Closing at noon today

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winterWinter weather (much too soon!) is causing the Library to close at noon. No materials will be due until Friday.

Stay home and stay safe.

NO MATERIALS DUE Wednesday!

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We are expecting 800 children TONIGHT from 5 to 8PM for a ticketed author signing in partnership with Moravian Book Shop. Parking will be at a premium. We are giving everyone one day of grace because we know it will be difficult for our patrons to get into the Main Library to return books, etc. NOTHING WILL BE DUE TODAY!

BTW the tickets for the event are sold-out.

New hours at Branch

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clockcloseupAs of today, the South Side Branch will be open…

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11AM-8PM

Wednesdays & Saturdays 12PM-4PM

Support the Library! We’re having a book fair at Barnes & Noble this week…

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bookstackToday is the beginning of the Book Fair Week at Barnes & Noble. Through Sunday, if you mention the Library or even better, bring a voucher that we are handing out at all of our locations, the Library will receive 10-20% of each purchase. We benefit from music, movie and food sales, (only at the cafe at Bethlehem Twp. store near Freemansburg Ave. & Rt. 33) too!

To encourage your participation, we have activities planned each day at the Bethlehem Twp. store. Tonight from 6-8 PM is the inauguration of Bethlehem Stories. Record your memories of growing up, going to school, raising a family or working in Bethlehem (or nearby). The Library will archive these recollections!

If you don’t have a voucher yet, we will hand them out during our events at the store each day. For the full schedule, click here

Affordable Care Act help available at South Side Branch

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The deadline for open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare, is March 31. The Bethlehem Area Public Library is offering three dates for assistance with enrolling for health care coverage. The South Side Branch, 400 Webster Street, will have computers and assistance on March 11 from 4-7 p.m. and March 19 from 1-4 p.m. Bilingual help is available upon request. Assistants will help with the process and answer questions.

This service is free and open to the public but through appointment only. Schedule an appointment at 610-867-7852.

Don’t forget the Memory Program tonight…

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Is it forgetfulness or is it Alzheimer’s disease? Dr. Lorraine Spikol will be giving a presentation on the causes of and treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia and the best ways to maintain brain fitness at the Main Library on Tuesday, February 18 at 6 p.m. in the 2nd floor Laros Meeting Room.

Dr. Spikol is the head of neuroscience research at Lehigh Valley Hospital and has been on staff since 1991. The program will include a question and answer portion for caregivers and adults concerned about the nuances of the disease.

Register now!

We are open!

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And you may park in the garage on Saturdays, despite what the signs say! Just don’t park near the police vehicles. The book drop at the Main Library is open also.  The South Side Branch’s book drop is only open when the branch is closed.

And for those attending this afternoon’s reception, we are expecting you!

New Library Hours begin January 2, 2013

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Beginning January 2, the Bethlehem Area Public Library is trimming hours due to budget constraints. Reducing public hours along with a corresponding reduction in staffing costs will help the Library cover an additional $230,000 in expenses for 2013. The Library is assuming additional expenditures that have been previously subsidized by the City of Bethlehem. As a result the Main Library, 11 W. Church Street, will open an hour later Monday through Saturday at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Thursday through Saturday closing hours will remain the same as currently.

The South Side Branch, 400 Webster Street, will open an hour later at noon each day. The changes will go in effect when the Branch reopens March 2 after privately-funded renovations are completed.

Programs and services will also be affected by the new hours. The Library’s bookmobile schedule will be adjusted and posted online. The revised schedule will go in effect on January 22.

Executive Director Janet Fricker is looking for other sources of revenue in hope that the hours will be able to be reinstated in 2014. Phone the Library for more information at 610-867-3761.