Be prepared to be amazed!

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Don’t miss Family Fun Night tonight at 7 PM at the Main Library.

Magician Joe Keppel will perform tricks that will astound the whole family. He injects humor into his magic and welcomes audience participation. He has been featured at local festivals and in clubs internationally. All ages will get a kick out of his show.

A shout out to Bethlehem Orthodontics, the program’s sponsor!

The performance is free but limited to residents in the Library’s service area. Parking is available in the garage.

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Battle of the Bands turns deadly TODAY

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We need teens to solve the mystery of a murder that occurred during the event planning for the Battle of the Bands. Help us sort through the clues as we re-enact the events leading up to the murder. There will be a reward for solving the crime.

Meet on the second floor of the Main Library at 4PM today. No registration just show your BAPL card at the door.

Sorry- Teens in grade 7-12 only. The crime scene is too gruesome for young children!

More info here

Rainy days are great days to enjoy the Library…

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Bradley Kunsman returns this summer with more stories about his encounters with the furry, the feathered,  and the scaly.

The 4H Wild Life program will fascinate children in grades 2-6 on Wednesday, June 12 at 10:30AM.

Register today! Registration and a BAPL card are required.

Join the Dig into Reading Summer program to win prizes for reading anytime now through August 2. We have a preschool program and a Teen Read, too!

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.

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