary Maursky 484-224-6155.

The next Friends of NAPL meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 28th at 7:00 PM.

The library's Book Discussion Group will be meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd to discuss A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain. Please see our Adult Programs page for more information.

Teen Cyber Space
(October through May)The Community Room is open from 2:30-4:45pm Monday through Thursday for teens ages 12 through 18 on days that school is in session. This space has comfortable furniture, iPads, netbooks and other computers to use for homework, social media, apps, gamest, etc. There will be staff members and volunteers on hand to help with reasearch, homework or tech questions. To sign out a device you need to bring an ID (School ID or Library Card) and you must have an Internet Policy Form signed by a parent or guardian on file at the front desk.

Attention Homeschoolers:
If you would like to learn about the resources available to you from the NAPL, including online databases, please call to set up a tour and orientation session with our Children's Librarian Cheryl DiGiacomo or email her at cdigiacomo@northamptonapl.org .

 

ALSO AT THE LIBRARY

Northampton Area School District Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan of the Northampton Area School District for 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2016 is available for public inspection. Click here to see the plan.

Collecting Items
Did you know that the library collects food for the Northampton Food Bank and for the Lehigh Valley Animal Food Bank? Drop off your non-perishable food items and your pet food items at the library any time that we're open. We collect used ink cartridges for recycling. Ink cartridges may be dropped off at the library any time during regular hours. We also take Redner's receipts. We collect them and send them to Redner's. We receive 1% of the total of each receipt. The receipts must have the Redner's Save-A-Tape total on them to be eligible.

Disc Repair
The Friends of NAPL purchased a disc repair machine for the library! As a service to our patrons, we are willing to clean and repair your music CDs, DVDs, Books on CD, CD-ROMs, or system games for a donation of $2 each, limit 5 discs per month per patron. For more information, ask any library staff member.

Fundraisers
The library and the Friends of NAPL are selling the following items: Enjoy the City (Save Around) coupon books are $20; library miniatures are $3; green zippered tote bags with pockets and drink holder are $10; red insulated lunch bags are $8.00; green drawstring backpacks are $5; and Gertrude Hawk candy bars are $1 each. Stop by the library and pick up some of these great items.

Free Online Courses
Check out the online courses available through Recorded Books. Universal Class has over 500 online courses that are free to any library patron with a valid library card and an email address. Click here for more information. Click here to register. Click the icon above to go to the Universal Class home page to log in.

Free Audio & eBooks
Download FREE digital audio and ebooks through Valley Downloadable Library! All you need to access them is a valid library card. The books work with the Kindle, Nook, iPod and many more devices. There is a one-time software download that is required in order to use Valley Downloadable Library. It is available at www.overdrive.com .

Did you know...
that the library staff can assist you with your mobile device? Bring in your iPad, Kindle, Nook or Android tablet and your questions and we will gladly help you as much as possible.

If you like to read...
Clive Cussler, try Dale Brown.

Please note that system maintenance begins at 11:00 PM and the online catalog may not work during this time.

 

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