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.

Theater for Children…

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Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre sets aside wooden puppets and strings to present shadow puppet stories on Saturday, March 16. Shadow Stories will take center stage at  the Ice House on Sand Island, Bethlehem at 10 a.m. Stories from China, Africa and Bali will be performed accompanied by live Indonesian and Balinese music. The program premieres Mock Turtle’s new shadow play, The Grumpy Gecko, along with audience favorites Travels to Tondo and Legend of Sung Low. Children will be delighted by an unusual cast of characters including antelopes, civet cats, lions, water buffalo, and village children from each locale.

More info here

Program cancelled

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The Origami Yoda program scheduled for Saturday, February 23 has been cancelled.

For more information, phone 610-867-3761 x499.

Are you a fan?

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Captain Underpants’ fans will celebrate the publishing of the 10th book of the popular series by Dav Pilkey at the Main Library on Saturday, February 16. Play games and swap trivia about the mischievous fourth grade boys and their super hero school principal beginning at 11 a.m.

Grades 1 and up. Each child will make and take home their own costume.

Free. Registration is required. Register now…

Parking is available in the garage!

Doomsday Survival Celebration

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The Mayan calendar ended and teenagers survived. Or did they? Come dressed as a zombie and celebrate with a big bash this Saturday at 3 p.m. Enjoy typical zombie snacks and games such as Pin-the-Tail on the Apocalyptic Horseman and the undead version of Pictionary and charades. Win survival tools for the next apocalypse.

Grades 7-12. Free. Registration is required. More info here

Wimpy Kids (fans) unite!

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Enjoy crafts, games and trivia based on the popular movies and books by Jeff Kinney. We are celebrating Diary of a Wimpy Kid on Saturday afternoon. If you are in grade 3 or up, you are invited!

Be sure to register. Tell the parents that there is convenient parking in the garage.

More info and to register, click here