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We’re Open… With Power!

31 Oct

We just wanted to let all our local readers know that the library has power and we’re here in case you’re going stir-crazy with school closed tomorrow again… We have books, movies, wifi. It’s warm here… however we can help you out!
Wednesday: 10am-8pm

Thursday: 10am-8pm

Friday: 9am-5pm

Saturday: 9am-5pm


Last Minute Readers!

24 Aug

School starts Monday… and some of you are still coming in for summer reading requirements! There’s not much available at this point, but we’ve listed out the books that are listed as “always available” titles through our Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library or are just currently available (so act fast!). If you have a smartphone, iPod touch or any type of reader, here’s an option to get your reading done last minute!


Always Available Titles:

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (AP English)

The Awakening by Kate Chopin (10th grade honors)

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain (10th grade honors)

Daisy Miller by Henry James (AP English)

Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (11th grade honors)

The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne (11th grade GP/CP)

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare (11 grade honors)

The Odyssey by Homer (12th grade CP/World Lit)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (11th grade honors)

Richard II and III by William Shakespeare (11 grade honors)– available as part of “Complete Works of William Shakespeare”

The Sea Wolf by Jack London (10th grade honors)

Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (11th grade honors)

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (9th grade honors)

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (9th grade GP/CP)


Currently Available Single Checkouts:

A Child Called It by David Pelzer (10th grade GP/CP)

Empire Falls by Richard Russo (10th grade GP/CP)

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines (AP English)

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (11 grade GP/CP)


If you’re still unsure of your reading list or misplaced it, find each grade’s reading lists on our website here. Just scroll down to the Emmaus High School lists. Hopefully you’re already finished reading though!

Good luck!

The Great Santini

2 Aug

The Great Santini

Step into the powerhouse life of Bull Meecham.  He’s all Marine — fighter pilot, king of the  clouds, and absolute ruler of his family. Lillian is his  wife — beautiful, southern-bred, with a core of  velvet steel. Without her cool head, her kids would  be in real trouble. Ben is the oldest, a born  athlete whose best never satisfies the big man. Ben’s  got to stand up, even fight back, against a father  who doesn’t give in — not to his men, not to his  wife, and certainly not to his son. Bull Meecham  is undoubtedly Pat Conroy’s most explosive  character — a man you should hate, but a man you will love.

Find other readers’ reviews of The Great Santini on Amazon and Goodreads. This student wrote up a review for her high school English class, discussing a lot of things you may find helpful for when you get back to school.  This review on Amazon discusses how the book is Conroy’s most autobiographical. Another reviewer mentions some of the themes of the book:
The book not only confronted the issues of a family trying to meet the impossibly high standards of their Marine father, it also confronted the issue of racism in the south. There were many complicated emotional issues in the book. A lot of them do not get resolved, but it was the kind of book that makes you think for a while after you have finished it.’s search results might help you find some information like character lists and analysis; themes, motifs & symbols; study questions and essay topics to think about (might give you a heads up on what your teachers may ask!) But resist the urge to use it as a shortcut… it’s just an aid! If you don’t read, your teachers will find out 😉

How Are We Doing?

17 Jul

Love our book or movie collection? Think the music collection needs some additions? Like the book reviews and trailers we post here, but think we need to add something else to the blog? Use our Facebook page or any of the databases?

Take a couple of minutes and fill out our 2012 Customer Satisfaction Survey and make your voice heard! Let us know what you think and what you want to see. You could even win a prize!


16 Jul
Slaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world’s most famous antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
Look in the YA Reference section for the “Novels for Students” series (call number YA REF 808 NOV). Volume 3 has a multi-page overview of Slaughterhouse-Five. It includes an author biography, plot summary, character descriptions, themes, styles, historical context, “Compare & Contrast” ideas, a couple of criticisms, and even information on media adaptations and UFO phenomenon in Slaughterhouse-Five. VERY thorough and helpful!
Find other readers’ reviews of Slaughterhouse-Five on Amazon and Goodreads. A few reviews are pretty complete, like this one from a teacher named Dennis, or this one by Amazon user Andyrew which talks about a main theme.
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Future Me: Sportscaster Jim Vaughn

10 Jul

We’re really excited to introduce a new blog series this summer! In Future Me posts, we’ll take a quick look at some career fields you’re interested in by asking someone who made it in that field to answer a few questions about their job and how they got there! LML student Nicholas said he was interested in becoming a sportscaster in the future, so our first post in the series features WFMZ sportscaster Jim Vaughn.

Jim covers the sports on Channel 69 News, covering the sports on Weekend newscasts and reporting from games, as well as writing sports pieces for WFMZ’s website and hosting a Saturday morning sports talk radio show. You can find out more about Jim at WFMZ’s website or on his Facebook page.

Now onto the questions…

Question 1: What made you pursue journalism/broadcasting and what are the basics of how you got where you are?

Question 2: What are some characteristics or personality traits that are helpful to your job?

Question 3: Describe a typical work day.

Question 4: What is one of the most memorable things to happen in your job?

Question 5: What is one thing that happened in your job that you weren’t expecting/not trained for?


Thanks, Jim for answering some questions! If you want to see Jim on air, check out the weekend 6:00 and 10:00 newscasts on Channel 69. We hope to keep this series going and that it’s helpful to you, so if you have a suggestion for a field we should look into like Nicholas did, comment on any of the Future Me posts or make a suggestion through the submissions page!

Required Summer Reading Hints

13 Jun

I know, I know. You just finished THIS school year. But it’s unavoidable. You have to get it done before going back to school, so you might as well at least think about your required summer reading! Hey, why not even do it right away (or at least get on a couple of hold lists for the titles you choose) so that it’s less painful at the last minute. Last year, I posted a few hints on looking to find your required summer reading titles. A lot of the tips and hints are the same, with some new-this-summer exceptions… and they’re pretty important!

So here’s a few things to know that will make your Summer Reading requirements go a little easier:

If you’ve already somehow managed to lose your list, we have them available on our website by grade. Go here.

Do it EARLY! Seriously. At least come in early and get your name on the request list. Not joking. In another week or two, every [popular] book on the lists will be checked out and with a request list so long you wouldn’t get the book until a month into school. If it’s still [by some miracle!] in the library, it’s probably one that no one wants to read. [Maybe that 1000+ page doorstop one?] Besides, if you do it early, you don’t have to worry about it at the end of the summer and you’ll still be fine once you get to school because the teachers let you take your hand-written notes into class. (Hint: take notes!)

An important hint for searching for your title through us: Don’t forget to check to see if we have it in non-print formats… you might get lucky that way! We have many of the classics [and some non-classics] in audio format, but new this year: eBook! 25-30 of the titles from all 4 grades are available through the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library! Almost 2/3of those are “Always Available” titles [Books that have no checkout limit and can always be downloaded, no matter how many people have it checked out]. This means if you wait until the beginning of August to do your reading, a classic title is an option on your reading list and you have some type of eReader, smartphone or iPod touch, you are saved from the scavenger hunt across the Lehigh Valley looking for a book!

If it’s checked out here and it’s not a classic [one that might be on every other school district’s reading list], check at Parkland, Allentown, Southern Lehigh or any other library you’re willing to drive to (but since it’s also in East Penn, you probably won’t find it at Emmaus.). Their required reading lists probably won’t have the same titles and you’re more likely to get lucky and find it on the shelves there.

Make it a little more worthwhile… it’s required reading, but why not enter our Teen Read Raffle and possibly win a gift card to Rita’s or free tickets to Rave for your efforts? Also, this summer, we’re doing a Summer Reading blog series on the Teen Blog. Search the blog for the Keyword of “Summer Reading is Killing Me” to find all posts in the series and comment on the “Call for Titles” post to let us know the title you’re reading OR come into the library and write your chosen titles on the list we’re keeping in the Teen area.

However you let us know, we’ll create a blog post for that individual title [which can be searched for by Title or Author keyword on the blog] with some basic information about the book, where you can find some information online that might be helpful as well as in the library. Plus, it would be a perfect place for you to comment or ask a question about your book if you had one! We’ll try to answer any questions or maybe one of your classmates might even try! We want you, the teens, to own this series and help each other out!

Finally, make sure you spread the word to friends and classmates. Email this link, share it on Facebook, whatever’s a good way to get ahold of your friends. We love to help people find books, but in another month, there’s going to be little we can do to get a physical book from the list in your hands!

Good luck this summer!