Curious about the Japanese language and culture?

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japanesewoodcut2Learn practical phrases used in daily conversation at Japanese language classes  beginning Wednesday, June 15. Class time will focus on conversational phrases and discussion of the cultural and traditions of Japan.  All levels of adult learners will be welcome, and the exact content will be determined by the abilities and interests of regular attendees. Additional classes will be held on June 22, 29 and July 6, 20. Details


Exercise Your Mind! Wellness series

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If you’re ready to make a shift toward “clean” eating but need a little push, see Hungry for Change, a documentary about processed foods that will surprise you, at the Branch on Wednesday, June 15. This is the first documentary of a three-part Wellness series this summer.

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Kick off for Summer Reading this Saturday!

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Teen FootballPreschool and elementary school students are encouraged to join On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! and earn prizes for reading this summer.The sports theme is carried over in the fifty-plus programs offered throughout the summer at the Main Library and the South Side Branch. Details

Kick-off events are planned for both locations on June 11 from 1- 3 pm. The Main Library will have roller derby, skateboarding and jump rope demonstrations with crafts, games and prizes. The Branch will stage a Jedi Training Academy with games, obstacle courses, and prizes.

Get in the Game…Read!  is the theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program. Students entering grades 6 to 12 in the Fall can participate in Snack Olympic Games, movie nights, an art workshop, book discussions, and teen challenges based on the show Minute to Win It. They will also earn prizes for reading.

100 (new) trees grow in Bethlehem…

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dreamstime_xs_13483739Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the unification of Bethlehem’s neighborhoods and the 100 trees that were just planted in city parks. We will have stories and an activity for all ages at the South Side Branch on Thursday, June 9 at 11:15 am. Register today in person, by phone or online!


2016 Adult Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

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BAPL kicked off the 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program on Saturday with the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group (GLVWG) hosting literary event, Battle of the Books. GLVWG author, John Evans, masterfully moderated, while the author panel, consisting of Margaret Murray, Mike Flynn and Kathy Kulig, read passages from their books. Audience members voted on the excerpts’ style and substance. Authors Chris Ochs kept perfect score while Bernadette Sukley eloquently quoted famous lines from popular novels. Fun prizes were awarded, and all won the Battle. Thanks to GLVWG for their time and talent, and thanks to our bibliophiles’ participation!

Beginning June 11, stop by our Adult Services Desk to complete book critiques for a chance to win fabulous prizes throughout our 2016 Adult Summer Reading Program. Two prizes will be chosen weekly starting June 20. Please consider patronizing the following businesses that have donated over $700 worth of merchandise: Aardvark Sports Shop, Anna Bella Ristorante, Automotive Electrical Services (AES), Bike Line of Bethlehem, Chocolate Lab, Foo Foo Shop, Hourglass Hallmark, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, Pina’s Alterations, Steel Fitness Riverport and Walmart.

Remember to exercise the mind this summer with reading!

Get ready for Battle of the Books

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woman running with booksOn Saturday, June 4 witness the Battle of the Books at the Main Library at 2pm. Three authors battle and the audience determines the winner! This Kick-Off event for the Exercise Your Mind, Read! adult summer reading program (which starts June 11 and goes through August 20) is presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. More here

PHEAA State Work-Study Program

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If you are a college student looking for summer employment, consider the library! We hire students eligible for the PHEAA State Work-Study Program to work as Library Assistants from June to August. Typical duties include working at the Circulation desk, shelving materials, shelf-reading, and assisting in prep for children’s programs. For more information, contact Assistant Director Erin at or 610-867-3761 x256.

Teen Trivia Contest

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teensCompete for prizes about pop culture, sports and current events at the South Side Branch on Tuesday, May 10. Do you like Chinese food? Then you’ll love the snacks. All free. All fun!

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