Don’t miss biggest BOOK SALE of the year!

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bookstackBrowse 15,000 books, movies & music! Best sellers, nonfiction, classics, rare books, children’s books, and a large selection of graphic novels and comic books, as well as DVDs and CDs are priced to sell!

Wednesday, September 16: Noon-8pm      AND       Saturday, September 19: 10am-4pm

Parking is available in the garage after 4:30 on Wednesday and all day Saturday. Most credit cards accepted. More here

Iconic poet HD discussion at BAPL

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manrayHD2x400Please join us here at Bethlehem Area Public Library on Friday September 11 at 6:30pm for a lively discussion about modernist poet, writer and Bethlehem native Hilda Doolittle – better known as HD. Lehigh University English Department professors Seth Moglen and Jenny Hyest will sit down with our own Director Josh Berk to discuss the iconic poets’ extraordinary life, works, and feminist ideology. FREE with registration required, as space is limited. For more information or phone 610-867-3761 x224

We’ve got the beat!

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kidslovemusicDance and jam! Playing is learning. Play simple instruments, dance and march at We’ve Got the Beat on three consecutive Fridays at 10:30 a.m. beginning September 11.

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New! Needlecraft classes

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woolbasket_smUnwind with Needlecrafting. Learn a new hobby, improve your skills, or share your talents at drop-in sessions at the MainLibrary on Thursday, September 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Bring patterns, needles or crochet hooks. Bring a lunch, too! Additional drop-in sessions will continue on the second Thursday and fourth Saturday of each month through December. Come to any or all! More here

Labor Day holiday

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plazaBAPLx350Ahhh, bittersweet Labor Day. The “yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country”  (US Dept. of Labor). A time to relax and enjoy the unofficial end of summer. Even though the Library is closed this weekend- Saturday and Monday, you can still download eBooks, digital magazines, or access our online resources. Enjoy the long weekend!

Zumba keeps mind and body fit!

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zumbawebExercise programs such as Zumba improve both physical and mental health!  Popular Zumba classes use dance to burn calories at the South Side Branch every Thursday at 6:30 pm through October 29. Dance easy-to-follow moves to salsa, merengue, reggae and hip hop tunes. The one hour classes are for children, teens and adults. Register here

The garage is getting a face-lift this weekend!

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Vehicles will not be allowed in the garage beneath the Library after 4:30pm today. The garage is  off-limits for the entire weekend while it is being swept, power-washed and painted. It will re-open on Monday.

Recite your favorite poem…

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bw_readingteenwebParticipate in the Favorite Poem Project of Bethlehem! The National Favorite Poem Project was founded in 1997 by the 39th Poet Laureate of the U.S., Robert Pinsky. This year Bethlehem is participating and is seeking people of all ages, occupations and ethnic backgrounds to read aloud their favorite poem at the Bethlehem City Hall Rotunda on October 22 at 7 pm.

To be considered, please submit the following information by September 25, 2015:
Author, (cannot be you or anyone you know), title, publisher, and why this poem is important to you (3-4 sentences)
Your name, email, city or township, ethnicity, occupation (students should list school & grade), and age (optional)

All languages welcome! The Favorite Reading Project of  Bethlehem will select 15 readers from those submitted by the September 25 deadline. Submit to:
The Favorite Poem Project of Bethlehem
PO Box 1921
Bethlehem, PA 18016-9998

or email: