The nearby Coal Region is a historically important part of Northeastern Pennsylvania history and will be the topic of a book discussion and documentary viewing at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.

Author Martin Hula will visit the library at 6 p.m. August 28 to discuss life in a coal-mining family and his personal experiences. The short documentary he produced, “Life in a Coal Mining Town,” will be shown. Hula also will bring a variety of artifacts to discuss and share.

Hula is a lifelong resident of Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the U.S. Army out of high school and has served honorably overseas. After his discharge he attended Lycoming College.

Over the years he has shown his presentation at many functions throughout Pennsylvania. Hula has published three novels, “The Coal Picker,” “Soul of a Fool,” and “My Patch of Bitter Earth.”

This program is being presented as part of the statewide PA Forward initiative that believes that libraries are community centers of information, technology and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens.

The program will be presented in the Lowry Room on the third floor of the Welch Children’s Wing. Registration is suggested, but not required. Visit to register or call 570-326-0536.

The James V. Brown Library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 24/7 at