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


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!


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

MOMs Club meets here on Friday

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mother+sonreadMeet other stay-at-home, work-at-home, and part-time working moms. Relax while your children play in a safe, kid-friendly, toy-filled space at the Main Library. The MOMs Club will meet on the first Friday of each month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. beginning November 7.

Learn about the Library’s programming, new books, educational computer software, and online resources appropriate for children.

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Fright Zone for teens & tweens

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spookyowl_smDo you dare to enter the Fright Zone at the Main Library on Wednesday, October 29? Come in costume at 6:30PM for Fear Factor style events, frightful games & a Zombie Dance Contest, of course! Snacks, too!

Grades 6-12. No registration. Drop in as your favorite zombie or in costume.

More here


Happy Haunting Here Tomorrow Night

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halloween catWear your costume and come to the Main Library for Family Fun Night on Tuesday, October 21. We’re celebrating Halloween with spooky stories and activities that will tickle the funny bone of everyone from skeletons to princesses!

All ages. No registration. Park in the garage. (Despite what the signs indicate, you may park anywhere except in police or city council spaces).

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Have a blast constructing imaginative buildings…

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buildbonanzaPlaying with Lego and Duplo blocks triggers engineering and math skills. We’re having a Building Bonanza for children ages 3-10, accompanied by an adult, on Saturday, September 13 at 2 p.m. Building with Lego bricks develops spatial reasoning and teaches fractions and division without the child’s realization. Children learn to think in three dimensions, balance weight and use supports for their structures.

No registration is required for this free, one hour program. Parking is available in the garage beneath the Library. More here

Zumba, Zumba, Zumba!

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zumbaweb Join us at our popular Zumba classes which combine dance with fitness to burn calories. Certified Zumba instructor, Lindsay Glen, will lead FREE evening classes at the South Side Branch  at 6:30 PM on September 4, 9, 18, 25 and October 2. Dance easy-to-follow moves to salsa, merengue, reggae and hip hop tunes. The weekly classes are for children, teens and adults. Sign up for any or all!

No previous experience is necessary. Registration is required. Register online here