It’s not too late to Stand Up for the Poor…

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dreamstime_xs_22400720Tonight a public conversation will address the state of the voiceless in America and more specifically, poverty in the Lehigh Valley. The  Main Library will host a panel with distinguished guests Diane Elliott, Executive Director of New Bethany Ministries, Dr. Brett Feldman, Director of LVHN’s Street Medicine program, Esther Lee, President of Bethlehem NAACP, and Bethlehem City Council Member and community activist Olga Negrón.  Tyrone Russell, Coordinator of Racial & Ethnic Justice at CACLV (Community Action Committee of the  Lehigh Valley), will moderate. The panel will discuss the concerns facing families at poverty level and how individuals and community agencies can work together to alleviate some of the burden. The public is invited to join the conversation.

No registration. The library program, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, is from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Parking is available in the garage beneath the library except in spaces reserved for police. More here

Best book sale this week!

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booksale3revised15,000 books, DVDs, and CDs in good to excellent condition at very reasonable prices!

Wednesday, September 14: noon-8pm                                                            Saturday, September 17: 10am-4pm

Poetry Reading and Workshop on Saturday

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indexLocal author and poet Michael B. Judkins will visit for an intimate reading of selected poems from his new work, Interlude to Sentimental Me at the South Side Branch on Saturday, September 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Enjoy his unique poetry and have an opportunity to ask him questions. Following the reading, Michael will lead a workshop to help one identify their writing style and improve their writing skills. Don’t forget to bring a pen and a notebook! Refreshments will be served. More here

No Bookmobile Service Today

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The bookmobile will not be going out today, September 6. Any due items will be automatically renewed and all holds will be extended. Regret any inconvenience.

Positive Psychology Lowers Stress

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Isolated Portraits-Mature Hispanic WomanDo you want to feel more fulfilled at the end of each day? Come to a workshop that will decrease your stress and increase your sense of well-being. Anna Gaitanos, a life coach and counselor who specializes in positive psychology, will be at the South Side Branch on Thursday, September 8 at 6 pm. Register today!

More here

Closed for the Labor Day Weekend

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plazaBAPLx350Saturday and Monday. Fortunately you can download eBooks and eMagazines 24/7. Plus use the online resources anytime, too! Our book drops will be open but nothing is due either day. Enjoy the weekend!

Zumba classes every Thursday…

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zumbawebThe whole family can get into shape while having tons of fun! The classes are every Thursday at 6:30 pm at the South Side Branch.

Register today! More here

Is your 5 year old starting kindergarten?

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kindergartenTo prepare your five year old for their first day of school, the Main Library has planned a special event for kindergarten-bound children. We believe that children should love and enjoy kindergarten and that this can be accomplished by providing gentle and fun learning experiences. Stories about kindergarten, songs and activities will get your child ready for their big day. Choose from two sessions: Tuesday, August 23 at 10:30 am or Wednesday, August 24 at 6:30 pm.  More here