Toddlers rule!

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bookkidsThe Library’s Learn and Grow program for toddlers, ages 1 to 3, offers educational toys and activities, as well as helpful connections to community early childhood development professionals. Parents have a chance to meet individually with childhood experts to ask questions and raise concerns about their child’s emotional, physical and mental health.

Register for Learn and Grow series at the South Side Branch or the Main Library and give your toddler a healthy start for a lifetime of learning.

Modified Bookmobile Schedule Today, 10/1

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bookmobile13Just a friendly reminder that the bookmobile will not be running its normal schedule today in order to feature at the Touch-A-Truck library fundraiser at Tuskes Community Park in Upper Nazareth, from 10 am – 2 pm.

The bookmobile will also be at the Bethlehem Township Community Center from 3-5 pm if you’d like to visit a little later on.

What do you need to know about Lehigh Valley’s heroin epidemic

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dreamstime_xs_51206131The Lehigh Valley is facing an opioid epidemic. From prescription drugs to heroin- abuse, addiction, and overdose are tearing apart families and communities. Bethlehem Area Public Library, Bethlehem Area School District, and the Bethlehem Bureau of Health are partnering to address these issues at a community conversation at Liberty High School auditorium, 1115 Linden Street, on  Monday, October 3 from 6:30 to 8 pm. Mark DiLuzio, Bethlehem Chief of Police, Dr. Joseph Roy, Superintendent of Schools, and representatives from the Bethlehem Bureau of Health and the Bethlehem Recovery Center will lead the discussion.

Knit something beautiful!

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woolbasket_smKnit a beautiful scarf as your first project at the South Side Branch on Saturday, September 24. Instructor Teddy Maxwell will teach technique and share tips from 1 to 3 pm. Return on Saturday, October 8 for individual instruction and to complete the project. All yarn will be supplied but bring size 8 knitting needles.

Details here

KEVA Building Challenge

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dreamstime_xs_466413Here ya go! Build something fantastic on Saturday, September 24 at the Main Library! Teens in grades 6 to 12 will only be limited by their imagination and, of course, physics! No registration. Parking is available in the garage.

More here

Learn Japanese!

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japanesewoodcut2Learn practical phrases used in daily conversation at Japanese language classes at the Main Library beginning today, September 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Grammar and Japanese reading/writing skills will be introduced.  Class time will focus on communication practice and discussion of the cultural and traditions of Japan.   Additional classes will be held Wednesdays on September 28, October 5, 19, 26, and November 2 and 16. More here

Are you curious?

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curious george croppedStorybook characters ignite a love of reading at the Main Library. Celebrate the 75th birthday of everyone’s favorite monkey and the 75th anniversary of the book that started it all- Curious George, On Tuesday, September 20. The one hour program begins at 6:30 pm and will include games and art activities, too. No registration.

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It’s not too late to Stand Up for the Poor…

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dreamstime_xs_22400720Tonight a public conversation will address the state of the voiceless in America and more specifically, poverty in the Lehigh Valley. The  Main Library will host a panel with distinguished guests Diane Elliott, Executive Director of New Bethany Ministries, Dr. Brett Feldman, Director of LVHN’s Street Medicine program, Esther Lee, President of Bethlehem NAACP, and Bethlehem City Council Member and community activist Olga Negrón.  Tyrone Russell, Coordinator of Racial & Ethnic Justice at CACLV (Community Action Committee of the  Lehigh Valley), will moderate. The panel will discuss the concerns facing families at poverty level and how individuals and community agencies can work together to alleviate some of the burden. The public is invited to join the conversation.

No registration. The library program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Parking is available in the garage beneath the library except in spaces reserved for police. More here