The Amazing McDonnell

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Tom McDonnell, the favorite magician at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, amazes all ages with his illusions. He will perform at the Main Library on Tuesday, June 30. Details

A second show is scheduled for the South Side Branch on Thursday, July 2. Both one-hour shows are at 6:30 p.m. Both are FREE, and registration is required at the South Side Branch only. Register for the Branch performance here.

Dancing and jamming

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kidslovemusicWe’ve got the beat! Dance to popular children’s music and play simple instruments on Friday, June 26. Upbeat and energetic! Ages 2 & up.

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Superhero Art Workshop

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AnimeCome to the South Side Branch for a free Superhero Art Workshop on Tuesday, June 16. Professional cartoonist Cotty Kilbanks will demonstrate techniques. All the materials will be provided. She will present the same workshop at the Main Library on Monday, June 22. Both one-hour workshops are at 6:30 p.m. and require registration. Register for Branch program here. Register for Main Library here.

TEENS: Dress as your favorite hero or villain from comic books, pop culture or literature for a Heroes and Villains celebration at the Main Library on Wednesday, June 17 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. A trivia game, costume contest and similar entertainment are planned. Grades 6-12. Details

Winter in July Frozen Sing-along tickets now available

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FREE tickets are now available for our Tuesday,  July 7th Family Fun Night “Winter in July Frozen Sing-along” at Main.  Space is limited for this indoor event.  Be sure to come in costume for prizes.  Pick up a ticket for everyone in the family.  Join us 6 – 8pm for this special event.  Remember, free parking is available in the garage beneath the Library.

Heroes, superheroes, & extraordinary people, places and events

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Slogan TextSummer Reading is here! Every Hero Has a Story!  Family Fun Nights, a superhero training camp, concerts, a magic show, a live animal show, science workshops, story times, puppet shows, and more are planned to engage and entertain the younger crowd at the Main Library and the South Side Branch throughout the summer. Children may also register on the Bookmobile.

Teens: join Unmask! and read for prizes, as well as take part in free, special events including a cartooning workshop, Teen Fear Factor, trivia games, a superhero costume contest, and a superhero movie night.

Escape the Ordinary is the theme of the Adult Summer Reading Program. Patrons are invited to try new genres this summer—exploring heroes, superheroes, and other extraordinary people, places, and events. Prizes for adults, too!

BOOK SALE this week….

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books stack revisedWho will be the lucky customer who puts the Book Sale at the Main Library over the million dollar mark and wins a $100 gift certificate? We are only about $10,000 short of reaching our goal. The book sales have raised $989,785 for the Library since 1977.

Select from 15,000 books, DVDs and CDs in great condition and very affordable. Gardening books are highlighted this sale, as well as home improvement books. Encourage your children to read over the summer by letting them choose their own books to treasure. Most credit cards are accepted. Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library after 4:30PM on Wednesday and all day Saturday except in police spaces. For more information, visit

Wednesday, May 13 from noon to 8PM    and    Saturday, May 16 from 10AM to 4PM

Community Canvas

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paint tubeCheer on Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School students as they show off their artistic skills to promote healthy habits for children at Community Canvas on Tuesday, April 21 at the Main Library. The students will compete against each other, and one winner will be selected by the audience and the second winner by Facebook voting.  A local restaurant is offering healthy snacks at the event. Enjoy music and more beginning at 6:00 p.m. Community Canvas is sponsored by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Communities in Schools, and Lehigh Valley Art Spark.


National Library Week – South Side Branch

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national library weekCalling all book lovers, young or teen.

National Library Week is April 12-18.

All children and teens who check out 3 books at the South Side Branch during National Library Week will be given a bag, bookmark, and a free book. Hurry in!