Catasauqua Press

Monday, August 19, 2019

Catasauqua library: SPARK is coming to Public Library of Catasauqua Nov. 8

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 by The Press in Columns

The trustees and staff of the Public Library of Catasauqua are absolutely thrilled to announce the library is one of 11 members of the Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative (LCLC).

Catasauqua joins Coplay Public Library, Whitehall Township Public Library, Emmaus Public Library, Lower Macungie Public Library, Parkland Community Library, Slatington Public Library, Southern Lehigh Public Library, Dimmick Memorial Library, Lehighton Area Memorial Library and Palmerton Area Library with these shared goals: “Our mission: To enhance and expand the coordination of equal access to information and resources across two counties while preserving the unique attributes of individual libraries. Our vision: Growing communities together.”

Together, LCLC libraries share common patron borrowing policies and common circulation policies.

Catasauqua will go live as an automated library with the SPARK Evergreen integrated library system Nov. 8, which is the system common to all 11 LCLC libraries. LCLC library patrons will have access to the collections of all 11 libraries from each patron’s home library.

There will also be a daily delivery service between all LCLC libraries.

Additionally, after the first of the New Year, there will be one library card to use in all LCLC libraries.

LCLC libraries have been working together for more than a year to adopt policies and procedures that are going to give LCLC patrons the gold standard of library service.

Sandra Arden, library director; Katherine Grey, assistant director; and Sierra Williams, library assistant, can’t wait to introduce you to SPARK.


As you can imagine, we are moving full speed toward the opening date with SPARK. In preparation for that very important day, we have had to reschedule several events. The second Dining with Diabetes series with Penn State’s Dr. Griffie is, unfortunately, postponed until the spring.

Our Spooktacular event with Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 22.

Our program with the Center for Vision Loss and Hartzell’s Pharmacy has been rescheduled for Nov. 8.

Finally, our children’s teddy bear workshop has been postponed until early December.



Fiction: “The Next Person You Meet In Heaven,” Mitch Albom; “Red War,” Vince Flynn; “The Reckoning,” John Grisham; “Elevation,” Stephen King; “Alaskan Holiday,” Debbie Macomber; “Nine Perfect Strangers,” Liane Moriarty; “Ambush,” James Patterson; “A Spark of Light,” Jodi Picoult; “Blood Communion,” Anne Rice; “Holy Ghost,” John Sandford; “Bridge of Clay,” Marcus Zusak

Nonfiction: “Small Fry,” Lisa Brennan-Jobs; “Full Disclosure,” Stormy Daniels; “Homebody,” Joanne Gaines; “Every Day Is Extra,” John Kerry; “21 Lessons for the 21st Century,” Yuval Noah Harari; “The Good Neighbor,” Maxwell King; “Becoming,” Michelle Obama; “In the Hurricane’s Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown,” Nathaniel Philbrick; “Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military,” Neil deGrasse Tyson and Avis Lang; “Fear: Trump in the White House,” Bob Woodward

Juvenile: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown,” Jeff Kinney; “The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary,” Jeff Kinney; “The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary — The Next Chapter,” Jeff Kinney

Children: “Are You Kind,” Dr. Seuss