Bethlehem Room closed March 12th & 13th

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The Bethlehem Room will be closed Wednesday, March 12th and Thursday, March 13th. We are installing a new, grant-funded, HVAC unit. It is much more efficient and will go a long way in ensuring all of our local history treasures remain intact. Thanks for your patience during this upgrade!

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

Who is Norbit the Neuron?

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brainpartygirlFind out tonight at the Main Library! We’ll have a brainy  science story time for ages 3 & up with games and crafts, too. No registration for this entertaining presentation by the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience.

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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 miss the book sale today!

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P1000270Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Today is a great day for browsing through all the treasures our volunteers have carefully sorted and displayed.

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War Time Memories of Robert H. Diehl: 1942-1945, My Part in WWII

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Check out a new historical page-turner and excellent Primary Source on World War II in our Local History Room. Bethlehem native and WWII veteran, Robert H. Diehl, has recently donated an interesting compilation of his WWII memoirs. His moving, detailed story commences with graduation from Liberty High School on June 15, 1942 and spans his military years while stationed at numerous Army posts, from Indian Town Gap, PA to Saipan, Marianna Islands, and duty stations in-between. Robert’s memoir concludes with the Japanese surrender and his return to civilian life in Bethlehem.

To view BAPL’s 1940s Bethlehem Globe-Times newspaper articles on Robert Diehl and many other local WWII veterans, visit

BAPL’s New Online E-Resources

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Wondering how to spend the waning days of winter? Have fun and check out BAPL’s numerous helpful and new online E-Resources:

Access World News
Access World News offers one of the most comprehensive collections of full-text newspapers globally, including The Express-Times and The Morning Call. It provides extensive coverage at local, state, regional, national and international levels. This fully searchable web-based resource features the vast majority of U.S. newspapers, along with almost 1,000 hard-to-find local and regional titles.

Morning Call Digital Microfilm
ProQuest Digital Microfilm™ features microfilmed copies of The Morning Call, starting in 2010. Users can navigate by publication, title, date and page number. Photos, graphs and tables are replicated, providing cover-to-cover full image content.

Proquest Discovery has been replaced with MasterFILE Premier
MasterFILE Premier provides full-text for magazines, reference books and primary source documents. This e-Resource also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags.

Click on Power Library to find additional electronic resources, including EBSCOhost, where adults and kids alike will find all they need to prepare A+ school projects.

Call Round For a Ceili!

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You’ll certainly feel like dancing when you hear Celtic group, Amarach, live at BAPL on Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 pm.  Composed of talented young brothers Corey and Connor Purcell and band member Clint Dye, they bring the best in traditional Celtic music with the button accordion, Irish flute, tin whistle, cittern, guitar and bodhran.  Register at or call 610-867-3761 x224.  Concert is free.  Parking is available in the garage.