Learn Japanese!

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japanesewoodcut2Learn practical phrases used in daily conversation at Japanese language classes at the Main Library beginning today, September 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 pm. Grammar and Japanese reading/writing skills will be introduced.  Class time will focus on communication practice and discussion of the cultural and traditions of Japan.   Additional classes will be held Wednesdays on September 28, October 5, 19, 26, and November 2 and 16. More here

Are you curious?

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curious george croppedStorybook characters ignite a love of reading at the Main Library. Celebrate the 75th birthday of everyone’s favorite monkey and the 75th anniversary of the book that started it all- Curious George, On Tuesday, September 20. The one hour program begins at 6:30 pm and will include games and art activities, too. No registration.

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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! www.bestbooksale.org

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!

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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!