Your destination this Saturday: Block Party

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girlblocks2The Main Library is hosting a Block Party for preschoolers on Saturday,  January 17 from 11AM to noon. Through participation in Pennsylvania’s Block Party Program, a statewide initiative to build vocabulary, social skills, and reading readiness through constructive play, the Library has purchased hardwood blocks and more for our smallest patrons. For ages 2 through 5. The program repeats on February 14 and March 14.

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Race, Crime & Justice

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Just a reminder to register for this important public dialog about racial disparity and the criminal justice system. Please join our distinguished panelists on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30PM at the Main Library. (Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library except in spaces reserved for police).

Sholomo B. Levy, Associate Professor of History at NCC and contributing editor for African American National Biography and African American Lives, will be the moderator for the panel. The panel includes:

  • James Braxton Peterson, Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University. Professor Peterson is the author of The Hip Hop Underground and African American Culture. He has appeared as a race and politics expert on MSNBC, BBC, CNN, and Fox News.
  • Vertel Martin, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at NCC. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA, and earned a B.S. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a M.S. from NYIT. Professor Martin spent 22 years in law enforcement with the City of New York including NYPD Internal Affairs, 9-11 NYPD Missing Persons Task Force, and Lieutenant-Commander with NYPD Detective Squad.
  • Mark DiLuzio, Chief of Police for the City of Bethlehem. Chief DiLuzio is in command of 154 officers, civilian employees and the City’s 911 Center. He holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from DeSales University and has received numerous commendations including the Colonel John Schaeffer Pennsylvania State Police Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.

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East meets West: personal enrichment series

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On Saturday, January 10, Devadas Chelvam, author of Living with Saints and Sages (Balboa Press, 2012) will lead a discussion about truth, based on ancient and modern teachings of the Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Christian faiths. Devadas studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Columbia University and Fordham University to earn masters degrees in Theology and Sociology. The program is at the Main Library from 2:00-3:00 PM. Details

Encourage artistic expression!

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paint tubeGet Creative at a Kidz Art Zone, making its debut at the  South Side Branch on Saturday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m. Children, ages 6-12, will design prints using paint and mixed media. The one hour class is free and all materials are supplied. Register here

Find Inner Peace at BAPL

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yogamanWho doesn’t want to find inner peace, or get in touch with your most creative self? A good place to start is the film Meditation, Creativity, Peace by Director David Lynch, who is best known for mind-bending dramas like Twin Peaks, Eraserhead and Blue Velvet. Unlike those dramas, Meditation, Creativity, Peace is a totally cool and often funny documentary that is 70 minutes of inspiration and definitely worth watching. Best of all, it’s FREE at BAPL Wednesday evening (January 7th) at 5:30. If you want REGISTER for the free screening or would like to learn about our entire Personal Enrichment Series of programs at BAPL click here. If you want more info on the film click HERE.

Bookmobile Undergoing Repairs January 5-15

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The bookmobile is tentatively scheduled to undergo repairs January 5-15.  Any bookmobile items that are due during this time will be automatically renewed.  All holds will be extended.

Patrons can contact to receive e-mail updates pertaining to bookmobile services (e.g., cancellations, special events, etc.)  Anyone who has checked-out materials on the bookmobile since last April should already be on the contacts list, but feel free to inquire at the above address if you are unsure or have not received any such e-mails.  And, as always, we’ll keep you apprised of any changes to the current game plan here on the news blog.

Snowflake Science Workshop Grades 1-5 Tuesday, December 30, 10:30am

BAPL News No Comments »’t miss our next school age STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) offering.  Come to a super fun science workshop featuring snowflakes.  Learn about how they form, see examples up close, discover how “Snowflake Bentley” of Vermont first photographed these tiny wonders with the help of Dan’s Camera City staff.  Make your own snowflake and a solar print.  Open to children in grades 1 – 5.  NO Registration!

Bookmobile Cancelled for Wednesday, December 17

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The Bookmobile will not be going out today.  All items due today are due on December 31.  Regret any inconvenience.  Thank you!