Fast Fun @ the Library

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raceflagHow do engines work? What makes engines run fast? Find out at a Speed Racing Science program at the Main Library on Saturday, November 29 at 10:30 a.m.  Michael Lemke and Judy Milositz, automotive and engineering instructors from the Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School, share the exciting science behind engines, catapults and robot cars.  Participants will build (and take home) a speedy vehicle and put science into action with a final Puff Mobile Race! Geared to students in  grades 1-5. FREE! No registration. Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library except in police spaces. Details


Author Interview: Shane Burcaw (appearing at BAPL on Nov 29!)

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We are so excited to be hosting Shane Burcaw for an author talk and book-signing on November 29 from 2-4pm! Books will be available for purchase. The event will be held in the lovely Laros Room. A good time is guaranteed. GUARANTEED I SAY. Register here.

A Bethlehem native, Shane is the author of Laughing at My Nightmare, an incredibly hilarious and moving memoir. He is also an entrepreneur, award-winning blogger, Emmy-winning producer, and inspirational speaker. Born with a progressive neuromuscular disease, Shane has been battling a weakening body since birth. Early on he discovered that approaching his problems with a sense of humor made them much easier to deal with and overcome. He shares that message on his popular blog and through his nonprofit organization, Laughing At My Nightmare, Inc.

And today, he answers some questions from BAPL Library Director Josh Berk!Shane Burcaw

JB: First off, I have a very librarian question to ask about the book. Its subject heading in the Library of Congress bibliographic record indicates “juvenile non-fiction.” When you wrote, did you intend it to be for young people? Teens? Any specific audience in mind?

SB: One of my early concerns was that my publisher wanted it to be a YA book. I worried that they would censor me to make the book more “appropriate.” But after several discussions with my editor, I realized YA doesn’t necessarily mean PG-13. They let me tell my story exactly how I wanted to, so the only audience I was imagining while writing was “someone who hasn’t met me.” There’s swearing and sex and other topics that might not be the best for very young readers, but otherwise, the book is an honest reflection of life, which I think teens will identify with.

JB: Who are some of your favorite authors and literary inspirations?

SB: George Saunders has been my favorite lately. His short stories are incredible. I’ve been a fan of Hemingway for many years, and I think some of my simple-sentence stylings are a reflection of reading and studying his work. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt is the last book I read that made me go “Wow.”

JB: Is there anything you’ve ever wanted to do at a book signing but haven’t had the chance to do yet? Should we hire a metal band or dancers or something? 

SB: Can we get a get a smoke machine and leave it on for the entire duration of my reading?
(Ed. note: Yes.)

JB:  Is it true that you are a Phillies fan? Me too! This is not a very good question.

SB: I am, unfortunately. It was not a fun season to be a Phillies fan.

JB: Do you have plans for a second book? Mind if I pitch some titles? I have Shane New World, The Shaner in the Rye, and One Hundred Years of Shane-itude. Feel free to use any or all of those.

SB: I will be using all of these. Or how about Uncle Shane’s Cabin?  I am working on some new projects though. Don’t want to give too much away, but this memoir won’t be the last book you see by me…

Thanks so much to Shane for answering these questions! And thanks to you for reading! I hope to see you at the library on November 29! 

Register here.

International Games Day here!

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gamesdaylogoTens of thousands of people all around the world will be playing games at their local library on Saturday, November 15 in the seventh annual celebration of  International Games Day.  Celebrate our community’s connection to each other and to libraries on six continents. The Main Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Drop in to be part of a global event!


Book Sale at South Side Branch

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asianbkgirl3South Side Branch Book Sale

Thursday, November 13: 6-8PM and Saturday, November 15: 1-4PM

This book sale has a terrific selection of books, DVDs, videos and music. Lots of Spanish books, movies and music, too. Most credit cards, accepted. (Please note the book sale room is on the ground floor and is not handicapped accessible).

More here

Potluck and Pages on Tuesday night

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rockliff14graphicCelebrate the release of Chik Chak Shabbat, the new picture book by critically-acclaimed children’s author Mara Rockliff, at the Main Library on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. Mara will read the story while we enjoy a potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share. The author will make and bring a vegetarian version of cholent, a traditional Jewish dish.  An art project is also part of the hour-long program.

Free and open to the public. Registration is not required. Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library except in police or City Council spaces. More here

The Man, the Mills, the Legacy…

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Bethlehem and the surrounding communities have benefited greatly because of R. K. Laros, but few people know who the man was or how the Foundation that bears his name was established. Moravian College student, Class of 2015, Jeremy Hachey researched the man, the silk mill Mr. Laros founded, and his philanthropy and will present a program about this innovative businessman and influential philanthropist on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will be in the 2nd Floor Laros Meeting Room at the Main Library.

Free and open to the public. Registration is not required.Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library except police or City Council spaces. More here

Powerpoint instruction on Saturday

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favwebsite-womanImprove your computer skills for school or career. The South Side Branch is offering beginner level instruction for adults on Microsoft’s Powerpoint slide presentations on Saturday from 2-4PM.

The class size is small so register now! Register here…

What have you read recently?

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book explodeGet together with other book lovers to discuss a recent book that you either loved or hated. Get suggestions from others about books they recommend. Published author, Sunny Serafino, will lead a Pick Your Own Book Discussion at the Main Library on Friday, November 7 from 1-3:00PM. Sunny is the author of several books including her latest novel, Finding Amy, (Double Edge Press, 2013). Two of her books have won recognition from the Florida Writers Association.

Open to the public. Register now