Civil War Discussion Group
The Civil War Discussion Group will be meeting on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30PM. The group is free and open to the public. If you would like more information, please contact Gary Maursky 484-224-6155.
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.
Every Wednesday at 6:00 PM
Bill Richardson, a volunteer and member of the NAPL Friends, teaches a Computer Class for ages 16—Adult every Wednesday evening. Personalizing the instruction to the needs of those attending, he covers many aspects of basic computer use, common word processing and spreadsheet programs, and related topics. The class is free, and students may attend as many times as they wish. Please call or stop by the library to sign up. We need your name and phone number in the event of class cancellations.
Saturday Mornings 9am-Noon
Volunteer Marty Ford is available for one-on-one instruction. Sign up for an hour at a time.
*Please note: The computer class is conducted by volunteers for the library. The Northampton Area Public Library is not responsible for any problems that may arise as a result of participation in the class.
Book Discussion Group
Northampton Area Public Library's book discussion group will be meeting on Wednesday, August 26th, at 6:30 PM. The book being discussed is The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. If you would like to participate in the discussion, please call or stop by the library to get the book.
Courtesy of Goodreads:
"In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.
This simple act takes old Henry Lee back to the 1940s, at the height of the war, when young Henry's world is a jumble of confusion and excitement, and to his father, who is obsessed with the war in China and having Henry grow up American. While "scholarshipping" at the exclusive Rainier Elementary, where the white kids ignore him, Henry meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student. Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews, and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship - and innocent love - that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors. And after Keiko and her family are swept up in the evacuations to the internment camps, she and Henry are left only with the hope that the war will end, and that their promise to each other will be kept.
Forty years later, Henry Lee is certain that the parasol belonged to Keiko. In the hotel's dark dusty basement he begins looking for signs of the Okabe family's belongings and for a long-lost object whose value he cannot begin to measure. Now a widower, Henry is still trying to find his voice - words that might explain the actions of his nationalistic father; words that might bridge the gap between him and his modern, Chinese American son; words that might help him confront the choices he made many years ago.
Set during one of the most conflicted and volatile times in American history, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is an extraordinary story of commitment and enduring hope. In Henry and Keiko, Jamie Ford has created an unforgettable duo whose story teaches us of the power of forgiveness and the human heart."