Dress for Success

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The Dress for Success program that was scheduled for tonight at the South Side Branch has been cancelled.

Be on the lookout for this program in the future.

Dress for Success

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Isolated Portraits-Mature Hispanic WomanAce the interview. Land the Job. Be promoted. The difference between casual dress and professional attire can affect your career options. Learn how to dress appropriately for interviews and on the job at a workshop at the  South Side Branch on Thursday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. Affordable clothes will be modeled for men and women at the one hour program. Receive helpful pointers that will impress colleagues and management.

The program is free and open to the public. Register now

Sleepover for teddy bears

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sleepingteddyOpen invitation to teddy bears and other stuffed animals to a sleep-over at the South Side Branch on Tuesday, November 18. What do Teddy Bears do while you sleep? Wear your pajamas and come at 6:30PM to enjoy stories, songs, activities and snacks which will precede the sleep-over for the animals. Teddy bears may be picked up anytime the Branch is open during the week following the event. If a child does not want to leave their own special friend overnight, they may adopt one of the bears at the Branch. Families will return one week later on  November 25 to receive a photo album of the animals’ overnight activities.

The one hour program is free. Register here

Don’t be a victim…

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Bullying is still an issue for many school-age children. Learn the best ways to stop a bully’s tactics and avoid becoming a victim. The Main Library will host a program for students in grades 3 and up on Tuesday, November 18 at 6:30 p.m. The one hour program is presented by Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley. Parents are welcome to attend, also.

This program is open to the public. Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library except in police or City Council spaces.

More here

Author Interview: Shane Burcaw (appearing at BAPL on Nov 29!)

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We are so excited to be hosting Shane Burcaw for an author talk and book-signing on November 29 from 2-4pm! Books will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the lovely Laros Room. A good time is guaranteed. GUARANTEED I SAY. Register here.

A Bethlehem native, Shane is the author of Laughing at My Nightmare, an incredibly hilarious and moving memoir. He is also an entrepreneur, award-winning blogger, Emmy-winning producer, and inspirational speaker. Born with a progressive neuromuscular disease, Shane has been battling a weakening body since birth. Early on he discovered that approaching his problems with a sense of humor made them much easier to deal with and overcome. He shares that message on his popular blog and through his nonprofit organization, Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc.

And today, he answers some questions from BAPL Library Director Josh Berk!Shane Burcaw

JB: First off, I have a very librarian question to ask about the book. Its subject heading in the Library of Congress bibliographic record indicates “juvenile non-fiction.” When you wrote, did you intend it to be for young people? Teens? Any specific audience in mind?

SB: One of my early concerns was that my publisher wanted it to be a YA book. I worried that they would censor me to make the book more “appropriate.” But after several discussions with my editor, I realized YA doesn’t necessarily mean PG-13. They let me tell my story exactly how I wanted to, so the only audience I was imagining while writing was “someone who hasn’t met me.” There’s swearing and sex and other topics that might not be the best for very young readers, but otherwise, the book is an honest reflection of life, which I think teens will identify with.

JB: Who are some of your favorite authors and literary inspirations?

SB: George Saunders has been my favorite lately. His short stories are incredible. I’ve been a fan of Hemingway for many years, and I think some of my simple-sentence stylings are a reflection of reading and studying his work. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is the last book I read that made me go “Wow.”

JB: Is there anything you’ve ever wanted to do at a book signing but haven’t had the chance to do yet? Should we hire a metal band or dancers or something? 

SB: Can we get a get a smoke machine and leave it on for the entire duration of my reading?
(Ed. note: Yes.)

JB:  Is it true that you are a Phillies fan? Me too! This is not a very good question.

SB: I am, unfortunately. It was not a fun season to be a Phillies fan.

JB: Do you have plans for a second book? Mind if I pitch some titles? I have Shane New World, The Shaner in the Rye, and One Hundred Years of Shane-itude. Feel free to use any or all of those.

SB: I will be using all of these. Or how about Uncle Shane’s Cabin?  I am working on some new projects though. Don’t want to give too much away, but this memoir won’t be the last book you see by me…

Thanks so much to Shane for answering these questions! And thanks to you for reading! I hope to see you at the library on November 29! 

Register here.

Highlights of New Music

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cohen-popular1989 – Taylor Swift

Sonic highways – Foo Fighters

Now that’s what I call music! 52

Popular problems – Leonard Cohen

Sound of a woman – Kiesza

Black star elephant – Nico & Vinz

Click here for a list of new and recently ordered music

International Games Day here!

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gamesdaylogoTens of thousands of people all around the world will be playing games at their local library on Saturday, November 15 in the seventh annual celebration of  International Games Day.  Celebrate our community’s connection to each other and to libraries on six continents. The Main Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drop in to be part of a global event!


New DVDs – Highlights

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A most wanted manA.Most.Wanted.Man

Jersey boys

How to train your dragon 2

Wish I was here

The lifeguard

Vera.  Set 4

Click here for a list of new and recently ordered DVDs