Red shoes optional…

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DeSales University senior theatre majors will recreate Dorothy’s magical journey to the land of Oz at the Main Library on Saturday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m. Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow and both good and bad witches come alive in this dramatic reading adapted from the beloved children’s book by L. Frank Baum. An art activity follows the free performance. Suggested audience is ages 4 & up.

Registration is required. Register now! Parking is available in the garage under the Library/City Hall complex.

Get your book sale fix…

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asianbkgirl3Browse the Book Sale at the Branch tomorrow from noon to 4PM for gently used books, DVDs and CDS. All at low, low prices! This is a perfect opportunity to see the beautiful interior renovations to the first floor before heading for the book sale in the basement. (Sorry, the basement level is not handicapped accessible). Credit cards accepted. All proceeds benefit the Library.

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Introducing Dr. Seuss to the next generation…

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Girl readingWe’re a part of the Read Across America event to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Family Fun Night at the Main Library on Tuesday, March 4 will celebrate all things Seuss! You might even meet Thing 1 and Thing 2! Stories, games, crafts & music!

No registration. Open to the public. Ages 3 & up.

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Storytime classes unlock the imagination & spark learning

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reading-teacher-colorChildren’s exposure to books at early ages influences their reading readiness, cognitive abilities, and vocabulary. The Main Library is offering Storytimes with separate classes for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. The Library’s Storytime classes develop language skills and promote letter, number and color recognition. And they’re FUN!

Register your infant, toddler, or preschooler in our five week sessions that begin March 10.

Summer Reading Kick-Off

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This summer the whole family can read for prizes. Adults can join Groundbreaking Reads, teens join Beneath the Surface, and kids Dig into Reading! It all starts this Saturday through August 2.

Come to the Main Library anytime tomorrow or to the Branch between 2 and 3PM for special kick-off activities. Check out for tons of programs and special events this summer.

Lincoln makes historic visit to Library

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When was the last time you had the opportunity to picnic with a president? Bring a blanket and a lunch to the west lawn of the Main Library to hear tales from Lincoln’s boyhood at noon on Saturday, May 11. No registration. More here

Lincoln, his personal life and his presidency will be brought to life at 2 p.m. on Saturday by award-winning actor Jim Getty. Getty has portrayed the famous president at the Kennedy Center, The Reagan Presidential Library, The Library of Congress, and the National Theater in Washington. “President Lincoln” will field questions at a “press conference” and pose for photographs following the dramatic presentation.

Jim Getty’s visit is underwritten by a partnership of Northampton Community College and the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Both programs are free. Registration is not required for the picnic, but registration is required for the 2 p.m. performance. Register online now.  Parking is available in the garage on Saturdays.

Bedtime Stories tonight…

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What a perfect end to your busy day! Wear your jammies and listen to stories at the Main Library.

Bring Mom and Dad. All ages and teddy bears welcome!

No registration. Just show your BAPL card at the door. More info here

Spring Storytimes

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Have you registered your child for Storytimes? Listening to stories are so important for a child’s development. BAPL Storytimes with stories, songs and fingerplays spark letter and number recognition and develop language skills and reading readiness.

Separate classes are offered for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families.

Register for Storytimes online.