Welcome, Neighbor. The Immigrant Experience

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Welcome, Neighbor F2 - LRLearn about the immigrant experience specific to our communities. Discover the intriguing stories of 16  people who moved to the Lehigh Valley in the Welcome Neighbor photography exhibit now on display at the Main Library. What did they leave behind and what are their hopes for their new country? How does their culture translate to the American experience? Join us for an informal discussion at the Main Library on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30 pm with panelists from the Collective Memory Project who put together the project. Panelists are:

Marco Calderón —  professional photographer

Hugo Cerón —  teaches sociology/anthropology at Lehigh University

Jill Schennum —  teaches anthropology at County College of Morris

This project has been supported by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities‘ ‘We the People’ initiative, as well as Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, Alliance for Sustainable Communities-Lehigh Valley, Moravian College, Dave’s Camera City and Hope United Church of Christ.

Evening in Paris

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parisTake your family to Paris ce soir! Liberty High School’s French Club will read stories in French and English. Learn French phrases through movement and song! Build the Eiffel Tower with Legos. Try a tasty French treat. All ages.

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Where’s the Bookmobile? – Contest Results

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Without further ado, the winner of this year’s contest is Theresa of Bethlehem Township!  Her name may sound a familiar ring, as I believe this marks her fourth straight win, with yet another perfect score.  Congratulations to her on another impressive showing!

Here are all the correct answers:

bkmcontest results



Bargain Books!

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Don’t miss an opportunity to find the most amazing books in perfect condition at unbelievable prices!

Saturday, May 20 from 10am to 4pm at the Main Library


Delayed opening, May 19

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Please note: BAPL Main Library will open at 1PM on Friday 5/19


Book Sale this week!

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IMG_0489It’s the best! 15,000 books, dvds, & cds.

Wednesday, May 17: noon to 8pm

Saturday, May 20: 10am to 4pm

More info at www.bestbooksale.org

Where’s the Bookmobile? – Week 7 (final week)

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Time for the final photo!  Everyone now has through 6 p.m. next Thursday (5/18) to get all your answers in!

Entry forms can be obtained and submitted at the main library or any bookmobile stop.  Feel free to page back through the news and events blog here to check out the other photos.

Each of the seven photos presents the bookmobile at an undisclosed location somewhere within the library’s service area, which encompasses Hanover and Bethlehem Twps., as well as Fountain Hill.  Simply name the correct locations and the person who does the best (or wins a drawing in the event of a tie) will get the bookmobile at a time and location of their choosing for up to two hours!

week 7


Flying Free: Birds and the Human Spirit

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dreamstime_xs_26987978Learn about our beautiful and diverse bird species in the Lehigh Valley and their unique lifestyles.  Discover how to see more of them, and how to create a healthy habitat in your own backyard. Barbara Malt, Ph.D, Department of Psychology at Lehigh University, speaks on Flying Free: Birds and the Human Spirit at the Main Library on Wednesday, May 10 . Barbara started watching birds as a child in Massachusetts at her mother’s backyard feeders. When work brought her to Pennsylvania, she discovered the Lehigh Valley Audubon Society and became hooked on birding. Funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  More here