GREAT Family Sing-along Concerts

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ys_rayowen14webRay Owen’s Sing-along Family Concert is on TODAY – not once, but TWICE – 11AM at the South Side Branch (must register for Branch show @ ) AND tonight at 6:30PM at the Main Library (No registration necessary.) These are GREAT family events and they are FREE!!! Get full information at

Men of Steel tonight!

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Bethlehem Steel’s blast furnaces are silent, but the men who worked there remember what it was like to work at The Steel and grow up in south Bethlehem. Former steelworkers Lester Clore and Richie Check will speak about their experiences at the South Side Branch tonight from 6:30 to 7:45 PM. Lester Clore worked as a rigger for 33 years and is now a volunteer with the Steelworkers’ Archives Speakers Bureau. Richie Check also worked as a rigger for most of his 43 years at Bethlehem Steel. He and 11 of his relatives worked at The Steel and climbed the hill to their homes afterward. His story is like most of the steelworkers whose families moved from Europe to find work in Bethlehem’s biggest industry. Mr. Check is a founding member of the Steelworkers’ Archives Speakers Bureau.

Free and open to the public. Details

South Side Branch ramp construction update

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The concrete has been poured! There is now new ramp and step access to the front doors and a freshly poured sidewalk. These additions are still inaccessible as the concrete cures and a temporary handrail is installed. This should be done by early next week. The final step will be to have a permanent handrail created and installed, which will take a few more weeks. Once done, access to the front doors of the Branch will be much improved. Check back here for updates!

A tribute to Maya Angelou

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indexTo honor the life and work of our nation’s foremost writer, poet, Civil Rights activist and educator, the  Library is planning a tribute to Maya Angelou on Tuesday, June 10 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM with an Open Mic session. Rabbi Sholomo Ben Levy, Assistant Professor of  History at Northampton Community College, will begin the evening with a brief reflection of Mayo Angelou’s life. Writers, poets, educators, dancers, musicians, students and community leaders are invited to participate.

Please join us. More here

South Side Branch ramp construction update

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Work on the new ramp to the main doors of the South Side Branch is still underway. Although these rainy days have delayed things a bit, the work should be done soon. The Branch continues to be open normal hours and use of the door closest to the book drop is still necessary. Thank you for your patience while we make this much needed upgrade!

BAPL Programming

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If you missed Saturday’s BAPL program on The Holocaust given by Auschwitz death camp survivor, Severin Fayerman, his book is available for check out.  The DVD, A Survivor’s Story: the Personal Memoirs of Severin Fayerman, is in processing and will be available for check out.

Beginning June 14, we kick off our Adult Summer Reading Club program. Read or listen to a book and complete a critique for a chance to win fun prizes.

Our Gentle Yoga for Adults class continues through the summer.

Standby for additional information on the Adult Summer Reading Program, Gentle Yoga for Adults class and future programming.

Gentle Yoga for Adults Exercise Class – Time Change

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The Gentle Yoga for Adults exercise class on May 21, 2014 has been rescheduled to 3pm – 4pm.  See you there!

Browse over 10,000 books in Book Sale this week….

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Find out why our sales are the “best in the Valley.” Set up like a book store, the displays and shelves are organized by author or subject. We have DVDs and CDs, too! Come anytime! Volunteers stock throughout the sale.

Wednesday, May 14: noon to 8PM

Saturday, May 17: 10AM to 4PM

All proceeds benefit the Library. Most credit cards accepted. Park in the garage after 4:30PM on Wednesday or all day Saturday. Details